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August 7, 2012

Welfare to Blog

Filed under: blogging, politics — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 2:27 pm

Via Just a Conservative Girl comes the new Romney ad on BO gutting of welfare reform:

Last month Breitbart reported that under the Obama Administration guidelines activities such as “[p]ersonal care […], massage, exercise, journaling, motivational reading, smoking cessation, weight loss promotion, participation in parent teacher meetings, or helping friends or family with household tasks and errands” will now count as “work”, enabling individuals to qualify for the federal government handouts.

Journaling?  Is that a word?  Probably a neologism that’s yet to make its way to  I surmise it probably means keeping a journal.  But what about keeping a journal in electronic format, commonly referred to as blogging?  Can bloggers go on welfare?  I doubt mommy bloggers like me will make the cut, given that we have gainfully employed husbands.  Married women are a Republican demographic, so it’s unlikely that the new policy was meant to benefit us.  But the liberal PuffHo bloggers are a different breed.  They had long been complaining that the employer doesn’t pay them.  Perhaps now they can get their checks from Uncle Sam and move out of the parents basement…  Or quit panhandling.

You know who doesn’t panhandle?  Hispanics.  Ted Cruz, the Senate hopeful from Taxes said:

“The Hispanic community, the values that resonate in our community, are fundamentally conservative,” Cruz said on “Fox News Sunday.” “They are faith, family, patriotism. Do you know the rate of military enlistment among Hispanics is higher than any demographic in this country? And they are also hard work and responsibility.”

“A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur, asked me a question some time ago. He said, ‘When is the last time you saw an Hispanic panhandler?’
I think it’s a great question. I’ll tell you, in my life, I never once have seen an Hispanic panhandler because in our community; it would be viewed as shameful to be out on the street begging.”

It’s true.  I see lots of Mexicans (presumably) asking for work, but never for money.  (I don’t see very many Asian homeless either.  Russians around here admire the fact that Asians know how to take care of their mentally ill.)  Unfortunately, a few generations down the road immigrant children acquire enough schooling necessary for full time blogging.  That condition is known as funemployment, and that’s when the federal government steps in.

UPDATE:And oh, in the duel of Presidential campaign ads it turned out that the woman, whose death Mitt Romney caused by taking away her health insurance, was actually insured.



  1. I must assume that Cruz has never been to Mexico. You are utterly harassed by panhandlers in the tourist areas.

    Thanks for the linkey love.

    Comment by just a conservative girl — August 7, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    • Also drunken people piling up on top of each other. Here, though, I rarely see them panhandling. Standing on the corner asking for work, yes, all the time, just not panhandling.
      Most welcome re linkey. 🙂

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — August 7, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

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