New Milestone For Hawaii! How Does Your State Measure Up?

August 22, 2013

Hat-tip Sam Slom of Smart Business Hawaii:

Hawaii now spends more on welfare & subsidies than it does on public education!

Hawaii is number one nationally in providing generous welfare benefits by a wide margin. As predicted years ago, Hawaii now spends more on welfare ($2.75 BILLION annually) and subsidies than it does on public education. That’s not right. A mother of two children, ages 1 and 4, in Hawaii receives nearly $49,000 in welfare benefits, and it is tax free. The rest of us would need to have a job that paid $60,000 a year to get the equivalent salary.

According to the Cato Institute the federal government funds 126 separate programs targeted towards low-income people, 72 of which provide either cash or in-kind benefits to individuals. Of course not, no individual or family gets benefits from all 72 programs, but many do get aid from a number of them at any point in time. And the federal government goes out of its way to make sure anyone on any federal program knows what other programs are available to them.

Looking at benefits paid to a family of 3 (single mother, 2 children) receiving benefits in New York including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, public housing, utility assistance and free commodities (like milk and cheese) would have a package of benefits worth $38,004, the seventh-highest in the nation. Okay, doesn’t sound so excessive, but remember this income is tax-free. A wage-earner in New York would need to earn $21/hour to be better off than they would be on welfare.

The Cato study found that the wage-equivalent value of benefits for a mother and two children ranged from a high of $60,590 in Hawaii to a low of $11,150 in Idaho. In 33 states and the District of Columbia, welfare pays more than an $8-an-hour job. In 12 states and DC, the welfare package is more generous than a $15-an-hour job.

There are certainly people who need and deserve a hand up. I met one at the airport yesterday -a single father who had been hit by a drunk driver over 2 months ago, wiping out half of his foot. He can’t work and still faces multiple surgeries. Our veterans could be treated better and quicker if the federal government did not squander funds on keeping able-bodied people dependent on government hand-outs. If you pay people more not to work than they can earn by working, many will choose not to work.

obama rodeo clown

But oh, I forgot Obama promises not to stop working on job creation from now till the end of his term -killing them through regulations, taxes, Obamacare subsidies to Congress, waivers to the IRS, union buddies and big donors. Just ask the Missouri State rodeo clown.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

Did You Really Love School Beyond Say, Grade 3 or 4? No, I Didn’t Think So

January 8, 2013

It was always cool to hate school, but with the regimentation, the dry, dull teaching (to the test) methods and the PC bull-crap, today that hate is real. Top down rules, regulations, and constant assessments from the federal level are boring kids outta their gourds. Good teachers hate it too. The garbage cuts into their real teaching time. Kudos to Megan Fox for her 8 Reasons Homeschooling is Superior to Public Education!

Excited to learn

He’s so excited about school

And why do we have a federal Department of Education? Because President (peanut) Carter was pandering to the NEA (National Education Association). You guessed it, a UNION. Tenure became a guaranteed prescription for mediocrity which devolved into achievement expectations of the lowest common denominator -(for students and teachers). Oh BTW, as costs skyrocket every year, test scores and outcomes are continually worse.

The Cato Institute in a 2003 report to Congress recommended that Congress:

  • Abolish the Department of Education and
  • Return education to the state, local, or family level, as provided by the Constitution

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” 

Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The 10th Amendment simply means there never was, still isn’t and never will be, a legitimate or a foundational basis for any Department of Education except at State and local levels. Ditto for the Dept of Energy, the National Labor Relations Board (remember Boeing’s little problem opening a car plant in SC?) or the Dept of Agriculture. Need I go on?

So many of our problems today and the excess spending would vanish if    – if we would adhere to that simple, short, very clear document called the U.S. Constitution.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

The Black Hole of Education-Abolish the DOE & Save $100 Billion

February 16, 2011

Federal spending on education has increased over 44% in the last ten years from $53 Billion to $95 Billion last year. Obama’s new budget proposes another spending (investment) increase of 7.6% for 2012. Prior to the formation of the Dept. of Education under Jimmy Carter in 1979, Stanford President, Richard L. Lyman testified,

“We do not want the kind of education system that such arrangements produce.”

The Cato Institute’s ‘Handbook for Congress‘, policy recommendations for education 4 years ago were simply:

  1. Abolish the Department of Education
  2. Return education to the state, local, or family level, as provided by the Constitution.

From beginning to end the Constitution never mentions the word ‘education’.

According to Cato report, contemporary editorials in both the New York Times and the Washington Post acknowledged that the creation of the department was mainly in response to pressure from the NEA (the labor union committed to advancing the cause of public education) representing teachers, secretaries and educational support personnel. The Dept. of Education has done nothing to further education for students. It’s just a huge monolithic bureaucracy and a black hole for money.

In the proposed budget, the President wants a major funding increase in the coming year to sustain Pell grants for needy college students and more increases to finance his reform agenda for public schools. One of the reasons the cost of college has accelerated so much is because government grants keep going up with taxpayers on the hook for student loan defaults -not the colleges or the students, encouraging colleges to push tuition skyward.

Housing cost quadrupled over 30 years, tuition increased by a factor of 10!

Now that the government has taken over student loans (like the money-sucking Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) we can rest assured knowing that investment will be well spent-ha!

Abolish the federal DOE and save over a $HUNDRED BILLION!

Aloha, Mikie

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