Published January 12, 2012

Associated Press

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –  The U.S. Department of Labor is offering more than $20 million in grants to organizations that will help former prisoners find work.

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis made the announcement in Newport News on Thursday, saying those who have served their time deserve a second chance to make a positive contribution to society. About 700,000 inmates are released from state and federal prisons each year.

Nationwide, the Labor Department expects to award 17 grants worth about $1.21 million each as part of the program.

The grants will target organizations in high-poverty, high-crime communities.

Solis made the announcement following a roundtable discussion with community leaders.

This administration is dragging down the economy; doing everything possible to limit opportunities for the middle class.  Now they want thieves, rapists, child molesters, batterers etc. to have a competitive edge over upstanding hard working, law abiding and moral taxpaying citizens.  Those men and women have been earnestly seeking gainful employment during the just incarceration of the societal misfits. 

The government wants to subsidize the pay for ex-cons  and early release recipients so that criminals can take the few available jobs.  Why not just send a supplemental income check to every illegal immigrant as well?  How about borrowing another 2-3 trillion dollars from China to support the needy in Cuba and Venezuela?

Oops, I hope this administration doesn’t construe that last paragraph as a suggestion.

Likin’ that change now?




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