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Scribes, Pharisees, Hypocrites (bipartisan)! House Ways ‘n Means re: Obama, Jobs and TANF

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Ok, that’s it! I’ve had enough– and by now,You should’ve too!

House Ways & Means — In my inbox today:

I’ve been getting press releases from the part of the US Government that Appropriates Money to some of the programs that helped drive (women like me) BACK on welfare, and keeps our lives at risk, while promising others that these policies would help reduce welfare.  By now, I know how some of the people running these programs actually live — which is off welfare diversions to nonprofits (grants-grabbing) that usually are selling something for-profit and nationally distributed, is franchised, and that no one needs.  You wouldn’t believe the level of business available in those, too.

Before and After: Jobs Down, Poverty and Government Dependence Up During the Obama Administration
Economic Data Is a Stark Reminder of Obama Administration’s Failed Policies
 Before Obama*  After Obama**  Change
Jobs (Payroll Employment)  136.8 million  133.5 million (9/2012)  – 3.3 million
Not in Labor Force  79.5 million  88.7 million (9/2012)  + 9.2 million 
People in Poverty  39.8 million  46.2 million (CY 2011)  + 6.4 million
Welfare Recipients (TANF)  4.0 million  4.5 million (12/2011)  + 0.5 million
Disability Recipients (SSI/SSDI)  12.1 million (12/08)  14.0 million (8/2012)  + 1.9 million
Food Stamp Recipients (SNAP)  28.2 million  46.7 million (7/2012)  + 18.5 million
Sources: Department of Labor payroll and household surveys; Census Bureau poverty data; HHS TANF data; Social Security Administration SSI/SSDI 2008 and 2012 data; and Department of Agriculture data.  *CY 2008 average, unless otherwise noted.  **Most recent available data.

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What’s in it for those keeping us in the programs, or in the courts, or in jail, or in God knows where, or on the edge of our seats — is all too often someone’s executive directorship, and deductible travel expenses, retirement plan (i.e., royalties off that curricula) and/or some real estate.  The people it’s least good for are those it’s allegedly helping the most.

To add injury to insult, as I mentioned last (few) posts — what’s in it for some of them is extra credit with God — or their chosen gurus:  Church plants, personal growth transformation, and more.  These are not the “big players” they are who the big players like to use, because they know who’s a sucker for a captive audience, sometimes a Ph.D. in Sociology, or professional status (and a pension plan) at a think tank — like Brookings, The Urban Institute, Heritage Foundation, Annie E. Casey, etc. (those aren’t all think tanks obviously, but I’m sure you catch my drift).  Today, I’m also going to bring up “ALEC.”

But — I know what’s behind the complaint about more people on Food Stamps, Welfare etc.  — there are profits to be made off the poor, and particularly since the privatization of welfare.

But no one seems to be afraid of THAT kind of welfare-queen (or king)…. the kind who drank the Kool-Aid, bought into the Franchise, and think it’s JUST FINE to run these programs year after year!

Scribes (always writing things up), Pharisees (“Defending our Father’s House” Faith-Based Initiatives, etc.), and Hypocrites (both of the above, plus some….) . . .

Jesus (the same guy quoted as saying “the poor you always have with you,” which seems to be true, no matter how many promises to eradicate or win the war on poverty)  said it here, and like this (OK, allegedly said it like this.).  In fact in Matthew 23, it looks like he started out just teaching, and then (on reflection) launched into cursing (“Woe unto you!”) those categories.  I kind of feel like that sometimes, when I hear this manner of talk:

9And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.10Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

15Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

It’s said three times in a row, for effect. Then he calls them “blind guides” and says it three MORE times!  7 X “Woe unto you,” I believe settles the matter.  3X (scribes, pharisees, hypocrites) 1 x “Blind Guides” (in the center) + 3 more (scribes, pharisees, hypocrites).  I think it sends a wake-up message…..

 

And while Jesus was talking in terms of the temple, prophets, religious law, I have NO problem correlating the terms to what some of our politicians are doing and saying.  They basically imply they can guide us to the land of milk and honey, the manna, the better country we all want –if only we’ll do it their way.  And yes, they ARE devouring widow’s houses (my mother was a widow — and like many people whose family law cases — through TANF Purpose IV to “promote two-parent families”, etc. — not only OUR houses, but our ELDERs’ houses were devoured.  Our kids’ futures, those inheritances were, where there were any at all.  And if there was no family wealth — what about taking people’s precious TIME while threatening to (or actually) literally taking their kids?

Anecdotal: A woman’s parents in Connecticut mortgaged their home to help their daughter when she was extorted $10,000 a month — that’s in ONE month — for supervised visitation to see her son, who was being molested, several authorities said.  This was brought up during the judicial confirmation hearings of a certain GAL (politically favorable & diverse for having helped legitimize same-sex marriage in CT/Maureen McCabe).  Eli Newberger, M.D. testified in protest — I have it over at http://thefamilycourtmoneymachine.blogspot.com (I believe as even a separate page, plus a post)

Look at Recorders’ Deeds & Tax Assessors:  (hover link for more text)

 

So, while not being Jesus, or God, I’m not about to go “woe unto you!” I can definitely say “Whoa, Baby!” and call it like I see it.  Hypocrisy.  And yes, I am angry.  I had better things to do with the last decade!

When (v. 15, Bible quote there) he mentioned that these groups “compass sea and land to make one proselyte” — look, did I, or did I not, point out the clearinghouses, the technical assistance and training centers, and the conferences, etc.    These are forming proselytes to the HHS grants-stream in order to market social-science-engineering to the public!

Unless you don’t think that groups like NARME or Smartmarriage.com are actually forming proselytes? Or, AZFFC (Fathers & Families Coalition of America) not registered right as a nonprofit, that we can see/at least not when it says it did, 1994), who sucks up to HHS leadership to distribute grants — and I’ve watched some of them ALSO not file, and blogged it here — is one of the good guys?

So, Yes, you heard me — that’s hypocrisy.  This is what the same crowd does NOT want you to talk, in addition to how these welfare grants are being used:

 

MOREOVER, NOT ONLY IS WELFARE MISREPORTED, LOST TRACK OF AND THE “JOBS” CARROT DANGLED OUT IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC, BUT WHAT’S BEHIND THAT CURTAIN, HEY?  WHY ISN’T THERE MORE TALK ABOUT THE REPORTS THAT SHOW CUMULATIVE WEALTH OF GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES ACROSS THE LAND?

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October 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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