Friday, November 23, 2012

November 23, 2012

Cory Booker to Live on Food Stamps
by Mary Evans
November 23, 2012

Cory Booker, "America's favorite mayor and occasional superhero," according to Yahoo News, got into a spat with a follower on Twitter.

Booker claimed that Americans "have a shared responsibility that kids go to school nutritionally ready." A Twitter user known as TwitWit disagreed, claiming that taxpayers shouldn't be shelling out billions for food programs.

The mayor then issued a Food Stamps challenge to the Twitterer who doubted that there were people in this country "too poor" to give their kids a banana and a bowl of cereal in the morning.
[Let's] you and I try to live on food stamps in New Jersey (high cost of living) and feed a family for a week or month," the mayor wrote. "U game?" 
The user...replied, "Sure, Mayor, I'm game." 
"Great. Let's do this," Booker wrote. "I hope you live in New Jersey. Let's film it and see how we do." 
Booker added that they would have to get a referee.
Booker and a challenger on food stamps? What fun for the holidays. But isn't the amount of assistance one receives based on unemployment, personal income, spouse's income, and assets?

Will Booker's salary as a mayor prohibit him from receiving food stamps? If New Jersey actually issues him an EBT card and Booker stocks up for the month at WalMart, is he committing fraud?

That's how obscene making light of going on Food Stamps is. Not only is it against the law for Booker to try a stunt like this, but the "let's do this" bravado makes it sound like a pickup game on the basketball court.

I've got an idea, Cory: why don't you pretend to be middle-class for a year under your job-killing president? This is the class that doesn't qualify for welfare but funds the generational moochers who have made Food Stamps a lifestyle choice.

Why don't you and your wife give up all those meals at public functions, clean out your 401(k)s to help your unemployed kids pay their bills, watch your health care premiums go up because the kids are on your policy until the age of 26 thanks to ObamaCare, and figure out how to keep from worrying about getting a pink slip on Friday afternoon?

What's this insult to all Americans -- those on Food Stamps and those paying for them -- all about? Identity politics? Is Booker pretending he's one of the 47 million Food Stamp recipients to gin up support in case he runs for governor?

In the same callous vein, here's Booker on Hurricane Sandy:
On his monthly radio show, the Democratic mayor said the response to the storm delayed his 2013 gubernatorial plans. "The reality is Sandy has pushed my timeline back," Booker said. 
The mayor said he would not make a decision on a potential run against Christie until mid-December.
I don't know who decided that the arrogant Booker is "America's favorite mayor," but from the "U Game?" challenge to the moronic statement on Hurricane Sandy, the mayor's jocular attitude toward the jobless, those dependent on Food Stamps for good reasons, the generational loafers addicted to government handouts, and the victims of Sandy is enough to make this American sick to her stomach.

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Walmart vs. The Thugs - The retail giant has powerful adversaries
by Michelle Malkin
November 23, 2012

Black Friday always brings out the worst: long lines, short tempers, and random outbreaks of shoppers’ rage. This year, Big Labor will ratchet up the Strikesgiving tension with professional grievance-mongers and workers picketing at 1,000 Walmart stores nationwide.

Attention, Walmart directors: Appeasement of a mob never works. Walmart has tried repeatedly to stave off union thuggery through political “partnerships” and capitulation. It has failed and failed and failed.

The discount retail giant shocked many observers in 2009 when it announced it was embracing the principles of President Obama’s federal health-care mandate. The nation’s largest private (and non-union) employer was joined by its perennial arch-enemy, the Service Employees International Union (then helmed by frequent White House guest and deep-pocketed heavy Andy Stern), and the far-left Center for American Progress (run by Obama confidant John Podesta and funded by billionaire George Soros).

In their joint Obamacare letter, the strange bedfellows declared: “As the nation’s largest private employer, the nation’s largest union of health-care workers with over 1 million members, and a think tank that has been a leader on health-care policy, we have worked closely in support of health-care reform since 2006, when we came together to help break the stalemate that had defined the health-care debate for too long.”

Walmart, SEIU, and CAP together endorsed Obamacare’s employer mandate and “shared responsibility” provisions, which they called “important proposals that should be included in the current efforts to reform our nation’s health-care system.” This unholy alliance was forged out of Walmart’s desperation and political expediency.

Providing cover for the White House on Obamacare bought Walmart one day of goodwill theater. But SEIU and Soros operatives have promoted a no-holds-barred campaign against Walmart for decades. The union funded an incendiary “Walmart Watch” website with at least $1 million in rank-and-file-employee dues. Walmart foolishly contributed between $500,000 and $999,999 to Podesta and his Soros-backed Center for American Progress. But Soros’s MoveOn hit team is now instigating the Black Friday strikes online.

Similar corporate outreach to the Congressional Black Caucus brought rebukes from, you guessed it, SEIU leaders, who blasted Walmart for “undermining standards for all American workers.”

Never mind that Walmart employs 1.3 million people, 250,000 of whom have been there for more than ten years and 165,000 of whom are hourly associates who were promoted last year.

Nor will the company ever have the sympathies of the president — despite first lady Michelle Obama’s comfy seat on the corporate board of directors of TreeHouse Foods Inc. Walmart happens to be the conglomerate’s biggest customer.

The TreeHouse Foods position netted Mrs. Obama $45,000 in 2005 and $51,200 in 2006 — as well as 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year. While Mrs. Obama welcomed Walmart’s decision to team up with her on her anti–“food deserts” campaign last year, Obama’s union cronies at the SEIU and AFL-CIO once again excoriated the nation’s largest employer.

“Walmart should not be celebrated for false contributions to our communities and glitzy public-relations campaigns that disguise their destructive policies,” the union bosses railed.

President Obama has said nothing about the strike actions, but he made his allegiances clear in 2007, when he told union activists he “would not shop” at Walmart. Company heir Samuel Walton forked over $300,000 to the Priorities USA super PAC, run by former Obama flack Bill Burton. How’s that working out?

For the sake of Walmart’s survival, I hope the Black Friday lesson isn’t lost on the rest of its management and heirs. When you lie down with thugs, you get up with . . . more black eyes.

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Bleak Friday: Israeli Reservists Return Home Disappointed; Bibi Drops in Polls
by Joel B. Pollak
November 23, 2012

As Wednesday night's cease-fire went into effect--amidst continuing rocket fire from Hamas--many Israeli reservists returned home disappointed that the government had not launched the ground attack for which they had been called up. One soldier, quoted by Ynetnews, said that "as a resident of Beersheba [which was hit by several rocket attacks] there is a sense of disappointment. (The violence) will repeat itself and we'll find ourselves back here again and again. They (government) should have let us complete the mission."
Much of the Israeli public agrees that a ground war would have been preferable to no war at all, given the continued threat of attacks from Gaza--and given that Hamas is declaring victory. A new poll suggests that support for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen sharply, by as much as 25 percent, since he accepted the cease-fire, likely after intense pressure from the Obama administration. A poll prior to the cease-fire indicated that 70% of Israelis opposed it, and wanted to fight to remove Hamas from Gaza altogether.

Once a lock for re-election early next year, Netanyahu is now considered politically vulnerable. He is at pains to convince his own voters that Israel came out of the conflict as a winner by destroying much of Hamas's rocket infrastructure--perhaps because Hamas was able to replenish and improve its arsenal with help from Iran since the end of Operation Cast Lead in January 2009. He may draw some comfort from the fact that his left-wing opponents are split with the imminent return of former opposition leader Tzipi Livni to the scene.

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