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Welfare recipients take out cash at
strip clubs,liquor stores and X-rated shops

New York Post, by KATE BRIQUELET

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Posted By:FlyRight, 1/6/2013 9:34:48 AM

They’re on the dole — and watching the pole. Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs — where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers, a Post investigation found. A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: varkdriver, 1/6/2013 9:39:39 AM     (No. 9101389)

Enquiring minds want to know: where do you swipe the card if you want to tip Tiffany/Brandy/Destiny for her dance?

[Apologies in advance to the Taste Police...]

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Reply 2 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 1/6/2013 9:41:03 AM     (No. 9101392)

Gee, the heart of the ´Rat Party. Quelle´ surprise!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 1/6/2013 9:43:51 AM     (No. 9101400)

Glad our tax dollars are being spent to stimulate the economy...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Miss Daisy, 1/6/2013 9:44:05 AM     (No. 9101402)

Why is cash even available (through ATMs) for welfare recipients? Why isn´t the money paid directly from the agency to the housing or utility since that is what the money is for? Why make these programs so that it is so easy for the cheaters to cheat? It´s not rocket science!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cartcart, 1/6/2013 9:44:08 AM     (No. 9101403)

They are confiscating my money to pay for this?????

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Reply 6 - Posted by: wilko, 1/6/2013 9:50:59 AM     (No. 9101411)

Here´s the deal and this is just the tip of the iceberg. As more regulations and rules are implemented there needs to be more enforcement entities to catch the perps who have learned how to game the systems already in place. The enforcement folks will see the futility in busting only a couple of crooks while the rest run wild and they will eventually give up trying to catch them. See Detroit. See Chicago. The cops have surrendered. The crooks win. It only gets worse.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jalo1951, 1/6/2013 9:53:34 AM     (No. 9101415)

Let´s not forget the ladies who get hair weaves and porcelain finger nails. Conyers - D from MI doesn´t have to worry about reparations. It´s already happening.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/6/2013 10:04:27 AM     (No. 9101429)

They be privileged, we owe them.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 1/6/2013 10:06:50 AM     (No. 9101432)

End it don´t mend it. We are broke and can´t afford to pay deadbeats to party.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LZK, 1/6/2013 10:08:53 AM     (No. 9101440)

The bankrupting of America continues.......

The bamboozler really/really/really hates Americans.

He´s determined to bring US to our knees. OMG -- that poor excuse for a man. His white family really did a number on him.

AND -- of course -- the hateful boomers of the 60´s and 70´s hating are going along for the ride. Presidents Roosevelt and Truman must be rolling in their graves....

LZK

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Country Boy, 1/6/2013 10:09:31 AM     (No. 9101441)

This welfare spending should be accessible by everybody, just click a few links on HHS website, go to your local town, see who is buying what with your tax dollars. That will put an end to this cheating.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 1/6/2013 10:10:21 AM     (No. 9101443)

Why yes, #5, yes they are. And they´re laughing at you all the way to the liquor store. Why do they get away with it? RATs and their media whores.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Country Boy, 1/6/2013 10:11:52 AM     (No. 9101447)

add to #11, problem is, libs are terrified that if and when the massive fraud and waste becomes common knowledge, the Dems will be finished. That´s why they want all this stuff kept secret.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: subman47, 1/6/2013 10:15:38 AM     (No. 9101454)

I live in Ma. and we had a story in the Boston Herald this past week that 19,000 EBT card holders can´t be found. All kinds of rip off stories have come forward regarding these welfare cards but our political hack governor, Deval Patrick, calls them anecdotal evidence. Out of sight out of mind, that´s how government works today.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: altoona, 1/6/2013 10:20:22 AM     (No. 9101458)

Great opening line, Kate.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: MattMusson, 1/6/2013 10:32:09 AM     (No. 9101471)

Obama give us a phone. He gonna give us more free stuff!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: southernboy, 1/6/2013 10:36:53 AM     (No. 9101478)

#16 "...Obama give us a phone…"

He gives more than that. He gives gasoline, for sure.

The gas station at my Walmart has a decal on the pumps:

"EBT cards accepted"

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Reply 18 - Posted by: BirdsNest, 1/6/2013 10:37:15 AM     (No. 9101479)

In the grocery store I watched an Hispanic(probably illegal) male use a Delaware card to buy some snacks. He most likely has one from VA and even possibly one from MD. Another group, same day, loaded down cart with meats and junk food could not find her card to pay. The other day this same store had 2 carts of food that had to be put back on the shelf because the cardholder did not have enough funds to pay. I watch what they buy...shrimp,crab legs etc. Frozen pizza by the dozens. All dressed nice, new shoes, nice car....it goes on and on. We buy meats and dairy that is out of date and discounted. It is demoralizing.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: snakeoil, 1/6/2013 10:39:22 AM     (No. 9101480)

Much as I despise the current regime I don´t think you could get a lap dance from Hillary for $ 200. Certainly there is abuse. But if you shut off their government checks there will be cries of heartless GOPers who want people to starve. The Free Stuffers are in charge.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: msjena, 1/6/2013 10:47:50 AM     (No. 9101493)

This appears to be the fault of New York state for the way they dispense the cash. But why is the government giving people cash??? Don´t they know it is an invitation to fraud?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: provide, 1/6/2013 10:49:16 AM     (No. 9101495)

Can you sign up for an absentee ballot there too?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: devnull, 1/6/2013 10:54:46 AM     (No. 9101499)

Publish the names and addresses of everyone getting an EBT card and then publish their charge list.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Lee333, 1/6/2013 10:59:42 AM     (No. 9101506)



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Reply 24 - Posted by: tocsin, 1/6/2013 11:03:15 AM     (No. 9101510)

#12-´´Why do they get away with it?´´
Have you considered the responsibility of the Republican Members of Congress?


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Reply 25 - Posted by: Lee333, 1/6/2013 11:10:17 AM     (No. 9101523)

The "point-of Sale" technology already exists to limit not only where EBT cards can be swiped, but also includes databases to allow or dis-allow a transaction by product code number (UPC) or service code.
The fact that EBT abuses occur is direct proof of mis-management by state governments. The private sector has the answer, the politicians choose to waste our money.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: bifgroovey, 1/6/2013 11:15:49 AM     (No. 9101528)

Forget welfare sheep. I wonder where the CEO of Solyndra spent his money.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: kidsmom, 1/6/2013 11:23:49 AM     (No. 9101538)

Big abuses in my state occur with "cash back" purchases on EBT. Welfare recipient buys a minor item at the store and then takes out the maximum "cash back" allowed (usually $50) on that purchase; then goes and does it again somewhere else. Pretty soon they´ve got cash to spend on whatever they want....

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Reply 28 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 1/6/2013 11:32:09 AM     (No. 9101551)

What astounds me is not what the author calls dozens of cases of misuse, but the fact that in 18 months, one state had 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer transactions...

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Gallo3, 1/6/2013 11:40:06 AM     (No. 9101570)

Wonder how much EBT cash goes for lottery tickets?

Weed? Meth? Crack? Booze?

Free Day Care so mom can go to the Spa all day?

Big screen TV´s? I-Phones?

There is a food shelf near my shop. Nearly all of them drive a better car than we do.

And the recipients aren´t the major problem.

For every dollar they receive, it costs us three three or four dollars in salaries and benefits of gummint workers to dole it out to ´em.

Welfare should be in the form of free dry beans and rice on a special shelf in the grocery store, to make sure no one starves. Period.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mws50, 1/6/2013 11:54:09 AM     (No. 9101595)

I can fix this.

1. Cash back cannot exceed 1/3 of the purchase.

2. Any card used at a sexually oriented business is canceled and the person the card belongs to loses all privileges to acquire an EBT card forever.

3. Any card used to buy lottery tickets, visit nail salons, or race tracks/gambling facilities will be decreased by that amount for a year.

4. No cash withdrawals from ATMs.

This makes the penalty for using the card illegally to be too high for the average card recipient to risk the waste.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: cheeflo, 1/6/2013 11:59:24 AM     (No. 9101601)

FTA: “This is morally scandalous,” said Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. “I have nothing against strip clubs, but that’s not what benefits are for. I don’t blame [recipients]. If you are poor, it’s a crummy life and you want to have a drink or see a naked woman. I blame the people who are in charge of this.”

This libertarian think tank genius doesn´t blame recipients for their own moral bankruptcy. He says in one breath that it´s not what benefits are for, and in the next breath says that their depravity is understandable. That attitude is one of the problems with libertarianism. He´s right that the people who are in charge are responsible, but he doesn´t assign any responsibility to the recipients who are abusing the system.

They´re victims, don´t ya know. They lead crummy lives, so drinking and strip clubs make them feel ... what? I would hazard a guess that they don´t feel anything, but worse, they don´t think of anything that might make their lives better.

And we pay for them to spiral the drain.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: mamafrog, 1/6/2013 12:11:16 PM     (No. 9101614)

EBT cards and food stamps could easily be modified so they cannot be used for questionable purchases. Protests from the merchants profiting from those purchases would be far louder than the current protests from taxpayers. If food stamp cards can be programmed so you cannot buy toilet paper, they should be able to be modified so you cannot purchase luxury foods the rest of us cannot afford.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: veritas, 1/6/2013 12:13:49 PM     (No. 9101618)

A reckoning is coming.

A day will come when all this criminality [no other term applies], by the fraud-committers and by their gov´t enablers and accomplices, will spew out and honest taxpayers, long busy at the full-time task of survival under the gov´ts of the past several decades, will rise up.

The longer delayed, the harsher and uglier the necessary correction will be.

Soon, please, Lord?

#20: One man´s fraud is another man´s vote-buying. Oh. Wait....

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Reply 34 - Posted by: DaBigGuy, 1/6/2013 12:18:46 PM     (No. 9101629)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wX9KWFaLJ0

And here´s a pillar of society thinking her Zero EBT card is an all purpose card.

Simply limit what foods the users can buy with the cards, remove all cash incentives, and lower the card amounts. Register recipients by SS #, to cut down on the people collecting in multiple states simultaneously. Ensure that only the recipient is using the card, since they are routinely sold. Limit EBT usage for any individual to somewhere between 2 and 5 years.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: pnstrpilot, 1/6/2013 12:20:26 PM     (No. 9101634)

Firstly, the majority of folks in the US on assistance are not of one race or another. That being said, I was in line in my local grocery store recently and the woman in front of me used her EBT card to buy one item, one item only...a Caravelle Ice Cream cake. I can´t afford to buy one of those for my household, let alone hers. I did comment to her about the purchase but recieved only an angry glare in response. Frustrating.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/6/2013 12:24:18 PM     (No. 9101639)

#4, you deserve an explanation.
Baby momma gets section 8 housing, paid directly to the landlord. She gets energy assistance, paid directly to the utility company.
She also gets a free obamaphone. And free medical care, dental care, vision care, free transportation to and from medical visits, food stamps, WIC if her chillun are under the age of 8, and her school aged chillun get free lunches at school, and in some urban school district, free breakfast and free dinner, and she will stand in line for 12 hours in the cold, to get a free turkey worth 5 dollars. And she will hit the food banks around town as well, for free food. And sell part of her food stamp allotments for cash, to do her nails, buy cigarettes and booze. And her welfare cash benefit is often used, in part, to give money to her baby daddy, who may be collecting money from multiple baby mommas.
And if she deals drugs, or her chillun do, she be rich.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: smcchk, 1/6/2013 12:31:37 PM     (No. 9101650)

Replace Mr. Potter with Obama (both their MOs being to control all) and doesn´t our ´new normal´ look more and more like Pottersville in ´It´s a Wonderful Life?´ Actually, our world looks even worse.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 1/6/2013 12:36:53 PM     (No. 9101660)

Instead of allowing the private sector to efficiently and effectively administer a far-reaching, multifaceted project such as this one which benefits welfare recipients, give it to government to handle. Odds are government will do what it almost invariably does; screw it up!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: nerdowell, 1/6/2013 12:44:27 PM     (No. 9101665)

It´s protection money.

Cancel or even diminish this flow of freebies and chaos will erupt.

We´re that close to the edge.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: St. Pitbull, 1/6/2013 12:46:04 PM     (No. 9101668)

#1 - it took me a few seconds to get the joke. Nicely done - and it probably slipped by the Taste Police.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Namma, 1/6/2013 12:58:04 PM     (No. 9101678)

while with my mother at a hospital, we overheard a women screaming into her cell phone at her daughter who "did her hair" on Friday instead of Saturday...because...the welfareclerk visits on Friday and would see the girls new hairdo....just one of many ways the taxpayer gets scammed...

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Reply 42 - Posted by: kelty, 1/6/2013 12:58:23 PM     (No. 9101679)

And what did Eliot Spitzer do with his taxpayer salary?

Oh, that´s right. $5000 hookers.

At least they´re bargain hunting.

Let´s not pretend that left to their own devices, that´s what men, of all income levels, have traditionally done with their money. This is why a country in South America (Brazil? Can´t remember) only gives the welfare check to the mother - because she´ll buy milk for the baby, the guy will spend it on alcohol, gambling, etc.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: LadyHen, 1/6/2013 1:50:35 PM     (No. 9101754)

Your tax dollars at work. John Galt anyone?

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Reply 44 - Posted by: AnnaS, 1/6/2013 1:52:25 PM     (No. 9101758)

We just keep decrying it. When will some one decide to DO something and who will that be? We keep hearing that it is the LAW to pass a buget and yet one has not been passed since Obama came to rule. Who is paying for that law breaking? If there is no consequences for breaking the law, then guess what........

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Reply 45 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 1/6/2013 2:13:08 PM     (No. 9101782)

Where have all you people beed, this "welfare " so called system has beengoing non at least sice was a second yea medical student. I asked the social worker about making a limit on the payments to the women who kept having babies Now knowen as single mothers,her answer " you cant punishthe childrenfor the mothers "mistakes". Now they get every thing including the kthcen sink.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: hamrman, 1/6/2013 2:25:59 PM     (No. 9101795)

All of their benefits should be revoked permanently! Unbelievable, but the Nazis did say that the bigger the lie, the less people would believe it! They keep yip yapping about gun control, how about some entitlement control? After all the money that these clowns squander is the money that the Real Clowns in DC rob from we the People!!!

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/6/2013 3:04:13 PM     (No. 9101831)

There´s absolutely no way this crop of people should be considered living in poverty with the total cost of what they get in benefits.If they have all this excess cash to squander on booze,drugs,gambling etc. they can´t be considered poor.

What tick me off is this ad that runs on the radio that says in in 4 kids go to bed hungry every night.The whole food bank industry has become a grandiose scheme.

I´ve always said you can´t solve poverty by giving people free money.Poverty is a designed lifestyle to milk other people of their money.

I´m afraid to spend a dime because I don´t know how my business will hold up in this economy,yet these lazy,nonproductive people party year round without a worry in the world.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Burger, 1/6/2013 3:14:17 PM     (No. 9101842)

Any plastic card tied to a cash value and a pin will work on an ATM Machine. The EBT cards that operate ATM machines have cash value and a pin, that is why ATM machines accept them. Not all EBT cards come with cash value.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/6/2013 3:24:41 PM     (No. 9101852)

This is a little misleading. While there is a lot of abuse, not everyone abuses the money. And this is not new. They used to send a check for a certain amount for people to spend as they felt they needed. Now they just add it to a card. Some cards only let you buy groceries (food). Some don´t let you buy just any food either. I don´t have a problem with people buying junk food. It is still food and while some people don´t eat anything healthy, a lot of people are just getting some goodies for a treat.

The is not so much that we should be controlling how the money is spent--but that we should only be giving aid as temporary help. No welfare should be long term or permanent (unless a person is physically unable to work and has no family to help them). Because we set up such a stupid long term system, a lot of people who really do need help don´t get it while tens of thousands who don´t need it have learned to milk the system for everything it has.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/6/2013 3:38:00 PM     (No. 9101868)

#18, "immigrants" get government EBT cards easier than citizens do. In fact, they get more benefits than citizens...the social worker said it is because they are less likely to have family here to help them (Are they kidding?? They have more family than 10 Americans put together!) And they often work multiple jobs (sometimes under the table and sometimes using fake social security numbers). They really know how to make money and use us!!

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Italiano, 1/6/2013 3:42:17 PM     (No. 9101872)

What, no libraries or church collection boxes?

Above poster is correct. It´s going to get very ugly before long. The fuse is lit, and it´s getting shorter by the day.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/6/2013 3:56:20 PM     (No. 9101893)

The liberal Democrats consider all this to be the equivalent to the old time "walking around money" that was doled out before elections to ensure votes. Since all those low income places now have school breakfast, lunch, and dinner programs to feed the kids, the adult food stamp recipients no longer have to use the money on their food stamp cards to purchase food for their kids and spend time preparing store bought food, so they can use the money on their food stamp cards for "adult" purposes. The liberal Democrats will never stop that, the food stamp recipients know that, and will always vote accordingly. This is just part of transforming America.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 1/6/2013 4:41:27 PM     (No. 9101943)

Tommy Libous had proposed legislation to put a stop to this but NO! Shelly Silver refused to bring it to the floor....Busted.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: ncgrammie4, 1/6/2013 7:10:37 PM     (No. 9102101)

The real problem is nobody has any shame. This is out and out theft. The real reason the dems in NY don´t address the issue is they want the votes from these crooks. When do they run out of other peoples money?

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Reply 55 - Posted by: Rael, 1/6/2013 7:17:36 PM     (No. 9102104)

And people are surprised by this? What did they think would happen? We need to do away with welfare, most of the people on it, don´t need it.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: tatterdemalion, 1/6/2013 8:03:05 PM     (No. 9102175)

In Maryland, there are two types of "Welfare."

There is a cash assistance card, which can be used like a credit card. There is also a food card, which can only be used to purchase eligible food items.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: owl, 1/6/2013 8:21:23 PM     (No. 9102188)

Obamaville , staff . Just think Back To The Future . Nothing more than a burned out ghetto with Zero up on the neon banner instead of Biff .

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Reply 58 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 1/6/2013 8:48:15 PM     (No. 9102226)

Just plain ungrateful with the president´s inaugural team fretting over low turn-out and all.
They could have put off their porno flicks, a few lap dances, and abstained from liquor long enough to save for a ticket to see the president´s inauguration./s



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Reply 59 - Posted by: realrep, 1/6/2013 9:27:30 PM     (No. 9102253)

#59 you are on to something. The inaugruation committee should put up some ATM machines around DC and Independence Mall. Then get the necessary side shows (dancers, liquor, etc) around the Mall and the Balls. Heck, BHO can even highlight some of these attractions during his speech. All the drunks and deadbeats will certainly be pleased.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: Crosscut, 1/6/2013 11:15:05 PM     (No. 9102360)

The only way for the moocher class to get their hands on any actual cash is to have to work for it.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: Katie Corrupt, 1/6/2013 11:49:10 PM     (No. 9102396)

34- The Takers are lazy, don´t want to work, sleep half the day away, they are drinking liquor, going to X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and strip clubs.

Remember that if there is a day of reckoning, these people are pathetically unfit for battle.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/7/2013 2:13:16 AM     (No. 9102479)

Not sure how they get cash on the EBT card because it´s suppose to be emergency cash for families (and immigrants) ie temporary assistance.
The WIC recipients can only buy certain foods and you will see WIC approved signs on the shelf.
The ones that receive food assistance can buy bakery items like Sesame Street cakes and wedding cakes, but not cooked shrimp or crab legs.
What really ticks me off is the immigrants who work for cash and live with the unwed mothers who collect on everything. They are the ones in front of you that cannot speak a word of English, but whip out $100 bills for items not covered by the EBT card.
They get into brand new pickup trucks in the parking lot.
In the meantime, seniors in this country live in poverty.

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Reply 63 - Posted by: varkdriver, 1/7/2013 8:22:40 AM     (No. 9102759)

#41: Thanks for the words. My audience [and appeal, for that matter] is small, but elite!

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New Batch of Clinton
Documents to Be Released
New York Times, by DAVID S. JOACHIM    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/18/2014 8:25:43 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The National Archives on Friday was preparing to release its largest batch yet of previously withheld documents from the Clinton administration, with topics to include the conflicts in Somalia and Rwanda, Middle East peace negotiations, the Oklahoma City bombing and public figures like Richard M. Nixon, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.The bundle that is likely to receive the most attention, though, is one that covers Hillary

Texas mag sues New York
Times over new hire
New York Post, by Keith Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/13/2014 7:56:57 AM     Post Reply
Hold on there, cowboy!Texas Monthly magazine sued the New York Times on Friday for poaching its editor. Jake Silverstein, who was hired away from the Emmis Communications title last month to become the new editor of the New York Times Magazine, was under contract at the regional monthly until the Times, “without legal justification or excuse,” caused him to breach that deal, the lawsuit claims. The six-page Texas state court action alleges that Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson started recruiting Silverstein in December 2012 — a full year before then-magazine editor Hugo Lindgren was ousted. Greg Loewen, president of

Al Sharpton Gets Testy With Lesley Stahl
When Asked About FBI Role In 2011
CBS News [New York], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/12/2014 4:38:11 PM     Post Reply
New York - President Barack Obama is coming to New York City Friday to address the Rev. Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network.The visit comes days after revelations surfaced that Sharpton worked with the FBI. The topic also came up in a 2011 ’60 Minutes’ interview with Lesley Stahl weeks before the debut of “Politics Nation.”In outtakes posted from that interview, Stahl asked Sharpton if he was an FBI informant. The exchange got testy at times when Stahl continued to question Rev. Al about his “informant” role.Stahl: When you were in your 20s, you were an informant for the FBI.Sharpton: Sharpton: No, well it’s according to

‘Pollen vortex’ set to slam NYC
New York Post, by Natalie O´Neil    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/12/2014 11:11:47 AM     Post Reply
First came the “polar vortex” — now it’s the “pollen vortex.”Forced to lie dormant by the long, brutal winter, trees are now set to start reproducing like crazy — and create a massive amount of pollen that could wallop your sinuses this weekend. Pollen count in the Northeast will soar to “high levels” Saturday and Sunday, when warm temperatures will prompt plants to create the sniffle-inducing substance, reports Pollen.com, which offers allergy “forecasts.” In New York City, where the temps could hit 70 degrees Saturday, allergy symptoms will “become more severe,” the site says. April is generally the worst month of allergy season,

President Obama stands by Rev. Al Sharpton
while accusing Republicans of trying
to restrict the right to vote
New York Daily News, by Celeste Katz & Annie Karni    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/12/2014 7:02:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama stood Friday with the Rev. Al Sharpton and accused Republicans of trying to keep millions of Americans from voting, in a fiery speech days after new revelations about Sharpton’s past as an FBI informant. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan. Obama’s appearance represented a presidential seal of approval of Sharpton’s role as a civil rights activist, amid the new revelations about how Sharpton used a wire to record

Russia hid information from FBI on
Boston Marathon bomber: report
New York Daily News, by Bill Hutchinson    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/10/2014 6:52:37 AM     Post Reply
Two years before the Boston Marathon bombing, the Russian government concealed key information on one of the killers that might have thwarted the attack, a new report charges.Kremlin officials intercepted a phone conversation in which Tamerlan Tsarnaev discussed Islamic jihad with his mother, but they withheld the information from the FBI, according to the U.S. inspector general report that comes as the one-year anniversary of the bombing approaches. Had the FBI been privy to the red-flag phone call, it would have prompted the bureau to take an extensive look at Tsarnaev, according to The New York Times. “Had they known what the

Obama looks to close wage gap while
paying female staffers less than men
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/7/2014 8:03:08 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is planning to sign two new executive actions aimed at narrowing the wage gap between men and women Tuesday, even as the Obama White House pays its female staffers less than men.The first executive action will be an order banning federal contractors from retaliation against employees who disclose or ask about their wages, according to reports. His other executive action will require federal contractors to submit data to the government about their employees compensation by sex and race. On Tuesday — the day advocates have labelled “Equal Pay Day” to symbolize the amount of time women have to

Dark markets may be more harmful
than high-frequency trading
Reuters, by John McCrank    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/7/2014 7:38:55 AM     Post Reply
Fears that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market went mainstream last week thanks to allegations in a book by financial author Michael Lewis, but there may be a more serious threat to investors: the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges.Some former regulators and academics say so much trading is now happening away from exchanges that publicly quoted prices for stocks on exchanges may no longer properly reflect where the market is. And this problem could cost investors far more money than any shenanigans related to high frequency trading. When the average investor, or even

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/6/2014 8:50:41 AM     Post Reply
It’s good Gov. Cuomo understands New York has a problem with cigarette smuggling. Too bad he has yet to figure out what’s really driving the problem of illegal smokes: our high tobacco taxes.Just days after a key report found New York has the highest percentage of illegal cigarettes of any state, the governor announced the creation of a new “strike force” meant to crack down.Teams from 13 state, local and federal agencies, he said, are joining to stop “the influx of counterfeit and untaxed tobacco products into New York” and nab smugglers who “evade the law and rob the state

Obama’s empty boasts
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/6/2014 7:53:50 AM     Post Reply
After his health-care law surpassed the low-ball enrollment target of 7 million, President Obama staged a Rose Garden rally and zinged doubters: “Armageddon has not arrived.” At least he did not declare: “Mission Accomplished.”The country is years from knowing whether Obama’s overhaul of the health-care system fulfills the promise of delivering universal coverage.While large numbers of Americans have found the program very advantageous, including people who were formerly uninsured, many others have been forced to change plans or change doctors — contrary to Obama’s repeated promises.Obama tacitly admits the unintended consequences every time he waives a deadline or mandate in

´The debate over repealing this law is over´: Obama
boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare
but study shows just 858,000 newly insured*
Daily Mail (UK), by DAVID MARTOSKO    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/5/2014 7:49:46 AM     Post Reply
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better´ in a Rose Garden press conference. But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality. Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

No Country For Young Men.
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/4/2014 9:18:12 PM     Post Reply
The author of the Twilight of Abundance, David Archibald, sent an email a few days ago, saying “there is a whole new world coming.” Archibald, who’s an Australian, warns in his book that the world is running out of food, energy and security. Where he differs from Malthus, however, is in arguing that the shortages are the consequence of policy, rather than the inherent limitations of the universe. The world is doing everything it can to run in the opposite direction of abundance because we think we have too much. The West dreads warmer weather, even though warmer weather might



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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy
Ranch: ´If They´re Patriots, We´re
in Big Trouble´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 9:39:40 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one

Those ‘rogue’ agents
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:37:07 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his


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