Civitas Review

Sen. Lee: Restore Work to Welfare


According to

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) will introduce legislation [Wednesday] that will restore the work requirement for food stamps that President Obama first repealed in his economic stimulus legislation in 2009.

Since Obama first repealed that work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependent children, the number of such recipients has more than doubled according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.

Lee's new bill, the Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act, will try and move millions of Americans off dependency and into work by restoring work incentives for individuals and families.

The Left will try to portray it as cruelty. But channeling people into the workforce benefits them.

It's important to remember that people need to work to rise in life. Job-hunting experts will tell you: If you are unemployed, get some kind of a job. If you walk your neighbor's dog, bill yourself as a canine fitness coach. Anything.

I took part a teleconference with Florida Rep. Steve Southerland who has been fighting to restore a work requirement for food stamps. He said it was to bring people "the blessing of work."

That's an attitude that has been lost. Leftists plainly disdain work. Conservatives recognize real work is a good thing for the people involved and for the country.

People who are working are producing, and that benefits us all. I read somewhere recently about as great Helen Keller quote:

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

 Work is good. Yes, it's difficult. That's why it's work. This is one of those great underlying issues.
And of course Sen. Lee is speaking at our Conservative Leadership Conference. Go to for more info.

N&O Article Tortures Data to Turn Logic on its Head


In a desperate attempt to turn logic on its head and deny that incentives matter to human behavior, the authors of this N&O article resort to twisting employment data to somehow "prove" that North Carolina's unemployment insurance reform last summer did nothing more than push people from the labor force.

For instance:

On closer examination, these numbers really don’t provide much evidence that the cuts to the insurance system spurred job growth. During 2013, North Carolina gained jobs at an average monthly rate of 0.1 percent, compared with a rate of 0.2 percent during 2012 and no different from the 0.1 percent average monthly rate recorded in both 2010 and 2011. Between June and December 2013, the state netted an average of 5,400 jobs per month, compared with 7,500 jobs per month in 2012.

See what they did there? They compared average monthly job growth rates for all of 2013 to 2012 and 2011. But the changes to UI didn't take effect until July 1, 2013. That's simply a dishonest and misleading comparison. Including job loss numbers from the first half of 2013 drags down last year's average, and those job losses obviously can not be attributed to UI reform.

To appreciate the true impact on the labor market that the UI reform had, a more direct comparison would be more appropriate: comparing the employment numbers from the first half of 2013 to the last half of 2013 after the UI changes took effect. On this note, even the authors of the article admit that between June and December of last year the state added more than 51,000 jobs (according to the establishment survey). The job growth after the UI reform stands in sharp contrast to the job losses suffered during the first half of 2013.

No matter how hard they try to torture the data, the progressive mouthpieces for government dependency can not undo irrefutable logic: human beings respond predictably to changes in incentives, and more specifically: when you pay people not to work, the result will be more people not working.

William Barber Refuses to Answer Questions


If you haven't already seen this video of David Webb trying to ask William Barber a couple of questions at the march in downtown Raleigh last Saturday - its worth your time. Webb

Webb is a local and syndicated talk show host, who attempted to ask William Barber, president NC NAACP, a question or two at the march in downtown Raleigh and later at a press conference.

Each time Webb asked Barber a question someone in his entourage stepped in and either pulled or pushed Webb away. And at the press conference the crowd (and Barber) laughed and sneered when Webb asked Barber "Do you feel you owe Senator Tim Scott an apology for calling him a ventriliquist's dummy?"

It's fascinating that it took Webb just a few hours to comprehend the gist of "moral monday" – that it is that they are a "collection of hardcore progressives." Webb also said that "They're selling a lie – not selling policies." Webb tried to ask direct questions in stark contrast of North Carolina's mainstream media who spent a year cheerleading the moral monday protests instead of asking basic questions of Barber and the other leaders of the protests.

Webb also went into the crowd and asked marchers if they thought the Tea Party was racist – all of them on the video said yes, but none of them could give an example of racism. Webb co-founded TeaParty365 in New York City, an advocacy group for fiscal responsibility and is the spokesman for the National Tea Party Federation.

NC Democratic Party Hiring Another Sexual Harasser?


The rumor mill is lighting up that Ben Chavis is in line to become the next Executive Director of the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP). This comes after the sudden firing this weekend of the recently hired ED  David Harris. What is most interesting, if this rumor turns out to be true, is that his short tenure as the ED of the NAACP ended partly because of a settlement connected with a sexual harassment claim.

While there are many things in his background that may give some pause, his working with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam (sexual harassment allegations) and his involvement with the Wilmington Ten, what should most concern the Democratic Party is the sexual harassment payoffs and allegations that seem to follow him.

You would think that after the sexual harassment troubles the NCDP has gone through recently they would quickly deny this – unless the rumor has validity…