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Whether they actually get cash assistance or food stamps or both, does it really matter if they take the cash and spend it on drugs? Follow me here one moment. A lot of the paperwork that comes in to our office absolutely reeks of cigarette smoke. Now, food stamp recipients aren't using their benefits to pay for cigarettes (unless there's a merchant committing fraud)...but they are using the money they could be spending on food to buy cigarettes. Or if they get cash--they could use that for expenses that now frees up money to buy drugs. Is that really any better? It's a travesty for so-called poor people to be wasting their assets in this fashion.
This article is misleading. A person who gets food stamps or cash assistance or both uses an EBT card to access those benefits. You could call it a food stamp card, but if you're using it to get cash assistance, then it's really not a food stamp (or SNAP, the new name) card. If a welfare recipient is taking out cash and buying marijuana with it, then that's not their food stamp benefit, it's their cash (TANF) benefit. Most welfare clients get food stamps and/ or medical assistance. Clients who get cash assistance are actually the smallest part of the welfare picture. Food stamp benefits go directly to paying for food (which does not include such things as toilet paper or hot prepared foods). I know this stuff because I have worked as a caseworker in the past, for several years.
I went to another source and listened to the whole section where Dyson was discussing the New Testament. He most definitely did imply that there is a homoerotic cast to the Scriptures...I think the term he used was "interesting narrative tensions." To my thinking, the most loathesome and destestable idea coming out of the gay movement is the assumption that great love must be accompanied by sexual desire.
Steve, tell that to my sister and her husband. No, wait, you can't. They're dead.
Beer-talk? My brother-in-law in Canada was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer. I was dumbfounded when I found out he would have to wait MONTHS to see a specialist. He didn't even last the year they said he had. My sister was persuaded to have serious surgery before she had entirely recovered to her full health and never woke up again. She died in a room that had 6-10 other patients in with her. What I have seen from Canadian health care does not impress me.
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TooTired Wrote: Dec 15, 2013 8:05 AM
Blue Jay, I used to be a caseworker handling food stamps, so I know something about this. First of all, there is a huge amount of fraud going on. I shut down dozens of cases during my tenure, and I have no reason to believe that my caseload was any worse than anyone else's. Unfortunately the powers-that-be do not encourage and support those of us with a desire to eliminate fraud. Secondly, many, many of the clients are living totally irresponsible livestyles. Although birth control is one of the easiest programs to quality for, they don't pursue it or use it if they get the help. So many times I closed that program to open maternity care for these women. Through my work, I got glimpses of people who made bad choices--promiscuity, criminal behavior, bad work ethics--over and over again, and they expected the system to bail them out. Am I saying that everyone was like this? No. But a large percentage of welfare recipients are either lying about their situations or screwing up their own lives time after time.
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TooTired Wrote: Dec 15, 2013 7:58 AM
Kjohns, if you were told that being white vs. being black affected your eligibility to collect food stamps, that's complete ****, and you should have raised a stink about it. I was a caseworker handling food stamps for nearly a decade, and race has ZERO effect on your allotment. None, nada, zip. As for illegal aliens, if they are using phony documentation, they may get away with it, but that would be because the caseworkers are unaware of their real status. If we know that they are illegal aliens, they do not collect food stamps. They may get food stamps for any children who are citizens, but that's it. In a household with four people, two of whom are children born in the U.S., they will get food stamps for two people.
As one who worked as a welfare caseworker it frustrates me to no end that conservatives are always missing the real point about welfare. The scandal about welfare recipients selling their benefits for cash or other consideration is dwarfed by the sheer numbers of people collecting benefits by lying as to their circumstances. Most of these cases involve a single parent, usually the mother, who is supported by her children's father and claiming that he doesn't live with her. Or it might be a boyfriend with children from one or more previous relationships...she'll claim that they "purchase and prepare food separately." Once in a while, it'll be a business venture that the client fails to report. Once, when I sent out the investigator after a client, we found that she was operating a non-licensed daycare. I myself have found literally, and I am not exaggerating, dozens of cases of welfare fraud. These discussions of people selling their benefits is not irrelevant, but more important is the fact that they sell them because they don't need them. Take the 23-year-old woman with children who lives with her parents...she can claim that she eats separately from them. We caseworkers know that's a load of c**p. Mom feeds everyone, and the daughter can sell her food stamps. They're all eating with the folks!
Welfare fraud is investigated in my state by the Office of the Inspector General; I think that they have a similar arrangement in most other states. One of the investigators in my office identified over $1 million in welfare fraud one year (whether they can recover that much in overpayment recoupment is another question). There is a lot of money thrown away in the welfare system, but I don't think it's the investigators' salaries. In my state alone they found one client who collected something like $570,000 in benefits she wasn't entitled to. Mainly what is needed is an admission that welfare fraud is widespread, not a small part of what is spent.
Not all of us voted for him, you know. I'm very glad he's not going to be there. He doesn't deserve the honor.
I am delighted that he will not be attending. This first (partly) black president is a disgrace to the office, who has done nothing to help the cause of anyone in this country. I believe that there are capable people of every race who could have done much better than he has.
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