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Reminder: 44 Percent of Tea Partiers Are on Medicare

How will the Tea Party respond now that its favorite welfare programs are under the guillotine?

Medicare cuts are "on the radar" in the second phase of Congress' new debt deal. The agreement reached this week already includes the possibility of a two percent cut to Medicare reimbursements, but the "super-committee" that will convene to come up with $1.5 trillion in more cuts will probably be looking at least partially toward medical spending. This is in addition to the cuts that are set to befall Medicare reimbursement starting in a couple months. Many op-ed columnists are calling these attacks on entitlement spending a victory for Tea Partiers, whose beef with big government has shaped politics for several years now. What those columns fail to consider, however, is how many Tea Partiers rely on the very programs they've forced to the chopping block.

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Conservative Darling Ayn Rand Died Loving Government Handouts

A new book reveals that Ayn Rand, the late conservative author and opponent of the welfare state, actually relied quite heavily on welfare programs.


Of the welfare state, the conservative philosopher and author Ayn Rand once wrote, "Morally and economically, the welfare state creates an ever accelerating downward pull." As it turns out, however, toward the end of her life, Rand ended up relying quite heavily on its help.

According to the new book An Oral History of Ayn Rand, faced with lung cancer after a life spent smoking, and without the wealth needed to combat that cancer, Rand adopted an assumed name to seek government funds for her treatment.

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Social Security's 72,000 Checks to Dead People—Fact Checked

Why the big news about the Social Security checks sent to the dead and imprisoned isn't really big news at all.


Apparently nearly 72,000 Social Security checks went to dead people and another 17,000 went to people in prison last year, which makes for an attention-grabbing headline, right? Ours was inspired by a similar one over at 24/7 Wall St. And at Business Insider. And the Daily Beast. And the WSJ. And on and on and on.

The numbers seem to be very much true, according to a new report from the Social Security Administration about Economic Recovery Payments made in 2009. Indeed, almost 72,000 checks went to people who were dead by the time the check went to them, and another 17,000 or so went to people in prison.

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