May 26, 2016 |
A generation after Ronald Reagan denounced the "welfare queen," the Grand Old Party is evidently on the verge of nominating its first welfare king. Four years ago last week, the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, famously wrote off the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes. Romney, secretly recorded at a fund-raiser, said the 47 percent "who are dependent upon government" won't vote for him because "I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
April 27, 2016
Nathan Benefield is vice president of policy for the Commonwealth Foundation Conservatives loathe government handouts. Liberals denounce special favors to corporations. One thing can unify these two sides: ending Pennsylvania's budget-busting corporate-welfare handouts. Every year, state government gives millions in taxpayer dollars to favored businesses under the guise of "economic development. " In reality, these giveaways represent political development, enriching special interests and their well-connected lobbyists.
July 22, 2014
AS LAWMAKERS in Washington haggle over the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, Michael Strange has no doubts about where he stands. Strange is owner and president of Bassetts Ice Cream, which has about 25 employees at its Center City headquarters. Exports, mostly to China, account for 20 percent of Bassetts' annual revenue. Ex-Im is an obscure federal agency that helps American businesses, mostly small, sell goods abroad. But some lawmakers - primarily tea party Republicans in the House - want to close down Ex-Im when its authorization ends Sept.
August 8, 2013
AS CIVIL unrest goes, the United States isn't exactly becoming France, where it seems at least one group of workers goes on strike on a weekly basis. But a recent series of one-day strikes by fast-food workers in several cities around the United States protesting low wages should be considered a dramatic development in our labor history. It's also a timely one. The workers' actions have renewed focus on raising the $7.25-per-hour minimum wage, though the median pay for fast-food workers is $9.05.
September 23, 2012
You know the 47 percent Gov. Romney's latest gaffe reveals him as a sneering, self-satisfied plutocrat ("Romney faces fallout from video," Wednesday). Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Romney doesn't know the "47 percent. " But you do, and so do I. They are disabled vets, wounded heroes barely making ends meet on government benefits. My wife's Aunt Sue, who came from Italy to this country, worked hard, and later struggled to survive on Social Security and her meager pension and savings.
June 7, 2012 |
IT'S WELL-KNOWN to most by now that Gov. Corbett doesn't much like welfare programs. His recent initiative to deny food stamps to anyone with assets exceeding $5,500, the banishment of about 90,000 kids from the Medicaid rolls, and the elimination of cash-assistance grants for the disabled and others are among recent moves that makes his position clear. There is an exception to his aversion to welfare, though: If you're a corporation, you can get plenty of state aid, and you won't be subjected to any kind of means test.
January 27, 2012
NOW THAT we've learned that the Corbett administration is considering that applicants for food-stamp assistance undergo asset examinations and meet strict financial criteria to receive it, I suggest that the governor think of applying that standard to other recipients of state welfare. He could start with the corporations that benefitted from his generous tax break last year. Could they prove a need for it? How many jobs did their bonus create? Should those corporations be allowed to have no more than $2,000 in savings to get their welfare from the state?
January 25, 2011 |
The Commonwealth Foundation , backed by the Mellon Scaifes , the McKennas of Kennametal Inc. , and other wealthy donors with a lot at stake, have sent Gov. Corbett a conservative wish list of ways to cut state spending. It may offend almost as many entrenched Republicans as Democrats. Some highlights: Eliminate corporate welfare by prohibiting the state from giving tax dollars to private companies. That means killing the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)
January 9, 2011 |
It's no surprise that even after a Norwegian shipbuilder was given hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to come to the Navy Yard in the late 1990s, the yard is in danger of closing. That's because the deal never made good economic sense - at least from the taxpayers' standpoint. And taxpayers were the ones underwriting this corporate welfare. For those who missed the New Year's Eve report, the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is threatening to close if it doesn't get an additional $42 million in state funding.
December 27, 2005
Michael Crane's letter of Dec. 21 asks "Can someone, anyone . . . please show me where in the Constitution does it say that the president has the authority to do whatever he wants regardless of the law?" Let's look inward. This is a federal government that has gone far beyond the scope of power envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Madison, Jefferson and the rest would not recognize the nanny state that exists today as the nation of liberty and freedom from government intrusion they left us. Income taxes, Social Security, Medicare, corporate welfare gone mad, and literally thousands of other unconstitutional programs would make this nation unrecognizable to our founders.