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The New Welfare Swindle
The American Spectator ^ | 11-17-11 | Christopher Orlet

Posted on 11/17/2011 3:41:53 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Ever since I moved to the inner city one thing has puzzled me more than any other, and that is how my low-income neighbors get by. Assuming they aren't doing anything illegal, how do they afford their homes, their meals, their gadgets, their cars?

Few seem to work, even part time, for they are home in the morning when I leave for work, home if I stop by for lunch, and home when I return in the evening. They can't work the graveyard shift, for they keep me up half the night with their raucous music. I am left to conclude that they seldom, if ever work. Therefore, their funds must come from elsewhere. And none of them strike me as a trust fund baby.

The best I can figure is they make do with a patchwork of welfare programs. Besides, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which expires after five years, there is housing assistance, WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and Medicaid.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: scam; ssi; welfare
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To: R. Scott
I worked at a job that had a partnership with the local aid office..

so at Christmas time we all got to donate blankets, care goods and toys....

My "so called poor" family had:

Almost new SUV parked outside, big screen TV's, several computers, cartons of cigarettes on the kitchen table and a couple of chinchilla dogs running around with the 4 children.

I guess I was in the wrong occupation.

51 posted on 11/17/2011 7:20:46 AM PST by spokeshave (Cain....100% American, 100% Black and 100% for the Constitution...999 an added benefit.)
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To: Kieri

I do have an idea how much. There is no Wal Mart in my county, population 8600. I have Direct TV and Hughs Net at the house.

We’re so far out in the woods they pipe in daylight...


52 posted on 11/17/2011 7:27:18 AM PST by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: gopheraj

In Texas you can only buy food with your EBT card.


I guess you haven’t figured out the scam yet.

Let me give you a clue:

Go into the store. Buy all of the Rib-eye steaks, T-bones and premium ground beef on your Lone Star Card. Go out into the parking lot (or when you get home) and hand the meat out to your “customers” who will pay you cash at 50% of what you charged on your card. Of course, save some of the meat for yourself.

Next, be sure the other people in your household (or hive) have done so with other things such as veggies, pampers and such and then live the good life. Remember, it takes a village to raise a bastard child.

Figure this out yet?


53 posted on 11/17/2011 7:29:33 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: DH

I live in the “Bronx”. One day I had to walk for a while near my job in bad neighborhood shopping disrict. I saw signs on Furniture store windows, Dollar store windows, Clothing stores that accept eBT cards. I was shocked, until my nephew told me they register by stating they sell food.
Just damn.... And my aunt is on disability and they cut her foodstamps down to 16.00 a month. Go figure.


54 posted on 11/17/2011 9:02:50 AM PST by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: QBFimi

“I asked: “So why don’t you go down and apply?” Their answer: “We’d sooner drive our car into a canal than suffer the shame of asking for a handout.””

That’s my mom. She is 70 and takes care of my sister who has a large number of health problems. They live off my moms SS plus what she makes grooming dogs and other odd jobs. They live on about $1000 a month total. I supplement for them by about $500 a month to pay the utility bills and and help make a dent in the house taxes. She is never happy about seeing the extra money in her account every month. She says that I should be keeping my money. She will not take food stamps and my sister even qualifies for SSI but mom wont take it. This year I have to replace the roof on her house. Its leaking so its going to be a lean Christmas, but I don’t care at all.


55 posted on 11/17/2011 9:45:05 AM PST by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: DH

Well, thank you so much for that courteous reply. It’s a shame that the internet give people who would not normally be so rude in person to do so online.

I am sue this happens but not being a POS scum bag I did not know that. Not sure how you know it.


56 posted on 11/17/2011 10:01:47 AM PST by gopheraj
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To: gopheraj

Not sure what anyone would do this anyway since they can buy the meat with their own EBT card and a person who has no EBT card would hesitate to buy from some scummy person who would sell it.

We raise our own meat.


57 posted on 11/17/2011 10:03:54 AM PST by gopheraj
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To: gopheraj

Not sure how you know it.


I’ll give you a clue. I sit in my truck waiting for my son to come out of the the grocery store and actually watch it happen. You have to remember, I live in the real world.

Furthermore, you can’t understand why they would do it? It’s a way they get CASH to buy drugs and goodies.

You and I are being robbed in broad daylight and are helpless to do anything about it at all! Why? Nothing more than vote buying through political correctness.


58 posted on 11/17/2011 1:18:46 PM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: ~Vor~

Food stamps could be traded for dope. Now that a debt card is used instead of stamps steaks are used.
At my local grocery store I see the “Cardinal Card” being used for cases of bottled water, steaks, junk food and other items I can’t afford


59 posted on 11/17/2011 3:17:38 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

bfl


60 posted on 11/17/2011 3:31:56 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: DH

I would take a picture and turn them in then.


61 posted on 11/18/2011 6:13:00 AM PST by gopheraj
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