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Tonight's Crazy Story:
Air France: Out of Gas? Ask Passengers to Pitch In
Crew on an Air France plane diverted to Syria asked passengers if they had the money to purchase extra fuel to finish the trip.
Topic One: Food Stamp Folly
Why our entitlement programs are in trouble: "Total federal and state spending on means-tested welfare more than doubled between 2000 and 2011 -- from $431 billion to $927 billion. Around one third of the population now receives some type of means-tested welfare aid. Average cost: $9,000 per recipient. And there’s no end in sight. Except that, sooner or later, there has to be. As Margaret Thatcher once quipped of socialism, “sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.” A day of reckoning can be postponed for a while, but not delayed indefinitely.
“The president’s budget calls for ruinous and unsustainable budget deficits,” Rector says. “An important step in reducing future unsustainable federal deficits would be to return total welfare spending to pre-recession levels.” But unless lawmakers get serious about addressing this threat, it won’t happen. The national debt is more than $16 trillion -- and climbing.
"To make matters worse, all this debt is truly for naught because the programs that it’s financing do little to reduce poverty. If anything, they encourage it, because they don’t follow the reform model of the ‘90s: reduce dependence by requiring work as a condition for receiving aid. Recipients can do nothing all day and still get their taxpayer-funded checks."