Alabama citizens and poverty: Time for change?

December 29, 2016

By Maggie Ford

Eighteen and a half percent of Alabama residents live in poverty. That’s what the US Census Bureau published in 2015. We’re tied with Kentucky as the fifth poorest State in the Union. And it’s no joke that while some Alabamians are still complaining about the taste of their Christmas steak, some kids around the block are wondering where supper will come from.

We all know the routine: the chronically rich blame poverty on the bad habits of the chronically poor, and the chronically poor blame poverty on the oppressive systems of the chronically rich. It’s called the blame-game, and people have played it since the Garden of Eden. Read More

Sessions Critical of Jobs Report Releases His Own Report Showing Entitlement Growth

October 24, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday the jobs report showed that unemployment has dropped to 7.2 percent (down from 7.3 percent a month ago) and the economy has created 148,000 new jobs, but that is far fewer jobs than what is needed to raise the economy out of the post recession doldrums.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama said on Facebook,

“Today’s jobs report underscores the real problem in today’s labor market: growing joblessness among working-age adults despite modest monthly gains in total employment.

Sen….Nearly 2 million fewer Americans are working today than in 2007. But this does not tell the full story: millions more have left the workforce altogether—retiring early, moving in with family, going from a two-income to a one-income household, going on disability or welfare, or giving up looking for work. Of particular concern is that 1 in 6 American youth are neither working or in school.”
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Bonner Says that President is Trying to Undo Welfare Reform

September 28, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile said in his weekly column that he voted for H.J. 118 that would restore the landmark welfare work requirements passed by President Clinton and a Republican Congress led by then Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Congressman Bonner said, “Sixteen years ago, a Democrat president and a Republican Congress did what, frankly, very few ever expected. They reached across the political gulf and worked together to tackle the thorny issue of welfare dependence. Faced with a flawed system that actually discouraged people from seeking a better life, politicians found a solution that most Americans agreed was the right path. Unfortunately, a decade and a half later, President Obama has chosen to reverse the progress of bipartisan welfare reform.”
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Roby Defends Welfare Work Requirements

September 14, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery helped move forward legislation in committee which would restore the landmark welfare reform package passed by President Bill Clinton (D) and a Newt Gingrich (R) led Congress in 1996. President Obama’s Health and Human Services Administration (HHS) has offered waivers to states on the work requirements that were the key to the 1996 bipartisan welfare reform legislation, Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. Congress has never authorized the Administration to offer states any waivers of the work requirement.
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Sessions Proposes Food Stamp Reforms

June 11, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R) announced on the floor of the U.S. Senate that he was proposing an amendment to the farm bill which would both decrease the $900 billion that taxpayers spend on the federal welfare programs and re-establish the moral principle that federal welfare is temporary assistance and not permanent support.

Sen. Sessions said “I have filed a modest package of food stamp reforms to the farm bill that will achieve several important goals: Save taxpayer dollars; reduce the deficit; achieve greater accountability in how the program is administered; confront widespread waste; direct food stamps to those truly in need; and help more Americans achieve financial independence.”
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