HUD Awards Millions to Promote Family Self-Sufficiency

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded nearly $57 million in grants to help residents receiving housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program to gain access to education, job training and employment. HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV-FSS) helps public housing authorities across the country to hire or…

Why Do You Vote the Way You Vote?

Have you ever wondered why you vote the way you vote? It seems it is a little more complex and a little less comical than some would like to make it. Take the recent study by National Media Research Planning and Placement suggesting there might be a link between Republicans, Democrats and the type of…

Upstate New York Seeing an Exodus

  By Michael Hill – ALBANY, N.Y. — Melissa Grothues and John Steele bailed from Buffalo last year. Dissatisfied with their bank jobs, the 25-year-old college graduates sold the house in suburban Amherst, posted ads for possessions on Craigslist and drove cross country to San Diego for a fresh start. “We were ready for a bigger…

Where the jobs are

A friend recently got stuck when he tried to explain to his son, who was struggling to find a job, how our economy got to be the way it is. He asked my help since I am a well-known crank on the matter. I offered him three short anecdotes: Last summer I was in a…

Suggestions for Liberals in 2014

Because things are not going well for liberals who have driven the Democrat Party out of the American mainstream, I thought it would be helpful to come up with a list of suggestions for them to consider in 2014. So here goes: Eric Allie / Cagle Cartoons Touch a gun. Guns do not bite, nor…

Cleanup of Meth-Lab Homes Becomes a Growing Cottage Industry

  By Adrian Sainz – MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded. Gary Siebenschuh and a helper (pictured above) used a yellow photo ionization detector…

Minimum Wage Hammers Youth

With Democrats cratering in the polls over their collapsing health care law, they are trying to pivot to the only part of their policy agenda that still enjoys broad public support: the minimum wage. But their advocacy and its popularity rest on the incorrect belief that a significant number of families live on the minimum…

Living Smart: Handyman vs. Contractor

(MCT)—Whom should you hire: handyman or general contractor? The answer largely depends on the scope of the work. If you need help with a honey-do list, consider a handyman or handywoman. If the project is rather complex, consider a contractor. A general contractor and a handyman may offer similar abilities, but in general, the handyman…

Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Immigration

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s $20 billion net worth founder, has invested a large chunk of his money into destructive comprehensive immigration bills, one in the House and another, already passed, in the Senate. Zuckerberg’s goal through his pro-immigration lobbying group FWD.org, is to triple legal immigration by increasing H-1B and other work visas and granting amnesty…

How to make high-speed rail work in California

Two court decisions have blocked the California High-Speed Rail Authority from issuing more than $8 billion in bonds and from using bond funds on construction until it fixes its funding plan. Now what? The authority says it will move forward using federal funds. But as one of the attorneys who successfully challenged the project, I…

Since 2009, 11 Million Americans Out of Job Market

Real Unemployment 14.6 Percent The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ November employment report was its usual misleading statistical good news mish-mash that, when slapped together, came out as what the mainstream media called the most “encouraging” in months. Officially, the economy added 203,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent, its lowest level in…

4 Tips for Enjoying Life to the Fullest

Have you ever felt like you need an upgrade on your life? Most of us have – and there’s a way to get it, says veteran physician Sanjay Jain. “First, I tell people, ‘Don’t be afraid of making your life clearer.’ Many argue that life is not simple and, therefore, there are no easy answers,…

The President on Inequality

The issues that have obsessed Washington for the last few months — the government shutdown, the broken health care website, the unrelentingly bitter tone of a stalemated Congress — mean very little to most Americans. For a broad swath of the country, what matters hasn’t changed since the recession, and it is economic anxiety. Six…