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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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Five Food-Stamp Myths

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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Five Food-Stamp Myths

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.
I don't like him either, but that kind of language is very offensive.
When the economy soured some years ago, a lot of sensible guidelines were thrown out the window. For example, they got rid of the resource limits, so that people with large bank accounts were allowed to collect food stamps if they had income low enough to meet the requirement. Fortunately, they recently restored these resource limits...but now we have people who try to hide their assets because they have grown to like collecting the benefits.
This is one guy. Repulsive as he is, the harm he does by sitting on his butt and letting other people feed him is a drop in the bucket compared with the amount of fraud and waste being perpetrated by a huge number of welfare recipients. I was a welfare caseworker for several years, and I can tell you positively, without any doubt whatsoever, that the 1% fraud rate being quoted by the welfare establishment is complete and utter nonsense. It would not surprise me if the real figure isn't much nearer to 50%.
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No Standard

TooTired Wrote: Jun 29, 2013 7:46 AM
What I hear, over and over again, is that gays should have the right to marry whom they love. If that is a right, then whatever problems result from honoring that right are simply issues that need to be dealt with. I see no reason why marriages involving more than one person should not be legal as well, regardless of what problems it causes, if marrying the one you love is a right.
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