August 28, 2017

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (082817)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

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  1. Report: Welfare Reform in Kansas Caused Individuals to Reenter Labor Force Earning Higher Incomes

    Combination of welfare reforms led to a 78 percent decline in TANF enrollment

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/report-welfare-reform-kansas-caused-individuals-reenter-labor-force-earning-higher-incomes/

    Red State governance leads to better economic conditions for the poor… As this trend continues, we will probably see a trend of internal migration from blue to red states seeking employment. This will leave the blue states as economic basket cases since all they will have left are the ultra rich and the slackers on government assistance. People on government assistance means zero to decreasing GDP on the state level.

    Social Effects:
    Employed people = GDP; unemployed people = downward spiraling economics, decreasing tax revenues.

    How did this come about? Telling people they don’t have to work to support themselves by removing that expectation and then bringing millions of illegal aliens to work those jobs at lower pay is a disastrous public policy decision on an economic basis. It should have been obvious to the most stupid of politicians that tax revenues are going to drop when wages are artificially depressed by flooding the labor market and telling people they can just go on public assistance.

    -> Low wage = low income tax revenue;
    -> low median income = low sales tax revenue.
    -> Low wages and low median income = lower property values and lower property tax revenue.

    Comment by dscott — August 28, 2017 @ 8:02 am

  2. Byron York: Next stop for Trump dossier probe: the FBI

    I was unaware that the FBI was going to pay Christopher Steele to continue his work on the “salacious and unverified” dossier (the words of former FBI Director James Comey)

    [...] The FBI took the dossier seriously, in part because agents had dealt with Steele before in 2010 in the investigation into FIFA, the world soccer organization. So in October, Steele “reached an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the election for the bureau to pay him to continue his work,” according to a Washington Post report.

    It was a mind-boggling development: Federal law enforcement agreeing to fund an ongoing opposition research project being conducted on behalf of one of the candidates in a presidential election. In the end, the FBI reportedly did not pay Steele, possibly because of publicity concerns. [...]

    Unfortunately, mind-boggling seems to be the new norm these days.

    Comment by Par for the Course — August 28, 2017 @ 8:08 am

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