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One almost has to laugh at the irony here.  Newt Gingrich was recently ravaged in the media, for calling Obama the “food stamp president”, citing the skyrocketing increase of food stamp recipients to 46 million, up two-thirds in only three years.  The White House and liberals across the country took great offense to this label, accusing Gingrich of race baiting (although statistics show that there are more white people on food stamps than blacks, but who cares about facts, right?).

Meanwhile, Obama is offering $75,000 grants to groups who can find ways to increase program participation, as the administration feels there are not enough people, specifically seniors and Hispanics, in the SNAP program.  This is a joke, right?  No, America, it’s real…check it out.

h/t – Big Government

Over the last three years, the number of Americans on food stamps has skyrocketed by two-thirds and stands at a record-high 46 million citizens, or one out of every seven people in the United States.  Despite the historic rise in food stamp use, however, the Obama Administration believes not enough people are receiving food stamps who should be and is offering $75,000 grants to groups who devise “effective strategies” to “increase program participation” among those who have yet to sign up.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website singles out Hispanics and elderly Americans as groups who often fail to enroll in the food stamp program (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) and says  that one of the contributing factors that must be overcome to get more people to sign up for SNAP benefits is individual “pride”:

There are many reasons why eligible people, including seniors and Hispanics, do not participate in the SNAP. These include unawareness of eligibility, confusion about program rules and requirements, a complex application process, and a lack of transportation and pride.

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This is what we love about Congressman West!!!

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This is what happens when a conservative speaks out…

h/t  iOwnTheWorld.com

“Allen West is Screwed.”

This was a direct quote from an unnamed legislator reported by The Shark Tank: At the time one could say, “unnamed legislator?? I’ll believe it when I see it.”

Well, believe it. It’s happening, courtesy of the Romney Team and spokesperson Mark Weatherford.

This is the establishment fighting back against TEA party stalwarts. Attacking Allen West in Florida???

What more do you need in order to see what Mitt Romney is?

Story at Legal Insurrection

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One of the mistakes that the West makes is that it doesn’t listen to what the Islamists are saying. If only we listened, we could hear their strategy. On November 20, Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the top Muslim Brotherhood theologian and arguably the most influential Sunni cleric in the world, called onMuslims to embrace “gradualism.”
The doctrine of gradualism is successful because we fail to appreciate the ability of the Islamists to be skillful political strategists. Gradualism is an intelligent form of jihad based on pragmatism, patience, long-term planning and self-evaluation. The Islamists evaluate their performance and recalibrate their strategy accordingly. The West misinterprets this as being “moderate,” when in reality, not all Islamists are as reckless as Al-Qaeda.
“Gradualism in applying the Sharia is a wise requirement to follow,” Qaradawi declared, stating that Mohammed followed it.
The Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, have always worked in stages. In December…

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A State of the Union address is often difficult to fact check, no matter who is president. The speech is a product of many hands and is carefully vetted, so major errors of fact are so relatively rare that they sometimes can become big news (think of George W. Bush’s “sixteen little words” about Iraq seeking uranium in Niger). At the same time, State of the Union addresses are very political speeches, an argument for the president’s policies, so context (or the perspective of opponents) is often missing.

Here is a guide through some of President Obama’s more fact-challenged claims, in the order in which he made them. As is our practice with live events, we do not award Pinocchio rankings, which are reserved for complete columns.

“For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country. Most of al Qaeda’s top lieutenants have been defeated. The Taliban’s momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home.”

The killing of bin Laden, which Obama used to open and close his speech, is an achievement that few partisans would quibble with. But the story about Iraq and Afghanistan is much more muddled.

Yes, U.S. troops have left Iraq, in part because the Obama administration was unwilling or unable — take your pick — to extend a security agreement with Iraq. Since the U.S. departure, Iraq has descended into violence as the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has targeted Sunni opposition figures. The country at times appears to teeter on the edge of a new outbreak of sectarian violence.  Read more….

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Yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, Speaker of the House John Boehner noted that the House passed 30 jobs bills in 2011, which have never made it to the floor of the Senate, thanks to Democrat Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.  While Obama constantly claims Republicans are the party of No, and that they are responsible for the lack of new jobs in this country, these facts speak otherwise.

On Speaker Boehner’s blog this weekend (www.speaker.gov/blog), the following article was posted, noting that Obama’s own Jobs Council has endorsed the approach to job creation that the Republicans have been pursuing all year, in order to get Americans back to work.   (Note how many bills have the comment “Senate has taken no action to date.”) Hmmm…who is the REAL party of No??

Yesterday, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness released its year-end report, recommending how we can “create jobs in the short run and improve our nation’s competitiveness over the long term.” The recommendations focus on reducing regulatory burdens, simplifying our tax code, utilizing American sources of energy, and fostering private sector innovation and global competitiveness – the very approach House Republicans have advocated. As Speaker Boehner noted,  “With this report, President Obama’s own panel of experts has endorsed the approach to job creation House Republicans have been pursuing for more than a year.”  Not only does the report align with the approach Republicans have proposed, it reflects legislation already passed by the House and awaiting action in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The House has acted, and all we need now is a willing partner in the Senate to make many of the Council’s recommendations a reality.  That’s why Speaker Boehner yesterday urged, “the President to call on Senate leaders to take up these House-passed jobs bills so we can provide the solutions American job creators say are needed to put people back to work.”

Here are the ideas proposed in the Council’s report, followed by bills and ideas proposed by House Republicans.

President’s Jobs Council: Adopt an “All-In” Strategy on Energy – “In order to stay competitive, the U.S. must maintain access to abundant and affordable energy while reducing our reliance on foreign imports and moving toward cleaner energy sources.”
House GOP Solutions:

  • Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, H.R. 1230 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, H.R. 1229 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act, H.R. 1231 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011, H.R. 2021 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • North American-Made Energy Security Act, H.R. 1938 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)

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