Fox News Contributor: Welfare and Food Stamps Make Poverty Feel ‘A Little Comfortable’

During an appearance on Fox News’ “Cavuto on Business,” contributor Charles Payne asserted that programs like welfare and food stamps can make poverty feel “a little comfortable.”

Adding that he speaks from personal experience, Payne elaborated:

From the Huffington Post:

“There’s this idea that between the food stamps and the welfare and the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit and the local programs, you know, it gets a little comfortable to be in poverty,” Payne said during a discussion on food stamp usage.

Tennessee Considers Bill Tying Welfare Benefits to Children’s Grades

Not to be outdone by a Kansas bill that would allow those who are HIV positive to be separated from those who don’t, the state of Tennessee is considering a bill that would tie welfare support to a child’s progress in school.

The legislation would allow a family to lose up to 30% of its assistance if their child(ren) are not performing well in school:

Under the legislation brought by two Republicans, a student who doesn’t not make “satisfactory progress” in school would cost his or her family up to 30 percent of its welfare assistance, the Knoxville News and Sentinel reported:

Kansas Considering Bill Allowing for People Living with HIV/AIDS to be Quarantined

The state of Kansas is currently considering a bill that would allow those who are HIV positive to possibly be quarantined and separated from the rest of society:

Lawmakers are close to passing a new law discriminating against those who have HIV or AIDS, forcing them to be isolated or have their movements restricted.

Kansas House Bill 2183, which has passed in the Kansas Senate, will update the state’s public health statute by allowing quarantine of Kansans with ‘infectious diseases.’

Children Rally in Downtown Chicago for Immigration Reform

Yesterday afternoon, around 400 children marched through downtown Chicago in support of immigration reform.

Many of these latino children & youth were advocating for their parents, who are either under the shadows for lack of documentation or going through the deportation process.

It is estimated that at least 100,000 children have been affected by the lack of immigration reform and lost one, or both, parent(s) to deportation.

From NBC Chicago:

“I don’t want to get separated from my mother because .. if she leaves I don’t think I’m going to do good in school,” said 10-year-old Chris Romero.

CAMPAIGN: Upload A Video Letting Rick Ross Know that RAPE Lyrics will NOT be Tolerated

Yesterday we told you about some deeply troubling lyrics performed by rapper Rick Ross, in which he seems to describe and make light of date rape.

A featured guest on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.,” Ross raps: “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.

In response to these reprehensible lyrics, a campaign has been launched by Mark Anthony Neal, Regina Bradley, Heidi Renee Lewis, David J. Leonard, and Brittney Cooper asking for you to upload a video shaming Rick Ross for such harmful, dangerous words.

These videos will be compiled into a series of two-minute clips and spread far and wide, with the intent to “shame” Rick Ross and others – in the spirit that your mother would shame you for acting a fool.

Should We Raise Age for Charging Young People as Adults?

A recent editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times asks if we should raise the age for charging young people as adults from 17 to 18.

A proposed Illinois state law would mandate that 17 year-olds be tried as juveniles for both misdemeanors and most felonies.

At 17, young people are on the cusp of adulthood, but still at an age where they are more capable of change than a full-fledged adult. Juvenile records can be expunged; an adult record will follow offenders for the rest of their lives.

If we “don’t allow 17-year-olds to vote, buy Lottery tickets or sign up for a credit card,” should we really be charging them as adults?

Rahm Emanuel Says Chicago School Closings Are Worth It to Save Children from Failing Schools

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to widespread criticism regarding the closing of over 50 Chicago public schools.

According to Emanuel, the decision was a difficult one, but worth it to ensure that students aren’t trapped in failing schools.

Emanuel was out of town last week when CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced the closings. Nearly 30,000 students will be affected; most of them African American.

Lessons in Hate: Is it Okay to Invite Nazis, KKK Members to Speak at High Schools?

A fascinating article in the Washington Times investigates a risky teaching tactic employed in high schools and colleges across the country.

Educators are inviting representatives of hate groups – neo Nazis, KKK, Westboro Baptist Church, etc. – to share their hateful ideologies with students.

School officials say the point of such activities is for students to witness first hand the extreme stances these groups take, and to avoid them.

They assert that no student has ever been converted as a result of these speaking engagements.

REPORT: Top Universities Failing to Attract High-Achieving, Low-Income Students

According to a new report, the nation’s top Universities are failing to attract high-achieving low-income students.

Despite a widely-stated promise to reach out to these young people, the results show this has not come to fruition.

And this pattern is a major contributor to the vast economic inequality and lack of social mobility plaguing our country.