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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

“It is what is is."

Really? How much more defeatist can you get when everywhere you turn, Americans are parroting the ultimate  expression of an Asian style fatalism, “It is what it is?”





From Urban Dictionary:
It is what it Is
What incredibly vapid, stupid and unoriginal people say when they cannot construct a proper thought, retort or sentence.
If you were to ask a nitwit why he left work early, the response would go something like this. I don't know, I mean, I just felt ...I left early. It is what it is.

Or, when you catch a person in a lie, scheme or have proven them wrong in any way, It is what it is is sure to leak from their gaping mouth.

Or, to be dismissive. You promised me a dollar raise a month ago and it hasn't appeared in my check yet.

Well, it is what it is



82 comments:

  1. The brilliance of it, Mr. Heizer, is that it makes people confront their disappointment with reality. And how real is this? This is the very heart of reality and of being human—our potential for disappointment at just about everything. Nature and it’s objects, rocks included, constantly remind us of what is real.

    Now that's what I call squeezing blood out of a stone.

    Levitating Rock

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  2. It is somehow ill-mannered or unpolished to rage against the machine (except if you're Ted Nugent of course). Polite people don't do that, which is why we have a class that levitates above the rule of law. The world is in a jittery place in the historic sense. And for the first time everybody knows everybody's business - instantly. There has to be a reckoning or a rectification.

    I'm not a religious person but I am ready to bail on the markets.

    Another thing I think is obvious is that the intractable violence is desensitizing in a cultural sense and evocative not just of fatalism but cynicism, which are bad places to be, especially for the putative leaders. Those who think in Big Picture terms have to be discouraged at where the evidence points. We're not in Kansas anymore and I think some of the thinkers are intimidated by the shadows of what's ahead.

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    1. Another thing I think is obvious is that the intractable violence is desensitizing in a cultural sense and evocative not just of fatalism but cynicism, which are bad places to be, especially for the putative leaders.

      He who chooses cynicism over fatalism shall live to a happy age.

      He who chooses the fear of God over the love of God, his wisdom shall endure.

      The fear of God is what it is.

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    2. I don't see how you can be a "thinker," and not be scared absolutely shitless.

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  3. "It is a bunch of old white guys. Unfortunately, a lot of them are fat like me," he said. "We need to basically broaden the base. We need to have more women. We need to have more Latinos. We need to have more African Americans."

    ...

    "The modern GOP -- the party of Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes -- is staring down its own demographic extinction," Chait wrote earlier this year. But instead of compromising by moving to the center to attract independents, he argued, the Republican Party has moved further to the right. "It has appeared increasingly likely that the party's great all-or-nothing bet may land, ultimately, on nothing," he wrote.

    Ed Rollins

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  4. It is what? It is?

    It is not what it is.

    It ≠ what it is.

    It ≠ what it ≠.

    It is not metaphorically what it is.

    It is metaphorically what it ≠.

    The butterfly is what it is not.

    The butterfly is not what it is.

    The Id is what it is.

    The Id is not what It is.

    Spirit is what It is.

    The bird flying to IS is what we is.


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    1. I'm ashamed to know ya, Doug.


      Oh, wait, I don't. Thank God.

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    2. How do you know she is fat, DougO?

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    3. The comment was childish and hurtful. I apologize that I didn’t see earlier.

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  6. GOP will be fine. Right is right and they need to stay right. Their mindset counter balances the give away programs and the lack of self control of the left. The narrow minded and gullible left, that is.

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  7. The real term, for REAL People in the know is:

    What is, is.

    I learned this from a guy that lived with us for a while at the farm.

    A graduate from boys state, what we used to call reform school, he
    grew up in Oakland CA, super strong, super good looking, charmed my
    wife's sister, who was voted the hottest chick at Marin High, or whatever.

    While wife and I were off for an innocent vacation in Playa de los Cocos
    south of San Blas, Philip, the black guy and company were hard at work.

    When we returned, up at the top of our meadow was this thing that to us looked
    like a thing from outer space.

    Turned out it was GM's newest, biggest, most futuristic motor home.

    Phil gave us some cock and bull "explanation" about why it was there,
    we had no interest in it whatsoever, being more interested in wood stoves,
    solar heat, and home grown food, so whatever, right?

    Turned out what is, was not, at least in this case.

    Only later did we learn that inside this motorhome were bales of Mexican Marijuana.

    Later, thanks to his strength, stealth, agility, and blackness, Phil was the only
    escapee from what at that time was the largest pot bust in California history.

    ...one a moonlit night in a protected cove north of San Simion, a boat loaded with
    bales of pot anchored while runners paddled it to shore, to be hauled away (probly in motorhomes similar to the spaceship in our meadow)

    Philip was the perfect worker, stronger than shit, highly motivated, and willing to make the bet.
    ...but the jig was up, the cops were in on it, came down, found, and busted everyone but Phil.

    I thought he gave too much credit to his blackness for his escape, what with those wide (if he had been me) white eyes on a moonlit night, but whatever.

    ...a few months later, the San Luis paper had a picture on the front page of his co-conspirators in shackles, and he fessed up to us about that episode and the previous one concerning the motorhome.

    Wife and I were less than pleased to learn this, but worse things were yet to follow...

    What was, was.

    and,

    What is, IS!

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  8. I am thrilled not to know your stupid, stinking, America hating dumb-fuck, socialist, ass, Rufus, so, backatcha.

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  9. Rufus Thanked God!!!


    Praise the Lord!

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  10. How many black folks has Maxine the self-loather ever lived with, one on one?

    ...just askin.

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    1. What an idiot question. It looks like the innate racism of the republican party is clawing its way out of the closet. Carter was right.

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    2. Yep, Carter, Clinton, and HBO, the standard bearers of Rufus's
      "Moral" Universe.

      aka, Asshole of the Universe.

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  11. One of the first blacks I lived with beat me severely about the head and shoulders.

    For cause, in basic.

    ...our white Pfc in charge, (white) Private Fairchild, cibfronted me about it in front of the squad sarcastically...

    I responded with a sheepish grin.

    ...something from my Scotish Ancestery, no doubt.

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  12. Talking about bales, of marijuana or other, my guy is using a new baler that puts out 1200 pound rectangles of alfalfa. This is 1/3 bigger than the old rounds, which were about 800 pounds. I knew you would find this exciting, interesting and informative.

    Big suckers, them new bales.

    b

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  13. Best Idea of the Day -

    Jack • an hour ago

    Obama removed the bust of Winston Churchill. This sounds like a perfect replacement for his Oval Orifice.


    What to do with the body of Lenin?

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/10/russians-mull-burying-soviet-leader-lenin/


    Maybe a Wal-Mart Greeter somewhere in the USA?

    To greet the capitalist shoppers who outlasted Das Capital?

    Suggestions welcome.

    b

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  14. Democrats are the true racists. They like to keep their field hands in a nice little box, feeding them, giving them free stuff, free housing, and , of course, making sure they are all registered to vote.

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    1. All people are racist, Gag. It just depends on whose ass is getting gored at the time. Right now, it's the pubs getting roto-rootered, so they're the ones letting it out. :)

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  15. We are all getting roto rootered Rufus. Might as well smile and make the most of it. If your boy Obama gets elected again best keep your ass pinned to the wall

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    1. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, Gag, but we're in trouble no matter who gets elected.

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    2. 5 more years and ole gag will be off the grid. Y'all can have it.

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    3. Why will it take 5 years for you to get off the grid Gag? Why not do it now?

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      My objective over the next five years Gag will be to convince you that neither party is better than the other. They are all dicks.

      No more posts like this one,

      GOP will be fine. Right is right and they need to stay right. Their mindset counter balances the give away programs and the lack of self control of the left. The narrow minded and gullible left, that is.

      Especially, on a day when they cast their 33rd vote to repeal Obamacare. The GOP, supposedly fiscally conservative, supposedly worried about the deficit, supposidly grown-ups, supposedly aware that they will never get the legislation through the Senate, nontheless, contionues to waste time and taxpayer dollars on a useless effort to score political points. The Congressional Budget Office has scored it and estimates they have wasted about two weeks on this effort and around $50 million.

      Justify it if you can.

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    5. Blow it out your ass Qurik. The waste started when Obama proposed his healthcare tax in the first place. It will be a colossal goat fuck. But of course you are a union boy so you know all about hand outs and waste.

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    6. Ash I need to be an evil capitalist for a few more years.

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      A union boy?

      :)

      You need to get out more, Gag.

      Trying to support this batch of GOP is a wasted effort. Instead of getting off the grid, you should try listening to something other than Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levine.

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  16. While the biofuels industry is of course going to play up the angle that they’re the victims of well-monied interests like big oil, they can really quit acting as if they don’t have powerful political influences of their own. Farming-heavy states and agribusinesses have demonstrated a remarkable penchant for endorsing both liberal and ‘conservative’ politicians who manage to find ample justification for supporting agriculture-related handouts. Even Grist had a post yesterday acknowledging that ethanol is “beloved by farmers,” but obviously, farmers don’t love ethanol itself — they love ethanol subsidies.

    Damned farmers. Front and center behind Ruf's favorite industry.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/07/11/biofuels-industry-liable-to-lose-their-federal-funding/

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  17. And from Philly, it is not what the government says it is - this economy really really sucks -

    http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20120711_U_S__unemployment_is_even_worse_than_it_looks.html

    Until 1994, the U.S. government also kept track of long discouraged workers. Then the method of collecting and calculating unemployment data was changed, and workers who said they would like to work but were so discouraged that they hadn't been looking for work for a long time were defined out of the calculation. But the consulting firm Shadow Government Statistics still does that calculation, and it's a shocker: 22.9 percent.

    That's the share of Americans who say they would like to work but for one reason or another can't find work; are working only part-time but want to work full-time; or have become so discouraged that they have given up looking for work. That means the full-time workforce ought to be a quarter larger than it is.


    The thought floats by that free trade is killing us.

    b

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  18. I swear to God, it's just too damn much. Drones in the air, now these new scanners that sound really spooky.

    Is this an invasion of privacy? Is it an illegal search? Are there countermeasures :)?

    If you are in a public place....

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/07/11/new-homeland-security-laser-scanner-reads-people-at-molecular-level/

    I first began to become uncomfortable even back when the first red light cameras were used.

    b

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  19. "The thought floats by that free trade is killing us."

    Turning Red China into a freaking powerhouse wasn't brilliant,
    but the free lunch is killing us these days, turning into breakfast, lunch, dinner,
    and a free, fully protected fuck for all.

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    1. Chickens in every pot, morn, noon, and night, and safe sex for all!

      A political slogan hard for the young to resist.

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  20. Mitt the boring brings the NAACP to its feet, and not to pelt him with eggs -

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/07/mitt_gets_a_standing_ovation_at_the_naacp_comments.html#disqus_thread

    Has Mitt found his voice?

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  21. .

    All I heard were a few chorus of boos. The only chance Mitt has with this demographic is that Obama has turned them off enough to make some of them stay home.

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    1. That's all you will hear if you walk out before the end.

      Some polls have Obama losing as much as 10% of the black vote he got in '08. Not sure I believe that but he won't do as well as he did. I can't see that Obama has helped blacks at all, Hispanic and illegals, yes. I'd feel I'd been stiffed by Obama the Amero/Kenyan.

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    2. For that, Mitt earned himself a chord on the church organ. By the end of the speech, the audience was on its feet.

      Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/07/mitt_gets_a_standing_ovation_at_the_naacp.html#ixzz20MepHLKR

      Even got a chord on the church organ!!

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      Well let's see, as I recall, last election Obama got about 98% of the black vote.

      What was that again, up to 10%?

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      Yea, I think that chord he earned himself was E flat.

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    5. Admit it, you just don't like Mittens.

      Either that, or it's the heat.

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    6. .

      You know I would't vote for Obama.

      I have been waiting for Romney to give me some reason for voting for him. He still hasn't done it.

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    7. I don't much care for Romney either. Though it's possible he might make a pretty good President.

      There's always NLP.

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  22. Koji Murata, professor of political science at Doshisha University in Kyoto, said that Mr. Noda, energized by his recent success on a contentious tax increase, now hopes to boost his national-security image by inserting himself into the island issue—but that it's a perilous decision.

    "It's easy to nationalize the islands, but how would he provide naval defense?" Mr. Murata said. "It's nationalization with no follow-up plans.

    I think this is a very precarious situation."

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  23. "We'll have a better answer for pre-existing conditions than what the law has," Ryan says of GOP plans to replace Obamacare. "The actuaries tell us that between 4 and 8 percent of the under-65 popoulation fall into that pre-existing condition category.

    ...

    Whether Republicans will have even 50 votes to repeal Obamacare in the Senate next year is uncertain. Right now, Republicans have 47 seats in the upper chamber and are likely to lose one with the retirement of Maine senator Olympia Snowe.

    The GOP will play defense in Massachusetts, but there are good opportunities for Republican pick-ups in Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Florida, and Virginia. Whether Republicans can make a net gain of three Senate seats, hold the House, and take the White House will determine the fate of Obamacare.

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  24. And a recent report from Save the Children said every year one million teenage girls die or is injured because of pregnancy or childbirth – making pregnancy is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide.

    ...

    In address by video link, Aung Sang Suu Kyi told delegates that giving women control over family planning would lead to healthier, better educated women and children for the future.

    “Reproductive rights are basic human rights,” said Hillary Clinton.

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  25. More to the point: Older generations don't need to mop up all the gravy from their kids' bowls. Those of them who can afford to should pay their own way and, in a generational exchange observed for hundreds of generations, could even leave things for their heirs (this is impossible with Social Security, of course).

    The days when being old universally meant being poor or sick are thankfully behind us and old-age entitlements should change to reflect that reality. We can help the truly needy among us without creating a system in which young people's already small incomes and savings are reduced further to prop up the relatively plush living standards of older Americans...

    ...

    The one thing I know for damn sure as a parent and a late-era boomer (b. 1963) is that I would never want to charge my existence onto my kids' credit card. If that means we need to start living within our means as a society, that's not really a tough call, is it?


    Younger Americans

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  26. Federal Reserve officials sent new signals they are seriously considering more actions to bolster the economic recovery but disappointed many investors by not indicating they are committed to taking action.

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  27. On this day in 1960, the novel To Kill a Mockingbird was released.

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  28. The congressional budget office? Are you shitting me? Palease

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      Sorry, the Congressional Research Service. Mea culpa.


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  29. When you see a new poll, what do you look at first? With the general election campaign nominally underway, most people would say that they look at the head-to-head matchup between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

    ...

    After the back-to-back debacles of 1980 and 1984, the Democratic party essentially rebuilt its core coalition. Since 1988 the party has not fallen below 46 percent of the two party vote, either in the presidential contest or the national House race.

    ...

    What about partisan identification?

    On this front, Obama is really not doing well at all. He has the partisan Democrats mostly locked down, while partisan Republicans are mostly gone.

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  30. Questions linger over how much money Mr Romney continues to receive from the Cayman holdings of his former company, Bain Capital. The filings did show that a blind trust held by his wife Ann included a Swiss account worth $3m that was closed in 2010.

    So far Mr Romney has countered only with declarations of innocence. "I have followed the law," he told Fox radio host Sean Hannity on Tuesday.

    "I have paid my taxes as due. I have also disclosed through all of the requirements of the government, every asset which I own, fairly and honestly, recognising, of course, not to do so would be not only wrong but illegal and criminal."

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  31. E-mail from Mat -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg4hlaMsyyE&feature=em-share_video_user

    CATASTROIKA: The destruction of the nation state English Subs (click on CC)
    How bankers and politicians take down nations one after the other and buy up their resources with fraudulent debt derivatives.

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  32. You should get out more and listen to someone besides Rush and Mark Levine. Ouirks canned response to anyone who calls him on his BS. :-)

    Folks, I have been in Houston all week, and it has rained little cats and dogs everyday. Ready to get back tsunshine and heat.

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      It's a canned response because it is true and bears repeating.

      :)


      Blow it out your ass Qurik. The waste started when Obama proposed his healthcare tax in the first place. It will be a colossal goat fuck.

      The old "he started it" argument. I used to get that as an excuse a lot when my kids were small.

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  33. Closed!? Temporarily is my wish.

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    Deuce, just saw you're announcement on closing the EB. Don't know if you will see this, but if you do, the best of luck to you in the future.

    You had a good run.

    If I contributed to the demise, I apologize.

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  35. The Bar is closed!

    A long time coming.

    Good luck on any future endeavors, fellas.

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  36. The Bar is closed

    Can't say that I'm really surprised.

    Some folk never learned to be civil, let alone polite.

    It has been real, it has been fun ...
    ... can't say it was real fun.

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  37. Best to you Deuce, and best to everyone else. Thank you all.

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  38. I wake up in the middle of the night finding myself beginning the withdrawals. Can anyone put up an Elephant Bar II? Rufus? Doug? Quirk? Maxine? Melody? Gag's on the road always. Ash, you going to invite us for a drink? Quirk you had a blog, did you not? What about you? Buehler? I was looking forward to watching things through the coming election with you all. WiO? Want to host us?

    Deuce I know I speak for everyone in hoping you are simply tired of us and it is nothing more. It was like an unexpected lightning bolt. And everyone seemed so well behaved of late, at least given the low baseline here.

    Well, I wish everyone well again.

    bob

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  39. Anyone have any ideas where we might "go for a drink?"

    Someplace where the jukebox ain't too loud, where you can hear yourselves talk? Someplace not too crowded?

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  40. Cant say i am surprised...

    Some evil folk are very civil in their words, even if it's a death threat...

    SOmething akin to the gentleman robber...

    Civil, polite and still a criminal...

    I'd rather be uncivil and rude but have honor...

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  41. But then I'm a sentimental sap, and a hopeless romantic, just like Quirk says, and can't stand endings, especially unhappy ones, but know all the good is retained, in good Blakean and Whitmanian fashion, and in the unending we all come to One, as we dance on, dance on, dance on.

    bob

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  42. Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It

    July 12, 2012 7:00 P.M.

    This afternoon, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive undermining the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that have been the foundation of that law — one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the 20th century.

    Welfare reform replaced the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children with a new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The underlying concept of welfare reform was that able-bodied adults should be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving welfare aid.

    The welfare reform law was very successful. In the four decades prior to welfare reform, the welfare caseload never experienced a significant decline. But, in the four years after welfare reform, the caseload dropped by nearly half. Employment surged and child poverty among blacks and single mothers plummeted to historic lows. What was the catalyst for these improvements? Rigorous new federal work requirements contained in TANF.

    Contrary to some perceptions, the formula that made welfare reform a success was not giving state governments more flexibility in operating federally funded welfare programs. The active ingredient that made the difference was requiring state governments to implement those rigorous new federal work standards.

    Today the Obama administration issued a dramatic new directive stating that the traditional TANF work requirements will be waived or overridden by a legal device called a section 1115 waiver authority under the Social Security law (42 U.S.C. 1315).

    Section 1115 allows HHS to “waive compliance” with specified parts of various laws. But this is not an open-ended authority: All provisions of law that can be overridden under section 1115 must be listed in section 1115 itself.

    The work provisions of the TANF program are contained in section 407 (entitled, appropriately, “mandatory work requirements”). Critically, this section, as well as most other TANF requirements, is deliberately not listed in section 1115; its provisions cannot be waived. Obviously, if the Congress had wanted HHS to be able to waive the TANF work requirements laid out in section 407, it would have listed that section as waivable under section 1115. It did not do that.

    In the past, state bureaucrats have attempted to define activities such as hula dancing, attending Weight Watchers, and bed rest as “work.” Welfare reform instituted work standards to block these dodges. Now that the Obama administration has abolished those standards, we can expect “work” in the TANF program to mean anything but work.

    Obama’s new welfare decree guts sound anti-poverty policy. The administration tramples on the actual legislation passed by Congress and seeks to impose its own policy choices — a pattern that has become all
    too common
    in this administration.

    The result is the end of welfare reform as we know it.

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    Where will I go to learn why this is the greatest advance for humanity since the Bolshevik Revolution?

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  43. Rufus II said...

    "What an idiot question. It looks like the innate racism of the republican party is clawing its way out of the closet. Carter was right."

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    I just learned that my GP for the last 15 years is half-black and half-Japanese.
    ...I'd always assumed he was black, probly via the Carribean.

    Maybe I should drop him to re-establish my racist GOP credentials with Rufus and Carter?

    ---

    Kid's roomates are Japanese, Hawaiian, Black, and Portagee-Japanese.

    I'll see if I can have him purged from the local GOP ASAP.

    ...speaking of SAPS,

    ...ah, forget it.

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  44. Wow! What a shocker. Damn the bar is closed.

    Well, I'm glad to see DR is not dead.

    I hope you're doing well and your hiatus was your choice and not unexpected illness. You gave me a scare when you didn't show up for our excursion.

    one more for the road

    I feel it suits the situation.

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