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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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Horses, teepees arrive
on Mall for Keystone protest
Washington Post, by DARREN GOODE    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/22/2014 8:33:13 AM     Post Reply
Horses, Daryl Hannah, sacred fires and Neil Young — these are some of the things you’re likely to see on the National Mall starting Tuesday as part of the latest protest against the Keystone XL pipeline.The “Reject and Protect” protest is a weeklong event hosted by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, a group of ranchers, farmers and leaders of seven Native American tribes. Protesters said activists also plan to project anti-pipeline messages onto the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday night, hold an interfaith ceremony outside the Georgetown home of Secretary of State John Kerry and stage an unspecified “bold and

Whoops! Half of Georgia’s Insurance
Enrollees Haven’t Paid Yet
National Review, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/21/2014 7:02:41 AM     Post Reply
This seems rather important: Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday.Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people.“Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage,” Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday. Half? Half? Sure, the nonpayment rates will be a lot lower in other places.

Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives
talk financial help
Associated Press, by Margie Mason    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/20/2014 8:55:26 AM     Post Reply
PERTH, Australia — A Malaysian official met Sunday with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing jetliner and discussed ways of providing them with financial assistance, as an unmanned submarine continued to search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin met with the passengers´ relatives in Kuala Lumpur to talk about where to go next. Financial assistance was discussed and family members were urged to submit a plan for consideration. He declined to elaborate further, but said a fund could possibly be set up by the government or Malaysia Airlines.

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



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Obama to free hundreds of drug
felons under clemency rules
designed to un-do mandatory
sentences from ´War on Drugs´ era

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/21/2014 11:37:51 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is poised to entertain a flood of new clemency applications from thousands of federal prisoners who were given harsh sentences under mandatory-minimum laws following drug convictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. Holder said in a short videotaped statement that he wants to shrink the federal prison population by a modest amount while ensuring ´that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens.´ At the center of the move is a set of old sentencing rules that punished crack-cocaine offenders with more time behind bars than users or traffickers of powder cocaine.

Dole: Cruz, Paul & Rubio
lack experience for 2016

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 11:18:06 AM     Post Reply
Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) said a number of junior GOP senators considering a presidential run in 2016 do not yet have the experience — specifically naming Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas). The former 1996 GOP presidential candidate sounded particularly skeptical of Cruz in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don´t think they´ve got enough experience yet," Dole said. The 90-year-old former senator said, however, his main concern about 2016 is living

Jeb Bush is your only chance
against Hillary, Republicans

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Hot Air, by Bob Schrum    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/22/2014 6:32:54 AM     Post Reply
If Jeb reaches for the nomination, there will be a titanic battle between the party establishment and the Tea Party. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s strategist in 2008, insists that in the end Republicans usually settle on the most electable candidate. To get by, this Bush may be forced to trim his positions, although the cautionary tale of Romney suggests that he would have to tack artfully and carefully for the sake of the general election. Certainly he will have the resources to outlast, discredit, and disqualify his rivals.

Michelle Obama:
´splurging is the key to life´

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/21/2014 9:31:25 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn´t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau
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New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/22/2014 5:03:20 AM     Post Reply
There’s a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau. And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand. As I’ve been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue. In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation’s all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey. Because the Census Bureau’s surveys are scientific — meaning

Professor: ‘Colleges Will Start Closing Up’ if
‘Racist, Misogynist, Money-Grubbing’ GOP Wins

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National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/22/2014 4:42:50 PM     Post Reply
New audio reveals an Eastern Connecticut State University professor warning that Republicans will “want things to go back — not to to 1955, but to 1855? if they win control of Congress in November. Republican victories could also put him out of a job, he cautioned. “We will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens,” Professor Brent Terry told students in his Introduction to Creative Writing course, according to audio obtained by Campus Reform. “I mean, colleges will start closing up if these people have their way.” Over the course of his rant, Terry characterized conservatives

But Seriously, Just How
Slow-Witted is John Boehner?

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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if
US hadn´t ´switched sides in the War on Terror´
and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach
al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 7:02:40 PM     Post Reply
The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn´t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier. ´The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,´ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline. She blamed the Obama administration

Would YOU be underwater if the
polar caps melted? Map reveals
what our planet would look like
if sea levels rose by 260ft

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 5:20:21 PM     Post Reply
Global sea levels have risen by 8 inches (20cm) since 1880 and scientists predict they could rise up to 3ft (98cm) by 2100. But despite the UN’s recent threats of war, famine and extreme weather, such a dramatically different world caused by sea level rise can be hard to imagine. To help picture the future, Martin Vargic, an amateur graphic designer from Slovakia, has created a map depicting the planet with sea levels around 260ft (79m) higher than they are today. He imagines what Earth would look like if the ice sheets surrounding the North and South poles melted, releasing

Reid: ´We Are a Nation of Laws,
Not of Men and Women´

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/22/2014 10:53:27 AM     Post Reply
It may not be tomorrow, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says "something will happen" to force a Nevada rancher to obey a court order to stop grazing his cattle on federal land and pay his grazing fees. "It´s obvious that you can´t just walk away from this," Reid said in an April 18 interview with a Nevada´s KSNV-TV News 3 program “What’s Your Point?” "You can´t have a law that is -- we´re a nation of laws, not of men and women," he said. (Video) Reid noted that most cattlemen pay their taxes, pay their fees, and follow

You´re on the clock:
Doctors rush patients out the door

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USA Today*, by Roni Caryn Rabin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 4:35:59 AM     Post Reply
Joan Eisenstodt didn´t have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes. "He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse for a prescription and was gone," said the 66-year-old Washington, D.C., consultant, who was suffering from an acute sinus infection. When she started protesting the doctor´s choice of medication, "He just cut me off totally," she said. "I´ve never been in and out from a visit faster." These days,

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by


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