Category Archives: welfare/benefits

Look at What’s Going to Happen to Sweden’s Fabled Welfare State

Sweden’s got a major supply and demand problem.

 By 2025, its entire workforce is expected to grow by 207,000 people—yet it needs more than that number just to staff its fabled welfare state. The worker shortfall could crimp services and raise labor costs, especially in a political environment less hospitable to immigration.
Less hospitable to immigration? Sweden?

Geert Wilders: Refugees prefer to come to big fat welfare states in Europe

Wilders says all real refugees deserve shelter, but he is surprised about how rich Middle Eastern countries don’t give it to them.

Instead the refugees, but also lots of non-refugees, come to Europe and ‘travel through five or six safe countries‘ to reach the continent’s ‘big fat welfare states’, he says.


Rich New Yorkers making plans to escape social welfare tax burden – now that they have to pay it themselves

From Robert Donachie at Daily Caller,

Wealthy New Yorkers can currently lower their federal taxable income by more than $100,000 through a provision of the tax code known as the State and Local Tax Deduction, or SALT. The average SALT deduction in the Manhattan area is at least $60,000.

The Republican bill will cap the deduction amount at $10,000, meaning wealthy New Yorkers who currently write off expensive real estate could face an extra six figures in taxable income.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law by Christmas, which is why many hedge fund and private equity managers are seriously considering getting out of New York. More.

Reality check: In short, they were big supporters of every type of largesse the government could think up as long as someone else was paying. It’ll be a test of Trump’s presidency whether he does sign the bill for the cold shower these people need.

One could, of course, refer the Chardonnay socialists to the many Bible verses on the virtue of giving till it hurts of one’s own wealth. But somehow, we fear they will have a secularist meltdown at that point and renew their attacks on traditional religion instead.

See also: How the sexual revolution fuels hate against Christianity and traditional lifestyles


Maine: Muslim Refugee Collected Welfare for 4 Years While Becoming Islamic Terrorist


An Iranian refugee receiving welfare benefits in Maine while becoming self-radicalized before he fought and died for ISIS has an enraged Gov. Paul R. LePage calling for a sweep of all such taxpayer-funded payouts in his state and nationwide.

Adnan Fazeli, 38, came to Freeport, Maine, in 2009 and was killed last year on the battlefield in Lebanon after abandoning his wife and three kids to join the terror army, according to federal court documents unsealed this week.

LePage said the stunning news of an Islamic State convert in his midst has left him “embarrassed” and outraged at President Obama’s “failed” vetting of immigrants, adding he’s fed up with states like his being left to deal with the refugee crisis.


Switzerland votes on introducing guaranteed basic income for all

Possible ways of paying for it include:

  • fees on salaries of people who earn more than the minimum
  • savings from welfare programs that would be discontinued
  • taxes
  • spending cuts in the state budget

Switzerland’s basic income push is among the most advanced in Europe. The Dutch city of Utrecht wants to start a two-year experiment with a similar plan, handing money to residents who already receive welfare benefits.

Related: John McDonnell: Labour taking a close look at universal basic income


Britain: Migrants with more than one wife will get EXTRA benefits under new reforms

Polygamous marriages, largely confined to Muslim families, are recognised in Britain only if they took place in countries where they are legal.

At present additional wives can receive reduced individual income support, meaning the husband and his first wife receive up to £114.85. Subsequent spouses living under the same roof receive a reduced allowance of about £40 each.

Under the new system of universal credit, polygamous marriages are not recognised at all.

But a House of Commons library paper, published earlier this month, has highlighted a loophole that will allow additional wives to claim a full single person’s allowance while the husband and his first wife still receive theirs.


UK: Home secretary hardens refusal to accept EU resettlement programme

‘Migrants’ disembark from the Italian navy ship Vega in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta, southern Italy, May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

The home secretary, Theresa May, has hardened Britain’s refusal to accept a mandatory European Union refugee quota system being put forward in Brussels this week in response to the Mediterranean migrant boat crisis.

The Home Office has said it will refuse to accept any refugees under this week’s proposed EU emergency resettlement programme. But it has now said it will also refuse to take part in any future permanent EU system to relocate asylum seekers who make it across the Mediterranean or to resettle refugees from outside Europe.

The hardening of Britain’s refusal to share any responsibility for the refugees or migrants caught up in the Mediterranean boat crisis was roundly criticised by British refugee organisations. “It is shameful that the British government seems eager to opt out of doing the right thing by some of the world’s most desperate people,” said Anna Musgrave of the Refugee Council…

…The home secretary insisted that the focus instead must be on targeting and stopping the people-smugglers behind the trade across the Mediterranean, including establishing “a more effective process of returning illegal migrants”…

Related: The UK also wants to slow down the influx of people moving from parts of the EU in order to receive benefits, by making it harder to obtain them.

This would require changes to the EU treaties. Today, Germany has announced they refuse to consider any EU treaty changes.


3 in 4 US Refugees Receive Food Stamps – More Than Half on Medical Assistance

A strikingly high percentage of refugees to the United States use some form of public assistance, according to a government report to Congress.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Annual Report to Congress for FY2013 reveals that nearly 3 in 4 refugees were on food stamps.

Additionally, nearly half were on some form of cash assistance and more than a half were on medical assistance. More than 20 percent were on Supplemental Security Income, more than 22 percent were in public housing and nearly 20 percent were on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)…

Refugees from Africa and the Middle East were the heaviest users of cash assistance at 61.9 percent and 68.3 percent respectively. Latin American refugees only used cash assistance at a rate of 8.1 percent and South Asia used about 42.7 percent…


A “Beautiful Person” That “Was Just Going Through Some Things” but “Had A Good Heart”


It Takes A Village to Keep Their Mouths Shut About Missing Children

It Takes A Village to Keep Their Mouths Shut About Missing Children

Authorities would determine that the bodies, found wrapped in a plastic bag had been in a freezer for more than a year whilst the mother continued to live at the Martin Luther King apartments with her two other children, aged 11 and 17.

Blair, 35 who also goes by Angel and who describes herself as “Loyal to my babies” on her Facebook page, recently posted a photo with the following statement: “There is no greater blessing than being a MOM.”

Prior to being taken away, WXYZ Detroit reports the woman telling that her son was raped and that the child’s sexual assault had been carried out by his siblings. Why or how the child then ended up in a freezer along with their sister is not necessarily understood. Or why for that matter the woman declined to report the purported sexual abuse to authorities.

Mitchelle Blair, 35, was arrested Tuesday after court officers serving an eviction notice at her home opened the freezer and found the bodies of her daughter Stoni Ann Blair and her son Stephen Gage Berry.

Neighbors said they hadn’t seen the dead children in about a year. None of the four children was enrolled in Detroit schools, and friends said their mother was home-schooling them.

Under state law, Michigan parents have the right to homeschool their children. Educating them, assigning homework and testing are the parent’s responsibility.

Registering the home school to the state Education office is voluntary, unless the student is special needs and special education services have been requested from the local school district.

The state was not notified that Blair’s children were being homeschooled this year, said Education Department spokesman Bill Disessa.

Neighbors say Blair has lived in the complex at least 10 years. She was unemployed and having money troubles, and she had gotten behind on her rent. Neighbors said they knew about the impending eviction. Court records show a judgment filed last month against her for $2,206 owed to the complex.

Despite her money and other problems, friends still call her a good mother. Blair is known throughout the complex of low-income townhomes as “Angel” — a play on her middle name, Angela, that she got because she is so well-liked, said neighbors Carrie McDonald and Shay Wilson.

“The mother is a beautiful person. She was just going through some things,” said McDonald said. “She has a good heart.”

But neighbors rarely saw the four children outdoors. Some say they hadn’t seen Stoni and Stephen for about a year.

“She really don’t let them outside [the freezer],” said Wilson. “They are always in the house [freezer].”

Some more here too


Swedish welfare model traps immigrants in poverty

Screen shot from this video. Commentary.

During recent years, Sweden has had an unusually open policy towards refugee and family immigrants. The Swedish Migration Agency estimates that around 105,000 individuals will apply for asylum only this year, corresponding to over one percent of Sweden’s entire population. In addition, many family migrants are annually united with their relatives. But the open attitude towards granting immigrants asylum is not matched by good opportunities on the labor market. An in-depth study by the daily paper Dagens Nyheter shows that many migrants struggle to find decent work even ten years after entering the country.

Dagens Nyheter has used public records to track all 24,567 individuals who were granted residence permit in Sweden in 2004. Ten years later, 15,740 of these individuals were of working age and residing in the country. The median income for the refugees in the group was found to be as low as £880 a month. The family immigrants of refugees earned even less.

Ten years after arriving in the country, their median income was merely £360 a month. These very low figures suggest that a large segment of the group is still relying on welfare payments. Dagens Nyheter can show that at least four out of ten refugees ten years after arrival are supported by welfare. The paper acknowledges that this is likely an underestimation, since some municipalities have not sent the paperwork required to match individuals to welfare receipts.

In theory, one could expect the Nordic welfare states to excel at integration. After all, the public sectors provide a range of goods such as tax-financed education including university studies, as well as tax-financed health care. Such programs can encourage up-ward mobility for marginalized groups such as immigrants. But there is also another side to the coin.

The combination of generous benefits, high taxes and rigid labour regulations reduce the incentives and possibilities to find work. Entrapment in welfare dependency is therefore extensive, in particular amongst immigrants…

Related discussion from The Commentator.

And here is The Guardian’s leftist take on the recent killing in Gothenburg: “Sweden shooting puts focus on life in ‘ghettoes without hope’ ”