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Is It Fair For People On Food Stamps To Buy Prime Rib And Lobster While Working Families Barely Survive?

Is It Fair For People On Food Stamps To Buy Prime Rib And Lobster While Working Families Barely Survive?Should we all quit working and jump on board the Obama gravy train?  Of course I am being facetious, but when you are barely surviving does there come a point when it just becomes easier to give up and totally rely on the government?  Today, the federal government runs nearly 80 different means-tested welfare programs, and many state and local governments have their own welfare programs on top of that.  If you become an expert on those programs and you learn how to game the system, can you live more comfortably than someone that lives honestly and works as hard as they can and yet still makes less than 10 dollars an hour?  Now, right from the outset of this article, let me make it abundantly clear that I do not believe that most people are abusing the system.  As I have written about over and over, the number of Americans living in poverty is rapidly increasing because there are not enough jobs.  There are not enough jobs because we are shipping millions of them out of the country to the other side of the globe, and we are also losing millions of jobs to technology.  There have always been those that need our help, and because of the foolish decisions that we have made as a nation, the ranks of the poor will continue to expand.  But it is also true that there are some people out there that are very brazenly abusing the system.  For example, is it really fair for people on food stamps to buy prime rib and lobster while many working families barely survive?  People like that are taking advantage of their fellow Americans, and they are making it harder for the people that really need the help to be able to get it.

Unfortunately, we are rapidly becoming an “entitlement society”.  Close to half the country lives in a home that receives some sort of monetary benefits from the federal government each month at this point.

In particular, the food stamp program has experienced explosive growth in recent years.  Since Obama has been president, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown by more than 49 percent, and more than 11,000 people a day have enrolled in the food stamp program since Obama entered the White House.

And if you can believe it, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of Spain.

Will we all eventually be on food stamps?

Actually, the truth is that there are millions upon millions of hard working American families that are desperately trying to make it on their own and that don’t want to become financial dependents of the federal government.  Unfortunately, it can be a little disheartening when you are barely making it from month to month and yet you see others using government benefit cards to buy luxury items.

The other day my wife came across a discussion on Facebook that really caught her attention.  I thought that I would share with you all the post that got that discussion going.  As far as I can determine, this woman shared what she believed she actually saw at her local grocery store, but I have no way of determining if this story is true or not.  But I have seen quite a few similar stories of food stamp abuse in the past.  Either way, I think the following story will be good to help spark a conversation about whether our current system is broken or not.  All of the names have been removed so as to protect the identity of the woman that originally posted this on Facebook…

Okay…so, I’m going to go on a rant for a minute…just to get it off my chest…

**** & I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things because we were getting low…sooo, we pick up our 40% off chicken and buy one get two free items and proceed to checkout.

There is a woman ahead of us with a child about 4 years old. The woman, I couldn’t help but notice….had beautiful fingernails, clearly professionally done…and I also noticed her brand new IPHONE…which she was talking on, and I think that is rude while you are being checked out. Her little girl was commenting on the TWO live lobsters in a bag on the checkout, asked if it was going to hurt when they get cooked, her mom brushed her off…at that time I took a look at what else she had on the counter…A HUGE roast, sirloin tips, shrimp, beef ribs and pork ribs…only the prime cuts… I thought to myself….mmmmmm someone is having a yummy dinner and must have a great job as I could not afford these things (not that I’d get my nails done anyway)….

So…the cashier gives her a total and what does she pull out of her wallet but a BENEFIT card!!!!!!! I had all I could do to contain myself…

Sometimes people need help, and I’m okay with that, and those who need it should get it….BUT…if you can afford the latest IPHONE and fancy nails then why in the world are the taxpayers paying for your LOBSTER?!!!! If she really needed help and food, she should have been buying the “sale” items…40% off chicken, buy one get one free cheese ravioli…you know, like the rest of us working class have to buy!

It especially makes me mad because there ARE PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP and can’t get it…My son and his girlfriend and brand new baby aren’t eligible for an ounce of help…they tried, she works days and he works nights so that they don’t have to pay for day-care, they use inexpensive diapers and try to save money anyway they can, they struggle to make ends meet and to pay for their straight talk phones and to boot are paying off college loans…but they supposedly make too much…c’mon, really, he works at McDonalds and she works in a nursing home…lets be real here…those are the type that SHOULD get help…UGHHHH Our system is broken and something needs to be done about it!!!

There, that’s my rant…kudo’s to you if you managed to read the whole thing as I know it was an awful long rant….Gotta go work now, ;) Thanks for listening.

In response to her story, dozens of people posted comments.  Quite a few people said that they had seen similar things where they lived.

And the truth is that food stamps are accepted just about wherever you look these days.  Just check out this shocking article: “Obama’s food-stamp nation: ‘We accept EBT’ signs are everywhere“.

So is this kind of thing fair?

If not, what can be done about it?

What everybody can agree upon is that the number of food stamp recipients is absolutely exploding.  The following is from a recent CNS news article

When Obama entered office in January 2009 there were 31,939,110 Americans receiving food stamps.  As of November 2012—the most recent data available—there were 47,692,896 Americans enrolled, an increase of 49.3 percent.

But this didn’t just start under Obama.  Back in the year 2000, there were just 17 million Americans on food stamps.

30 million more have been added to the program since then.

And of course food stamps is not the only federal welfare program that is being abused.

According to the Wall Street Journal, there has been a tremendous amount of abuse in the free cell phone program as well.

The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven’t proved they are eligible to receive them.

The Lifeline program—begun in 1984 to ensure that poor people aren’t cut off from jobs, families and emergency services—is funded by charges that appear on the monthly bills of every landline and wireless-phone customer. Payouts under the program have shot up from $819 million in 2008, as more wireless carriers have persuaded regulators to let them offer the service.

A lot of people refer to those free cell phones as “Obamaphones”, but the truth is that the program has been going on for a long time.  It just has accelerated greatly under Obama.

So what is the solution to all of this?

Well, what we really need are a lot more jobs, but in the State of the Union address last night Obama simply rehashed a lot of the same tired proposals that he and our former presidents have been promoting for years.

If we continue to do the same things that we have been doing, we are going to continue to get the same results.

There is a reason why the percentage of the civilian labor force in the United States that is employed has been steadily declining every single year since 2006.  We keep pursuing foolish policies, and those policies are steadily destroying our economy.

Sadly, many of our politicians appear to be engaged in some form of “doublethink”.  The things that they tell us will solve our problems are actually the things that are making our problems even worse.

For example, Barack Obama says that we need even more “free trade agreements” and that we need to integrate our economy into the emerging one world economic system even more deeply.

But as I have shown in article after article, the “free trade” agenda of the global elite has resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and millions of good paying U.S. jobs.

For much more on this, please see the following article: “55 Reasons Why You Should Buy Products That Are Made In America“.

And of course Obama once promised that he would never “rest” until he had fixed our employment problems, but that hasn’t exactly been the truth either.  The following is from a recent article by Dan Gainor

Back in 2009, the president promised never to “rest” until the job situation was fixed. Nearly four years later, he’s done a lot of resting.

According to The Weekly Standard, Pres. Obama has had 83 vacation days overall and Factcheck.org says he took 26 of those in 2009. That means the president has taken at least 57 vacation days since his vow not to “rest.”

But hey, he needs his rest.  Life is rough.  U.S. taxpayers only spend about a billion dollars a year on the Obamas.  How is he supposed to scrape by on such limited resources?

Meanwhile, Americans are still incredibly pessimistic about the economy.  The following is what one recent survey found…

  • Eight in 10 Americans are skeptical that career and employment opportunities will be better for the next generation.
  • More than half of Americans say the economy will not fully recover from the 2007-2009 recession for another six years; 29% believe the economy will never fully recover.
  • 73% of Americans were directly impacted by the recession: individuals surveyed had either lost a job themselves or a family member/close relative had been out work because of the economic downturn.
  • The majority of survey participants said college would become unaffordable for most young Americans.
  • 56% reported having fewer savings than before the recession.
  • More than half of those who were laid off or lost a job said they cut back on medical treatment or doctor visits.
  • 40% of Americans have borrowed money from family or friends.
  • Nearly 25% of participants said they have sought professional help for stress or depression.

And as you can see from the charts in this article, U.S. businesses remain very pessimistic about the future of the economy as well.

Unfortunately, those that are pessimistic about the economy have very good reasons to be so.

And as bad as things are right now, they are going to be getting much, much worse.

That means that millions more Americans are going to be wanting to sign up for food stamps and other welfare programs.

But what will happen someday when the safety net breaks and all of those welfare programs start getting cut back dramatically?

What kind of riots will we see in major U.S. cities when the international community insists that the U.S. implement its own version of “austerity” in response to a massive debt crisis?

Will we eventually end up just like Greece and Spain or even worse?

Please share this article with as many people as you can, and please feel free to leave your thoughts on this article above by posting a comment below…

Did Your Tax Dollars Buy This Lobster?

  • Gladoscc

    First post ?

  • Rodster

    Michael, why are you picking on Gary2 with this article? :)

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I’m not picking on Gary at all. My hope is that he, along with everyone that comes to this site, will find good paying jobs and will be blessed.

      We need to reach out to one another in love even if we don’t agree with one another all the time.

      Michael

      • Rodster

        It was meant as a joke. :)

      • 2Gary2

        Agreed. Just because conservatives are by and large not the sharpest tools in the shed does not mean that Jesus does not still love them. Its takes all kinds I guess.

        • Rodster

          You are accusing conservatives of not being the sharpest tools in the shed when your idol Paul Krugman wants to fake an alien invasion to boost the economy? Please don’t make we laugh, loser.

          You and your ilk of takers and the politicians who feed of your low information voting group is what got us into this mess.

          • Calligirl

            And ALGORE created the internet and no one built their businesses without government hand outs, right??? You didn’t build that—President Obama==we become more stupid as a nation every day.

        • Calligirl

          I have worked in politics for four decades with democrats and republicans and you are wrong. The lower level dems are mostly blue collar workers and their dinosaurs are trust fund babies whose families made their money off the government. The entrepreneurs and business builders and inventors are historically Republicans and over the past two decades often independents. I wrote their speeches, lies to the nation and I know them first hand and you do not. You have way too much to say for a troll so are you now one of the cyber-warriors for obama. No, you are not that smart or scripted.

  • Patrick

    It is all very sad!

  • upbeatpete

    Steak and lobster? That would be nice. Reality= Income of $7,000 a year. Food assistance of $64 a month. No extras, no free anything. How many people can make that work? It ain’t easy.Jobs? Right
    If I do that for 20 years it would amount to less than $20,000, or about 1/2 a second of one of our illegal wars.
    It seems you are majoring in the minors and minoring in the majors. Let’s pay attention to the seriously outragious things now going on. Perspective kids..keep it all in perspective.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Actually, the average food stamp benefit per household is $281 a month.

      http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/34snapmonthly.htm

      Michael

      • Gay Veteran

        $281 a month?!?!?!? For a family?!?!?!?
        That’s why that lobster story sounds fake.

        • Anonymous

          $281 a month….just for food. that is a lot of money. Period. What kind of meals do you buy?

          • SpunkyBunks

            $281 per month isn’t very much if you purchase fruits, vegetables, meats and fresh bakery items. Fresh food is expensive.

          • http://twitter.com/jcfalzo the choker

            $281, try again.Depending on the state, for example Penn. you can get $800 a month for a family of fiveThat is a a lot of money, and that is what is draining our economy.If I had $800 a month on food from the goverment I would spend less time in the super market and not worry about what’s on sale.

          • sharonsj

            See my comment above. I live in Pennsylvania!!

          • Gay Veteran

            Like to see you feed a family for $281 for a month including:
            “…TWO live lobsters…A HUGE roast, sirloin tips, shrimp, beef ribs and pork ribs…only the prime cuts….”

        • SpunkyBunks

          I think the story is fake too. Whenever I see one of these welfare mommies at the store, they are always obese (don’t do anything) and they have a basket full of processed junk. They are too lazy to cook steaks and lobster! They only eat crap that comes from a microwave. Their kids live off a diet of microwaved chicken fingers and Coca-cola.

      • K

        Michael, you figure is correct. Could you feed your family on that much? If this story is true, she must have spent her entire amount on that one shopping trip. Think it will last a month? I have been hearing this story for over a decade, so it does make me wonder. Yes there are people on food stamps that make additional money through dishonest means. So if there is truth to this story, that is where the rest of the money comes from. I would rather eat oatmeal honestly, than lobster dishonestly. Thieves of all sort, will prosper for a while. But they do not prosper in the long run. I know you are aware of that..

        • markthetruth

          Maybe she a lady of the night. Nails,cell phone.

          the end…

          • K

            Quite possibly, or even more likely involved in the drug trade. This story usually involves driving a Cadillac Escalade. Do people think you can get one of those with food stamps? The food stamps is most likely, the least criminal thing they do.

      • sharonsj

        I just got okayed for food stamps. (I am elderly and my SS is $912 a month.) I was given $53 a month for food!! I was also told that if I accepted food stamps that I could not havThe people here who bitch about how well

        • sharonsj

          …I was also told that if I accepted food stamps that I could not have a phone for emergencies–which was not free, by the way. The people here who bitch about how well we live are delusional.

  • Orange Jean

    When did the rules change? I’m curious because many years ago I was on food stamps for a short time, when I had no money whatsoever to live on. WHAT you could buy with food stamps was then strickly limited, and no one would have been able to buy items like this.

    In the years when I was dirt poor, I knew many other people who were also very poor. In this time, I only met ONE person among all those who I knew personally abused the system… and that person was reported by others of us in the community and got in trouble.

    When did the oversight stop?

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Not all people who sign up for food stamps are honest.

      If you lie about how much income you have or how many children live in your household it can make a big difference.

      And some people out there are getting checks from a whole bunch of different welfare programs all at once.

      Michael

    • ian

      it hasn’t stopped. This is right wing propaganda.

  • Terry Pratt

    There are very few programs for which childless adults qualify especially is they are above the official poverty line. Working-age able-bodied adults are limited to three months of food stamps in a 36 month period, for example.

    The biggest way to game the system is for baby mommy to NOT marry baby daddy, and collect lots and lots of freebies. If they married, his income would reduce (partly or completely) the freebies baby mommy can get from government.

  • markthetruth

    Obama the CULT Leader

    Is recruiting his his members by providing them us life of FREE DOM ! Medicaid,Food Stamps, Phones, Cars,immigration amnesty. They are living the US dream of Freedom , Free apartment,Free food,Free health Care,Free from work. They are happy Living this life. And they will have no reason to revolt because they will be revolting against their Life of Free Hand Outs.

    the end…

    • Hambone

      Sadly, we’ll see the revolt soon enough when the bottom falls out of this fantasy world we’re all living in.

  • James

    Michael,

    Good article. As a college student who is graduating in the spring I am very worried. I am fortunate enough not to have any debt but still the job situation is unfortunate. I fear for my generation I think they will continue the cycle of fatherless households, lose morals etc.. while also having a lot of debt and a worse situation than our parents. This generation is overwhelmingly liberal and are part of those who are completely fine living off the government.

    • ian

      hmmm……every liberal i know is self sufficient and has a career and pays taxes. Not a single liberal i know of lives of the government, yet almost every conservative i know is recieving some sort of entitlement.

      • Heather

        really Ian? I live in the midwest and it is the complete opposite here. Every single person I know on food stamps or other assistance voted for Obama the first time, and the second, and most often rants about how the wealthy folks have everything and they have nothing. All the assistance combined per family is more than three times what our family of five brings in, and we do not accept any help from the govt while taking care of our kids and scraping by. My husband works 60 hour weeks to live on just over 60% of his income, he works in a grocery retail environment,and sees stuff like this ALL the time. I find it hard to believe whatever state you live in is switched.

        • ian

          Colorado. Home of self sufficient successful non whiney liberals.

          • Viper

            Colorado is full of whiney liberals, especially the California transplants. Like locust, they move on to their next victim after destroying their first state.

          • Calligirl

            Again you lie. I worked in politics in Colorado and they are always in the top 10 states for having the most ppl on welfare and they are 90% liberal just like all the ones in other states.

      • susieq

        I really never thought about that. I am liberal and most of my friends voted Romney and all of them are on food stamps and hate Obama. good point.

        • ian

          My stepfathers parents, for instance, do nothing all day but criticize Obama and liberals and big government. Yet they receivee Medicare and unemployment because the have a victims mentality that the world is out to get them, and no one wants to hire them because they are negative hateful and spiteful people. Yet all of my liberal friends are productive positive and happy people who work very hard, have careers and degrees and volunteer on a regular basis.

          • Calligirl

            First part not a lie and you should tell them not to bite the hand that feeds them and the second part is all your friends live in LaLa land or you are lying again.

          • ian

            no. you are just a negative narrow minded hateful spiteful conservative and cant imagine for as second that people are not as lazy and worthless as your shallow worldview holds. It would shatter your pathetic view of the world to know that people work hard to get to where they are and they do not live off of the government. You people feed off of hatred, spite, racism and pathetic generalizations.

          • PeaceAngel

            I have been working since I was 6 years old when my parents bought a cattle ranch and today I am 61. I have known very few ppl. who were not self made. Nothing you spewed about me fits. I have taken in almost 100 of other people’s kids in four decades and all of them were black or hispanic. Over the past four decades I have dated two black men so the racism thing is out the window. I do not believe in hate as I am a true Christian and the people I speak of are as lazy as I have said and you are a troll.

        • Calligirl

          That is an even bigger lie than the ones ian is telling. I do believe most of your friends are on food stamps but they did not vote for Romney and if they hate obama someone should tell them he is the hand that feeds them. Most of the people on welfare are the 60% who are on some sort of gov. assistance and never voted in their lives until obama bussed them to the poles all over the nation to register and then to vote in both elections.

      • smallergovnow

        you are a liar…

      • Calligirl

        Now you are just lying. The stats show a very different picture.

  • ItIsWellWithMySoul

    One of my friends has four kids and her husband is self employed and does not claim all that he makes which enables them to get free insurance for their kids as well as food stamps. My friend does absolutely nothing all day but sits down and plays on the computer. She is unschooling her kids (meaning homeschooled but believes in letting kids learn by playing which is why at 13 her son can’t read and neither her two youngest daughters age 10 and 7), her house is a wreck, and she hardly ever cooks. They eat frozen prepared type foods that are quite exspensive and they have a huge basement full of food as well . (She too believes the country will collapse) I can honestly keep going on and on as I know many that do the same thing which tells me there truly is a work ethic problem in America. My family is considered financially lower class and I have learned ways to be independent from the government. We eat beans, cabbage, chicken, and venison quite often but we are healthy and feel very blessed. I get so aggravated at this entitlement society that I can scream!

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Great comment.

      Does anyone else know of people that are like this?

      Michael

      • SickOfTheStupid

        yeah there are a few , but by and large welfare queen lifestyle you are so angry about doesn’t exist ……………….the people I know on food stamps may buy a lobster for dinner one night , but they do so knowing they will have to eat romon for 4 or 5 days to afford the luxury.

        • Calligirl

          That is total BS and if you read my previous post you will know I know this first hand. You are stupid and uninformed on this issue. I have lived it.

    • TheLibertarian19

      Good for you. In the end you will survive longer than your friend. Your friend is used to a nice cushy lifestyle. You know hard work. Not that I wish your friend bad, I just know you will survive longer.

      • to vamp is divine

        But I do think it is important to have nice clothes if you are to glam and vamp…and cold cream to remove foundation is not cheap either, If there are no jobs, I don’t have a problem with the government paying me to glam and vamp……

        • Calligirl

          BUT it is taking 65 ppl WORKING and paying taxes for you to get food stamps ONLY and that system is broke and one day soon there will be no more checks in the mail and the benefits office will be closed. Only half of all men in America are working or living above the poverty line. There will be no one to give you a free ride very soon and then what??? Then what??

    • hillbillyhustle

      You can report her to the fraud line. I think if people spoke up we might slowly see change. Most people never say a word so the fraud continues and change never happens.

      • markthetruth

        Fraud starts with the insurance companies and everyone else follows. Got to cheat a cheater mentality .

        the end.

      • New Java

        Actually, I read in another forum where a person working for a store actually photocopied the bogus SS/welfare checks some kids and wife were getting after claiming the father abandoned them. The father brought the checks in as he was workign there. What happened when he turned it in to SS? Nothing! Family was stealing $72K/year by fraud and SS administration would not even investigate when presented with documentation!

    • markthetruth

      One thing though is SS and Medicare are not entitlements to me(even though there is payroll tax law that say’s they are) I’ve payed 25 years into both and deserve my money’s worth plus inflation compound interest on my money.

      Health Care problem started when they let the HMO companies to go public on the stock market and in doing so it become a money making ,pay the CEO his bonus for the profits, and the happy stock holders is all that matter’s not the patient. You have 10 people deciding on the profits instead the needs of the patients. Then causing lawsuits and higher premiums. Win win for the Co. and a lose lose for us.

      the end…

      • ItIsWellWithMySoul

        They live in Tennessee and get Tenn. Care which goes to low income families and is free. If they would claim what they truly makes they would probably not get free health care.

      • frylock243

        Except that the way things are going, sooner or later someone who got robbed against their will to put money into those programs is going to get left high and dry with nothing.
        It’ll probably be my generation.

        • markthetruth

          Your Right and that why it should end and you should be able to bank your money yourself this way you know where it is and can control it.

          the end…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RIFONMZRDT3C4IAR7X6CMCDFOA Benny

        You sound like an Obama voter

        • markthetruth

          how do you come to that conclusion.

          the end…

        • Sorcha The Dark Eyed Elf

          I don’t think he sounds like an Obama voter. If we are going to have a government that allows itself to structure our lives, laws, make high salaries because of us, then it is only fair and natural that he expects something in return, seeing as he supports such a government with his tax dollars and by not rebelling.

      • Calligirl

        Have you checked in the past decade as to all the changes to receiving social security? They have come up with lots of ways to postpone it for years and to give you far less than you would have gotten 10 years ago. Because of all the gov. scams to collapse the economy, 75% of all baby boomers are heading into retirement flat broke.

    • criticalmass

      Bet she is fat as a pig too. Most are. I don’t know how the poor are so fat.

      • citizenS

        It’s the food that you and I buy for them. The food that they purchase has little to no nutritional value so they just eat and eat and wash it all down with soda.

        • Hambone

          Yet another benefit preppers will see, whether or not the SHTF. Home grown food, harvested at the right time instead of picked unripe and covered in wax not only tastes great, but it has far more nutritional value. On top of that, it saves money in the long run.

        • http://twitter.com/mtnheathr Heather Belletete

          What an a$$! The poor are fat because healthy food cost more money and not all poor people are on food stamps by the way! It’s mac and cheese with a lb of hamburger one night, spaghetti the next, etc. I know because since I lost my job in March that’s basically what we’ve been eating because that’s literally all we can afford and believe me I don’t stuff myself, some days I can barely eat I’m so sick of Ramen, yet I have managed to gain weight!

          • frylock243

            That’s not entirely true. If you know what you’re doing, you can eat healthy on not very much. I’ve been feeding us on around $100/week for a long time now, and I carry at most about 20 extra pounds that would be quickly gone if I execised like I should.
            The real problem is that they buy cheap convenience food because they don’t know how to cook.

          • AshleyAlmany

            True! We eat healthy on a very low budget.

          • Calligirl

            You and yours have not been living on welfare for 6 decades as most have. And they all live in houses with lots of ppl who are on welfare. Don’t get your panties in a bunch. The large majority of the welfare lifers have never had a job and do not want a job and they live by making lots of babies early in life to get more benefits and believe me they have worked the system in a way that it has worked for them for 6 decades and they live high on the hog. Read my original post on here. I know these things first hand.

          • New Java

            Same in SC. I did a fixer-upper in a welfare (and SS disability the new welfare) neighborhood. Good luck trying to corral any of them into working with you such as painting the house or anything. Once their kids get a certain age they get pregnant again. And there were “non”husbands around too. Idiots gov gives them a few days notice before an “imspection” and husbands move their stuff out. Its beyond ridiculous: its outright buying votes.

          • Mondobeyondo

            Ding ding ding, we’ve got a winner!
            Thank you Heather!!

          • New Java

            You need to get on welfare. A person I know who had the GA food program for a while said his family never ate so well. Said they simply could not spend all the money even though they bought lobster and everything else. OTOH, he is very frugal and his wife is too (hardly ever go out to eat and when they do its pizza etc)

      • markthetruth

        That’s a STUPID ! statement because their are true poor people so don’t bash them and make statements that are unfair to them, and then there are Lazy people who don’t want to work. So Don’t judge the true poor!

        the end…

        • CitizenS

          Whoa! Wasn’t bashing the true poor…… The topic is why people on public assistance eat better than those scraping by. I will stand by my statement that a lot has to do with the food they eat that contributes to their size. When you see them with frozen pizza and junk in the carts along with a few cases of soda, what do you expect them to look like?? I know for a fact that soda is more expensive than water and buying raw ingredients and cooking it yourself is much cheaper than pre packaged meals!! I am lucky enough to have space for a vegetable garden and a small bit of livestock so I don’t need much from the grocer but it seems every time im there, they’re are more system abusers than those paying into the system!! This system will never sustain itself because there are too many asking too much of too few. And just in case your wondering…… I just filled out my taxes and never even made it close to clearing the poverty line.

      • Calligirl

        Lots of welfare recipients living under one roof for 6 decades, that’s how. And registering for assistance in many different states. Welfare fraud is a huge part of our national economy.

      • Mondobeyondo

        Many poor people are fat because they simply can’t afford to eat the foods required for a healthy lifestyle. Broccoli, carrots and beans are more expensive than a McMeal. If you’re close to broke, you’re going to choose the McMeal. It’s cheaper. It’s yummier. Broccol? Yeech.
        One out of every 15 ~ 20 people I see in public is obese. Some of them are morbidly obese. The most hilarious thing ever – has to be watching a plump guy or gal riding along in their store grocery cart, in a perpetual search for more beer, Doritos, Big Macs, Coca Cola and hot dogs.. Why are there so many obese people in this country? Why?? (The answer can be found by re-reading the paragraph you just read.)
        I mean… what happened to y’all? Grapefruit diet didn’t work? Did Jenny Craig let you down? Couldn’t get enough time off at the gym to do fitness? I walk a mile and a half each day to the grocery store and back. (Not by choice. Because I have to. Otherwise – no food.) The morbidly obese can do it too. Besides, it’s good for their health to walk a little.
        Is it because they like being obese? I highly doubt that.

        • Martin Weber

          LET MICHELLE OBAMA DECIDE WHAT GOES ON THE SNAP PROGRAM!!!

    • criticalmass

      Probably fat as a sow too!

    • PinHead

      Then you’re part of the problem. If you know someone is abusing the system, and you do nothing about it, you’re partly to blame.

  • MTJK

    I would say i cared but we might as well use the system for as long as we can. By this summer they are gonna collapse the economy so everyone here mad at the welfare people will get their satisfaction knowing these people will be rounded up and starving by years end. So who cares? enjoy your lobster bitch.

    • ian

      funny. ‘they’ were supposed to have collapsed it last summer…and the summer before that…and the summer before that….ad infinitum.

      • Calligirl

        No, once again ian you are wrong The plan according to the DHS insider who is talking and will soon be dead, the plan was to do this in the 90’s after signing agenda 21 and the opportunity to get in on 9/11 Bush could not pass up, so the whistleblower says it is a fluid plan and will most likely come to fruition this year at the latest.

        • ian

          Right. I will save your above comment and throw it back at you in 2-3 years time when this site is still predicting doom and the economy is in fullsteam. It will happen.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VAW3NDROKTQBWW4CSS6CC6QUGQ __

    how does gary do it? he is a low information voterloser, he should tell us how to scam the system.

  • TheLibertarian19

    We are screwed. The world is screwed. There is no way anything is getting better. Just hope to whatever divine power you believe in that you and your family will survive.

    • TheLibertarian19

      Also, to expand upon my comment, how much longer would all of you give the system? I say it could collapse any day (the big collapse, not the slow death crawl), but I think they can keep it on life support for maybe another 15 years.

      • starving robot

        15 tops. I’d say around 10. It’s pretty scary to think of, I want to enjoy my life (not harming others, the environment, etc) now but it will always be in the back of my mind. It’s all got to come crashing down, “no one seems to notice, no one seems to care”. George Carlin first opened my mind to all of this, and he was talking about it over 20 years ago. If only more people would have listened to him and everyone else alike (Gerald Celente is my favourite guy right now)

        • Calligirl

          I have forty years into this and the time is now. The plan is for total economic collapse this year.Check out my other posts and Operation Thunderdome the official gov plan to crash the economy.

      • Calligirl

        Not a chance. There is a DHS insider who is whistleblowing to the Canada Free Press since before the election. The plan is to collapse the whole thing all at once and before next year. You can find this article at that website by googling “Operation Thunderdome” which is the official plan to collapse the economy and the US dollar. This guy or girl is deeply embedded in the plan to do this and is leaking info that I am surprised has not been taken down already and I am sure the machine running this agenda is looking to kill him or her and it will only be a matter of time until that happens. There are cyber warriors for obama he references to who are paid to keep me and you from having these convos and who are hired to move the loud mouths into the FEMA camps now. Tens of thousands of Americans are missing or in jail over free speech issues and lots more going there. check out the cases at the Rutherford Institute on these missing ppl and those they are defending against the evil empire running our nation for the past 200 years. I have followed these ppl for four decades and the end is near. If you can get out of the country and if not get your money out of the banks. They will crash them all overnite and any time now.

  • Jasper

    Several years ago I managed some rental properties for a friend whose job was transferred out of country for a couple of years. Every tenant he had was on Section 8 housing. These were nice individual houses, not apartments, in Cleveland, OH. I got to know many of these tenants very well. They were ALL gaming the system, and between their free housing, free food, free utilities, free phones, free health care, and for many of them, free public transportation, plus goodness knows what else, they had an equivalent income much higher than mine. I became thoroughly disgusted with a system that is so easily abused, and I am sorry to say that I lost all respect for these people. They used to laugh at me and tell me that I was an idiot for working.

  • Tom

    I total believe that story when I worked at Pathmark almost 20 years ago I use to see those type of people on a daily basis. I could only imagine how it is today!

  • hillbillyhustle

    I have always believed that food stamps should also include people that have jobs and are trying. Maybe people with families who NET less than 18k a year (<-example)
    I have been on food stamps and to be honest if you need it then get it. I agree the system is broken but all we can do is try to survive. As far as the woman with the lobster…Who are we to judge? Having an iphone doesnt make you rich. you can buy one on ebay used. Getting your nails done only cost about $20. The food she bought might have been for a family dinner. I have bought expensive items with food stamps for holiday dinners and then bought $1 bologna the rest of the month. I think people feel you should be completely destitute to get food stamps. The truth is homeless people with no where to live and no family get soup kitchens and long waits to get in shelters that fill up fast.
    Like I said earlier, All we can do is survive .

    • ItIsWellWithMySoul

      I agree that some people may need food stamps temporarily but in my case I know that there are things to do that will keep me from depending on the government. I’m not trying to sound as if I think more highly of myself than I aught but I make my own bread from scratch, cook every meal, grow my own garden, pick my own fruit, can my vegetables and fruit, make my own lye soap and moisturizers, cook every meal, ECT. I don’t have cable, a home phone, i phones, kindles, or the internet ( except on my mobile phone I’m using now that is not high tech). I can honestly say that everyone I personally know on food stamps has the things I do not. I’m not saying I will never get food stamps because I don’t know what the future holds but I do know that I will do my very best and work as hard as I can to not depend on the government. I don’t know the situations of every individual on food stamps but I believe that everyone of them should examine themself and see if there is a way they can do without it.

      • hillbillyhustle

        That’s awesome that you do all those things.. I can veggies from garden as well. I did not mean to imply that you thought you were better. Even though most of us believe the economy is on an unstable path, as we make changes accordingly there are people that are still in the dark and turn to government assistance. Myself included at one time when I was diagnosed with cancer.(Cancer free now 4yrs!!) I guess my overall point is that we are all trying to survive as best we can with what we have and many people have not come to the same conclusion as most of us simply because they work 40 hrs a week and are too tired to care resulting in them turning to the government in time of need. I get tired of hearing the entitlement programs as the main culprit of this countries demise.WE got here together .Even though I don’t see a good outcome for our countries patrons economically,I try not to make assumptions about other peoples finances. Personally, If I could still get assistance I would with no shame.

        Don’t Let “The Man” get you down..lol

  • mleblanc138

    I make ever so slightly above 10 an hour full time. If I were to get married right now and have my new wife stay at home, my income alone would make our joint income too high to qualify for food stamps in Utah. It would be pretty close to the edge, but I come in a bit above the maximum cutoff for a 2 person household.

    The big question is do unborn babies count as children in a household? If so, then the trick would be to get my new wife pregnant ASAP so I could claim a 3 person household.

  • leeholsen

    yes, there are veterans who are barely making it and others who haven’t done a days work in years and know every scam the system has to offer.
    as a vet, i am quite ashamed of what this country has become. if i were asked to serve today for the country as it is now; i would not do it. this was a great country, now its becoming an embarrasment by actions of many of its people, corprations, government and even some of its military leaders.

    • Roger Smith

      I absolutely agree with you Leeholsen. My dad was in the 101st, my brother retired from the spec forces, I did 6 years in the navy….but I’ll do everything I can to dissuade my nephews from joining the military. I don’t think the sea of scum this country has become deserves the protection that they would provide.

      • Calligirl

        I hear this every day from the vets I counsel. In all our wars since Nam 70-80% of all the kills were civilians and that is a 200 yr. old American agenda to depopulate the world. Agenda 21—read my prior post about your new status in the US and thanks to all your family for serving what should have been a defensive military not an offensive military. And the things that they are doing to our war vets today is disgusting on every level and no one should be willing to join. Then what?? No doubt we would be in trouble for the upcoming world war but in the meantime we need to bring ALL our freakin’ National Guardsmen who have done 5-6 terms in these useless desert wars and it needs to end. Do you know the story of Brandon Raub. He is one of many who have already disappeared into the camps.

  • pix106

    A true story that occurred at a grocery check-out line in Rockdale Texas about 10 years ago. A lady and her son was in the check out line and paying with food stamps. One item being checked was dog food. The cashier said, “food stamps could not be used to buy dog food.” The lady then told her son to go and get some steak, the dog will eat steak.

    • Me

      Bizzarely, if it was chicken, she might actually have a point. I eat chicken. It’s cheaper than cat food where I am.

      • Mondobeyondo

        And chicken tastes like… oh never mind.

    • Calligirl

      I am all about welfare for sick and abandoned animals in America and would pay a tax for that in a minute. Millions of ppl get a dog as a status symbol and cannot and do not feed them. We have thousands and thousands of dogs and cats in kill shelters because ppl did not train them, did not plan on 20 years with them , did not know they need as much daily care as a child and food and exercise. It makes me sick. Most animals surrendered to shelters are less than three years old. Just babies. Adopt a pet people.

      • markthetruth

        No! kids talk their parents into them after seeing them in animal shows and movies and on other TV shows, and stuffed and toy pets. Then they want the real thing , saying they will walk,feed and take care of them. Which they do for a week or two and then it’s over to the parents. From Bob Barker
        Have your pets Spaded or Neutered. and have unlicensed people breeding them for money on Craigslist. This is a money making business at the expense of the animals.Tons of pet stores all over and Petco on the web.

        the end…

  • TheLibertarian19

    Ummm, when did someone take my Username? I commented a half hour ago, and the other “TheLibertarian19″ started posting under my name? Why are you doing that? Please get your own username

  • Michael in Illinois

    I have been working in grocery retail for 13 years (the same store) and have seen it all. I can also relate to her rant. My community has quickly become a non-white unemployed community of folks on every type of public aid. One of the gimmicks they do is buy items with the food stamp card and return the items for cash. Sometimes they buy those big packs of Red Bull (20 cans in a case?) and sell those for cash. They are just a bunch of professionals working the system instead of working for a living. At the state level and perhaps the federal they are able to restrict what can be purchased (like the WIC program there is a clear list of what is allowed and quanity). Anyway. These people have no food or water stored and will be the first to riot (and loot the liquor stores first) when the SHTF.

    • Ayn Rand

      I concur that Parasites are a problem, but two things here:
      1) Don’t bring Race into it. I know a lot of good racial people. I myself am Native American
      2) The government, banks, and big businesses themselves are the biggest parasites out there. They leech from the middle class by creating these ridiculous regulations and taxes while giving themselves and their buddies breaks.

      • Bad_Mr_Frosty

        Sorry, race is a factor. The people paying into the welfare system are overwhelmingly White. The people using the system are overwhelmingly non-White (by percentage). Then they justify their abuse of the system as “reparations” or justice for “discrimination”. Again, I’m sorry if this is a “hate fact”.

        • sharonsj

          Your information is wrong. I am sure that statistics show most people on welfare are white. Why don’t you do some research before making claims?

          • Calligirl

            No you are wrong. I have the facts and statistics but will not do research for lazy ppl. Read my post and get some reality research. I have 5 decades of boots on the ground experience in this area and you are wrong.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/LNTYXW7U57LFM6FU5UVC6MOVA4 Ten Megaton

            The percentages those on welfare by race as of 2011 are listed below in descending order by percentage.
            Black-39.8%
            White-38.8%
            Hispanic-15.7%
            Other-3.3%
            Asian-2.4%

            There.

          • jereome

            Those percentages can be rather misleading if you don’t consider U.S. demographics. For example 38.8% of those that use welfare are white doesn’t equal 38.8 of white’s are on welfare.

            Now to demographic’s, in this country whites or people of european descent make up 72.4% of the population, while those of African American origins make up 12.6% of the population.

            What does this mean? Simple African American’s and Latinos are far more likely to take welfare that white American’s.

        • BlackLibertarian

          Yes, race is a historical factor, which means that the US is populated mostly by whites who have brutally asserted economic and political power. By straight numbers more whites are on welfare than nonwhites.It means that whites receive more in real numbers and percentages.
          I would say that 90% of all US residents receive some sort of welfare be it federal or state.

          • frylock243

            I would say that depends on how you define “welfare.” I find the definition changes depending on who is doing the arguing. If you are a true libertarian, then any kind of money back from the government would be defined as “welfare” for your purposes I am guessing especially as it would suit your racial component.
            As to the “straight” numbers, that’s an awfully convenient way to look at things. It is true that there are many more whites in this country than there are blacks who are roughly 12% of the total US population. So, all things considered, yes, there are, strictly speaking, more white people on welfare than blacks, However, if you look at the numbers by percentage of the demographic population, then a black person is more likely to be on welfare than a white person.
            Now, we can quibble as to the causes of why this might be, but it is why too easy to claim that it is all solely due to racism by one group over the other, especially as we we have so many prominent blacks in society today.

          • Calligirl

            Exactly—read my other post. This is one of millions of facts the liberal talking heads leave out and people are too lazy to check them out and follow their gov findings like the sheeple they are.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tarrell.allen Tarrell Allen

            its so convenient isn’t it….. less than 65 years ago it was illegal for a black man or women to attend schools and or even drink out of the same water fountain as a white person, but now all of a sudden the world is equal….I hate people abusing the system I am a full time student who is struggling and I was told I couldn’t even get stamps but some lazy bum can…..I feel you people where your coming from but it seems to me like in this politically correct world in which we live live in the first chance you ‘IM NOT RASCIST” white people get to put a black person down you do it and you enjoy it……Where are the African American repremands huh? I wait I know I know it was so long ago BLAH BLAH BLAH we were taken from our homes thousands of miles away brought to this place and were beaten dissensatised and purpopsly kept stupid for hundreds of years. I am not that uprighteous angry black man because A. I love white people im 23 an I have lived the last 7 years of my life in the suburbs, but enough with the catogoriesing and yes I hate people who set my race back more than I hate the rascist hate mongrols on this site

          • Clayton bigsby

            Your argument is trite and typical. It has nothing to do with actual skin color. It has everything to do with a culture of ignorance and insecurity that defines popular black culture. Nice try though…white guilt and the race card have run their course. Black culture is not capable of preserving what western European culture has built. It is parasitic in nature.

          • O.S.J.

            Yeah, and you were sold to muslim slavetraders BY YOUR OWN DAMN PEOPLE!! Facts are facts. When blacks stop breeding illegitimate future gang bangers and prison inmates, when the illegitimacy rate is no longer 73%, when the Knockout Game is stopped by blacks who say they really care and will do something about it, when Jesse jackass and al Sharptongue are rejected by blacks instead of lauded, when you quit blaming whitey and actually take responsibility, then we can talk.
            And I’m not gonna hold my breath.

          • Paam Maltzman

            Amen. There are a helluva lot of racist blacks out there, sorry to say. And personally i want nothing to do with them if at all possible.
            No black person alive in the US today is a slave, and no white eperson alive in the US today is a slaveholder. So I refuse to feel guilty for something I didn’t do, and which other people in my family didn’t do either.
            If a black person chooses to go on welfare rather than get a job and take responsibility, it’s NOT MY FAULT!

          • jereome

            Hey where is my reparation check? What certain racists fail to realize is that slavery is not a BLACK thing. In fact slavery has been going on for a very long time, and suprise, suprise there was such a thing as WHITE slaves in history. They were called SERF’s and later Indentured servant’s. So where is my reparation check? Don’t I deserve a check for some slight done to my forefathers that has absolutely nothing to do with me today? ROFl….

          • Laurus

            Often times, it is your own race that set you back.

          • BlackLibertarian

            I agree with you. Some blacks are demoralized or were raised by immature and uneducated mothers.Thus, ambition or a clear conception of life success is lacking in them.

          • Mondobeyondo

            Most people on welfare are poor and white, not poor and black, or poor and Hispanic.
            Can you confirm this, or deny this?

          • quercus454

            Actually when you look at percentages of the population, Blacks and Hispanics out number whites when it comes to welfare. Almost 55% of all welfare recipients are of color (Black/Hispanic) and that is not counting Asians.

          • Sueychop

            Yes, that is true, the majority of people on welfare is white.

          • Deb S

            Question: Regardless of the color of the skin; who here thinks that “anyone” in political power would “not” abuse the system? Do you not think that what is in a person’s heart(seriously) isn’t going to determine his/her way of thinking and doing things?

          • TeeHeeHee

            If whites choose to take care of their own,it’s their business,I choose not to take care of ni66ers because they are a cursed race and a plague on humanity,this country was founded and built by white people,white people invented everything and white people keep everything going,ni66ers should not be allowed to ride the gov’ment gravy train,they should be put back in the fields to pick the white mans cotton.The continent of africa should be depopulated of ni66ers and made into a zoo so the white man can enjoy nature.

          • jazzy

            White people ain’t invented sh#t black people invented everything.

          • Adrena Broadnax

            Amen, blacks created his.pale.ass. Thats why yall whites brought us here to the land u.stolen from.the Indians. Our ancestors built this country. Whites stole everthing from Africa. Smh.

          • MRJ73

            Blacks never created anyone other than your own offsping. Get your facts straight please. Whites also known as gentiles were enslaved to blacks, as well as the Jews for THOUSANDS OF YEARS. Whom do you think built those pyramids? Learn history and culture of each nation. Slavery is nothing new, my advice for the black race is to better yourself, have a sense of pride, add and compliment to your communities. Being poor doesn’t mean that you have no rights, get involved in your government locally, clean up your neighborhoods, be selective in whom you choose as father of your children, promote family values, be better citizens and mothers, just as every person and race should.

          • Tom Chen

            Just because there are more white people on welfare than blacks does NOT mean that there is a greater percentage of white people on welfare than blacks. There are way more white people than black people in the United States so you will naturally have more white people on welfare, but a greater percentage of the total number of black people in the United States are on welfare. It’s called math, bro (and yes, I’m asian).

          • Jim Cogar

            Spare me with all that bs. There are NOT more whites than non-whites on welfare. That is totally false! The most brutal thing you can do to a person, by the way, is make them totally dependent on you, whether it’s your children or society. Blacks & Hispanics in particular are slaves to whites who put into the system that feeds them. Teach them how to be self-reliant, instead of playing the system. It eats at your sole when you steal.

        • markthetruth

          IF RACE is a factor then the White’s are the leaches , they stole the land from the Indians. So if you feel that way give your land and all there land ba

          • Calligirl

            That has already been done in spades. Where have you been? American Indians were the first ppl to receive reparations and welfare and receive a lot more than that today. I am half Cherokee and have not taken any of the boatloads of benefits I could have taken. You need to research your history

          • brian

            in order to qual one of your ancestors would have to had been on the ben gurion roll call and unto the Dawes roll call and an advadavit of support and a big blessing from the chercokee tribe themselves
            am half chercokee myself and have 0 positive blood which is a common blood type among the chercokee nation. if no support of claim you don’t qual and one of two options you cherckoee is either from FLordia or north carolina.. but if nobody is in your family is not on the roll call you are history …. and you will need loads of proff that you are somehow related…

          • Sueychop

            North Carolina or Oklahoma, not Florida.

          • markthetruth

            I sure they would rather have their Land and Race back as they are disappearing and the American Indian we be gone forever as we ran them out for our selfishness.

            the end…

          • Mondobeyondo

            Are you completely sure about that?

            Are you completelky sure about that?

          • markthetruth

            yes !

            the end…

          • Sueychop

            yes, completelky sure.

          • OldSchoolJudoka

            And Egypt, Greece, Persia, Assyria and the Romans conquered the world and subjugated it. So friggin what??

            Cut the “whites stole the land” bull spit. Every nation on earth has conquered or been conquered. Is human history and human nature to do so. Liberal tool.

          • energizedmortal

            Agreed, Land belongs to NO ONE but Mother Nature. We all come and GO and will take nothing with us. Look at how we have become bickering over horse manure. Whatever happened to the basics, eat, mate and celebrate life with family. God help us all very sad state of affairs… Depression, currency wars, trade wars, world war. History repeating itself, what else is new?

          • Viper

            Nonsense, Indians mostly fought among themselves.

          • markthetruth

            NO Sense !!! Logic say’s if they fought against themselves a Indian still own the land.

            the end…

          • quercus454

            Wow, where did that come from? La Raza?
            Humans didn’t evolve from primates on this continent. They moved here from somewhere else. The very first people who came across the Bering Land Bridge were over run by later arriving people. And those people were later surpassed more recent ones. The history of this continent is one of conquest. Even when Western Europeans first arrived, the so called native Americans were not unified. They were fighting among themselves for the use of the land.

            If you honesty believe the nonsense you posted, then rightfully the entire planet belongs to the people of Africa. Because they were the first humans.

          • markthetruth

            So you home for the taking. if someone wants to conquer it,they should be able to fight you and not the law and if they win it’s theirs fair and square.

            the end…

          • toytee

            i agree!!!!

        • lucille

          Where did you get those numbers? State them. Your a racist. I’m sick of white people doing this on the internet. Your Wrong and you need to not be doing these things. They will come back to bite you on your butt!

        • cpgone

          agree, Its easy to see how many of certain groups get

        • quercus454

          Some have mentioned blacks below, but there are also a high percentage of Hispanics too. My wife has worked in the grocery business for more then 25 years. In California, it is a common occurrence to see Hispanics go thru the checkout and have their purchases grouped. All of the food items are put on the card and then the liquor/tobacco is purchased with cash. Often the Hispanic male who doesn’t speak any English has one of his children speak for him. Many times the father pays for the purchases from a wallet fat with larger denomination cash. On more then a few occasions, these families can be observed getting into a fairly new, higher end SUV. And of course the wife almost always has an I phone .

        • Ayn Rand

          So… your point? I know plenty of white people who are just as much parasites as racial people are. Don’t judge the entire race by some parasites’ decisions.

          • kenfrombayside

            If this country were 100% white, there would no mercy for a teenager with an out of wedlock baby. There would be no food stamps.

        • Justin Case

          Can we please leave the political correctness out of this. Lets not call them “non”-white. The blacks are the primary abusers of the system, next we have the mexicans. I’m sure there are low lives in every race that take advantage of the system but the MAJORITY are black. Don’t be afraid to use your 1st amendment right.

        • http://twitter.com/dsjj251 Derrick Syl.James Jr

          The reason the people paying into the system are overwhelmingly white is because white make up 72% of the population. And no, by Percentage, more white women and their children are the ones using it.

      • Calligirl

        Please read my post. I have also been on lots of Indian Reservations across America in my volunteering and there are tons of able-bodied Indians on welfare as well. I am half Cherokee and have never taken Indian benefits but race is a huge part of this problem nationwide and lazy is the other part of the problem. And you are right that government banks corporations and mostly Politicians are the enemy and behind the welfare state to collapse the US economy. I was there first hand as well. The plan has a name Operation Thunderdome.

        I am not racist and am sick of hearing about it but believe me the blacks in America have been taught for 6 decades to be racist especially against each other. ‘And many Native Indians and hispanics have been taught to hate white people. I have seen it every day among ppl I was trying to help. And another thing that is a huge American Indian problem is the child molestation that goes on in 90% of our reservations. Now if you want a “cause” that is a good one.

      • OldSchoolJudoka

        No can do. Both welfare fraud and the Knockout Game are perpetrated by the negro—the scourge of this nation.
        A 73% illegitimacy rate and the breakdown of the traditional family are to blame. Well, that, and the Dummycrats.

      • Justin Case

        Good thing you did not bring race into this Mr. American native. Race has a lot to do with everything in this country. Blacks are handed almost everything for free. Blacks and mexicans know how to game the system and the politicians make it easy for them to do so. I am not going to lower my self to say what race I am because I don’t feel that I need, unlike you, to justify my self when speaking about race. The root of the problem is always the government but blacks have made a lifestyle out of mooching. Go look up EBT stuff on YouTube and see what I’m talking about.

    • hillbillyhustle

      If what you say is true then the government assistance is keeping you in a job. the non white community without your government assistance would close its doors leaving you white folks in your perfect scenario of looters and defending your land. it would be a dream come true for you.
      or better yet, after losing your job you would be forced to stand in line with all those non white folks to get your unemployment check and food stamps. but i guess that is ok since your white.

    • Mondobeyondo

      It’s more about economics than race, Yes, race does play a factor. Admittedly so. But still…

      Doesn’t matter if you live in rural Alabama or urban Chicago, in Harlem, Compton, or Beverly Hills. The system is broken.

    • brian

      when I start my new job am going to appy for aid
      9 per hour 32 hours 16 per week take home per month 484 take home per month I should qual if I get turned down I will pull the race card

    • Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

      Indeed!

  • saintpatty

    I know from good source that even the legitimately disabled sell the food card balances for .50 on the dollar, or less and then have to fend for themselves for the entire month. They will get free food from other sources. The welfare folks live for the first of the month. They live high on the hog and then they are poor again. Not all, but a large portion of welfare people abuse the system and purchase alcohol and drugs with the money. I know, I have a family member that does this and I have witnesses it first hand. He has also told me that many, many others do the same. They all know how to play the game. We have a cancer in our society.

    • Calligirl

      So true read my first post on this thread. I have witnessed it first hand nationwide.

  • Josh Apple

    Is it fair? Short answer, no. I have no problem with people on assistance getting basics. Women on WIC get basics like beans, peanut butter, fruit juice, rice, formula, cheese, eggs, and healthy cereal. But people on food stamps eating lobster, shrimp, rib-eye steak irk me to no end.

    • EastCDerek

      Have some RESPECT as if someone on food stamps wants to spend their EBT $ on lobster, shrimp, beans, broccoli or whatever “approved” food on the list, then this is THEIR choice. What difference does it make? There are ALREADY RESTRICTIONS in place & one cannot utilize EBT-cards for junk food, soda, food deemed “unhealthy”, etc. If it irks you, TOO BAD! GET OVER YOUR HOLIER THAN NOW SUPERIORITY COMPLEX!

      • MrApple

        Why don’t you have some RESPECT for the millions of workers whose hard work pays for those people’s “lobster, shrimp, beans, broccoli or whatever “approved” food on the list? And as for EBT not being used for junk food, you might want to recheck that. Just the other day I passed a Kangaroo gas station with a sign proudly professing “We take EBT”. And I’m sure this GAS STATION serves only the finest organic vegetables and grass fed beef/free range chicken. Not an ounce of processed sugar or artificial dye to found anywhere, I’m sure.
        As for irking me, I only hope those on EBT are holding some of that money back from lobster buying to stock up on basics for a “rainy day” like oatmeal, rice, beans, spices, salt, sugar, and so on.

        • EastCDerek

          MrApple, I am one of those millions of workers you speak of whose hard work pays for those people’s “lobster, shrimp, beans, broccoli or whatever “approved” food on the list? I am also a business owner. I think of it this way: When I pay my employees, I do NOT ask what they do with THEIR money. That is THEIR business. Just as it is an EBT Holder’s business what they do with THEIR EBT-funds. This was created as a safety net for the poor & downtrodden. Yes, I do hope they save $ for a rainy day, but that is up to THEM & NOT me. I have a friend whom has health issues & has an EBT card. Certain items he can pay for with HIS EBT card & other items he has to pay with funds from HIS OWN bank account. Are you talking about the convenience stores at the gas stations that accept EBT cards? All I know is that those that utilize such cards are in a use it or lose it situation. In other words, If they do NOT utilize all THEIR funds, then the powers that be CUT THEIR funds. As of the new year all those with EBT-Cards had THEIR FUNDS CUT by 5%. PERHAPS THIS CUT SHALL PACIFY people that be-grudge others whom need a safety-net for FOOD which by the way IS A NECESSITY! WTF?

          • MrApple

            The difference between the money your employees spend and EBT card holders is that one person is spending money they have earned while the other is spending a handout. EBT is to help, not to raise the cardholder to the same level of those putting money on those cards. And 5% cut isn’t enough to get those that can work and should work off a system that rewards people for doing as little as possible. But if our nation keeps spending and building the national debt as it is doing then the “safety-net” you applaud won’t be there for too much longer. Then all can suffer together, EQUALLY.

          • EastCDerek

            Ok, some earn their money, some might / might NOT: I certainly do NOT judge while at the checkout-line at the grocery store. HOW someone else pays (albeit cash, credit-card, debit-card, EBT-card or whatever) for their groceries is of no concern of mine. Understand I am neither applauding nor condemning the utilization of EBT cards (aka: food stamps). It is what it is. People who get EBT cards have to qualify through the proper channels. Again there are already restrictions in place. I gather some people are going to be irked if others utilize EBT cards for what would be deemed a “luxury food item”, though frankly that should have NO BEARING WHATSOEVER on what someone buys. A couple of years ago there was a surplus of lobster & the price came down. Perhaps as another poster said, someone’s doctor wants him / her to get a certain kind of meat, which might be prime-rib for its iron content. Yes / TRUE it is up to people to take THEIR OWN PERSONAL RESPONSIBLITY. Having said that, if someone wants to spend all their EBT $ on King-crab-legs, then let them spend all their $ on King-crab-legs. Again that is THEIR BUSINESS.

          • MrApple

            “Again that is THEIR BUSINESS.”

            It is MY BUSINESS if it is my taxes paying for it. If they don’t want other people butting in to their business then they need to pay for it themselves.

          • EastCDerek

            Yes, OUR TAXES are paying for the EBT $s of the poor & downtrodden. Evidently that 5% CUT in everyone’s EBT cards was only enough of a cut to PACIFY the contumely of the self-appointed judges of the poor & downtrodden for a few days into the new year. Perhaps a clamp-down is in order then to further restrict what can be bought via food stamps? WATCHOUT though as you are asking for TROUBLE! First government shall further restrict food stamp recipients from making a purchase & next we have a slippery-slope or restrictions for the rest of us. Oh / Wait we already have that here in the USA. “Thanks”. Bahaha

  • Alaska

    True Michael, I digress from any racial overtones as that was a rant, and not my intention, albeit the rest so true. Nevertheless, the remainder of the post rings relavent as sure as this is Wednesday evening. The government proposing fines/jail terms could possibly deter some of the abuse.The hard core abuser’s will still find a way to abuse the system, as that is how they were raised. Any suggestions would be welcome
    .

  • Makati1

    Why do you think that the government is building internment camps and hollow point ammo? 30,000 drones for the Us. Etc. They know what will happen when the goodies stop.

    BTW: 47+ million people on food debit cards = a line 17,800+ miles long or from NYC to Auckland, New Zealand and back to NYC.

  • 2Gary2

    Is it fair that we give welfare to a lot of corporations that amounts to WAY MORE than ANY welfare for people yet Michael and other conservatives continue to vilify the poor while barley mentioning corporate welfare.

    Is it fair that the rich do not pay their fair share of the taxes and basically get a free ride?, paying a smaller % of their income than their secretary does?

    Is it fair that there is a cap on wages subject to SSI tax?

    Is it fair that the 6 waltons have more wealth and income than the bottom 155 million while they get a ton of corporate welfare for their low wage stores.

    Michael–you need to get a better perspective on this whole welfare thing. you were doing pretty good there for a while. Guess you needed to throw some red meat for the low information conservatives.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VAW3NDROKTQBWW4CSS6CC6QUGQ __

      is it fair that lib pieces of garbage exist? go back to your filthy hellhole you low information voter

      • sharonsj

        Is it fair that idiots like you have access to the internet? Plus, I’d like to point out that, in six separate university studies examining the level of news awareness, Fox viewers are the stupidest of all.

        • Calligirl

          And those studies could only come from a government owned and operated university as most of them are. I am a news analyst by trade and I have to stomach a lot of news daily and only find the truth by going outside of the US to get it. But since you are soo uninformed I want to help you. Fox news in currently owned and operated by a Bilderburg liberal. They have become the fastest growing largest news organization in the US because there are people in America who were sick of the brain washing from the left that has saturated the nation for four decades and wanted to hear a different point of view for once.

          So since you are too brain washed or afraid to hear both sides of the news daily, let me tell you HOW Fox is and has always been run. The reporters stand at the White House every single morning and listen to our national news from a liberal totally “spun” perspective every day regardless of who is in the White House and then all the networks report the spin or lies or propaganda coming from the White House. Then Fox news takes the spin and tries to find the truth among the lies. AND every show on Fox has daily liberals and conservatives debating the truth. This is and always has been their format for every single broadcast. Whereas you will find NOTHING but the propaganda and lies of the day by only tuning into Rachel Maddow, Chris Mathews and tons of other readers who will read anything from a ticker tape to be in good with the Bilderburg group which is both Republicans and Democrats. By being sheeple and not searching for the truth ppl like you will be easy to haul off to the concentration camps as has happened all over the world in nations who only got gov. propaganda for news. There are many nations who would give up an arm to get two sides of the news and it is nothing to be proud of to admit you do not.

    • jox

      Absolutely right. It is true that some people game the system, but the ‘entitlement’ programs cost orders of magnitude less than the help that the rich people are having: cutting taxes, allowing tax heavens, rescuing banks, injecting money into the stocks markets, and so on.

      Please don’t put the lens on the poor, even if a few of them are making tricks. Lets talk about where the BIG money is going.

      • Viper

        There are hard working rich people that are not part of the corporate welfare system. These people owe you nothing, zilch, even though they’re the most generous people when it comes to charitable contributions.

        • 2Gary2

          There is NO WAY one can be rich without exploiting others. Yes some are worse than others but all the rich exploit others otherwise they would not be rich.

          Before you reply just think about what I said and you will see I am correct

          • OSJ

            What??? How can you say that with zero proof to back it up? There are just as many people who became rich through hard work–who didn’t exploit others–as there are the absolute d ouchebags who did. Your view of the rich is a socialistic/marxist view—just like the muslim marxist h omo illegally squatting in the White House.

          • 2Gary2

            I have common sense–no one ever succeeds on their own. How many of the “hard working” rich have employees on gov assistance? I would bet most do.

          • O.S.J.

            You need to separate your comments, then. The only comment of yours I am commenting on, is your socialistic views on condemning all rich people as scum. Now you want to interject employees of said rich as being on gov. assistance.

            I was only commenting on the former, not the latter.

          • 2Gary2

            you can not separate the two. They are linked

          • Dan

            There is no way one can be rich without using other people? Are you serious? I’m working my butt off just to get into medical school and become a doctor. Who am I exploiting on my way there?

          • 2Gary2

            I am talking about the rich not medical students. Do not forget about all the docs who benefit from bribes by drug companies to prescribe meds that are not needed and the number of docs who scam medicaid/medicare

          • Dan

            Wow, people act as if EVERY doctor does this or even the majority do. Very few doctors do this. Also, the vast majority of so called rich people are doctors, lawyers, and dentists, so people need to stop acting like every rich person inherited a multimillion dollar company and is off shoring their cash and avoiding taxes. In reality, there are so few of these people. I can name more than 20 free loaders I’ve met in my life, but not one single rich, unethical CEO.

          • 2Gary2

            then you do not know any ceo’s.

            more docs than you think do as I said.

          • Dan

            You are generalizing something that less than 5% of doctors do and applying that image to the entire profession. Also, I’m pulling the BS flag on you actually knowing a significant number of CEOs that do borderline unethical things. I’m not buying it.

          • 2Gary2

            the fact that they are CEO means that they are for the most part unethical cheats.

          • Dan

            Liberal logic haha

    • Viper

      Michael has spoken out against corporate welfare numerous times. You’re either on Mars or just making that BS up.

      • 2Gary2

        You are correct he has. He just speak out more about welfare for the poor way more often yet as a conservative I would think he would want to go after the welfare that if it was ended would save the most money. I guess its just easier to go after the poor. probably to keep the low info conservative dolts happy.

    • Calligirl

      Michael writes about corporate greed bailing out banks and the overall crashing of the economy by the government all the time. You need to get a better perspective on his writings if you are not aware of this fact. He does more of this than any other “reporter” in America. I know it is my job to do research on the gov. and the politicians and banks and welfare the collapsing of the dollar and the economy and Michael is the best at getting these facts out in a clear and concise way.

  • doug

    There is always a certain amount of fraud with any type of assistance program. Once a month my church distributes food to the needy, and there are a few that drive nicer vehicles than me. But, most of them really need the help and I am okay with that. It isn’t me the frauds will have to answer to. (just to clarify my truck is pretty basic, so its not that hard to have a nicer vehicle)

    • 2Gary2

      If you look at the fraud/abuse stats for most programs it is in the range of 3%-5%, usually closer to the 3%. Those 3-5% need to be gone after, however, that leaves 95-97% who really need these programs.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VAW3NDROKTQBWW4CSS6CC6QUGQ __

        go back to your filthy hellhole you low information voter.

        • 2Gary2

          keep posting–you are making my points perfectly!

  • http://twitter.com/jcfalzo the choker

    Worked two jobs my whole life, for what I got nothing to show for it.Lobster?? Lucky if I can afford that once a year,the system is a joke.

    • Ralfine

      Why dont you quit your jobs and get foodstamps? then you can have the good life, too.

  • 2Gary2

    The minimum wage should have reached $21.72 an hour in 2012 if it kept up with
    increases in worker productivity, according to a March study by the
    Center for Economic and Policy Research.

    This proves what I have been saying all along. The money the rich have is not theirs but ours (the workers) money that they have stolen from workers. It is called productivity theft.

    Translation for low info conservatives–Taxing the rich HARD is not theft but is simply taking back what is ours in the first place.

    The rich are rich by stealing from workers and exploiting anyone and everyone they can. Time for pay back…

    • ian

      i agree. Yet conservatives want to stick up for these criminals, and act as though Christ himself would stick up for the greedy filthbags of Wall street. Sorry folks, you are on the wrong side of reality.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VAW3NDROKTQBWW4CSS6CC6QUGQ __

        hi racist!

    • markthetruth

      Agree !

      Who make the Money the PIMP

      or his women .

      the end…

    • Viper

      The minimum wage should be zero. Don’t like it, go work somewhere else.

      • 2Gary2

        How Conservatives Who Block Minimum Wage Hikes are Destroying the Economy

        Raising the minimum wage helps the real job creators: ordinary, hard-working Americans.

        It would be so nice if the conservatives would simply see the light and turn progressive. Conservatives are nothing but a drag on this country

        • 2Gary2

          When a worker makes more, he pays more taxes and takes less welfare from
          the government, which is a win/win. Walmart pays an average of $8.80 a
          hr (not entry level) and tells new workers how to qualify for
          foodstamps, medicaid, etc, shifting the cost of employment onto the
          taxpayer. This is corporate welfare. That $15 toaster from China was
          made by 90 cents a hr slave labor and is sold by folks paid so badly
          they qualify for welfare. So add onto the $15 price tag the cost of
          subsidizing Walmart substandard pay.

    • Calligirl

      The rich have so many loopholes which neither party is willing to close because it affects all of them that they CANNOT be taxed enough to even pay for one week of our interest on our National Debt. That is a fact and can be found all over the internet. And the interest on our national debt not the payments is 100 million dollars per hour every hour of every day of every week and month and year to infinity. That is a fact and all over the internet as well.

      Clearly with your knowledge or lack thereof you know that entire races of ppl have never had a job and their moms and dads have never had a job AND THEIR MOMS AND DADS HAVE NEVER HAD A JOB and all the people I know who are self-made millionaires and billionaires have worked 60-80-100 hours a week for many decades to get where they are today over only four short decades. In the 60’s the only millionaires were the media owners and the politicians. That was it. I am 60 and have been working and creating jobs since I was 6 and I do not owe you or yours a dam thing. The rich are not stealing from you obama, the clintons and the bush families are stealing from all of us so wake up.

      • 2Gary2

        There is no such thing as a self made anything. No one ever succeeds on their own. They did not build that we all did and the rich MF need to pay up and spread the wealth.

  • 2Gary2

    Big business is paying millions of people minimum wage or near minimum wage for jobs which they should be paying a lot more. A high school
    student working part time living at home will get by ok on minimum wage.

    Paying adults after many years of employment these low wages in order to pay CEO millions is the problem. If the companies would start doing
    the right thing, they would be far better off than if the government is forced to step in and make them do it.

    It has become clear that most
    companies will exploit their employees to the end, and perhaps government regulation far from the best solution is the only solution
    left to try and make things better.

    Tax these MF corporations and redistribute the wealth. Impose a max wage on CEO. Take anything the CEO gets in any form of pay and redistribute to the workers who are the ones who create the wealth.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VAW3NDROKTQBWW4CSS6CC6QUGQ __

      go back to your filthy hellhole you low information voter

      • sharonsj

        Who are you? Or do you just like to hide while calling people names?

  • condaggitt

    What racist comments…we all know black people are inferior and have no self control….but we have to keep it quiet….

    Imagine asking how can you afford an iphone when applying for welfare….the ACLU would say its racist to ask those kinds of questions of black people

    ——–..had beautiful fingernails, clearly professionally done…and I also noticed her brand new IPHONE.

    • BlackLibertarian

      Most whites I know have been divorced. The divorce is usually because of finances or infidelity. Whites are not known for self control. Thus, the use of narcotics is so high among whites.

      Finger nails could be down by family members or friends. The term professionally done is bunk. Doing nails is not rocket science. The nail polish and tools could be pilfered from any store.

      A lot of people are on family plans where a line could be added and a free phone gotten. It mere conjecture to suppose that someone with a phone afford it because of food stamps.

      • condaggitt

        We ALL know its black people….and the reverse racism in this country……just like why wont Ohbahhma talk about gun control for Black people?…….he talks all day to get guns away from white people ….ya know black folks dont go to gun shows..

        you know that’s a fact….. right?

        • Calligirl

          I have worked with gangsters from coast-to-coast and have heard from hundreds of OG”s old gangsters that in the early 70’s the US military had their first fast and furious plan and they armed ALL the gangsters nationwide.

          I heard stories in all 50 states about these folks sittin’ on their porches in the middle of the nite because many had no AC and they watched and even shot pictures that I have seen of military trucks filled with assault weapons and rifles and hand guns and boatloads of ammunition curbside all over their “hood.” The same thing happened in the “barrios” nationwide and they have all told similar stories. America notoriously arms the bad guys and we always have. The purpose of arming the gangsters was so they would kill each other just like they have done for four decades with no end in sight. These weapons which have never left the hood or barrio are still “thinning the herd” for the Bilderburg group who run the nation. NONE of them have serial numbers and NONE of them are in any way traceable and they will NOT be the ppl who turn in their guns when the gov. tells everyone to. And the gov will go door to door to disarm the non criminals but will not do so where they supplied the guns. Which is why all nations who have been disarmed always say “only the criminals” will have guns. And when the SHTF and the welfare checks quit coming our gov. knows these gangsters will have no problem coming to your hood for food.

        • BlackLibertarian

          Interestingly, the amount of blacks that own guns is considerable. Most blacks don’t want to ban guns or support abortion yet Obama is an advocate of both.

          Gun shows only have a few thousand participants at most. I would say mostly collectors attend. There is a striving black and/or private market, no pun intended.

      • Calligirl

        And blacks spread their seed all over the hood and the men all leave. When was the last time you went to a wedding in the hood? Please either you have never lived in an all black neighborhood and grew up in white neighborhoods or you are lying. Read my other posts. I have lived this nationwide. And if you know anything about obama phones you would know that there family plans have to come from a food stamp recipient period. A lying baby mama or lying real momma or whoever would lie to get you on a family plan. There have not been families in the black neighborhoods for 5 decades. Stop frontin’ fool. You know the truth.

  • jaded

    I know people on welfare with iphones, makes me sick.

    • ian

      iphones cost about 89 dollars. and these days if you want a job, or you want to make connections, then guess what. You need a phone. Durhh..You want people to be productive, yet you want to restrict them from the one device that is needed these days in order to achieve pretty much anything. Think about it.

      • jaded

        Yeah but you can get a $20 phone that will do the same thing (about having connections). Save your contacts, make and receive calls. People are stupid, you don’t need an iphone on an expensive plan that can do a bunch of other useless crap. Also, one of the people I know with an iphone hasn’t had a job since he left school 3 years ago, he uses his iphone to play games about dragons on it, and he’s 20 years old! And you wonder why the world is so messed up on every damn level.

      • Hambone

        That’s BS. Nobody needs a mobile phone, and it’s all about prioritization in life. You having a phone with an $80/month data plan means that’s $80/month less you have for other things.

        My wife has a phone, but it’s a tracphone, and we pay around $100/year.

        • jaded

          Exactly, having one of these gizmo’s will do the complete opposite. Your priorities will change, you’ll be too busy glued to Facebook/some meaningless game on the gizmo rather than working/doing something useful. The sad thing is the American people (and the world) bought into this crap, we are distracted by big screen tvs and iPhones, no one cares about anything else.

          • Calligirl

            Check out the annual “cremation of care” video at Bohemian Grove where our leaders have been assembling for 128 years to do Babylonian human sacrifices and to cremate care. They have poisoned and drugged up the nation to a point where they do not care and that is a 200 year old agenda come to fruition. You can see a video on INFOWARS in which Alex Jones snuck into this annual mtg a couple of years ago and filmed all of these bazaar and evil practices by our leaders. I actually hiked in with a friend in the 70’s and saw it for myself. This will explain all the madness you are seeing.
            All those diversions and technical devices were created for that reason. Bill Gates and his family are Bilderburgs and all the SMART stuff is all for spying and tracking and controlling how much electricity you can or cannot use. Healthcare is a gov way to control you and so much more. The new iphones can hear a conversation in your car or home without your phone being on. The new Apple computers can take your picture in your home even if your camera is not on.

      • Calligirl

        NONE of these ppl are trying to get a job, fool. All of them use their phones for drug dealing.
        Again I have seen this first hand since the day they hit the streets four years ago.

      • Calligirl

        Their phones are not $89 not even. You might get a bootlegged one for that, but the obamaphone ppl get a new free phone every year and they are the best of the best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1596731290 James B. Hixson

    If the woman who bought the lobster and prime rib spent that much money, then she should run out of money before the month is up. She should be getting hungry as well as her child. She can’t go in and ask for more before the month is up, can she?

  • Me

    It’s never easier to rely on the government, no matter how many shiny trinkets they promise you. These guys like to jerk things away when you become dependent. Only people I trust less than credit card companies.

  • Ralfine

    If you don’t like it you are free to give working people a higher wage.
    Your choice.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VAW3NDROKTQBWW4CSS6CC6QUGQ __

      ok commie boy

  • pat

    Interesting Article and conversation.

    First off i would like to say i agree with you that there are those that are “scamming” the system.

    But lets not forget what the real issue here is.

    The Moral Decay of a Society…….

    Since when did people begin thinking it was all right to get something for nothing?

    Was it when they saw their Boss skimming from the business so that his future ex wife wouldnt take half of his wealth because he chose to decide it was time for a replacement?

    Or Was it the time that the employee saw a pay off happen to a government official?

    Or was it when the american public over a period of time realized that while they were working there fingers to the bones to eek out a living at $ 10.00 an hour they saw guys like Bernie Madoff, John Corzine and many, many more get away with ripping off the american people?

    Or was it when the american public believed in a system that was supposed to be “fair” for all and that special interest should not be getting government “subsides” Corporate “Welfare”

    You see there are people scamming this country every day….but the majority of the press want to focus on the guy scamming the system for a few hundred or maybe thousand dollars while the fat cats scam the system for millions and billions.

    How about setting the record straight and admit we have a problem in this country a HUGE problem and its roots are based in the lack of morality.

    Fix that and we can start living the “American Dream”

    Dont fix it…………..well we are more than half way into the toilet now…..it wont take long to be completely in it up to our necks.

    God Bless Amerika!

  • grampadave

    Republicans have blocked the President’s Jobs bill any number of times. This has been the most obstructionist Congress in history.

  • grampadave

    Corporate Welfare, meaning subsidies (payments made) to Corporations not including the massive tax breaks they get dwarf the amount spent on payments to low-income people. The last I read, it was roughly double. End corporate welfare !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rita.lounder Rita Lounder

    The women in question must have spent most of her allotted amount of food assistance on a few meals…now she either went without the rest of the month or she wasn’t worried about using it up as she may have had an undisclosed source of resources. As far as her nails maybe she is really good at self-manicures or has a friend who is. The Iphone may have been a gift…”judge not lest ye be judged”……

    • hussflier

      The iphone is not the problem its the plan that cost $110 plus per month for it to work like most want it too! Thats $1200 per year that could be spent better

      • Calligirl

        BS I have seen thousands of these handed out across the nation. the phone is free and the plan is free in every state. If you are on food stamps you qualify for a free phone and free service.

        • Sabah

          Our family is low income we survive on one income We make 33,000 dollars a year and have four children. I am married to the same man and the father of all my children. We are people of color and receive SNAP benefits to supplement our food costs. Neither of us are generational welfare recipients, actually we are the first in our families to receive assistance. I was able to receive what you call Obamaphone and I thank God for it but let me assure you it is NOT an Iphone. It’s a basic flip phone with 250 minutes a month, we live very frugally. My mate has advanced degrees but this is the best work we could find after both being unemployed for over a year. I don’t dismiss what some do to leach the system but you are incorrect with some of the info you are spreading. Most people in their right mind abhor being on welfare it has to be the most dehumanizing experience I have ever had yet I have paid into this system for over 20 years and will utilize it now that I am in need. I am a disciple of Christ and rather conservative in my views, I rather agree with “some” of your sentiments but your generalizations about non-whites is just that generalizations. I lived in rural white New-England for some time and saw ALL of the behaviors you comment on. I see it more as a class and poverty issue. This is written in a spirit of love. Please take no offense. God Bless

    • Calligirl

      You live in LaLa land in the ostrich nation and will get a yellow dot on your mailbox for being a sheeple.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Sundling/743373420 Bill Sundling

    People on food stamps get $29 a week per person for food. The people who buy expensive items with food stamps must have an undeclared source of income.

    • Calligirl

      the federal guideline is that one person gets $200 per month if they have NO INCOME but lots of them conceal income.

  • PinHead

    Clearly you have no idea how much food stamps can buy. If someone bought Lobster, that’s at least a quarter of their entire month’s allotment.
    I know a few people on food stamps, and let me assure you, they’re not eating lobster or prime rib. They’re lucky if they can afford the cheap hamburger, or a few legs of chicken.

  • Jodi

    Wow…Steak & Lobster? Just a couple of weeks ago my family was really craving a steak for dinner. We were at Costco looking at a 4 pack of NY strip steaks & it was about $30 dollars. When we saw the price, we said forget it & did something else for dinner. I’ve really have not noticed what people buy with there food stamps but what really pisses me off is when I see a Spanish speaking family paying with food stamps. This happens to me almost every week at the store. At that moment, I just want to slap somebody. It just totally pisses me off! Those are the people that are going to go crazy when SHTF.

  • BC

    There will come a time soon when you will have to decide between living on your own and being completely “owned” by the government. Are you preparing yourself for that eventuality? Obamacare and food stamps are the tip of the iceberg.

    • Jodi

      Yes, I am planning on living on my own. No gov. for me!

      • BC

        I sense the envy in these comments and it worries me.

        • Calligirl

          You need to worry about your lack of knowledge

    • Calligirl

      The road to the FEMA concentration camps. People in NOLA are still living off the gov in FEMA travel trailers to avoid working.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Look, I work in a school with 90+% participation in the free breakfast/lunch program. These kids have iPhones, Dr. Dre “beats” headphones (google the $$), professionally done nails and hair, the latest brand-name clothes and shoes. They receive all kinds of perks and advantages from the government and schools that I can only dream about for my kids like huge grants and scholarships, reduced priced SAT and AP exams, free PSAT.

    I pay full freight. Two kids at UCs, massive bills and debt.

    I would only tweak very this fine article thusly:

    If we the government continues to do the same things that we the government has been doing, we the government is going to continue to get the same results.

    But then, maybe that’s the point.

    • Calligirl

      That is the point and the plan for 200 years. There are several names for it AGENDA 21 and one a DHS whistleblower is leaking interviews with to a reporter at Canada Free Press and before our gov disappears this site and the “leaker” and the reporter and they will do so and so check it out soon.

      The name of the agenda to collapse the economy and the US dollar is Operation Thunderdome and like I said “check it out before you cannot.” This printed information and gov. whistleblowers don’t live long under our one party Bilderburg machine. They killed a scientist WHILE he was filming an episode of Conspiracy Theory.

      He helped design HAARP—–the magnetic mind control station in Fairbanks, that controls our weather and will control the drones in your backyard and it can kill you or control your mind from Fairbanks. So,this episode had already listed the very strange ways that all the other 30 or so scientists who designed HAARP had died prematurely. And they killed this one in front of his wife—- while the episode was filming and Jesse got the call about it the day after their interview in a barn in the middle of nowhere in Alaska. He had been living out of the country in hiding for a long time and came back to help America to wake up NOW and gave his life for a nation that does not even care.

  • TheGrim

    I will not let my family starve. Im an xcon and can find no work. I will take advantage of everything I can.

  • FounderChurch Church

    Welfare Public & Private by FounderChurch
    Government IS the Problem, NOT The Solution To Problems As Democrats Preach!

    Not only are more than half the population living off of Government Checks, but the figure is even much higher when you factor in PRIVATE WELFARE.

    Private Welfare is money dished out to people who don’t work by private individuals, private companies and nonprofits.

    For example, there have been more than 100 shooters carrying out mass killings in the last thirty years, and not one of them has had a job. All have been living on some form of Welfare, either Public or Private, and in each case the Private Welfare was being paid to these Criminal lazy bums because of some level of coercion by Government, backed up, in the final analysis by loaded Government guns.

    Let’s be clear about how ALL Governments function: Every single Government Law or Regulation from a parking ticket to Alimony, to Child Support, is backed up by Government police who will, as a last resort, come to your house, and then kill you if you don’t pay as they have ordered and give them any trouble.

    Don’t believe that? Well, you just test them. Just don’t pay a parking ticket, and sooner or later the police will come to your door, and depending on your conduct at that time, they will shoot you dead on your own doorstep if they feel threatened by you in any way.

    Just give them some sass, or trouble, and brandish a weapon to try to drive them off of your property, and they will draw their weapons, and if they feel sufficiently threaten in any way they will shoot you dead. Doubt that? Well, there are lots of dead people who tested them.

    Back to Private Welfare: Hinkley who shot Reagan was being given Private Welfare by his parents, out of fear of him. He was acting strange and out of fear of the government, they decided it was safer for them to give him money to live on rather than have him do them harm, which he would do with Government protection, or sue them, also with the aid of free Government legal services.

    In this country if you have a child of any age, the full weight of Government (and their guns) is on the side of that “child.”

    So, you better pay the kid his blackmail money, OR ELSE, so says the government. People are not paying this blackmail money all over the country out of the goodness of their hearts or love of their child. They are paying, in substantial part, out of intimidation by, and fear of, the Government.

    The boy Shooter in Newtown, Connecticut and his worthless lazy mom had not worked for years because they were living off of thousands of dollars of Alimony the government was forcing the former husband to pay.

    With that Government money in hand, they went to gun shows and bought an arsenal of weapons and ammunition that the witch of a mother had laying around the house within easy reach of her lazy crazy son. One fine day he decided to kill his mother, which she had coming, and take the guns she bought with Government money, and killed a bunch of kids in a nearby school.

    Bottom line is, the guns were purchased with Government money, and the two of them were living as parasites on society, protected, aided, abetted, enabled, and financed by Government money.

    So, the blood of the dead children is all over the hands of the entire Government and all the officials of it. Thus the Government and its laws, state, local and federal are the real murderer of those children, just as the Government is complicit in all of these mass murder cases.

    In addition, practically all of these shooters are high on Prescription and Illegal Drugs, all paid for, one way or another, again, by Government.

    We don’t have a gun problem, or even a shooter problem, WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT PROBLEM that is killing us all one way or another at one time or another. Behind every problem the nation, or the individual, faces, is bad GOVERNMENT which creates these problem, no matter what they are!

    And you know what, WE are the Government. Our names are signed at the bottom of every law and regulation in this country.

    And further, we aid and abet those among our family, friends, neighbors, fellow church members, and fellow workers who vote Democrat, to destroy our country, and each of us, especially our children.

    NOTE: This does not mean people who work for Government in any capacity are at fault. The fault is in a rotten, corrupt and evil system that can only be cleaned up by we the people, for in a democracy, WE ARE THE POLICY CREATORS, AND LAW AND REGULATION MAKERS. We need to start by organizing, and disciplining ourselves, and taking over our Precincts, Precinct by Precinct and then our government at every level. Then we need to replace bad officials with good officials.

    • Calligirl

      Ummmm you are the first person I have heard from in 40 years of insider politics who knows the truth that I have followed and seen unfolding in our ostrich nation for four decades. The only thing you are missing is that the Republicans are every bit a part of this as much as the democrats and have been right in the middle of the move to a new world order and the depopulation of the world by 90% to fulfill the UN agreement AGENDA 21 signed by Bush Sr. and made law by executive order by Clinton in 1992. The Republicans are as well represented among the Bilderburgers who run the world through the UN as are Democrats. We only have one party in America and we have only ever had one party in America. The Bilderburg party and they choose all our POTUS. Check out Operation Thunderdome before it disappears from the internet in the Canada Free Press newspaper. A DHS informant is giving them real time info and will until he is killed.

  • sharonsj

    I think a lot of this is right-wing crap. As a poor person I assure you I have not been given a free phone. In fact I was told I could either have a phone for emergencies (which I still have to pay a minimum of $10 a month to have) OR I could get food stamps. I chose food stamps and was given a big $53 a month. (My income is $12,000 from Social Security.) I’m not likely to buy a lobster any time soon.

    • ian

      It is right wing propaganda. The same right wingers who claim to be Christians fail to realize that they are falling for the trick of the Beast as mentioned in the book of revalations. The poor will be looked upon as a scourge, and the wealthy will be exalted. They are going to be the first ones to fall for the Antichrist and his lies.

  • tina williams

    what we need is a secret type of system to help the families that are working their butts off two jobs a person and still have a hard time keeping head above water to get help when needed.

  • cannuck21

    Michael, You might consider adding to your post – that most EBT cards are issued and managed by J P Morgan Chase.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Palladino/100001624813101 Joe Palladino

    Where’s GARY? I’ll bet he not only thinks the poor should be eating steak and lobster, but he probably thinks the rich should be serving it to them in a fine dining atmosphere.

  • dishdude

    Maybe not, but they still have Dish and a Big Flat TV set

  • http://www.facebook.com/mykel.scott.77 Mykel Scott

    Well goverment agents can not be everywhere to deal with these things. Do you know who can ? We can , within a few years , smart jewelry/acessories will be on everyone. No escaping or hiding then.
    Did you ?
    Give something away
    Trade something
    Have a garage sale
    Help someone out though it looked like work ?
    Find a tin can , a quarter , a used condom ?
    By no means an all inclusive list , expect to be taxed on your homegrown vegtables too ).

    No worries all applicable taxes and fees will be deducted from your account.

    It will be awesome no more scum scamming , selling heirlooms , puppies, sporting equipment, collectibles etc without paying the man .

    Can’t hardly wait the irony will be thick n sweet as raw honey . When good citizen and welfare cheat alike get to share a cell for unlawful economic activity. )

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.russel.1806 Jack Russel

    You won’t post my comment because you are a liar and a coward.

  • Ainos3

    no it is not fair, they suppose to work like everyone else, unless they have a good excuse to not work. Also a lot of people have 5 or 7 children just to live of welfare, this is not fair either, a lot of lazy people in this country…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/antoinette.montez Antoinette Montez

    This world is going to the dogs not because of foodstamps,because of people who want to complain about some one elses business, COME LORD JESUS !!!

  • Joe

    hello

  • Erik Bergum

    This article sure can be used to bring real change to our economy and the only thing all Americans need to do is to fully wake up to reality.

  • Patriot Alice

    Maybe we should all jump on the gravy train…If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander…When they are all out of money, they will shut it down for everyone…Do I have any volunteers who will hold on to my assets in the meanwhile?

    • JeffTheWelfareKing

      That’s how they get most people. If you don’t pay their taxes they can come and steal your assets from you. The funny part is some people are so naive to believe that we live in a free society. None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. How sad!! :-(

  • Patriot Alice

    I know someone personally who is on food stamps, and living it up on the most expensive foods, food stamps can buy, and brags about it…Not only that, but it was the local welfare dept,.lady who gave her step by step instructions on how to pass through the system..It makes my soul sick to know this, and not able to do anything about it…

    • JeffTheWelfareKing

      You can do something about it!! Stop paying taxes to the government gang. That’s the only thing that will bring a end to the crap the government folks get away with. Government is a evil, unjust system and it’s time people stop obeying what these sociopaths say we must do. That’s the only thing that is going to bring about change. “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men (or women) to do nothing”

  • gewart

    You sound just like RUSH LIMBAUGH.

    • Patriot Alice

      I don’t listen to Rush, what I write come from my heart and soul..The difference between right and wrong, unless you’re Communist..

      ,

    • JeffTheWelfareKing

      How would you know what rush limbaugh sounds like? How can YOU listen to that crap?

  • Just a Thought

    I agree that there are “those who need our help…,” but no one any longer considers the immorality of forcibly taking money from one person and transferring that money to another person to “help” him. If I take my gun and force someone to give me 50% of what’s in their wallet so I can give it to the homeless man on the corner, I am arrested and charged with robbery. When the government forces me to give it half of what’s in my wallet to support food stamps, and 80 other programs, we do not think of this as immoral or villainous, but it is indeed just as wrong. The fact that a “government” does it instead of an individual, does not change the underlying evil of the system.

    The problem is that once evil becomes “normal” then it is only a matter of degree. Once a society accepts evil as normal, the evil will only grow in quantity and quality. Years ago, it was cheese and peanut butter I was forced to provide to my fellow man, now it is lobster and steak. Perhaps one day, he will have the “right” to my house, car, or wife. Millions already claim partial ownership of my son, whose wages are taken to provide for the old age of people who did not raise him, or spend one dime in his support. In days of old, people had children to provide for them in old age, now those who did not want the “burden” of children force mine to help provide for them as well.

    In the great depression, no one starved because churches, social organizations, groups of citizens, and individuals practiced charity towards their fellow man. The God of the Bible “required” individuals to give to the poor, but it was not coerced, and there were no penalties (on this planet) for failing to do so. A society based on voluntary compassion and community will survive and thrive. A society built on “forced” compassion will disintegrate and die. I once had a law professor who always said that the morality of a nation can be directly ascertained from the number of laws that nation has, the more laws, the more immoral the nation. In 1929 the federal laws would fit on one small shelf. Now you need a small library.

    • JeffTheWalfareKing

      The stuff you wrote makes me laugh because it’s all true! The government sociopaths forcibly take money from people and transferring that mony to another person to “help” them. Then they get to act like they are the charitable ones! The sick part about it is a lot of people fall for this trick. There is nothing charitable about robbing someone at gunpoint even if you wear a funny costume and call yourself the government.

  • WarriorClass3

    “Sometimes people need help, and I’m okay with that, and those who need it should get it….”

    NOT when they get it by the government pointing a gun at the rest of us. This is nothing but theft by government.

  • JesusAlwaysWins

    I have known those who know how to play the system, and this article is probably referring to them. They have been shown by the previous generation how to do it and it is a way of life. But I have known more families who are not making it even with the meager help they are offered. Some receive like $43 a month in foodshare for one person, and $120 a month for a family of 5. This has been what i have seen as the norm. How do the others do it? Don’t know. Can’t be honestly, it seems. To group all recipients together is so wrong. There will always be those who skip responsibilities to get what they want, and learn how to get it. They lose in the end. The majority, in my experience fight every day. Just like the rest of us!

  • frylock243

    My husband and I see it around the first of every month when the benefits cards are full – the lady with her three or four kids, cart full of expensive convenience food, fancy cell phone, well-done hair and nails, name-brand clothing who pays with her EBT and loads up her nice, new SUV in the parking lot.

    Meanwhile, we cope with a $100/week grocery budget for a family of three, no cell phones, no name-brand clothing, a 10+ year old car, but he has a full-time income and I have a two part-time incomes, so we’re considered well off enough to have tax liability according to Uncle Sam. Yep, we’re paying for her to live better than we are.

  • OldSchoolJudoka

    Gee, let me guess……the lady with the new iPhone and nails was black. Must be, because the woman posting this story didn’t say what race the lady was.

  • Just a Thought

    I agree that there are those “who need our help,” but the unfortunate part of that concept is the fact that almost no one stops to think whether government support for needy people is moral or proper. If I take my gun and force someone to give me 50% of what is in his wallet, so that I can give that money to the low income family down the street, I will be arrested and imprisoned for robbery. Somehow if the government does the same thing, people assume that at some level this is compassionate and morally justified. The truth is that if it is immoral and villainous for me to forcibly take someone’s money and give it to someone else (no matter how deserving), then it is just as morally reprehensible for a nameless, faceless entity called “government” to do so and support the 80 means-tested programs you referenced.

    It is equally evil for the government to take my money to subsidize wealthy corporations, send foreign aid money to China (yes we still do), or to provide college money for “worthy” young people. It would be wrong if my neighbor used threat of violence and imprisonment to force me to educate his children, and it is just as wrong for the government to do the same thing.

    In days of old, one of the reasons people had children, and provided for those children was because later in life those children could reciprocate and provide for their elderly parents. Our society has figured out a way to force my children to help provide for those who did not wish to be “burdened” by children. My son is forced to contribute to the maintenance of people who did nothing to raise or educate him.

    The great tragedy is that American people no longer can tell right from wrong. Our moral compass is so damaged that all we argue about is the degree and amount of government support that is proper. In other words, what is the proper amount of money the government can and should take from me by force to provide for others? No one discusses whether such programs are inherently evil to start with. In the 1980’s it was government cheese and peanut butter. Now it is lobster, steak, and cell phones. Perhaps one day “others” will have a right to my car, my house, or my wife. “They” already own some part of me (and my son) because some portion of our labor belongs to “them.” A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, this was called slavery.

    During the Great Depression, no one starved to death because churches, social organizations, community organizations, neighbors, and individuals engaged in voluntary charity towards their fellow man. Much of this was done because the God of the Bible “required” people to show compassion towards their neighbors. The key difference was that God did not use coercion, and there was no “penalty” for failure to take care of the poor (at least not in this life). When people willingly and voluntarily provide for each other, you have a community and a people that will thrive. Coercive compassion is not compassion at all, it is evil, whether practiced by the collective (government) or by the individual.

    • Calligirl

      You are sooo right and for this depression which is coming any minute our gov wants to make sure only the thugs and gangbangers are armed and they will be with all the millions of guns our military dropped of in their neighborhoods so they would kill each other back in the 70’s. It was the first Fast and Furious. Todays plan is Operation Thunderdome and a DHS whistleblower is doing interviews with the Canada Free Press but he or she will not be around for long. And the info on the internet can be pulled in a minute.

  • Abby

    I worked with a guy who had ADD and was labeled disabled from age 5. He worked less than 15 hours so he could keep his government check. When they took his food stamps away (because he made too much after a 25 hour week) and he had to buy his own food- he quit. “I’m not eating tuna & raman noodles every day!”

  • american

    her nails could have been her own and your benefits. roll over if you do joy use them all up. so maybe her saved her money or debt for some good food in a year. unlike some people who spend on hotels booze and

  • Drover

    This topic has come up in many different venues over the years from forums to personal conversations. For me, it is a waste of time and energy to be concerned about it. Not because it isn’t a concern, but because nothing will change. In addition, the side effects of this type of lifestyle has dire consequences. Only the few escape. I

    I was an educator in a school system in which 51% of the welfare recipients who lived in the county of the school system, resided in the town in which I taught. This translated into a 30% special needs population. These kids were involved in an alphabet soup of agencies and social services. So were their parents.

    Even those who are “getting away with bilking the system” really are not. They are using and learning “skills” (if I should be so bold to even classify them as skills) that are detrimental to their well being both mentally and physically.

    I am not an expert, but these have been my observations via the educational system.

    While I am sure some people are very good liars and manipulators, the social services/agencies are aware of this and their game will be up sooner or later.

    Their life is not their own. I would not like someone knowing everything about me telling me what to do for life activities that I am able to do on my own.

    They are unable to deal with life and run to the agencies to “fix” the problem that they shouldn’t have gotten into in the first place or would rather have someone else “fix” the problem for them. Maybe this applies to the general population where pharmacia via doctors are more than willing to supply a quick fix, but I think the problem goes deeper than even that.

    Although we are in a startling deskilled society compared to yesteryear, those who are on assistance, in general, have even less skill. Most glaring were the every day activities such as cooking balanced meals on a budget. Being a good steward of their money, or assistance money, was beyond their capability. The Home Ec teacher had to teach them how to use forks and knives properly. No kidding.

    In general, but not specifically, most of those on assistance had lost their moral compass, or did not have one. One teacher would always mention, that the school had about 400 students, but about a dozen parents. Maybe it wasn’t nice, but family pedigrees were “interesting.”

    The parents were not raising their children with morals or character qualities. They didn’t have it themselves. I will not go into detail about this.

    My list is not all inclusive by any means! Government, on all levels takes my money and uses it for things I do not agree on. My only hope is that at least someone on assistance is a good parent and it is helping a child. I know of at least one case.Her child is my daughter in law. She is an educated girl who you would consider “religious” and loves my son. It works some of the time.

  • piccadillybabe

    I get a kick out of these disabled people on SSDI in RVs who travel all over the place, stop long enough in one place to get a refill on their pain meds and then off they go again to the next adventure. They don’t like subsidized housing and many of them chum up so they have more dough to blow.

  • chortlinrose

    My brother is 100% diabled. He gets his little check of $680 a month. With that, he gets an EBT card of $75 per month to buy groceries. He worked most of his life, paid in taxes just like everyone else in tthe working class. After utilities, straight talk phone and gas for the car, there is nothing left. How is it some people have brand new clothes, new cars and have nails and hair done every two weeks? The unfairness is sick.

    • Calligirl

      Welfare programs were initially for mentally or physically disabled ppl. Our politicians over the years turned it into and entitlement baby mamma program and the way ppl have lived on it for four decades is because they had babies they could not afford and there is no more help for those who did work and did not become career criminals. So much of our welfare money supports these ppl in and out of prison and in ER’s nationwide where they all get free health care unless you are white and then they come after you over an ER visit for years. The ones who get it free don’t have an ID and lie about their addresses and well everything. There are tens of millions of ppl on welfare who are pros at getting all they can and they all live with lots of other ppl too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-White/1114633868 Justin White

    Yes, let’s have government officials accompany poor people to the supermarket to “yay” or “nay” purchases. Seriously, what can you really do about this?

  • stew

    you bash on welfare such as food stamps, obama phones, cash assistance, etc.. But you never talk about corporate welfare, about $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent 50%
    more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance.

    • Calligirl

      Don’t know who you are talking about but Michael reports on the other stuff all the time. check out is long list of articles.

  • Patriot Alice

    If you want to sink the welfare boat, you have to overload it with all of the dead wood you can find…You just may be better off quitting your job, and overload the boat ASAP…Make the whole program sink under the weight of it’s own fraudulent existance….

  • Patriot Alice

    Who is managing these comments? The ones made a couple of minutes ago are at the bottom, and some made 19 hours ago are as the very latest..

  • omegaman22

    The rant that person typed out looks like it was written by someone with an 8th grade education.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000633875894 Randy Townsend

    This is the path a majority of the people have chosen and are choosing in increasing numbers. Greed is at the core, but as long as the pols pander to parasites for their votes, demonizing those mean, evil, rich folks who do nothing more than work and pay ever-higher taxes, this will only get worse. Intergenerational sucker fish who do nothing but consume…. Remind me again about their “rights”, but don’t mention responsibilities. Hey, I’d still rather be me than them any day.

  • Calligirl

    For the past five decades I have done volunteer work in the “hood” which once was the “ghetto” and before that the “projects” and where the “poor” people live in 40 different cities and towns across America while I was working in politics in these same places.

    And I can tell you first hand to include today in my life that the people who are on one or more of the more than 300 welfare programs in America—-

    ARE NOT POOR AND

    ARE LIVING WAY BETTER THAN YOU ARE

    The best place to witness what I have witnessed for 5 decades is by looking up a video produced and directed by of all people Nancy Pelosi’s daughter. I think her name is Rebecca but she is a documentary film maker and you can find a video on youtube or at INFOWARS in which you will hear her asking questions of black people outside of a welfare office to pick up their benefits for the day or week. Whatever, but she asked these big, strong, healthy (from free health care) ABLE-BODIED black men telling her proudly that not only they collect benefits which enables them to never have to work, but that their fathers and their fathers lived the same way. And they ask Pelosi why anyone would work when everything is free?

    This is what I have seen for 5 decades from coast-to-coast and believe me tens of millions of able-bodied men and women in all the communities of young people across America live off the working ppl. The figures about how many people are on welfare are gov. figures and way off. Fifty percent of men in America DO NOT HAVE A JOB or have a job working well below the poverty line.

    I was in Dallas when Obamaphones came out and “free phones for anyone on food stamps” was Obama’s idea specifically and he came up with the campaign and the lies of the campaign for it because he used it to grow the Chicago welfare rolls for 20 years and to disarm the people and move out the police force to crash the whole city. This is why the Bilderburg group bought him a 40 million dollar mansion in Hawaii for his retirement home.
    I know first hand that no one is using these phones for anything but drug dealing. And Obama knew that would be the case. None of these convicted felons and they all are by the age they can work are looking for jobs. None of them.

    And the key to their successful six decades of no one working in their families is because their families are huge and remain in the same “hoods” for decades and also it is because they live under one roof or another with LOTS of other people. They all move around a lot—the men, women and lots of kids which is why they say “where you stay at” and not “where do you live.”

    They do not buy real estate and haven’t for forty years and while their cars are real nice and their nails and their hair and their designer hip hop clothes are real nice, they trash the rentals they live in and the owners do not fix them up because they will get trashed again. And their kids are raised in the streets with other older kids and taught how to survive without working and they are having babies very young at the encouragement of all the other people who live in the house because that is another $1000 per month in food stamps and TANF and free health care and more and more and more. Our politicians created this to keep them dependent on the gov. and primed for the FEMA camps.

    And there are millions of Blacks, Hispanics and Whites living like this in the under 30 entitlement generation across the nation.

    I have met hundreds of vietnam vets who have been milking the sytstem for four decades and have never worked and tons of able bodied white people who are just lazy who have been on welfare for decades. And the 400 plus hispanic gangs in America teach their kids how not to work and again they are mostly convicted felons before they are old enough to work and live on the system by making lots of babies. The gangs all of them tell their kids nationwide to “drop their seed” all over the hood or barrio in order to grow the black and hispanic population. In every single “poor” people place I have seen first hand you can see in graffitti everywhere—-

    MINORITIES PRO-CREATE—
    THIS IS A CREDO ACROSS AMERICA.

    Welfare was created for the purpose of collapsing the economy and creating a New World Order, BUT in the beginning it was ONLY available to people who were MENTALLY or PHYSICALLY DIS-ABLED.

    While America slept all our politicians participated in the shift to able bodied people can get it for no reason. And this is by design AGENDA 21

    PS Micheal—in the “poor” neighborhoods of America the community stores and businesses like little stores and liquor stores and pawn shops and now the other big box stores ALL take food stamps for anything you want to buy. So go spend a day at a liquor store or little mom and pop store in the black or hispanic “hood” of your choice and you will see cigarettes and liquor and drugs being traded for food stamps. The drug dealers are allowed to stand outside these businesses with their obamaphones and deal drugs and no one is trying to hide any of this. You will see moms trading food stamps for crack while dragging around 5 kids in dirty diapers. I have witnessed four decades of this abuse and laziness while the ostrich nation slept. I might note that these businesses in the “hood” are seldom owned by blacks. They are owned by middle easterners from all over the middle east and do not care what food stamps get used for or who deals drugs in front of their businesses; that is normal in the country they came from and it brings ppl to their stores.

  • foxylil

    I get food stamps, while we do purchase steak it’s because of anemias ie lack of iron but I buy the cheap cuts, steaks on sale, and the cheap roasts. I can literally see the pink slime that the grocery stores supposely stopped using.
    I have a weeks worth of water on hand, a month worth of suppers in the freezer, and a well packed pantry, donate food to both pantries and people. I know how to shop for groceries on a hundred dollars a week to feed a family of five as well as spurge when we have additional money.
    People forget the poor get their income tax refunds in February. Mine was almost $9,000 which we have house repairs and vehicle repairs, and debts to pay off. Food stamps benefits will be dropping soon, it was only raised for 2 years. Only people that abuse the system are single parents that don’t report their live in boyfriend or “husband” to the office. A bulk of us report correctly especially those that are married like me

  • no where

    wrong, everyone is in this together. we’ve all failed. blame everyone. “the public sucks, f*ck hope”.

  • Mondobeyondo

    I’d hold off on eating the lobster, until the unemployment checks aref paid off. Hard to believe some of our more impoverished (?) citizens, are enjoying such fine dining on our dime. Our nickels, too! Pennies, even!
    Here’s an Obamaphone. Call someone who cares.
    On second thought, don’t waste your time. Nobody cares about you anyway.

  • foxylil

    The middle class uses food pantries from the churches and the poor use welfare. The poor only use food pantries when our benefits aren’t enough to buy enough food and pay all our bills.
    I don’t shop at walmart and am trying to convert just to market street a smaller grocery store that isn’t on wallstreet. But yes if they want to cut welfare corporate welfare should be the first and foriegn aide the second then the decrease welfare benefits to the people 50% at a time so people can wean themselves off.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Gimme some of that ribeye steak! I’m barely making it eating this ground beef!

    • Josh Apple

      You might want to check your beef it might be horse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.kotomski Mary Kotomski

    For anyone interested, the purpose of welfare, the projects, is to keep blacks on the plantation forever beholding to the “master.” if you don’t believe me, check out a video free on in the internet by Alex Jones, “Endgame, the Blueprint for Global Domination.” A real eye-opener. The purpose of abortion, is to eliminate blacks, hispanics, etc. Why do you think there are Planned Parenthood clinics in impoverished neighborhoods? The whites who created those problems were racists who never wanted the blacks to think for themselves and to support themselves. I guess the KKK have succeeded. However, I try to educate as many Obama-supporting blacks this. I want to break them of their invisible chains. Please don’t hate these people, they need our prayers and support to become truly free.

  • cpgone

    please add an easy email share button.
    how do I share via yahoo ?

    lobster is nasty

  • 2Gary2

    So the question is: what kind of society do we want? People scream
    that people should get off public services and get a job to support
    their families, and then turn around and scream that those people don’t
    deserve a living wage or health care when they actually do get a job.

    When we allow companies to hire workers for less than what it takes to
    live a life, we are also allowing these companies to get a subsidy from
    the taxpayers, in a sense, because we as taxpayers have to subsidize a
    non-living wage so people can survive. Meanwhile, more of the profits
    seem to go to top management and we as taxpayers end up picking up the
    slack.

  • 2Gary2

    works as hard as they can and yet still makes less than 10 dollars an hour?

    This is the problem–minimum wage should be 21 per hour. These scum bag businesses are way underpaying their employees.

    • Calligirl

      I sold health insurance to self employed ppl for a decade and you are lying or you are stupid. Nine out of ten of them could not afford health care for their own families and obamacare forces them to buy it for all their employees and will put most of them out of business.

      Since the 90’s a third of all small businesses in america have gone out of business. Millions are still failing every month and the banks will not loan any of that stimulus money for houses or businesses.

      And obamacare was created to kill all the rest of the small and medium sized businesses and lots of them have cut hours and laid off thousands of employees already before all of obamacare kicks in. These are facts and not opinions like yours. Twenty one dollars an hour is hilarious and America has not birthed anyone in thirty years who are worthy of $10 an hour much less $21. The entitlement generation like you is worthless in the workplace or anywhere else.

      . So come into the real world and stop trolling with your uninformed self.

      • 2Gary2

        Obamacares was designed to fail. we will then have to go the single payer route like all other developed countries and put the parasite insurance companies out of business.

        I was complaining at a OFA meeting about not having single payer and was told the above. If not for the scum republicans we would already have single payer.

        Due to their not being any cost controls on Obamacares healthcare will continue to rise and single payer will be the only choice.

        I thought this was common knowledge–Obama is WAY smarter than conservatives which I admit is a low bar to clear.

  • PissOff

    Have you heard this one? An African-American woman well dressed was at the check-out counter with a large buggy of groceries. She had put her dog food on the counter also. When she tried to pay with a government card she was informed that dog food could not be purchased with the card. She got very upset and loud with the cashier. “My dog has to eat too!” Hold on a minute she said. She came back with a large package of ribeye steaks and said check this out then. He will eat ribeyes if he can’t eat dog food. THERE IS NO JUSTICE in THIS SOCIALISTIC SOCIETY!!!

  • char05

    I have been saying the same thing for years. I totally can relate especially for those that are working low paying jobs. I know that our government is not helping the situation but actually making it worst. I wish we had a list of where we the people can pick where a percentage of our taxes go. Best believe more people would be taking what they can get jobs then taking money from those that are actually working

  • malisa rose

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    • Josh Apple

      Are you having a stroke?

  • lsio

    Sin doesn’t have racial divides, it exists among all who choose wrongly, and through a lack of spirituality with God have bad character. Work ethic is something that is learned and mostly by example. True not all have had examples.

    But I will say the bible is very clear,
    those who do not work will not eat bread. I might add that is for those who can but won’t. We all agree that there are those in society who are truly needful and can’t do for themselves. On those I don’t begrudge any help.

    If my history is incorrect please forgive me. But slavery started with greed. It is my understanding that black chiefs sold their villagers as the first slaves to white men. Then white men exploited them. But we also see that freedom was granted and a wrong was righted. It didn’t happen all at once. It took another 100 years to truly be on a path of equality.

    I do believe that there are equal rights now days, even that the decks are stacked against the white person in the equal opportunity laws with employment and education.

    I am also part Black Feet. I have not taken advantage of the freebies that are available in Alaska. Here, the Native person gets free healthcare, free housing, free education, free food, choicest of land parcels for development of their corporations which pay tribe members high dividends. Some as much as 60,000 a year and as low as 600.00 a quarter. And yet for all that we have
    unforgiveness and hatred and the mentality that it is not enough we want more from the white man.

    With unforgiveness and hatred it will never be enough. We can’t go back and right all the wrongs through history. We have to just make sure it doesn’t happen again and to make sure that all are treated fairly with respect.

    Under this president who is half white I might add, I get sick of hearing about this “black” president. But under him we have had more racial hatred and division stirred up than in a long time. He is a divider and hater not a uniter. Look at these posts. Through theft and immorality, he is trying to punish this nation for his hate filled ideology against what he perceives to be rich white people versus minorities.

    I come from a working class white family, we busted our butts for what we had. We worked hard seven days a week. No one, not one minority out there is entitled to my sweat or labor. God says that we are suppose to reap what we have labored and sowed for ourselves, giving to Him first and to those in need within our own families next and so forth as we see fit. Not some angry black/white man in the White House.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Richer/100001930670226 Bruce Richer

    the carbon tax and cap n trade charges you more money for energy and then that money goes to some african village where the birthrate is 7 times your own families……………..Hillary and Obama take your money and give it to others…………only as long as you allow them to do so

  • kare

    This has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with the lack of respect people have for themselves. The lack of any moral character, and the lack of self control. We live in a world now where the lazy are rewarded and the hard workers are criminalized and threatened that they will have to pay more and more every year, while the lazy low lives laugh all the way to the grocery store in the middle of the day while we are at work. This is the idea of a perfect world that Obama has made. People dependent on the government for food, clothes, housing, health care, and I phones. This will make for more democrat votes, and people who will follow the liberal agenda with no question, because they are not smart enough to ask any. I see this here in MN, we are a state of welfare, greedy lazy people, all colors. I for one, as an educated tax payer, am tired of it, but feel we are loosing the battle. Once someone decides the government is their “daddy”, they start an entire generation of takers and losers. Jesus had better come back soon, this could elevate to another civil war in a free country. I won’t give up my guns.

  • brian

    she must of been white not to many blacks or latins are known to eat lobster and beef
    that is ok the system is going to crash enjoy while supplies last

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Richardson/100000646315065 Mark Richardson

    At least these days food stamp shoppers are using EBT cards rather than actual paper food coupons, since 20 or more years ago it was quite common for there to be an inner-city black market in food stamps as an alternative currency. Back then one could buy alcohol and even illegal drugs using food stamps.

    You can buy whatever kind of basic grocery store food that you want to buy today with your EBT card and the notion that food stamp buyers can somehow afford to buy expensive cuts of meat is pretty outlandish really, as whatever value in food stamps that such Americans receive has to last an entire month rather than just a few meals.

    As ECB has written above, the main reason that working families are struggling so badly is because the Republicans have voted in lockstep for more than a decade now to hold increases in our minimum wage well down below our gross non-doctored inflation rate.

    The minimum wage in Australia is over $15.00 per hour, and their economy is doing pretty well these days, but then again, Australia does not allow the mass offshoring of middle-class jobs either. It is only the law of supply and demand that limits wage growth when the unemployment rate is high.

    The main reason that the sheer numbers of those receiving food stamps in the US is so high is because of our recession, because of the continuing practice of offshoring our jobs to the lowest bidder worldwide, and also because under President Obama there has been a substantial rise in the food stamp eligibility income ceiling after rather heavy cuts to that ceiling during GW’s Presidency too.

    The absolute fact of the matter is that the Democrats have always favored social spending and a much more inclusive society, while most conservatives favor large cuts in social spending, a much more exclusionary White-power society, and they heavily favor increased defense spending at great economic cost to our civilian economy as well as the very policies which have spearheaded the huge growth in income disparity ever since Ronald Regan became President too.

    And now instead of aggressively going after the real reasons that so many American families are struggling to make ends meet these days, the Economic Collapse Blog now wants to attack poor people because a very few might not be the thriftiest shoppers instead?

    Are you sure that you people aren’t a front for the Republican Party?

  • Heather B in Indiana

    I am currently receiving food stamps. My husband was just laid-off for the second time in 2 years and I have cancer. We have two awesome honor roll students to support. WE CANNOT AFFORD LOBSTER OR PRIME RIB!! I have an Obamaphone it is the most basic phone on the market (no camera or Internet) and I receive 250 free minutes a month. I believe stories like the lady above tells are out right lies aimed at discrediting the poor. Our family of four receives 469 dollars a month for food. Hardly enough for the gourmet grocery extravaganza she describes.

  • Heather B in Indiana

    I would like to add that I am white. Hard times are color blind.

  • kathryn

    I’m surprised no else commented on the second part of this lobster story.They thought it was terrible for this woman to get FS, but they also thought their son’s family deserved some too.

    The son was not married, not using his education he went to college for,and isn’t financially stable…but he is starting a family? Children are rarely accidents. They are a result of poor planning.
    However, this young family is managing to survive, obviously without the use of FS.Because of their poor choices, they need to work opposite shifts and cut back.

    Do they deserve FS? No.They deserve nothing.
    People working for minimum wage should not be crying about not being able to buy everything.It’s meant for that. It is supposed to be the minimum to live on.You shouldn’t be buying new clothes, vehicles,furniture etc. It should be enough to give you basic shelter and food.
    If you want more than this, share accommodation, take another higher paying job, or take an addition p/t job.

    Welfare, which includes all the other perks, should never be worth more than someone working on minimum wage. There is no incentive.
    Welfare should never be for single parents.That is what family/friends are for.If they aren’t willing to help them, why should the public?
    There are very few ‘poor’ people in this country.Plenty of lazy and people with entitlement issues.

    Welfare people are obese, because they are lazy. It has nothing to do with bad food choices. They simply consume more calories, than they use.
    How many fat people have you seenin pictures from the Great Depression years? None. They survived on food, most of us wouldn’t even consider edible.

    A small part of me is waiting for the total collapse of this economy, so they will know what real poverty is.
    Running out of junk food, or not having enough money for McDonald’s just doesn’t qualify.
    The only downsize, it will be these people who will steal and terrorize the honest people…just like they are doing now.
    How do welfare recipients get such large tax refunds…when they haven’t earned any income, and paid that much. It is just another form of welfare.

  • 2Gary2

    Let me give the conservatives some facts (those are things that are true):

    In fact, the history says that raising the minimum wage has little if
    any impact on job creation. A study published in November 2010 in the
    Review of Economics and Statistics, for instance, found “ no detectable employment losses from the kind of minimum wage increases we have seen in the United States.” Another published in 2011 “ found no impact on hours worked or employment levels.”

    Suck on that conservatives. You are going down and your pathetic party is toast.

    • Josh Apple

      You might want to recheck your numbers. Nearly every time the minimum wage goes up the young of this country lose more and more opportunities for entry level jobs.

  • CommonSense

    .With all these posts all I am seeing is “if this person has something I want it too” or “I am feeling damn sorry for my self” What is wrong with you people? You want to blame the poor for your miserable lives? It is not the poor that has done you wrong; it is corporate America; they have outsourced your jobs; taken your tax dollars; and put you all out of work in the process. This is what corporate America wants a country attacking its weakest link; attacking each other; that way no one is looking at them. It isn’t that hard to figure out. I am laughing at all your self proclaimed witnessing; researching and so on about how you know what government programs are allowing…poor people are not buying lobsters; most often they run out of food well before the month is over; and life on welfare is all gumdrops and picksy dust; having a great time. Most people would rather have a decent paying job to support their families; same as you. It is Corporate America that has sent your job overseas; who is hoarding their wealth and laying off you the worker; all the while collecting your tax dollars and you attacking the poor and each other only gives them more power to keep on doing what they are doing. If any of you were smart; you would start siding with one another and become one voice so that government and Corporate America have to start listening to the people.

    • ian

      Amen. This hatred of the poor needs to stop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keithphelps01 Keith Phelps

    The Welfare System is nothing more and nothing less than a form of Slavery. There are people who abuse the system but most people using welfare are not abusing it. Personally, I don’t see the government giving people enough on welfare to abuse. Single Parents receive $250 a month if they are not working plus $25 a week in food stamps per individual in their house. Food prices are rising but the benefits are not. Yesterday I saw an elderly lady use one of those EBT cards to buy packets of Kool-Aid, a far cry from soda pop or Red Bull. I see nothing wrong with her doing that. My point is with food prices rising and people only receiving $25 a week in food stamps, I don’t see any recipients breaking out their EBT card to buy lobster or NY Strip anytime soon … at least not here in Indiana.

  • Docktor Riktor Von Zhades

    I see this daily as I work in a grocery store. ( retired in 2009 from USPS, and found out it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be). It can be remedied by programming the EBT card to only basic food items. No junk foods period! To often I see folks coming through that also scam the system, a “family” with 2 or 3 different cards, spending almost a total of 500 bucks. I’m lucky to spend 100/month on food, and that means eating a lot of sloppy Joes, Hamburger Helper, or pasta 2-3 times a week. I’m not sure how we could prevent the purchasing of prime ribs or lobster. But, I think if regs were handed down so that a cashier can say, this item is not allowed. It would be a step in the right direction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Richardson/100000646315065 Mark Richardson

    In 2001 when Bill Clinton left office our economy was stronger than it had ever been since 1970. It is little wonder that the number of Americans receiving food stamps is so high, as there are more than 50% more Americans today than there were in 1970 too.

    Moreover, whenever the Democrats are in power, they always try to expand social spending, and when the Republicans hold the White House and Congress, they always try to cut social spending too. Remember that since 1968 the Republicans have held the Presidency for 28 years, as opposed to the Democrats, which have only held the office for 16 years.

    Like Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton, President Obama loosened eligibility rules to receive food stamps, while President Reagan, Bush Sr, and Bush Jr tightened those eligibility limits too. The Democrats have always favored a policy of inclusion and economic fairness for all, while the Republicans lean toward White power and a very exclusionary view of economics, where someone has to win and hence everyone else has to lose.

    The main reason that America’s minorities are doing so poorly is because Republicans have historically opposed civil rights law and they have done just about everything that they could do to hold our minority communities down on the farm so that White people have a much better chance of becoming king of the hill, something that Republicans covet ever so much. Republicans could care less who they have to stomp all over in order to get what they so crave.

    Which group of Americans do you think would be the one hardest-hit by offshoring 10 million middle-class jobs? Yes, those who have lost their jobs to Republican greed then have to find another often lesser job, and then those Americans who were marginally employed when our economy was strong were then let go.

    In just 8 years under GW average while 10 million middle-class jobs were offshored African American net worth fell by almost 90%, which is why you see so many African Americans receiving food stamps today, as they are the historic group that Republicans hate and so badly want to be able to discriminate against too.

    It isn’t rocket science. Another thing, how many Democrats do you hear attacking poor people and minorities because there aren’t enough jobs available to keep them employed at income levels high enough to wean them off of social welfare??

    So the Economic Collapse Blog is really just a front for the Republicans and Libertarians, as attacking the poor is in really bad taste when American spends trillions every year on corporate welfare which is often poorly spent too, and I don’t hear you going after them either.

    • juandos

      You can thank the Reagan administration for that success…

      Then again do libtards really want a grip on reality?

  • Evelyn Isis Osiris Baha Allah

    All I might say is that those that really need are given so little … and those whom could do better for themselves are given to much …

    There need to be a new balancing process …

    And for those who are given so little … such a meal would take up their whole allotment for the month …

    And if is truly those who can use benefits in such a way as this article proclaim …. it’s a possibility that they are given to much …

    But as these days and times goes … I would be mindful of all those who are yet not dependant on some system … to be heed thoughts within their hearts, the law of the profits … which warns; do unto others as you would have them do unto you …

    Because before it’s all said and done … these thoughts of what a person should and should not do … will one day serve your platter … no matter what color your face may be …

  • BK

    I would like to know the names of these “people” abusing welfare, or at least know that they were turned over to the proper authorities to be punished for this “abuse.”

    • juandos

      LOL!

      You do realize that Obysmal is in charge and Eric “let me give Mexican drug cartels automatic weapons‘ Holder has the Justice Dept., right?

  • juandos

    It would be easy enough to stop all this crapola…

    Just get rid of ALL welfare AND entitlement programs…

    Voila! Problem solved…

  • your mom

    welfare is part of black culture

  • wesida

    I agree that many people abuse the system, but some people need it at least temporarily (students, old/disabled folks etc…) However, my personal opinion is that we should bark more about our tax dollars blowing up people around the world than get angry about feeding people in our own country. The military takes a nice portion of that which you are making every month. We need to look at the big picture, the bigger problem….the politicians who are deciding where our money goes, not the EBT users (even though we do have abusers and leechers like in every system). And in addition to the government, think of the thousands of fast food stores,restaurants,hospitals that dump tons and tons of food every day, even though people are starving here in America. How come we are not mad about that, yet we get angry about people using EBT cards? Why don’t we have a government agency for example, that can organize something so that this food can be redistributed at a cheaper price to the poor? How come we don’t feel pity about children’s’ necks being literally blown off and we are only upset about someone buying a lobster with our tax money (not saying that the ebt users don’t always make me mad)? That being said, I do think that the government need to implement better rules of who is most entitled to benefits (i.e. if you are 25 and have four limbs then bring prove that you were rejected from X jobs and will starve if you don’t get your benefits “temporarily”).

  • condaggitt

    This is just so RETARDED

    with everything bar coded you can easily limit anyone form buying meat or fish over $5 lb and putting it on food stamps..

  • Justin Case

    c’mon, really, he works at McDonalds and
    she works in a nursing home…lets be real here…those are the type
    that SHOULD get help…

    Speak about entitlement, why should your son and his wife receive public assistance? Sounds like they are making it just fine. So they don’t have much money left over to spend, that’s life and when they get a little bit older they will be a lot wiser with their money and appreciate what they do have.

    I know that this is going to sound harsh so let me start by saying, I do NOT apologize. Kids cost money, if your son could not afford one then he should have wrapped it up but sense he did not now he must deal with it. I have been so poor that I could not afford a candy bar and never once did I feel that someone else owed it to me.

    No one deserves help from the taxpayer but because we are a kind people, we as a society have decided to help. As far as the system being broken, no it is not. The system is functioning just as it was designed to. Obama is using that to his advantage.

  • kathryn

    On paper, I am a millionaire.I’m the ‘ typical millionaire next door’.You’d never know it to look at me. I wear mostly secondhand clothes,drive a used modest vehicle, live in a small apt. We shop sales/reduced at the grocery store.Most other food are generic brands.
    We live a simple life. To get here, we worked 60-70 hrs a week for years and years.
    We also didn’t start having kids (4 now) until we had our house almost paid off…working a lot of overtime, and buying within our budget.
    I can look back at the times when we had $5 for groceries for the week.When all we had for lunch as bread and margarine.Working 16 hr shifts day after day.
    We still don’t have all the gadgets..iphones,ipads etc.We have a basic mobile phone that doesn’t even take pics.
    Our bills were always paid first, to protect our credit.Food was always last.We never even considered using a food bank or other form of welfare. Never borrowed money from family..we just made do !
    Too bad we couldn’t see more people with this type of attitude, maybe the country wouldn’t be in the state we are in.
    People now seem to be smoking, drinking, eating fast food/junk food, new cars,drugs, partying, game systems and all the other toys…and then cry “I can’t seem to get ahead” !

  • kaiserin

    Please give me ONE example where any black has outperformed any white in ANYTHING other than sports…ie, anything that matters in life. Oh wait, you do excel at fathering children then abandoning them, dealing drugs, killing each other and stealing! Yes we whites certainly are jealous of those proud accomplishments! We’re also jealous of the fine civilizations your ancestors built in Africa (ancient Egyptians were white so they don’t count) and your current flourishing societies there. I sure wish we were raping and killing children to cure AIDS and cutting off people’s body parts for muti and witchcraft. Boy we whites sure are jealous haters and it’s ALL OUR FAULT that blacks are so useless, violent, savage and lazy! Actually, you might want to take it up with God, he’s the one that cursed you (curse of Ham) so it’s really not your fault at all….but it’s not ours either. If it’s so bad under “white supremacism” please feel free to go live in one of the African utopias. I hear Somalia is particularly nice and completely free of whites….

    • toytee

      go back to england bitch! whites stole this land from my ancestors, the indians!

  • Pam Maltzman

    I have worked in medical transcription for over 20 years now, about 16 of those years with the same company. My significant other also does this work, but with fewer years of experience, and he works for a different company. Some years back they changed the way production was counted, for an approximately 30% pay cut. We have been affected by overseas outsourcing. Also, hospital administrators push for lower rates. The boss didn’t do a pay cut to be a meanie; he had pressures on him too. And in fact, he still pays better than most of the big national companies out there (I know… I checked). However, that pay cut hit me really hard… it was a gut shot. We are barely keeping our heads above water. We only eat red meat when it’s on sale. I’m not buying lobsters, believe me. I shop pretty carefully, and we eat mostly chicken, and when it’s on sale. I also cook chicken for my cats (mix it with cheap tuna), because It saves money and is good for them. I do spend teh money for good cat food, dry and canned. I don’t go to doctors. The cats rarely go to a vet (well, one cat just got spayed). We’re moving to northern Arizona soon… we can save significantly on rent and utiltiies. To me it’s a no-brainer to go where you can live more cheaply. I’m never living in California again. I read that 40 or 50 years ago, the L.A. area wasn’t much more expensive than other big cities; well, that’s no longer the case. We are already getting really large electricity bills in the summer. Politics here are lefty and getting worse. I’m gonna be working literally until I keel over at the computer work station. To make it worse, Ii’m no longer at my peak of speed and stamina. I’m still good but not as fast as I used to be, which affects how much I can earn.

  • bill

    just so you know where this is from its columbus ohio and low income actually brags about the working class supporting them.they laugh at us working class,just listen to them talk and then they desreve this crap and are not or never goin to work as long as we give them free stuff…the time to stand is now and put a stop to this now

  • bill

    oh by the way this isnt a race thing its a workers verse non-workers and drug addicts it does not take a year to find a job just one you want might take years,i dont owe nobody crap not black not white not queers nobody(sorry if you dont like there queer thing you choose your perverted lifestyle put up with it)if you decide not to work starve ,i didnt raise you and i never had any slaves,i never taken anybody to raise and goverment paid abortions your just as bad as the welfare people..BUY A STINKIN RUBBER IF YOU DONT LIKE IT

  • RealChange

    This article is inaccurate on so many levels. Do you really think that poor people collecting food stamps are the problem? Instead of judging people who are also suffering you should all be coming together and working toward changing this faulty system. I’m poor and I’ve been able to do things like get my hair done because I have friends who’ll do it for me for free. I also know people who go to the dollar store and buy their nail polish there and do it themselves, so that it looks like it was done in a salon. I’ve also gotten items at garage sales or 2nd hand stores that are worth a lot more money and it might look to some people that I have things I shouldn’t be able to afford.

    Passing judgment on other people is easy. But when you have the courage to shut off your ego and stop passing judgment on other people you can learn a lot.

    The real problem in our country is a wealthy minority who are being very wasteful and irresponsible with their wealth. Many are just hoarding their wealth. They have bank accounts, bonds, stocks, homes, apartment buildings, luxury vehicles, etc., that they never see. Their accountants manage it all. They outsource labor to 3rd world countries and cry no tears for their employees who lose their jobs and end up destitute. They are the lazy, irresponsible ones, not the poor slob struggling on food stamps who has the audacity to continue to take care of herself by making sure that her hair and nails still look nice and that she handles herself with dignity. She’s just trying to maintain her humanity while stuck in an inhumane situation.

    Empathy and compassion can be learned. It is not too late for you to be a decent person. Why not give love and understanding for your fellow human being a chance? Both you and everyone around you will be much happier–rich or poor.

  • Tiger

    They can do what they want. I grow my own veggies and buy my pork and beef from the farmer down the road, usually in barter. When (not if) things get really, really bad My family will be eating and they and their children can be thinking I wish I had that prime rib or lobster while laying in their death bed starving. I am prepared RU?

  • kathryn

    Realchange,
    Yes, people collecting FS are the problem. Not all of the problem, but still, a problem. Instead of cutting back on wants (which they think are needs) they opt to get welfare (akaFS). They see other people getting them, and they think they deserve them too.
    What happens if they are declined? Well, they still seem to manage somehow.
    Too many people think that taking a minimum wage job is beneath them. Maybe what should happen, is that people on welfare (not the ones working elsewhere and collecting FS) should be required to take the next opening that opens up. If they decide they dont like to work…well we may decide we don’t like to provide welfare.
    Trouble is, too many people on welfare have never held a real job.If they can afford nail polish, they have too much disposable income.

  • CinnamonGirl

    there are exceptions. there was a time when we were both out of work when my kids were little and got FS for 2 months until employment picked up (and I called to cancel the FS benefits! How many people do that now?) Well I bought as much flour, sugar, salt, and baking/cooking supplies i could with the monies. While i watched someone else check out with popscicles and steaks paying with FS. Yes I am afraid that is typical…but not everyone is like that. Good grief I managed to buy up 9 months worth of basic provisions with those 2 months of food stamps.

  • Lori in Illinois

    I too have worked in a grocery store for a while now and see the same scenario. It is very upsetting when you are ringing someone up and they have a “coach bag” and just had their nails done and bring out the “link” card. To top it off…then pay cash for several bottles of wine and a case of beer. Not sure if my expression reveals my feelings but at times I really want to call people out on it.

  • Tom Chen

    Haha, I made the same mathematical point as you did. I agree completely. The black community tends to view itself as victims, but at the same time, they have built a dialect called ebonics that holds themselves back from education and progression.

    Also, ironically, the government labels blacks as “less fortunate” individuals as if their social class is completely dependent on luck, but at the same time, the government doesn’t trust them financially enough to give them pure cash instead of food stamps and subsidies so that just shows that the government knows that most blacks are just irresponsible.

  • Dan

    The african american community needs Obama to actually inspire them to change themselves culturally in a more progressive way. End the free loading, end the violence, end the father-less trend, end the stealing, end the laziness, and end the ebonics. The rest of the country is sick of it. Blacks are not the victims anymore. No one feels sorry for you guys. Instead, Obama has labeled the black community as “the less fortunate” as if they are low income just by pure chance and not by social and financially irresponsibility.

  • New Java

    One might recommend to young girls to get a college degree but not a job. Get a church marriage but not a government one. Have kids and get on the free life. Who would recommend that? Its commonplace in the welfare society.

  • HaileyAR

    Must comment some people do use these programs as a sense of entitlement and some people are just doing what they have to do to care for their families. I am one my husband and I were both working good jobs expecting a baby thinking everything would be great and I would breast feed… 2 days after we came home from hospital he lost his job and I couldn’t work for 6 weeks… I wasn’t producing anything so we had to pay $16 a can for formula… I did not want to apply for food stamps but I got desperate I was so humiliated walking in there cause how people treat you when your on it I started crying… We are on our last month my husband started a good job and we are looking forward to the day when we can not depend on anyone but us what I’m trying to say is sometimes you just don’t know the situation

  • Jdw

    I’m gettins so sick of listening to ppl B*tch and moan about tax dollars and who spends what on where. It’s none of your business if I buy lobster and nice food sometimes for my children. As for ppl selling food stamps and finding way to get money out if it’s illegal. You see it? Report it.. Simple. First off no matter who is buying what with there food stamps you ppl complain like that’s the real problem with the government.
    They will just find other things to blow your tax money on like reproductive organs of a fly. I do think is horrible when ppl are barley moving from pay check to pay check and still are considered to make to much for food stamps or health care. But there has to be a cap limit somewhere. I myself am white I have 5 kids I have been on and off food stamps for a long time. I’ve never sold them or done anything illegal, every once in a while I do treat my children to nice foods such as lobster and shrimp or whatever.
    I’m an only child my mother worked all her life and always paid into taxes, so how about this. I’m using her money that she has paid in :) Your percentage you pay in certainly isn’t covering that many people.
    When I have a job I pay taxes so perhaps in reality I am paying for my own food stamps when I am out of work.
    Being a mother of 5 children, I can’t afford to take them on vacation do nice things for them get them heaps of gifts for b-days or xmas. So shoot me if I want to get them a nice meal once in a while.
    I also buy them fresh veggies and fruit on a weekly basis that also gets expensive but health for my children is number one priority. I don’t care what kind of money your earning if you shop smart and don’t eat fast food every chance you get. Maybe try making lunches for work etc. You as a hard worker wouldn’t be living on ramen noodles!!!!
    I agree there are many outrageous things going on people selling their food stamps buying drugs liquor and what not. But I’m am really sick of listening ppl b*tch and moan about what people buy to eat.

  • miguel mayor

    in 2000 there were 17 million on food stamps. that is correct. but what you fail to mention is that. by 2008 before obama became president those numbers had risen to 33 million a 95 percent increase under bush..so guess how much it has increased. under obama. try 48 percent to a. total of 47 million

  • JDinMariettaGA

    Yes indeed, he is the Food Stamp President. He’s been more successful in getting folks on food stamps than he has in anything else he’s touched…and broken. What this article should say is that its easier for folks to collect food stamps than to complete their education, not have children they cant afford, and to not be picky when it comes to taking a job when you have no valuable skills to an employer

  • http://twitter.com/Gabriel_TrickPL Gabriel

    What states can you get the sort of food mentioned in this on food stamps? I want to move there. $200 a month I get doesn’t work for 2 adults unless you want to get the cheap only stuff.

  • wuzblynd

    These comments are some of the funniest things I have read in a very long time. Both sides of this discussion are showing equal stupidity, for the most part. Unless and until Wall St., and every corporation that receives federal money including all banking, is completely cut off, no people have the right to say that the poor do not deserve assistance. The rich are getting MORE! Some of you have decided that race is so important that you even say people of race. Guess what genius, every person on this earth is ‘of race’. You all, for the most part, simply knee jerk your reaction to something like this without so much a taking a moment to really think the issue through. It seems that most of you are not capable of giving an important issue more than a moment of actual thought. You are ALL part of the problem in America. If we are not ALL willing and eager to support our neighbors of all colors then we should be hanging our heads in absolute shame. Oh, and to the idiot who stated that blacks are cursed, wow. If you have not yet come to the understanding that the bible has been carefully constructed to control the world you are a worse fool than even that statement makes you out to be.

  • tax payer

    If they want to eat red meat and die let it happen, so we can be rid of them once, and for all. I am only glad we never had to use food stamps because it’s a shame a man can make babies, but won’t work to feed them.

  • tax payer

    People compare of who gets Food Stamps. I can tell you every Race in this country gets them, so it must be even and none get more than the other Race, so stop saying ( yours get more than mine ) because it’s all a lie. They all get them except people like me that pay cash for our food.

  • Theresa

    Most people on food stamps have jobs and pay taxes! Maybe in the old days they could sit on welfare and not work but not anymore.Maybe people should check the guide lines before making judgments. My family receives assistance and I’ve always worked full time. YES im sure their are people that are taking advantage but not by buying lobster, prime rib, etc. So what people that are on food stamps have to buy crappy food? Sea food & meat are healthy and its their choice if they want to spend their allowed amount more expansive foods they will run out sooner, thats on them. I myself budget and don’t because I wouldn’t have enough to last all month. Its really sad anyone would judge someone by having their nails done or having an iphone, you don’t know if they were gifts! Not to mention some jobs require you to have a certain appearance. Don’t past judgment when you don’t have all the facts! Oh and by the way i’m WHITE!

  • R. Hinds

    Reality check: I’m 70 years old, living on $812 Social Security per month and $83 in food stamps. When I lived in California, the state deducted $100 per month for medical care, which I never even received ever, and the local state office told me I was not eligible for food stamps, that my income was too high. So I don’t believe all these stories lately about people living large on food stamps.

  • jazzy

    Why does it always have to be blacks on welfare it’s more mexicans and whites on welfare then blacks and then be on section 8 and mexican women sit at home collecting welfare while they husbands be out working making money.

  • jazzy

    When black people was trying to go to school to get an education white people was beating em’ up spiting and kickin em’ tryna stop them now they talking about black lazy they don’t want to get a job and work.

  • jazzy

    I seen white people use to ebt card at the grocery store I don’t know what the ####TeeHeeHee talkin about.

  • BrendaKidd

    They are everywhere…This is happening in Mobile, Alabama, but at the FOOD stamp OFFICE. Now, I am black and the Food Stamp employees (workers, supervisors and security guards) that I have seen are black and very, very rude at the food stamp office on Broad Street. I cannot go into details because I am going to write the Director in Montgomery Alabama about the issues that they are putting my daughter through. Got a complaint, look on your food stamp letter, get the director name and address off of it and address the matter to her or him. If all else fails contact the Governor. You can reach them both online through email after you look them up. She or he may be a just person. There are people you can talk to concerning your problems, but when ask, the Food Stamps employees will not tell you. However the Food Stamps Employees will give you a phone number knowing that no one will pick up the phone. I had a house fire. I lost my food, clothes and furniture in the house fire. The Food Stamps worker and her supervisor denied me food stamps. They said I waited to late after 10 days I was no longer eligible for food stamps. Get this, the tenth day fell on the weekend, which was the day I was told by a friend to go to the Food Stamp Office and applied on Monday. Now, Monday was the eleventh day and I really needed food. Thank God I am not on Food Stamps. Just think, how many more people are out there that are being bullied, by Food Stamp Employees.

  • Adam Martin

    This is why Libertarians will never be a relevant party.

  • MRJ73

    Oh please spare me the half hearted details in comments as yours. Facts dictate truth, fact is the first to roam any land were the Jews. Obviously you need a class on how melanogenesis occurs.

    True and fact that people with dark skin were once Kings and Queens, its also true that the Jews and Gentiles were enslaved to these individuals. Not for 100’s of years but 1000’s!

    Jesus is NOT black, but Jewish. After God detroyed the Earth and Noah took his family, sons and their wives upon the Arc, humanity and its tribes can be traced from that family. Do you know yours? Which son did you come from? That family WAS Jewish! So as you can see the Jews made you and I, your debate on skin tone is simple terrain, melanogenesis is a process that occurs when the skin is exposed to UV.

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