LHS students of the month

LHS SOMLaFayette High School’s Students of the Month for October from left to right Ny’Keirra Billingsley, Omar Boston, and Nichele Johnson.

November 12, 2015 | Posted in: Local, News | Comments Closed

Todd Fuller named 2015 Logger of the Year

Logger 1Montgomery – The Alabama Loggers Council and the Alabama Forestry Association recently picked Lanett logger Todd Fuller to be the 2015 Alabama Logger of the Year.

More than 100 loggers and their families and friends showed up for the ALC’s Annual Meeting at the Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center in Prattville on October 17th to honor Fuller and the employees of Fuller’s Logging.

“Todd runs an outstanding logging operation. He specializes in first thinings mostly on CatchMark Timber Trust lands. Both the company and the foresters he works with hold Todd in very high regard. He is truly an outstanding logger in all respects and most deserving of this award,” said Bill Harris, Director of the Alabama Loggers Council.

The award’s ceremony for Todd turned out to be a Fuller family affair, with Todd accompanied by his wife Shelia, their five daughters, his mother and father in-law and sister in-law as well as the Fuller’s Logging crew who participated in Todd’s award. In addition to his plaque Todd was given a handmade bench as a keepsake for his family to enjoy for generations to come.

 

Logger 2“I appreciate this award and thank the ALC and the AFA for the recognition. I also want to thank my Fuller’s Logging crew who do a fantastic job for our company,” said Fuller. “In addition, I have to thank my wife Shelia and our daughters Kimberly, Suzanne, Amanda, Stephanie and Danielle for their love and support over the years.”

Todd will be entered in the regional competition for National Logger of the Year, which is sponsored by the Forest Resources Association, a national organization that works to promote the forest products industry in the United States.

Community Events 11-11-15

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
For anyone dealing with the pain or loss and feeling the need for support, a “Grief Support/Divorce Recovery/Loss” Group will meet every Tuesday at Oak Bowery United Methodist Church beginning at 1:30-5:30 p.m. CST. For more information contact Pastor Bill Parker at (334)459-0214 or (706)518-9122. If no answer please leave a message. Contacts will be held confidential. There are no charges involved.


“ARE YOU OK” PROGRAM

The LaFayette Police Department is offering free participation in the `Are You OK`program for the elderly or anyone that lives alone. If you are interested please call 334-864- 2211. Participants must live in the city limits or police jurisdiction.

LIHEAP PROGRAM IN PROGRESS
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) of Community Action Committee, Inc. of Chambers- Tallapoosa – Coosa Counties are accepting calls for those needing assistance. Call 256-825- 4287, Ext. 201 to schedule an appointment.


HEADSTART RECRUITMENT

The Head Start program of Chambers-Tallapoosa is now taking applications for the 2015-2016 program year. Children can be accepted anytime during the year (if an opening is available) once the child has turned three years of age. Children with disabilities are also accepted. Call the Head Start Central office in Dadeville at 256-825- 4204 or any Head Start Center in your area.

DISABLE AMERICAN VETERANS TAG
To purchase a Disable American Veterans Tag call or write the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Box 1509, Montgomery, AL 36102-1509 — Automated phone line 1-800-827-1000. If you prefer to talk to someone you can call one of the phone numbers or write below: Veterans Service Officers, 215 South 9th Street, Opelika, AL 36803 Phone: 1-855-212-8028, 1-334-745-9781,1-334-737-3626.


BECOME A FOSTER PARENT

Become a foster parent with Alabama Mentor by attending the free foster parent classes every Monday at 5:30 p.m. CST. Contact Gina at 334-705-8877 for more information.


JACKSON MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH

Schedule
Come join us in fellowship at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church with the new pastor Dr. Bobby N. Duck. Sunday School – 9:30 am CST. Morning Worship – 10:30 am CST. Wednesday Night Service – 4:30 pm CST.

UNION HILL COMMUNITY CLUB
The Union Hill Community Club meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 pm CST. This will be our annual Thanksgiving supper. Turkey and dressing will be provided. Please bring a covered dish to go with the meal. Hope to see you there.

COMMISSION MEETINGS FOR NOVEMBER
The November Commission meetings of the Chambers County Commission are set Monday, November 16. Commission meetings begin at 4:00 p.m. CT and are held in the Commission Chamber located at 2 South LaFayette Street in LaFayette.

CLOSING OF THE CHAMBERS COUNTY COMMISSION OFFICE

The Commission offices will be closed on Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day; Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.

LAFAYETTE CITY HALL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

City Hall will be closed on Thursday November 26 and Friday November 27, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving.

UNION HILL FD CAKE WALK

The Union Hill Volunteer Fire Department Annual Cake Walk will be held on Saturday night November 21 at the Union Hill Community Club. The cake walk will start at 6:00 p.m. CST. Concession stand will
open at 5:00 p.m.CST. We will be selling BBQ Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Chips , Drinks and etc. We are asking ladies in the community to donate a baked good are a item to walk on. Come out and support your local volunteer Fire Department.

CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER
The Christian Service Center will take applications for Christmas assistance on Wednesdays, November 11th and 18th 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Low income families will need to provide birth certificates , picture ID, current electric bill with name and address showing ,and verification of income. Parents or legal guardians of children birth through 12 years are eligible to apply. Please bring a list of your child’s clothing sizes and gift ideas. The Center is located at 5342 Cusseta Road

Community Events 10-28-15

CITY OF LAFAYETTE TRICK OR TREAT SCHEDULE
Halloween will be observed on Saturday, October 31 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. for children up to 12 yrs of age. Residents who do not wish to have trick or treaters please keep your porch light off during these hours. All motorists are urged to watch for children. Please have a safe and happy Halloween.

FALL FESTIVAL LAFAYETTE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
The annual fall festival and Trunk or Treat will be held at LaFayette First Baptist Church on Wednesday evening, October 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. CST. Grilled hotdogs will be served from 5-5:45. There will be games, a cake walk, inflatable bouncy house and slides. Come and join the fun.

CHICKEN BARBECUE
Five Points Volunteer Fire Department will have a chicken barbecue on Saturday, October 31. Serving 10am until 2pm CST at the Five Points Community House. $7.00 plate. Call 334-444-7490 for tickets.


CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER

The Christian Service Center will take applications for Christmas assistance on Wednesdays, October 21 & 28. 9a.m.-1 p.m. Low income families will need to provide birth certificates, picture ID, current electric bill with name and address showing, and verification of income. Parents or legal guardians of children birth through 12 years are eligible to apply. Please bring a list of your child’s clothing sizes and gift ideas. The Center is located at 5342 Cusseta Road in Lanett (Huguley).

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
For anyone dealing with the pain or loss and feeling the need for support, a “Grief Support/Divorce Recovery/Loss” Group will meet every Tuesday at Oak Bowery United Methodist Church beginning at 1:30-5:30 p.m. CST. For more information contact Pastor Bill Parker at (334)459-0214 or (706)518-9122. If no answer please leave a message. Contacts will be held confidential. There are no charges involved.


“ARE YOU OK” PROGRAM

The LaFayette Police Department is offering free participation in the `Are You OK`program for the elderly or anyone that lives alone. If you are interested please call 334-864- 2211. Participants must live in the city limits or police jurisdiction.

LIHEAP PROGRAM IN PROGRESS
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) of Community Action Committee, Inc. of Chambers- Tallapoosa – Coosa Counties are accepting calls for those needing assistance. Call 256-825- 4287, Ext. 201 to schedule an appointment.


HEADSTART RECRUITMENT

The Head Start program of Chambers-Tallapoosa is now taking applications for the 2015-2016 program year. Children can be accepted anytime during the year (if an opening is available) once the child has turned three years of age. Children with disabilities are also accepted. Call the Head Start Central office in Dadeville at 256-825- 4204 or any Head Start Center in your area.

DISABLE AMERICAN VETERANS TAG
To purchase a Disable American Veterans Tag call or write the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Box 1509, Montgomery, AL 36102-1509 — Automated phone line 1-800-827-1000. If you prefer to talk to someone you can call one of the phone numbers or write below: Veterans Service Officers, 215 South 9th Street, Opelika, AL 36803 Phone: 1-855-212-8028, 1-334-745-9781,1-334-737-3626.


BECOME A FOSTER PARENT

Become a foster parent with Alabama Mentor by attending the free foster parent classes every Monday at 5:30 p.m. CST. Contact Gina at 334-705-8877 for more information.


JACKSON MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH

Schedule
Come join us in fellowship at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church with the new pastor Dr. Bobby N. Duck. Sunday School – 9:30 am CST. Morning Worship – 10:30 am CST. Wednesday Night Service – 4:30 pm CST.


MUSCADINE WORKSHOP

On October 29th a muscadine workshop will be taught at Five Points Farms (2185 County Road 261, Five Points, Al) in Chambers County. Please call the Chambers County Extension office at 334-864-9373 by Monday, October 26th to pre-register. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude around 11:00 a.m. There is no cost for attendance. If you have any questions about this meeting, please call the Chambers County Extension office at 334-864-9373.

TREATS FOR KIDS

The Fergerson-Holloway Family “Treats for Kids” to be held Saturday, October 31 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. CST at the Alfa Insurance Building on Hwy 50 in LaFayette. We are asking family, friends, churches, business, social clubs, etc to donate Bags of Candy to help fill the treat bags. Candy drop off sites are Rampey’s Day Care Center and Alfa Insurance.

AMERICAN LEGION MEETING
American Legion Post 141 and Auxilliary will meet Thursday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Legion home. A covered dish supper will be served. All members are urged to attend.

CHICKEN BBQ
West Chambers Fire & Rescue will have their Chicken BBQ on Saturday, November 7 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. CST. Pick up at West Chambers Fire Dept. or Courthouse Square in LaFayette. $7.00 per plate.

UNION HILL COMMUNITY CLUB
The Union Hill Community Club meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 pm CST. This will be our annual Thanksgiving supper. Turkey and dressing will be provided. Please bring a covered dish to go with the meal. Hope to see you there.

CENTERVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL
It’s a fall festival at Centerview Baptist Church in Camp Hill, Hwy 89. Rev. Gary Hardy, Pastor on October
31 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Fun, games and food. Hay ride is $2.00 per person. Come and enjoy the fun!!

MUSCADINE WORKSHOP
On October 29th a muscadine workshop will be taught at Five Points Farms (2185 County Road 261, Five Points, Al) in Chambers County. Please call the Chambers County Extension office at 334-
864-9373 by Monday, October 26th to pre-register. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude around 11:00 a.m. There is no cost for attendance. If you have any questions about this meeting, please call the Chambers County Extension office at 334-864-9373.

TOUCHED BY SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP
Touched by Suicide Support Group will meet on Monday, November 2nd at 5:30 Central time at the East Alabama Medical Center Health Resource Center. The address is 2027 Pepperell Parkway, across the street from EAMC. This is an informal group made up of caring individuals whose lives have been touched by the suicide of a family member or friend. For more information contact Deborah Owen, former EAMC Director of Psychiatric Services at jdowen1991@yahoo.com or Dayle Cook at 706-518- 5538, dayle@knology.net.

COMMISSION MEETINGS FOR NOVEMBER
The November Commission meetings of the Chambers County Commission are set for Monday, November 2 and Monday, November 16. Commission meetings begin at 4:00 p.m. CT and are held in the Commission Chamber located at 2 South LaFayette Street in LaFayette.

CLOSING OF THE CHAMBERS COUNTY COMMISSION OFFICE
The Commission offices will be closed on Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day; Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.

Cusseta family honored as top cattle producer

Cusetta Colliuns 1Story and photos by Laura Conaway

Jimmy Collins pays no mind to the freight train. Faint in the distance, then all at once overpowering, it demands attention as it bursts through his family’s land several times a day.

Sometimes even the cows take notice.

Way back in the 1850s, long before his family turned a 680-acre cotton farm into a cattle ranch, the train was there. Every day since, it serves as a reminder of life beyond the cattle and comfort of home.

The roads weren’t paved, the land in row crops and highly eroded, but James Smart Collins II wanted cows. Beef cattle to be specific. From Montgomery, Ala., he and his family operated J.S. Collins Dairy through the Great Depression and came to know the land 75 miles northeast of him that had no flowing water but nearly 40 natural springs.

“My grandfather bought the farm in ’43,” James (Jimmy) Collins IV recalls and in the 72 years since, generations of Collinses have raised even more generations of Angus cattle on ground near Cusseta, Ala., that’s sustained them both.

On September 26, the Collinses were presented the 2015 Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand Commercial Commitment to Excellence Award for their dedication to developing the best merits of the breed.

On behalf of the family that includes matriarch Era Claire, Jimmy and wife, Mary, and his son Jim and wife, Jennifer, accepted the award with children Taylor Brown and Jay Collins in the audience.

Gaze across a Collins pasture and it may seem as if Angus cattle have been the only kind to graze it, but the Collinses tried a bit of everything before they settled on the breed that gained them recognition.

“It was about improving quality—building numbers to start with—and then improving the quality of the herd,” Jimmy says. “It’s been a continuous process since then.”

Having “showed many a Hereford steer through high school,” he switched to Angus his senior year and soon after, the herd followed suit.

“We were looking to grow from carcass information and wanted rid of the problems with udders and eyes,” Jimmy says. “Crunching numbers, Angus looked like a better alternative. It’s such a strong breed.”

Those early calculations proved true and it wasn’t long before they were running a purebred operation from 10 bred heifers purchased in 1959, eventually selling nearly 100 bulls a year.

With the farm not large enough to support all the families, Jimmy took a position with Farm Credit Services upon graduation from Auburn University. Decades later, when he transitioned to a real estate business, he advised the family to transition to a commercial herd.

Living on the farm and commuting to town each day, mornings and late afternoons were spent tending to cattle while workdays went to financing crops, cattle and equipment for neighboring ranchers and later real estate sales. For years, three generations of Collins men worked together with their families to improve their cattle and impress the consumer at the end of the line.

The 350 commercial cows are carefully managed and selected with the same detail as the family’s 50 head of registered stock.

Keeper heifers must catch within the first 21 days. Then there are parameters on birth weight, EPDs (expected progeny differences) and results from GeneMax® (GMX) tests to measure gain and grade in non-registered cattle.

The first group for the DNA-based test in the spring of 2013 set a benchmark for the herd, all while helping to identify outliers. GMX scores from 50 heifers showed the top 75% scored 74 or better, compared to the national average of 50. But the Collinses don’t stop with heifers. They run the Zoetis HD50K test on young bulls to increase EPD accuracy. Then they pair that information with GMX Advantage™ scores on all heifer calves to match sires with progeny.

“We try to run a balanced program, rather than chasing outliers,” Jimmy says. “Sure, it’s a slower process, but when you get there, you’re there. We look at growth and carcass quality and strive to be a tier above the industry average.”

Even more, he adds, “We have tried to be more aggressive and balance growth characteristics over time with maternal traits.”
Maternal traits are what keep longtime customers like Omer McCants, Talbotton, Ga., coming back each year.

“I started six years ago and purchased 17 bred heifers and I’ve purchased every year since,” the Army veteran says. “I was impressed with the quality and durability of them. The Collins cows could hit the ground and stay. They didn’t lose.”

Terry Harris, Boston, Ga., can tell of cows he purchased from the Collinses 11 years ago that maintain and reproduce today. Then there are cattlemen new to the business like Jones Woody, Culloden, Ga., who has followed his calves on feed in Iowa and received carcass data showing 81% CAB and USDA Prime.

In an industry that sometimes resists change, the Collins men have embraced it in the transition from complete phenotypic to a combination of genetic and phenotypic selection.

“It’s a matter of surviving really and truly,” Jimmy says. “You’ve got to be productive and you can do what you want, but it better be successful and work for the folks who are going to be consuming the end product.”
Right on down the tracks.

Note to Reader: For a video overview of Collins Farms, visit

LaFayette proud of new website

By Alton Mitchell

As the Mayor and City Council opened up their final meeting of the LaFayette City Council meeting for October on Monday evening, the words of the call to order were upheld to the fullest with the business that took place at the meeting. The words that were spread across the walls of City Hall held something that would prove to be fulfilling to those in attendance as the statement was expressed, “Something be done today to help the great city of LaFayette.” The meeting was one which was dominated with progress and moves forward towards the future of LaFayette.

In opening the meeting news that has been constantly updated in the past several meetings was again the highlight of the meeting, as news spread on the progress of the new LaFayette city website. Mr. Chris Busby proudly gave that update to the City Council as he informed council of updates that have now nearly produced a finished product. Mr. Busby’s update informed the council of exciting new things with the cities website that will include, broken down sections for navigation, rotating images, among many more features still in the works. His update informed Council that all content has been supplied to Red Sage, the company constructing the website and now with most of the hard stuff done it is all in the hands of the programmers to finish up the exciting new website, and they are running ahead of schedule.

Excitement continued to roll at the Council meeting as representatives from LaFayette High School to include Principal Don Turner and Assistant Principal Casey Chambley gave notice to the Council on two exciting upcoming projects at LaFayette High School. The first of which will take place this Wednesday October, 28th from 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

This Wednesday LaFayette High School will participate in the USA Today Make a Difference Day campaign through a special project they call Operation Dog Pound. The purpose of this exciting day is to bring back the sparkle and shine to LaFayette High School. Students and Faculty will take this day to focus on the cleaning and maintaining of classrooms, hallways, the gym, auditorium, and outside areas of campus. The operation will include pressure washing as well as cleaning and bringing back the natural shine to LaFayette High School.

Mr. Chambley also acknowledged that special shine will be given to the prestigious High School gymnasium, after all it is the home to the Alabama State 2A defending Basketball Champions. Aside from students and faculty participation community involvement is also being sought to include vendors and persons that can supply needed supplies to assist in the cleanup to include; all-purpose cleaners, Clorox, rags, small mop buckets, mops, rubber cleaning gloves, trash bags, paper towels, and firm bristled brush heads just to name a few items in addition to volunteer time. Operation Dog Pound will run from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday October 28th.

LaFayette High will also take out time on November 10th to honor the veterans of the LaFayette community. The event will be held at the high school auditorium and will have keynote speaker Senator Gerald Dial. The event will honor the veteran community in many ways that will include performances from the school band and student singers among many other planned events. Organizers invite the entire community out to enjoy the event and assist in honoring those who have served the United States.

Before adjourning the meeting the City Council was introduced to the city’s newest member of the fire department. Justin Loux has recently completed training at the Alabama Fire College in Alexander City and has joined the ranks of LaFayettes first responders. Prior to joining the LaFayette Fire Department Mr. Loux worked for sixteen years with the Manatee County Fire Department in central Florida. The Council welcomed Mr. Loux with open arms and are pleased to have him join the department.

The City Council finalized its affairs including paying a claim against the city for damage that was caused to a private vehicle by a city maintenice device and paying the accumulated bills over the past month for the city and adjourned shortly afterwards. The Mayor-City Council meet every two weeks at City Hall in LaFayette at 6:00 p.m.

Chambers unemployment drops to 5.7%

By Alton Mitchell

Good news continues to pour in for jobs news in Chambers County. Not only did the unemployment rate for the month of September drop once again in Chambers County, but it has proven to be an annual trend as the number shows significant improvement over last year at the same point. The news is not just good in Chambers County, but statewide as those unemployment numbers continue to decline.

Recently released data for the month of September showed only 870 people in Chambers County were without work and actively seeking it. Those 870 enduring individuals make up the months unemployment rate of 5.7% in Chambers County. That number is below the state average which came in at an even 6.0% for the month of September.

The percentage data for Chambers County shows improvement over the month of August which also saw a decline and measured at 6.5% for the County. The data for this September is also greatly lower than last September when data shows the number of unemployed in Chambers County was at 6.2% of the workforce out of work and actively looking. The State data is also promising the September unemployment rate for the state is down .2% from August. The downfalls in unemployment number signify strong improvements in the local and state economies.

The numbers for the month of September show that for wage and salary employment in Alabama comes in at 1,958,000. That number is a significant milestone for the state of Alabama as a whole. The last time that number was that high or higher was in 2008 shortly before the Great Recession and massive economic downturn of the economy. The numbers of Alabamians in the workforce are reaching the points they were at before the massive financial crisis of 2008. Employment numbers is one of many measures used to show the strength of the economy as a whole.

While Chambers County and Alabama continue to show signs of improvements in the job market the State and County numbers still remain slightly above the national average which has remained consistent at 5.1% nationally over the past two months. Strong improvements are expected over the next few months as holiday hiring will drive the numbers lower, but after season layoffs may have a reverse effect on the employment numbers in the first quarter of the New Year, but for now the numbers remain in an improving manner.

Mikes’s Musings – Meat causes cancer, study a bunch of bologna

MikeBy Mike Wilcox, Publisher

We got a lot of cattlemen and ranchers in the area (see our tribute to them and beef in this issue), thus when the news broke a few days ago that red meat was a contributor to cancer, I was saddened. Saddened because, beef has been under attack from many health-conscious organizations the last several years, and saddened because I feel cattlemen and ranchers are getting a raw deal.
I for one, love a good old steak at least once a week. Processed meat, which supposedly offers an even greater potential for cancer is a staple of mine. I love a juicy hamburger and hot dogs, particularly with cheese and chili, get a high five signal from my taste buds a couple of times a month.

Thus I decided to look in to the latest announcement, seen all over the media, this week. Come to find out, if you believe the study, the chances that you may come down with colon, throat or stomach cancer are remote at best. Of course no one talks about that. All we hear is “red meat causes cancer,” and immediately think it is as bad as cigarette smoking.

It is not. For instance if you ate a hot dog each and every day of your life, you have a 17% greater chance of getting colon cancer than someone who didn’t eat processed meats. So what. One study in Great Britain claims 60 out of 1000 people will get colon cancer in their lifetime. They studied 1000 vegans and found 56 out of 1000 came down with cancer. Then they studied 1000 avid bacon and hot dog eaters and found 70 that eventually were treated for colon cancer.

The difference is miniscule. And it is even less if you consider red meat. Yes it is true, if you eat meat you are more likely to get colon cancer, but study after study has shown the risk is negligible at best.

There is no comparison between red meat and tobacco. The risk you will get lung cancer if you smoke most of your life is extremely high- 23 times higher than if you don’t smoke. That number, in my opinion, is scary. Furthermore, 85% of lung cancer is caused by smoking. That’s unbelievable.

Processed and red meat numbers aren’t even comparable. I hate it when the media makes a big deal about a study, when numbers clearly indicate it is not a big deal. There are certainly more important health stories than this, and probably many more causes for cancer that are much greater than red meat.

Don’t expect this meat eater to cut his consumption. Even though I’m getting up there in age, and do worry about my health, my weekly steak, and my breakfast bacon, will continue to play havoc with my colon.

And to all those cattlemen and ranchers in our area, I would like to offer my thanks for a job well done. It’s not an easy profession. Long hours and an up and down market make life sometimes difficult. And then the media comes along and disparages your product. Pay no mind, continue to work hard, and continue to make sure my weekly steak is of the best quality.

Government programs exposed

By Paul Richardson

Paul RichardsonHard working, taxpaying citizens, take note, this is a blueprint o9f how to live in luxury without working. In other words, this is what our government is doing.

(I did tons of time consuming research to compile and confirm these figures.)

This is an example for an unmarried couple, a guy and his girlfriend with two kids.
-Don’t get married to her.
-Always use your mom’s address to get mail.
-The guy buys a house.
-Guy rents out house to his girlfriend who has 2 of his kids.
-Section 8 will pay $900 a month for a 3 bedroom home.
-Girlfriend signs up for Obamacare so guy doesn’t have to pay for family insurance.
-Girlfriend gets to go to college for free being a single mother.
-Girlfriend gets $600 a month for food stamps.
-Girlfriend gets free cell phone.
-Girlfriend gets free utilities.
-Guy moves into home but continues to use mom’s house to get mail.
-Girlfriend claims one kid and guy claims one kid on taxes. Now you each get to claim head of household at $1,800 credit.
-Girlfriend gets disability for being “crazy” or having a “bad back” at $1,800 a month and never has to work again.
-Boyfriend buys a Bass boat and joins the Professional Bass Tour. (Okay, so I made that one up, but it was to make a point.)

An unmarried couple with stay at home mom nets,
-$21,600 disability,
-$10,800 free housing,
-$6,000 free Obamacare,
-$6,000 free food,
-$4,800 free utilities supplement,
-$6,000 Pell grant money to spend without restrictions,
-$12,000 a year in free college tuition,
-$8,800 tax benefit for being a single mother.

And this is just the Federal benefits. None of this includes Medicaid supplements which are issued by individual states.

Any idea why this country is $18 trillion in debt and illegal immigrants are climbing the fences to get here! And some of our Presidential candidates think this is not enough, they want to add more benefits, as well as extending these services to the millions of illegal immigrants living within our borders.

It’s socialism, pure and simple. The next step is outright communism where the government owns everything and controls everything.

It would not be a surprise at all to wake up one morning in the near future to find out that Obama has signed an executive order declaring nationwide martial law, banning all elections, and confiscating all guns that day.

That would in effect, make him a dictator.
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