There’s a joke in here somewhere, I just know it. But this report doesn’t put me in a jovial mood.
Via CNS News:
New York and Massachusetts are administering food stamps to 2,000 dead people, according to Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) catalog of government waste.
The 2012 Waste Book, released earlier this week, documents $4.5 billion in waste in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.
Among his findings, Coburn said that, “The USDA Inspector General found roughly 2,000 dead people are still receiving food stamps in New York and Massachusetts combined.”
“Additionally, its investigation revealed 7,236 people in these states are receiving duplicate benefits, while 286 are on state lists that should exclude them from receiving food stamps,” the report said, amounting to $1.4 million in unnecessary payments each month, or $147.03 for each recipient, dead or alive.
Read more about the report to also learn how food stamp recipients are qualifying by having the cost of marijuana deducted from their income. Seriously.
Also, had to share this joke from one of the commenters.
I took my dog down to the welfare office to sign him up for Food Stamps. The lady said he couldnt get food stamps “cause he is a dog”.
I told her he qualifies for the following reasons (1) He doesn’t work, just lies around the house all day. (2) He doesn’t know who his daddy is. (3) He likes anybody that feeds him. She checked her book, he gets his stamps next Monday and his Democrat voter registration pack came in today.
Turns out, accusations that the President has gutted the welfare reform enacted by Bill Clinton and a Republican congress in 1996, is true.
After suspending a work requirement for the eligibility of food stamps, those who collected their government handouts sky-rocketed.
Via the Washington Examiner:
Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.
In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report, issued in the form of a memo to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” Cantor said in an emailed statement. “It’s time to reinstate these common-sense measures, and focus on creating job growth for those in need.”
In other words, stay home and collect your government welfare check, as opposed to going to work and collecting your paycheck. This is where the notion that Obama supporters sign the back of checks, while Romney supporters sign the front of checks comes from.
It is also why people refer to Obama as the food stamp President. This is the 47% of people that Obama panders to, and tries to purchase their votes, and it is the 47% that Romney can’t be concerned about when campaigning.
Romney is right.
Individuals who find it more rewarding to collect their welfare checks as opposed to their work checks will never be motivated enough to follow Romney’s vision to get America back on the right economic path.
Bloomberg answered a question from a Wall Street Journal reporter who also served as moderator of the event, and the response was rather jaw-dropping.
Reporter: “… My sister lives in Amarillo, Texas, and they’re very worried about waves coming up north over the border there. What are you going to tell them?”
Bloomberg: “Number one nobody has come across the border in a long time. I mean we spend a fortune on technology, and if you want to come to America illegally, don’t waste your time going across the border and through the desert. It’s dangerous. Just get on an airplane, fly here, and overstay your visa. We have absolutely no ability to track who you are and get you back.”
That notion only rings true if you consider the concept of time span as arbitrary, and assume that the Mayor was thinking of time in small, hour-long segments. Then one could say that a ‘long time’ in Bloomberg’s head may simply be the last hour or so.
Or you can just accept that the Mayor is lying.
While illegals crossing the border have been on the decline, the statement that nobody has crossed in a long time is absurd.
“The total number of undocumented in this country has been going down for a long time. How do we solve the problem? We solved the problem by having our economy crater. People don’t come here to put their feet up and collect welfare. They come here to work, and if there’s no jobs, they don’t come here, and if they’re here and they can’t find a job, they go back home, because America is not a very good place to sit around and think the state is going to support you.”
Actually, a recent report shows that illegal immigrants do indeed come here to put up their feet and collect welfare. That report indicated that “43 percent of immigrants, both legal and illegal, who have been residing in the U.S. for at least 20 years were on welfare.”
Bloomberg should stick to regulating everybody’s diet as opposed to wading into immigration policy, a platform in which he clearly knows very little.
This was originally posted by the fabulously talented Maggie Thurber over at Thurber’s Thoughts. Please go visit her site…
If you rely only upon the main stream media, you’ll probably miss the latest move by President Barack Obama’s administration that effectively guts the work participation requirement for the TANF welfare program.
TANF, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, was part of the Clinton-era welfare reform in 1996 that required individuals to work or ‘prepare’ for work (training, education) in order to receive benefits. It is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.
As the Morning Bell points out, that requirement was successful, but now the law is being gutted – and you’re paying for it (emphasis added).
This reform was very successful. TANF became the only welfare program (out of more than 70) that promoted greater self-reliance. It moved 2.8 million families off the welfare rolls and into jobs so that they were providing for themselves. Child poverty fell, and single-parent employment rose. Recipients were required to perform at least 20–30 hours per week of work or job preparation activities in exchange for the cash benefit.
Now, Obama’s HHS is claiming that it can waive those work requirements that are at the heart of the law, and without Congress’s consent.
When it established TANF, Congress deliberately exempted or shielded nearly all of the TANF program from waiver authority. They explicitly did not want the law to be rewritten at the whim of HHS bureaucrats. In a December 2001, the non-partisan Congressional Research Service clarified that there was no authority to override work and other major requirements: “Effectively, there are no TANF waivers,” it reported.
But that did not stop the Obama Administration, which has been increasing welfare spending at an alarming rate already. President Obama has added millions to the welfare rolls, and his Administration has come under fire lately for its efforts to expand and add more Americans to the food stamp program.
This is a chronic problem: Over the past two decades, welfare spending has grown more rapidly than Social Security and Medicare, education, and defense. The TANF reform was one small step in the direction of reducing Americans’ dependence on government programs and getting them back on their feet. Cutting its work component is likely to unnecessarily swell the ranks of welfare recipients and with no way to pay for it.
Scope of Authority
Section 1115 authorizes waivers concerning section 402. Accordingly, other provisions of the TANF statute are not waivable. For example, the purposes of TANF are not waivable, because they are contained in section 401. The prohibitions on assistance are not waivable, because they are contained in section 408.
While the TANF work participation requirements are contained in section 407, section 402(a)(1)(A)(iii) requires that the state plan “[e]nsure that parents and caretakers receiving assistance under the program engage in work activities in accordance with section 407.” Thus, HHS has authority to waive compliance with this 402 requirement and authorize a state to test approaches and methods other than those set forth in section 407, including definitions of work activities and engagement, specified limitations, verification procedures, and the calculation of participation rates. As described below, however, HHS will only consider approving waivers relating to the work participation requirements that make changes intended to lead to more effective means of meeting the work goals of TANF.
Here’s the logic:
* the work requirement is contained in a non-waivable section of law (407)
* a different section (402), which requires that a state plan adhere to the non-waivable section, is waivable
* therefore, HHS is waiving section 402, which requires the state plan to follow section 407
* end result: section 407 is effectively waived.
But there’s a bit of a problem with that logic, as this Foundry.org article explains:
Section 402 describes state plans—reports that state governments must file to HHS describing the actions they will undertake to comply with the many requirements established in the other sections of the TANF law. The authority to waive section 402 provides the option to waive state reporting requirements only, not to overturn the core requirements of the TANF program contained in the other sections of the TANF law.
The new Obama dictate asserts that because the work requirements, established in section 407, are mentioned as an item that state governments must report about in section 402, all the work requirements can be waived. This removes the core of the TANF program; TANF becomes a blank slate that HHS bureaucrats and liberal state bureaucrats can rewrite at will. … In a December 2001 document, “Welfare Reform Waivers and TANF,” the non-partisan Congressional Research Service clarified that the limited authority to waive state reporting requirement in section 402 does not grant authority to override work and other major requirements in the other sections of the TANF law (sections that were deliberately not listed under the section 1115 waiver authority):
Technically, there is waiver authority for TANF state plan requirement; however, [the] major TANF requirements are not in state plans. Effectively, there are no TANF waivers.
And who do you think is going to cover the cost of the expected increase in welfare rolls when people learn they won’t be required to work in order to be eligible?
The Obama administration has just ended welfare reform – and you’re going to pay for it.
‘Cause everybody knows, the more people that are on food stamps, the more likely they are going to vote for the guy who gives them their freebies.
Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle. Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a “true/false” quiz is fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.
The good news is, you can pick up drinks and cigs for the party using your EBT card. If the clerk refuses to allow it, just have them fired.
This ‘throw a party for food stamps’ initiative comes on the heals of a report that has the Obama admin running ads urging people to sign up for food stamps because “they make you look good“.
Clearly the one in seven Americans already on food stamps is not enough for the President. He wants more. He wants you to think it’s the norm. He wants you to think it’s cool.
But most importantly – he wants your vote. Because who’s going to get the food stamp vote – the candidate who wants to get America back to work, or the candidate who wants you to forgo work in lieu of food stamps and 100 weeks of unemployment checks?
Don’t call Obama the ‘food stamp President’ though – that’s racist code don’t ya know?
Allen West said it best when he stated that Republicans don’t want to get rid of welfare safety nets, they just don’t want to see the safety net become a hammock.
Let’s hope voters get out of their hammock in November.
A bipartisan bill passed by a 56 – 3 vote in the New York Senate yesterday, seeks to curb spending by welfare recipients on such frivolous items as casino gambling, strip clubs, and lottery tickets, as well as limiting the money’s use for cigarettes and alcohol.
Via the Associated Press:
New York would prohibit welfare recipients from spending their tax-funded benefits on cigarettes, alcohol, gambling, and strip clubs under a bill passed overwhelmingly by the state Senate on Tuesday.
Ten other states have already ruled social services can’t be spent on items from beer to guns.
“I understand that people need food stamps,” said Republican Sen. Thomas Libous, a Broome County Republican. “What I don’t understand is why they need to go to strip clubs, buy lottery tickets, go to a ‘racino’ or buy alcohol.”
The “Public Assistance Integrity Act” would not allow the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, and lottery tickets with welfare payments, and would prohibit ATM withdrawals using the Electronic Benefits Transfer card at certain establishments such as liquor stores and strip clubs.
Sen. Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) voted against the measure saying, “It’s a prejudice, I think, about poor people that we are seeing represented more than any statistical or study of behavior”.
Perhaps it would aid the poor in limiting their use of public assistance on things such as lottery tickets and strip clubs that will only serve to continue their financial distress?
Perkins added, “the bill would penalize a poor mother who simply withdrew money to buy milk if she used an ATM in a banned establishment to do so.”
If you can’t find an ATM other than the one at a place called Shenanigan’s to get your milk, then you’re not really fit to receive monetary benefits of any kind.
What say you?
On Friday, a 26-year veteran of the Troy police force was arrested for having sexually suggestive internet chats with an undercover NYPD officer he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Sgt. Pat Rosney was detained and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, as well as disseminating indecent material to a minor.
The arrest was swift, with the NYPD citing safety concerns for their undercover officers as well as the public. Rosney had allegedly also arranged to meet the faux 14-year-old in a public place, and those involved in the case had concerns that this particular suspect could and would be armed.
On Saturday, the veteran officer was released on $30,000 bail and is due in court again on June 15th.
Details of the depostion have been provided by the Times Union:
In his deposition, Ryan stated that at 3:35 p.m. on May 15, he received a message from an email address which he later traced to Rosney at his East Greenbush home
“The defendant asked what I looked like,” Ryan stated.
Ryan responded that he was a 14-year-old girl who lived in Queens, and “Within 15 minutes of initiating the instant message conversation, (the defendant) wrote: ‘Ever been with an older guy? LOL …What have you done with guys.’ The defendant wrote that he wanted to meet to have sex.”
The Internet conversations, most of them too lurid for publication in the newspaper, allegedly continued on May 17 when, according to Ryan, Rosney allegedly messaged “wanna look at my cam.”
Five hours later, Ryan stated, he received an image of Rosney.
“I was able to see his face as well as his penis,” Ryan wrote. “He was wearing a ‘Crabby Dicks’ T-shirt (a Delaware seafood restaurant) and blue pajama pants.”
The sexually explicit comments continued, and Rosney then set up a meeting for Tuesday, June 5, according to records. Police have not revealed where that meeting was to take place.
According to the deposition, Rosney’s messages were sent from his private computer.
Seeing a trusted member of the local police can be a shock to the system, and the community of Troy is currently struggling with trust issues involving individuals in authoritarian positions. There has been the famous voter fraud case, a recent plan in which police officers would be given the power to enter a vehicle if they identify valuable items, and several shootings which have people questioning the power of the police force to provide a reasonable level of safety.
Obviously, Rosney’s actions do not represent the whole of the police unit. But they are concerning nonetheless.
For a city struggling to find comfort, this adds more apprehension to an already nervous public.
Via the Washington Examiner:
So, Obama ups the unemployment rate over 8%, watches 88 million people drop out of the workforce, and sits back as the votes roll in because those people no longer have to work to earn their money?
I’ve been wrong all along. Obama is a genius.
Alternate headline: Congressional Budget Office Gets All Racist on President Obama.
‘Cause, you know, it’s racist to call him the Food Stamp President…
Via the Wall Street Journal:
The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014.Spending for the program, not including administrative costs, rose to $72 billion in 2011, up from $30 billion four years earlier. The CBO projected that one in seven U.S. residents received food stamps last year.In a report, the CBO said roughly two-thirds of jump in spending was tied to an increase in the number of people participating in the program, which provides access to food for the poor, elderly, and disabled. It said another 20% “of the growth in spending can be attributed to temporarily higher benefit amounts enacted in the” 2009 stimulus law.