American Elephants

Seems Like Old Times! by The Elephant's Child

Indonesians are hurling their shoes at images of President Obama and calling him a terrorist.  Not a good sign for his upcoming trip.  But then, foreign policy doesn’t seem to be Obama’s strong suit.

Obama was going to improve America’s image abroad, end the hostility, and bring a new era of international relations.  This was largely based on the assumption that the world despised President Bush as much as Obama himself did.  But being the Not-Bush hasn’t worked out so well either.  Possibly it’s not quite that simple.

The Return to “The War on Poverty,” The “War” Didn’t Work Before, Won’t Work Now by The Elephant's Child

You never know what you’ll find hidden in pages of President Obama’s 2011 budget.  Katherine Bradley of the Heritage Foundation found a “little-noticed request to extend and expand a program that would effectively, reverse welfare reform.”

The $5 billion TANF Emergency Fund, originally created in the infamous “stimulus” package, was supposed to be a short-term infusion of money to states whose welfare caseloads were increasing. The president is now seeking an additional $2.5 billion to expand and extend the emergency fund for another year. Congress is looking for ways to make this happen, either as part of a jobs package or in another legislative vehicle destined for the president’s desk.

The TANF Emergency Fund reverses exactly what made welfare reform successful. The 1996 reform changed the nation’s largest cash entitlement program, known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), to a fixed block grant to states known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

The 1996 welfare-reform law was hugely successful.  More than 2.7 million families left the welfare rolls, got jobs and became self-sufficient.  Casesloads that were 4.4 million families in 1996 dropped to 1.7 million families in 2007.  The poverty rate for black children fell and the number of single mothers who are working dramatically increased.

Obama’s TANF Emergency Fund, in effect, gives states bonus money for increasing the size of their caseloads.  And it’s even more generous than the old AFDC system.  Also included is a request to end the Marriage and Fatherhood grant program, which was designed to promote healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood.

The overall message for people in low-income communities is “Stay on Welfare and don’t get married.”  Exactly the reasons for the failure of the War on Poverty.  The Left encourages dependency for political purposes.

If you are dependent on Democrats for your livelihood, they’ve got your vote.  Cynical and sad.

Should Federal Employees Be Expected to Pay Their Income Taxes? by The Elephant's Child
March 6, 2010, 1:39 am
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Law, Taxes | Tags: , ,

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has the odd idea that federal employees should be paying their income taxes.  And he’s trying to do something about it.

All the Stories About Rising Sea Levels, Tuvalu Endangered, Manhattan Island Drowned — Never Mind. by The Elephant's Child
March 6, 2010, 12:06 am
Filed under: Environment, Junk Science | Tags: , ,

Just in case you missed the news, sea levels are NOT rising.  Santa Barbara was right not to paint that line across the middle of the city to show where sea levels would extend.

Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner, geologist, physicist and one-time expert reviewer for the IPCC, announced last week that contrary to IPCC claims, sea levels are not rising.

Dr. Mörner, is one of the greatest — if not the greatest — experts on sea levels in the world today.  He has worked with sea level problems for 40 years in areas scattered all over the globe.

The myths are being exploded, one by one.

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