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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Young Jeezy – The Inspiration (Follow Me) Lyrics | Rap Genius

Young Jeezy – The Inspiration (Follow Me) Lyrics | Rap Genius:

Where's the weatherman at when you need him?
A hungry nigga eat anything you feed him
A rich nigga will buy anything you sell him
And a broke nigga believe anything you fuckin tell him

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware | Pew Social & Demographic Trends

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware | Pew Social & Demographic Trends: National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Beneath the long-term trend, though, are big differences by decade: Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000.

QI Talk Forum | View topic - Chairman Mao he not Cat

QI Talk Forum | View topic - Chairman Mao he not Cat: I feel the need to post an erratum to the explanation for "why Big Beard Wang regularly shaved his Pussy."



Friday, May 10, 2013

US approves new pesticides linked to mass bee deaths as EU enacts ban — RT USA

US approves new pesticides linked to mass bee deaths as EU enacts ban — RT USA: In the wake of a massive US Department of Agriculture report highlighting the continuing large-scale death of honeybees, environmental groups are left wondering why the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to approve a "highly toxic" new pesticide.

Obama: $1 Trillion In Obamacare Spending Is Historic ‘Tax Cut’ | Obamacare | Fox Nation

Obama: $1 Trillion In Obamacare Spending Is Historic ‘Tax Cut’ | Obamacare | Fox Nation

Budget request denied, Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare

Budget request denied, Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone hat in hand to health industry executives, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law.

Nuclear Explosion Tutorial in Cinema4D

Nuclear Explosion Tutorial in Cinema4D


The Big Asian Tiger, Japan, Faces Massive Underpopulation | LifeNews.com

The Big Asian Tiger, Japan, Faces Massive Underpopulation | LifeNews.com: At the other end of the spectrum, less young people means less workers, which means less tax-derived income for the government. More spending plus less tax revenue means an increase in the public debt.

People concerned about the economy delay marriage and childbearing, and so a kind of demographic negative feedback loop, or “vicious cycle,” continues.

Why did pharaoh order the babies to be killed during Moses time

Why did pharaoh order the babies to be killed during Moses time: Pharaoh ordered them to be killed because he thought there was too many Israelites . After his first attempt to try and persuade the Israelites to not have children by giving them a hard and crucial slave life. Pharaoh was scared they would grow into a too large of number and try to fight against the Egyptians.





Thursday, May 9, 2013

New York City slated to pass bill allowing non-citizens to vote

New York City slated to pass bill allowing non-citizens to vote: Lots of legislation in New York City is turning heads in recent days – from 17 ounce soda bans to limits on how much salt restaurants can use. But the Big Apple’s latest bill up for consideration, and likely to pass, would allow non-U.S. residents residing in New York City to vote in city elections.

Buried in 844-Page Immigration Bill: Immediate U.S. Entry for Millions | Judicial Watch

Buried in 844-Page Immigration Bill: Immediate U.S. Entry for Millions | Judicial Watch



Buried deep in the colossal immigration bill that’s floating around Congress is an obscure little section that rewrites the current immigrant visa waiting list to allow millions to cut in front of the line via new categories of family-sponsored immigrants.
As if it weren’t bad enough that the measure, known as the Schumer-Rubio bill after the New York Democrat and Florida Republican pushing it, already offers 11 million illegal aliens instant amnesty. A nonpartisan group dedicated to researching legal and illegal immigration into the U.S., discovered the provision in the course of dissecting the monstrous legislation, which at last count spans 844 pages.
The group’s Director of Policy Studies, a former State Department foreign service officer, found this interesting little tidbit that the mainstream media is unlikely to mention; the bill expands an old visa criteria by adding three new categories of family-sponsored immigrants that will instantaneously be allowed into the U.S. They include single and married adult sons and daughters as well as siblings.
This will allow more than 1.4 million family visa applicants to bypass the current waiting list and be admitted immediately and will permit an additional 2.9 million visa hopefuls to enter the U.S. as temporary visitors. This is outrageous since we all saw what “temporary visitors” did on 9/11. It’s fair to assume that this can only weaken national security, which isn’t all that strong to begin with.
This expansion is found in Section 2308 of the legislation, on “V Non-immigrant Visas”. Originally, the V visa was created to allow the eligible kids and spouses of legal U.S. residents (green card holders) to enter the country if they had been waiting a minimum of three years. The change will reward a much larger group with immediate U.S. entry under a perk intended for children and spouses of those living in the U.S. legally.
Here’s another interesting detail; a chunk of the new immigrants can get work permits upon admission and will be processed similarly to immigrant visa applicants, with pro forma fingerprint and medical screenings. Those not entitled to a work permit can still stay in the U.S. up to 60 days a year and it’s likely many won’t leave. “Why should they? After all, they have already discovered that following the rules is not rewarded (many have been on the waiting list for several years) and overstaying is a better deal,” the immigration research group points out in its analysis.
Earlier in the week another well-known D.C. organization published a report asserting that the pending immigration legislation will cost American taxpayers an astounding $6.3 trillion. That’s because newly legalized immigrants would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits—such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and workers’ compensation—and services while paying only $3.1 trillion in taxes.

A wireless network with frickin’ laser beams on the ceiling | Ars Technica

A wireless network with frickin’ laser beams on the ceiling | Ars Technica: A new product called Beamcaster distributes beams of light to create wireless networks, providing an alternative or supplement to Wi-Fi and eliminating much of the cabling used to connect office workers to the Internet and corporate networks.



Bruins Win In OT To Take 3-1 Series Lead

Bruins Win In OT To Take 3-1 Series Lead: The Boston Bruins took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-3 win in overtime.

Ducks Win In OT Against Red Wings 3-2

Ducks Win In OT Against Red Wings 3-2: The Anaheim Ducks won the third overtime game in their playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Wednesday. They lead the series 3-2.

The game was evenly matched and there was never a clear front-runner. Both teams played hard and determined throughout the game.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Freeing Health Professionals to Provide Free Care | American Legislator

Freeing Health Professionals to Provide Free Care | American Legislator


 
It should be no surprise that dedicated health care professionals across the country devote countless hours to serving patients, and, in many cases, do so free of charge or regardless of ability to pay. What is surprising is that many are able and willing to do even more but are literally being stopped in their tracks. In the majority of states, licensed health care professionals in good standing from out-of-state are actually prohibited from providing free care to the sick and those in need.
Putting the merits of professional licensure aside, it is difficult to fathom how preventing someone from receiving free health care in any way serves their best interest, particularly when the volunteering provider holds a license. The policy rationale for in-state licensure as a means to protect patients breaks down when, in many cases, the choice isn’t between a licensed provider and an unlicensed provider, but a choice between a licensed provider from out-of-state and no care at all.
Stan Brock, founder of the Tennessee-based charity care group Remote Area Medical, points to the problem—”[y]ou cannot get enough volunteers from one place, a hometown, in order to meet incredible demand.” Brock says his group, which has delivered over $60 million in charity care across the United States with over 300,000 patient interactions, has been blocked from giving away free glasses in Missouri, been told not to come back in Georgia, and has had to turn away droves of patients in California—not because there weren’t enough volunteers, but because the volunteers were from out-of-state.
It’s easy, perhaps, in the context of the current Medicaid expansion debate, to lose sight of the value of free care and simply assume that needs will be met. Demand for uncompensated care, however, continues to climb regardless of public insurance. A recent chart from the American Hospital Association shows that uncompensated care costs incurred by hospitals since 1980 have increased despite significant growth in both Medicare and Medicaid.
While so much has and will continue to be said about the demand for lower cost and higher quality health care in America, let’s not forget another demand—the demand for licensed health care professionals to help meet these challenges if given the opportunity, providing free, quality care to many of the nation’s most vulnerable. States like Tennessee, Illinois and Connecticut are meeting that demand and the American Legislative Exchange Council’s model Out-of-State Charity Care Act provides a blueprint for other states to do the same.

Twitter / Jim_Banks: Indiana's inheritance tax is ...

Twitter / Jim_Banks: Indiana's inheritance tax is ...




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Metal Vocalist Accused of Plotting Wife's Murder -- Vulture

Metal Vocalist Accused of Plotting Wife's Murder -- Vulture: Reuters reports that Tim Lambesis, the 32-year-old frontman for metal band As I Lay Dying, was arrested in California on Tuesday for allegedly hiring an undercover detective to orchestrate the murder of his estranged wife. "The information came to us late last week. We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy," said San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell. Lambesis's wife, Meggan, filed for divorce in September 2012. The former couple has three children who they adopted from Ethiopia. As I Lay Dying got its start in 2000 and has been categorized as a Christian act; Lambesis also has an Arnold Schwarzenegger-centric side project, Austrian Death Machine. He'll be arraigned on Wednesday or Thursday.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Obama to Graduates: Your Ambition Is the Problem

Obama to Graduates: Your Ambition Is the Problem



'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6 Spoilers: A Fearless Madam, Sleazy Director & Right-Hand Man Characters Revealed [VIDEO] : TV : ENSTARZ

'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6 Spoilers: A Fearless Madam, Sleazy Director & Right-Hand Man Characters Revealed [VIDEO] : TV : ENSTARZ

Criminally violent 'Obama Dreamers' released by ICE [VIDEO] | The Daily Caller

Criminally violent 'Obama Dreamers' released by ICE [VIDEO] | The Daily Caller: In part three of three of his six-part interview with The Daily Caller, National ICE Council president Chris Crane explained what President Obama’s actions on immigration and blind eye to illegal immigration has made it nearly impossible for ICE agents to enforce the law.

France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails - Yahoo! News

France struggles to fight radical Islam in its jails - Yahoo! News: With the country on heightened security alert since January when French troops began fighting al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali, authorities are increasingly worried about home-grown militants emerging from France's own jails.

A Message from Cobra Special Forces


Zero tolerance: Virginia school strikes blow for gun safety by suspending five-year-old for using a pencil or something « Hot Air

Zero tolerance: Virginia school strikes blow for gun safety by suspending five-year-old for using a pencil or something « Hot Air

‘Burn Notice’: Fiona Fashion, Guns and C4 Optional! [PHOTOS, VIDEO] : Fashion News : Fashion & Style

‘Burn Notice’: Fiona Fashion, Guns and C4 Optional! [PHOTOS, VIDEO] : Fashion News : Fashion & Style

'Bill & Ted 3' Won't Be A 'Weird Reboot,' Alex Winter Promises - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com

'Bill & Ted 3' Won't Be A 'Weird Reboot,' Alex Winter Promises - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com

Spanish Unemployment Crisis - Business Insider

Spanish Unemployment Crisis - Business Insider: At 27.2%, Spain is suffering the worst unemployment rate in modern history.

Spain is tied with Greece, and is worse than the approximately 25% unemployment rate that the U.S. saw during The Great Depression.

The causes, by now, are familiar — the end of a massive, bubble-fueled construction boom in 2008 led to spiraling unemployment and a deep recession, wreaking havoc on the Spanish economy.

Kanye's New Album Is Gonna Be All Screamo -- Vulture

Kanye's New Album Is Gonna Be All Screamo -- Vulture: He was rapping – kind of screaming primally." Which brings us to Monday night at the Met Gala, when DJ A-Trak posted a Vine comprised of three or four different styles of Kanyells, including the words "I am a god" delivered in a Slayer-y growl.

Message to Harry Manback Lyric Meaning - Tool Meanings

Message to Harry Manback Lyric Meaning - Tool Meanings:



Figlio di puttana, sai che tu sei un pezzo di merda?
Hm? You think you're cool, right? Hm? Hm?
When you kicked out people out of your house
I tell you this, one of three Americans die of cancer,
You know? Asshole. You're gonna be one of those.
I don't have the courage
To kick your ass directly.
Don't have enough courage for that,
I could, you know.
You know you're gonna have another accident?
You know I'm involved with black magic?
Fuck you. Die. Bastard.
You think you're so cool, hm? Asshole.
And if I ever see your fucking face around,
In Europe or Italy,
Well I'll, that time I'm gonna kick your ass.
Fuck you. Fucking Americans, Yankee.
You're gonna die outta cancer, I promise.
Bang bang, deep pain
No one does what you did to me.
You wanna know something? Fuck you.
I want your balls smashed, eat shit. Bastard.
Pezzo di merda, figlio di puttana.
I hope somebody in your family dies soon.
Crepa, pezzo di merda, e vai
A sucare cazzi su un aereo!
(1) Son of a bitch, do you know you are a piece of shit?
(2) Piece of shit, son of a bitch.
(3) Die, piece of shit, and go suck dicks on a plane!

Ohio women found alive a decade after disappearance — RT USA

Ohio women found alive a decade after disappearance — RT USA: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight had been held at the home of Ariel Castro, 52, who has lived in that residence since 1992. Aurora Marti, a 75-year-old resident who lived across the street from the house in which the three women had been held, noticed one of the women as she yelled for help.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Blog: Women who wear skimpy clothing cause earthquakes: Iranian cleric

Blog: Women who wear skimpy clothing cause earthquakes: Iranian cleric

Online Sales Tax | Priorities | U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Online Sales Tax | Priorities | U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Head Start teachers name Obamacare as biggest problem | The Daily Caller

Head Start teachers name Obamacare as biggest problem | The Daily Caller: Head Start teachers and administrators told The Daily Caller that their most pressing concern is not budget impacts from sequestration but changes coming from President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

In 2014, the impact of 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “is probably going to be a 9 percent [cost] increase, and significantly more the next year,” said Nancy Nordyk, director of the Head Start program in southern Oregon.

Limbaugh: Obama ‘Killing Bin Laden’ And ‘Bragging About It’ Led To Benghazi Attacks | Mediaite

Limbaugh: Obama ‘Killing Bin Laden’ And ‘Bragging About It’ Led To Benghazi Attacks | Mediaite

Met Gala 2013 red carpet: Celebrities go "Punk: Chaos to Couture" - Zap2it

Met Gala 2013 red carpet: Celebrities go "Punk: Chaos to Couture" - Zap2it

The Depressing Future of American Health Care - Reason.com

The Depressing Future of American Health Care - Reason.com: In 1997, Jacques Chaouilli, MD, a family physician in Montreal, Quebec, decided he could no longer tolerate seeing his patients suffer—sometimes die—lingering on waiting lists for treatment and/or specialty care. He started a private emergency housecall service that got shut down by the government because of its prohibition of private health care. He then decided to challenge Canada’s law prohibiting patients from seeking—and doctors from providing—private health care outside of the government run single-payer monopoly health care system.

Play for Blood Lyric Meaning - Megadeth Meanings

Play for Blood Lyric Meaning - Megadeth Meanings: I don't play for keeps, I play for blood
I don't play for your soul, I play for blood
I don't play for to win, I play for blood
I don't play for it all, I play for blood
Play for blood


Cat or Mao | CozyChinese.COM

Cat or Mao | CozyChinese.COM



in Chinese, is said to have been given this name because of its mewing, but the composition of the written character, is to express an animal which catches rats in grain (Miao). Although the cat catches rats, it is loathe by the Chinese as being lazy as it sleeps most of the time. It is said that because of this lazy nature, it was not included as one of the twelve zodiac animals, being tricked and outwitted by the rat. Moreover, the coming of a cat into a household is an ill omen of approaching poverty, as it is believed to foreshadow an unfavorable change in the pecuniary condition of the family as the cat can foresee where it will find plenty of rats and mice in consequence of approaching dilapidation of a house, following the ruin or poverty of its inhabitants.
The cat lacks fidelity and considered as being insincere so that a popular phrase used by the Chinese Maokulaoshu (貓哭老鼠 māo kū lǎo shǔ) the cat weeping over the mouse which it has just caught and eaten — an insincere person. In addition a cat is believed to have demonic powers, and can see spirits in the dark, which it uses as a mouse-catcher. However, should a cat jump over a coffin, the corpses would be rise up and become an ‘undead’ to haunt the area. Therefore, a broom is always placed near the coffin so that if such occurrence should take place, the broom is thrown over the rising corpse to calm it and allowed to lie down dead again. For this reason, there is a custom that dead cats should not be buried lest they turn into mischievous spirits, therefore, they are hang up on trees.
It is said that the cat could tell time; at midnight, noon, sunrise, and sunset, the cat’s eye is like a thread. At 4 o’clock and 10 o’clock, morning and evening, it is round like a full moon. At 2 o’clock and 8 o’clock, morning and evening, it is elliptical like the kernel of a date.
The end of the nose is always cold, but for one day during the summer (Hsia-chih or summer solstice), it becomes warm, as the cat naturally dreads cold, but not heat.
As an auspicious symbol,the cat is found in two major depiction in wood block prints. One is called Canmaotu (蠶貓圖 cán māo tú), the silkworm cat picture, which is placed on the door to the shed where silkworms are reared. The picture serves two purposes, one is that the cat would protect the silkworms from the rats and mice and secondly, it is a pictorial ‘Keep Out’ sign, of not disturbing the silkworms. This wood block print is also used as a paper votive during the sacrificial offering to the silkworm deity called, Matouniang (馬頭娘 mǎ tóu niáng) or Mamingwang (馬明王 mǎ míng wáng), at her temple or shrine called Canshenmiao (蠶神廟 cán shén miào)/
The second type of wood block print is called Maodietu (貓蝶圖 māo dié tú) which depicts a cat, butterfly and peony blossom. It is the symbolic forming of the rebus, Maodiefigui (耄耋富貴 mào dié fù guì) or longevity and prosperity. The term for a cat, Mao (貓 māo) is pronounced phonemically similar to the word Mao (耄 mào), meaning a person seventy or eighty years of age; and the term for a Butterfly, Die (蝶 dié), is pronounced phonemically similar to the word Die (耋 diè), a homonym for a person eighty or ninety years of age. Although the specific ages are sometimes mixed for the word Mao and Die, nevertheless, both refer to a person of great age and in turn means longevity.
Oftentimes, derogatory remarks include the use of the word for cat, such as Maoshutongmian (貓鼠同眠 māo shǔ tóng mián), literally, the cat and the rat are asleep together, meaning officials and bandits working in collusion. In the early Qing (清 qīng) dynasty, there were porcelain cats, made with eyes cut out so that a candle could be placed inside to scare off rats, a form of night light, and meticulously described in early Jesuit writings of Chinese ceramics.
The most popular and famous Chinese folktale of a cat is associated with the Rat’s Wedding, when the pretentious rat wanting to marry their daughter to someone great, dismissed the Sun, the clouds, the wind, the wall and opt for the cat, who made havoc of the wedding party and had a great meal of them.
Recently, the Chinese have adopted the Japanese ‘beckoning cat’ called Mani nekko in Japanese and renamed as Zhaocaimao (招財貓 zhāo cái māo), meaning inviting wealth cat, by the Chinese, as a good luck symbol for business establishments. However, being unsure of which paw should be raised, the Chinese have made alterations, of having either a right or left paw, and also having the figurine of the cat made with two faces, a front and a back so that the cat could have either a right or left paw raised.
It should be pointed out, that inasmuch as the Mani Nekko is a late-Tokugawa period Japanese folk art, the Japanese themselves are confused as to which paw should be raised, moreover, to the different colors of the cat. In addition, the Chinese have added various other inscriptions to the cat, which then appears like a Japanese version but with a Chinese flavor. There are so many variations and so often seen in Chinese establishments, that many believe it to be Chinese instead of an adapted version of something Japanese.
-By William C. Hu and David Lei

Cost of Unlawful Immigrants to the U.S. Taxpayers

Cost of Unlawful Immigrants to the U.S. Taxpayers

 

 

Executive Summary

Unlawful immigration and amnesty for current unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue:
  • Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.
  • Means-tested welfare benefits. There are over 80 of these programs which, at a cost of nearly $900 billion per year, provide cash, food, housing, medical, and other services to roughly 100 million low-income Americans. Major programs include Medicaid, food stamps, the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
  • Public education. At a cost of $12,300 per pupil per year, these services are largely free or heavily subsidized for low-income parents.
  • Population-based services. Police, fire, highways, parks, and similar services, as the National Academy of Sciences determined in its study of the fiscal costs of immigration, generally have to expand as new immigrants enter a community; someone has to bear the cost of that expansion.

The cost of these governmental services is far larger than many people imagine. For example, in 2010, the average U.S. household received $31,584 in government benefits and services in these four categories.
The governmental system is highly redistributive. Well-educated households tend to be net tax contributors: The taxes they pay exceed the direct and means-tested benefits, education, and population-based services they receive. For example, in 2010, in the whole U.S. population, households with college-educated heads, on average, received $24,839 in government benefits while paying $54,089 in taxes. The average college-educated household thus generated a fiscal surplus of $29,250 that government used to finance benefits for other households.
Other households are net tax consumers: The benefits they receive exceed the taxes they pay. These households generate a “fiscal deficit” that must be financed by taxes from other households or by government borrowing. For example, in 2010, in the U.S. population as a whole, households headed by persons without a high school degree, on average, received $46,582 in government benefits while paying only $11,469 in taxes. This generated an average fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of $35,113.
The high deficits of poorly educated households are important in the amnesty debate because the typical unlawful immigrant has only a 10th-grade education. Half of unlawful immigrant households are headed by an individual with less than a high school degree, and another 25 percent of household heads have only a high school degree.
Some argue that the deficit figures for poorly educated households in the general population are not relevant for immigrants. Many believe, for example, that lawful immigrants use little welfare. In reality, lawful immigrant households receive significantly more welfare, on average, than U.S.-born households. Overall, the fiscal deficits or surpluses for lawful immigrant households are the same as or higher than those for U.S.-born households with the same education level. Poorly educated households, whether immigrant or U.S.-born, receive far more in government benefits than they pay in taxes.
In contrast to lawful immigrants, unlawful immigrants at present do not have access to means-tested welfare, Social Security, or Medicare. This does not mean, however, that they do not receive government benefits and services. Children in unlawful immigrant households receive heavily subsidized public education. Many unlawful immigrants have U.S.-born children; these children are currently eligible for the full range of government welfare and medical benefits. And, of course, when unlawful immigrants live in a community, they use roads, parks, sewers, police, and fire protection; these services must expand to cover the added population or there will be “congestion” effects that lead to a decline in service quality.
In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers. Amnesty would provide unlawful households with access to over 80 means-tested welfare programs, Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare. The fiscal deficit for each household would soar.
If enacted, amnesty would be implemented in phases. During the first or interim phase (which is likely to last 13 years), unlawful immigrants would be given lawful status but would be denied access to means-tested welfare and Obamacare. Most analysts assume that roughly half of unlawful immigrants work “off the books” and therefore do not pay income or FICA taxes. During the interim phase, these “off the books” workers would have a strong incentive to move to “on the books” employment. In addition, their wages would likely go up as they sought jobs in a more open environment. As a result, during the interim period, tax payments would rise and the average fiscal deficit among former unlawful immigrant households would fall.
After 13 years, unlawful immigrants would become eligible for means-tested welfare and Obamacare. At that point or shortly thereafter, former unlawful immigrant households would likely begin to receive government benefits at the same rate as lawful immigrant households of the same education level. As a result, government spending and fiscal deficits would increase dramatically.
The final phase of amnesty is retirement. Unlawful immigrants are not currently eligible for Social Security and Medicare, but under amnesty they would become so. The cost of this change would be very large indeed.
  • As noted, at the current time (before amnesty), the average unlawful immigrant household has a net deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of $14,387 per household.
  • During the interim phase immediately after amnesty, tax payments would increase more than government benefits, and the average fiscal deficit for former unlawful immigrant households would fall to $11,455.
  • At the end of the interim period, unlawful immigrants would become eligible for means-tested welfare and medical subsidies under Obamacare. Average benefits would rise to $43,900 per household; tax payments would remain around $16,000; the average fiscal deficit (benefits minus taxes) would be about $28,000 per household.
  • Amnesty would also raise retirement costs by making unlawful immigrants eligible for Social Security and Medicare, resulting in a net fiscal deficit of around $22,700 per retired amnesty recipient per year.
In terms of public policy and government deficits, an important figure is the aggregate annual deficit for all unlawful immigrant households. This equals the total benefits and services received by all unlawful immigrant households minus the total taxes paid by those households.
  • Under current law, all unlawful immigrant households together have an aggregate annual deficit of around $54.5 billion.
  • In the interim phase (roughly the first 13 years after amnesty), the aggregate annual deficit would fall to $43.4 billion.
  • At the end of the interim phase, former unlawful immigrant households would become fully eligible for means-tested welfare and health care benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The aggregate annual deficit would soar to around $106 billion.
  • In the retirement phase, the annual aggregate deficit would be around $160 billion. It would slowly decline as former unlawful immigrants gradually expire.
These costs would have to be borne by already overburdened U.S. taxpayers. (All figures are in 2010 dollars.)
The typical unlawful immigrant is 34 years old. After amnesty, this individual will receive government benefits, on average, for 50 years. Restricting access to benefits for the first 13 years after amnesty therefore has only a marginal impact on long-term costs.
If amnesty is enacted, the average adult unlawful immigrant would receive $592,000 more in government benefits over the course of his remaining lifetime than he would pay in taxes.
Over a lifetime, the former unlawful immigrants together would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services and pay $3.1 trillion in taxes. They would generate a lifetime fiscal deficit (total benefits minus total taxes) of $6.3 trillion. (All figures are in constant 2010 dollars.) This should be considered a minimum estimate. It probably understates real future costs because it undercounts the number of unlawful immigrants and dependents who will actually receive amnesty and underestimates significantly the future growth in welfare and medical benefits.
The debate about the fiscal consequences of unlawful and low-skill immigration is hampered by a number of misconceptions. Few lawmakers really understand the current size of government and the scope of redistribution. The fact that the average household gets $31,600 in government benefits each year is a shock. The fact that a household headed by an individual with less than a high school degree gets $46,600 is a bigger one.
Many conservatives believe that if an individual has a job and works hard, he will inevitably be a net tax contributor (paying more in taxes than he takes in benefits). In our society, this has not been true for a very long time. Similarly, many believe that unlawful immigrants work more than other groups. This is also not true. The employment rate for non-elderly adult unlawful immigrants is about the same as it is for the general population.
Many policymakers also believe that because unlawful immigrants are comparatively young, they will help relieve the fiscal strains of an aging society. Regrettably, this is not true. At every stage of the life cycle, unlawful immigrants, on average, generate fiscal deficits (benefits exceed taxes). Unlawful immigrants, on average, are always tax consumers; they never once generate a “fiscal surplus” that can be used to pay for government benefits elsewhere in society. This situation obviously will get much worse after amnesty.
Many policymakers believe that after amnesty, unlawful immigrants will help make Social Security solvent. It is true that unlawful immigrants currently pay FICA taxes and would pay more after amnesty, but with average earnings of $24,800 per year, the typical unlawful immigrant will pay only about $3,700 per year in FICA taxes. After retirement, that individual is likely to draw more than $3.00 in Social Security and Medicare (adjusted for inflation) for every dollar in FICA taxes he has paid.
Moreover, taxes and benefits must be viewed holistically. It is a mistake to look at the Social Security trust fund in isolation. If an individual pays $3,700 per year into the Social Security trust fund but simultaneously draws a net $25,000 per year (benefits minus taxes) out of general government revenue, the solvency of government has not improved.
Following amnesty, the fiscal costs of former unlawful immigrant households will be roughly the same as those of lawful immigrant and non-immigrant households with the same level of education. Because U.S. government policy is highly redistributive, those costs are very large. Those who claim that amnesty will not create a large fiscal burden are simply in a state of denial concerning the underlying redistributional nature of government policy in the 21st century.
Finally, some argue that it does not matter whether unlawful immigrants create a fiscal deficit of $6.3 trillion because their children will make up for these costs. This is not true. Even if all the children of unlawful immigrants graduated from college, they would be hard-pressed to pay back $6.3 trillion in costs over their lifetimes.
Of course, not all the children of unlawful immigrants will graduate from college. Data on intergenerational social mobility show that, although the children of unlawful immigrants will have substantially better educational outcomes than their parents, these achievements will have limits. Only 13 percent are likely to graduate from college, for example. Because of this, the children, on average, are not likely to become net tax contributors. The children of unlawful immigrants are likely to remain a net fiscal burden on U.S. taxpayers, although a far smaller burden than their parents.
A final problem is that unlawful immigration appears to depress the wages of low-skill U.S.-born and lawful immigrant workers by 10 percent, or $2,300, per year. Unlawful immigration also probably drives many of our most vulnerable U.S.-born workers out of the labor force entirely. Unlawful immigration thus makes it harder for the least advantaged U.S. citizens to share in the American dream. This is wrong; public policy should support the interests of those who have a right to be here, not those who have broken our laws.

Proof: Obama Refused to Call Benghazi 'Terror,' CBS Covered Up

Proof: Obama Refused to Call Benghazi 'Terror,' CBS Covered Up: In an astonishing display of media malpractice, CBS News quietly released proof--two days before the election, far too late to reach the media and the public--that President Barack Obama lied to the public about the Benghazi attack, as well as about his later claim to have called the attack "terrorism" from the beginning.

Updated: I Am Chris from the Dead | Foolish Reporter's Foolish Thoughts on the Foolish State of Things

Updated: I Am Chris from the Dead | Foolish Reporter's Foolish Thoughts on the Foolish State of Things

MetalSucks | The Westboro Baptist Church Will Employ Most Powerful Weapon in God’s Arsenal to Picket Jeff Hanneman’s Funeral

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Sessions: Immigration Bill's Impact on Working Class Ignored by GOP 'Geniuses'

Sessions: Immigration Bill's Impact on Working Class Ignored by GOP 'Geniuses': Republicans have met with "financial wizards"


Baltimore jail case depicts a corrupt culture driven by drugs, money and sex - The Washington Post

Baltimore jail case depicts a corrupt culture driven by drugs, money and sex - The Washington Post: But during his three years at the state-run detention center, White, 36, was allegedly a figure who commanded respect, not only from fellow inmates in jumpsuits but also from many of the women in blue collared shirts and pressed slacks guarding him. Thirteen of them allegedly smuggled cellphones and drugs inside their hair, lunches and underwear for the man they called “Bulldog” or “Tay.” One tattooed his name on her neck, another on her wrist. Four have carried his children.

Through court documents, an affidavit from an FBI agent that contains transcripts of wiretapped conversations, and interviews with people familiar with White, the 13 officers indicted in April and the jail, a portrait emerges of a place where sex and drugs were swapped with stunning casualness, where thousands of dollars flowed in and out each week, and where one man’s power was, by all accounts, no match for a badge.

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CLAYMAN LYRICS - IN FLAMES

CLAYMAN LYRICS - IN FLAMES: To aim and miss, my supernatural art

NationStates | Havelok | Telegrams

NationStates | Havelok | Telegrams: The Empire is a harbor for numerous opportunities. We are a region that has been around for more than two and a half years which is a pretty long time for a Star Wars region. We are the best Star Wars region out there. However, Star Wars does not have to be what you are interested in to join. We love people that like all kinds of stuff and we are friendly and acceptable to new ideas as long as they are not radical ideas.

Some interesting things you could get involved in our region:

- Military, we go on raids, pretty cool stuff
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- Role Plays up and running with more on their way
- An Imperial Academy covering all sorts of interesting topics

You can even sign up to get a mentor to walk you through the forum and how to do different activities around the Empire.

We care about our new members, and we want you to join the Empire and be active to make this region an even better place. We need you! Join the Empire today!

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Dysfunctional families on primetime TV from the Drapers to the Salvatores - Zap2it

Dysfunctional families on primetime TV from the Drapers to the Salvatores - Zap2it: The Morgans on 'Dexter'
Sure, Dexter Morgan might not genetically be a member of the Morgan family, but he was definitely raised as one. After witnessing his mother's murder, he is adopted by Miami police detective Harry Morgan and taught how to be a serial killer who only kills those who deserve it. To make matters more complicated, it is revealed that Dexter's biological brother is also a serial killer. Dexter's step-sister Debra later reveals that she is in love with him, despite the fact the Morgan siblings grew up together.

Most dysfunctional member: Dexter Morgan

IDF - Israel Defense Forces : Upcoming pilot to explore the use of electric cars

IDF - Israel Defense Forces : Upcoming pilot to explore the use of electric cars: Eight high-ranking IDF officers will soon receive electric cars in an effort to examine the feasibility of the military´s broader use of such vehicles

Prepositions: T

Prepositions: T: through (also thru - American English)

Prepositions: C

Prepositions: C: cum

I have a study-cum-bedroom.
She is a kind of secretary-cum-receptionist.

Dimensional transmutation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dimensional transmutation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: In particle physics, dimensional transmutation is a physical mechanism that transforms a dimensionless parameter into a dimensionful parameter.

Category:Surrealist writers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Category:Surrealist writers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Urban Dictionary: Janai

Urban Dictionary: Janai: A name with Biblical origins meaning "God has answered," now most commonly (if sparingly) used for girls. Janais are characterized by their abilitly to provide insight and encouragement for their troubled friends, their irrational fear of Hepatitis and are often heard to declare that things are ruining lives.

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