Here’s the Ridiculous Hypocrisy Behind Scott Walker’s Drug Testing Plan

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says he’ll ask the legislature there to require drug testing of anyone who receives government aid through both unemployment benefits and welfare.

But why stop there, Governor? Why not require Marc Lasry and Wes Edens — owners of the Milwaukee Bucks — to submit to drug tests, too? Edens and Lasry, after all, have asked for welfare to the tune of $220 million in stadium subsidies from the state,

30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now

You can just imagine the conversation at Ukip HQ. “What’s this about some new immigration figures – 30,000 foreigners leaving their own country just to go abroad and scrounge off the system, not working and claiming benefits at the expense of local taxpayers? Bloody disgrace… what’s that… sorry… what did you say? They’re not foreigners? They’re British people claiming benefits in Europe? Oh… right…”

These are the figures from a recent Guardian report which found that 30,000 Brits are claiming unemployment benefits in countries across the EU. The report also discovered that British claimants in richer EU states outnumber those from the same countries in the UK – British claimants in Ireland outnumber Irish claimants by five to one and Germans by four to one. And that many Brits get far better benefits in other EU states than they would here.

But this more balanced, two-way picture of immigration hardly fits in with the hostile rhetoric of politicians like Nigel Farage, who paint an immigration picture of Europe which is uncannily similar to the opening credits of Dad’s Army (minus the Nazis, of course).

In fact it leaves Farage looking a bit like the hapless and clueless Private Pike from the same programme. However, as befits a good episode of the sitcom, it is the pompous and misguided leader who is left with most egg on his face.

David Cameron (our very own Captain Mainwaring), has already outlined long-term plans to curb immigration by targeting EU citizens on benefits in the UK. In a speech at the end of last year he called for all unemployed immigrants who didn’t find jobs after six months to be deported and for all working immigrants to be stripped of in-work benefits for their first four years in the country. Cameron’s further demand that all EU citizens must have a job offer before they move to the UK is likely to be rejected by the European Commission, as it risks infringing one of the EU’s founding principles of freedom of movement.

But the figures on the number of British citizens living on benefits in EU countries makes a mockery of these demands, and reveals their hypocrisy. The same rules would lead to the forced repatriation of tens of thousands of Brits who would then be claiming unemployment benefits in the UK. Just think how surreal that could be – we might have Nigel Farage denouncing a new wave of immigration, a wave made up of British ex-emigrant-immigrants. “Damn those ex-emigrant-immigrants coming over here, scrounging off the British taxpayer. Why don’t they go back to where they came from? Oh, they have.”

Cameron is due to meet Angela Merkel in London today to discuss his plans on EU immigration reform ahead of the G7 Summit in June. Let’s hope that the German leader has read the report and will point out these inconsistencies. And if the subject of immigration in this country has come to resemble the plot of Dad’s Army, we can only hope that our dear leader will ignore the scare-mongering cries of “we’re doomed!” and listen to the far more sensible advice of “don’t panic Mr Mainwaring!”

Parasites By The Masses: See The HUGE Spike In Leeches Taking YOUR Money

Parasites By The Masses: See The HUGE Spike In Leeches Taking YOUR Money

Although Democrats would like you to believe that the economy is doing much better and Obama has helped the American people immeasurably, most of us with common sense know that not to be true. As indicated in a recent census, the number of people receiving financial “benefits” from the government has had a massive spike during the time Obama has resided in the White House.

Granted, no one is…

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I am in Tears.

The animals at the DISGUSTING , HORRIFYING ‘ZOO’ (if you can call it that) of Surabaya are BEING CAGED, NOT FED, MALNOURISHED,ABUSED. THERE ARE OVER 2000 ANIMALS. 2000

There are even MORE HORRIFIC IMAGES of the animals , and this zoo which I think would upset you, so I am not showing them. THIS HAS BEEN TRIED TO CLOSE DOWN SINCE 2012. THATS FUCKING 2 YEARS?!!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL 

WARNING THE FOLLOWING SOURCES HAVE EXTREME GRAPHIC CONTENT.

x  x  x 

no animal deserves this.not a living thing deserves this. 

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO THE TWO FOLLOWING THINGS:

1.SIGN THE PETITION TO CLOSE THIS ZOO DOWN <——- GO NOW 

2.REBLOG THIS AND TAG IT ‘IMPORTANT’ 

ALSO , this is extra, but if you do it it would be amazing

EMAIL the Mayor of Surabaya directly and let her know that the Zoo must close & that the world is watching. 

surabaya.city.government@gmail.com

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As we celebrate MLK Day, this is the real Martin Luther King.

Here, Dr. King calls out the blatant hypocrisy of white people who have received government welfare for decades but don’t think government should help anyone else. Remember this video the next time a Republican claims Dr. King would be opposed to welfare programs.

"At the very same time that America refused to give the Negro any land, through an act of Congress our government was giving away millions of acres of land in the west and the midwest. Which meant that it was willing to undergird its white peasants from Europe with an economic floor.

But not only did they give the land, they built land grant colleges with government money to teach them how to farm.

Not only that, they provided county agents to further their expertise in farming.

Not only that, they provided low-interest rates in order that they could mechanize their farm.

Not only that, today many of these people are receiving millions of dollars in federal subsidies not to farm, and they are the very people telling the black man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”

[…] according to studies, every dollar spent on WIC saves three dollars in future hospital costs. Every Junior Cheeseburger you pay in tax money earns you three Junior Cheeseburgers later on. Meanwhile, poor children get to continue to live, and you don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of explaining to foreign visitors why the richest country in the world has so many filthy children with rickets.

The biggest waste of taxpayer dollars on welfare is, ironically, the money we spend on trying to prevent people from getting welfare: for example, every time the government tries to save money by preventing drug users from collecting benefits, enforcing that law ends up costing more than it saves. Studies repeatedly show that welfare recipients use drugs at a lower rate than the rest of the population, because it turns out that drugs are super expensive. This makes the vast majority of the mandatory drug tests given to welfare recipients pointless. […]

Furthermore, giving benefits to the unemployed stimulates the economy, particularly when the economy is already in the shitter. It’s pretty straightforward: if you give money to people who are on the verge of total destitution, they’re going to end up spending it immediately, because they’re probably way behind on rent, bills, and the food necessary to chase off the relentless specter of fatal starvation. That money goes right back into the private sector.

—  “5 Surprising Insider Facts About Welfare" - J.F. Sargent et al., Cracked.com

The “welfare queen” stereotype comes from one famous case: Linda Taylor, a dedicated con artist who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the US government by being a dedicated con artist. Fun fact: she also kidnapped children and probably murdered people. But she was only ever charged for the welfare fraud, because the prosecutors were worried that a murder case would distract from the far weightier issue of stealing from the taxpayers. That’s right: people are so enraged by the idea of welfare fraud that they literally treat it like it’s more offensive than murder.

5 Surprising Insider Facts About Welfare

WASHINGTON — In September, Rep. Trey Radel voted for Republican legislation that would allow states to make food stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they’re not on drugs. In October, police busted the Florida Republican on a charge of cocaine possession.

“It’s really interesting it came on the heels of Republicans voting on everyone who had access to food stamps get drug tested,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told BuzzFeed Tuesday. “It’s like, what?”

The House over the summer approved an amendment by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) that would let states drug test people on food stamps. The amendment passed by voice vote, meaning members’ individual yeas and nays were not recorded. Radel later voted in favor of a broader food stamps bill that included Hudson’s measure.

In June, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) made that very suggestion when he questioned why recipients of crop insurance and other government benefits weren’t also targeted for drug tests like people on food stamps.

"Why don’t we drug test all the members of Congress here," McGovern said shortly before the drug-testing measure passed. "Force everybody to go urinate in a cup or see whether or not anybody is on drugs? Maybe that will explain why some of these amendments are coming up or why some of the votes are turning out the way they are."

The fate of the food stamp drug testing provision is in the hands of a House-Senate conference committee hashing out differences between food stamp and farm legislation that passed the two chambers. It’s got a chance. Last year, Congress passed a law to let states drug-test some unemployment insurance recipients.

Radel apologized Tuesday for his cocaine bust and said he’d seek treatment.

This just in: classist, racist, ableist Republican Trey Radel is a raging hypocrite, surprising literally no one.  More at 11.

There’s no financial reason to do this. There’s no moral reason to do this. It is only to drive a wedge between those who are poor and how the rest of society views those individuals. It’s a shame this legislature continues to pass bill after bill to do so. It’s terrible.
—  Michigan Rep. Rep. Jon Switalski in response to the state’s plan to use drug testing to keep poor people from getting welfare