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sheila-jackson-leeRep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas has added another ballad to her greatest hits album. This time she suggested that the House of Representatives change the common usage of the word ‘welfare’ to something more palatable, and less shameful, like ‘transitional living fund.’

She praised the current welfare programs,  and apparently thinks the name change will encourage more people to stop being so shy and hop on the gravy train. A little research uncovered just how much of a hypocrite Rep. Jackson Lee is. Read more…

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Disability is the New Welfare

↳ Posted on July 17th, 2012 by Ben Spera

There’s an interesting article on Drudge Report today. According to the Senate Budget Committee, more Americans have enrolled in federal disability than found a job in the last quarter. I’ve had a beef with disability for a while. From personal experience, it seems people that are legitimately disabled bust their hump to stay employed and prove that their just as good as everyone else. The people I see on disability don’t seem any more disabled than the next guy who shows up to work every day. I hear ridiculous claims of unemployability due to being overweight, having ADD, too depressed to work, or ambiguous excuses of they “just don’t get along with others.”

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Law Would Brand Speed-trap Towns with Colored Signs

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Speed-limit-signA great idea out of Tennessee that didn’t make it past state legislators. A bill from 2006 would have required towns that generates more than half of its revenue from speeding tickets to use blue-colored speed limit signage. The motivation behind this bill was certain towns that intentionally lower speed limits to unreasonably low levels in order to generate more revenue from speeding tickets. This undermines the purpose of speed limits, which is supposed to be for public safety, not government revenue. But we all know how that goes.

Source: Knox News

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