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Henrietta Hughes says she's not milking the system
winknews.com ^ | Feb 13, 2009 | Nick Spinetto

Posted on 02/14/2009 11:38:08 AM PST by shielagolden

Henrietta Hughes says she's not milking the system

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - A woman making national headlines after a tearful moment with President Obama has a new home.

Thursday morning, Chene Thompson handed Henrietta Hughes the keys to her home in Hendry County. Thompson is the wife of State Representative Nick Thompson (R-District 73). Hughes and her son will live at the home rent free.

At President Obama's town hall meeting in Fort Myers on Tuesday, Henrietta Hughes stood up and told the President she has been homeless since 2003 and can't find a job.

She also says she's reach a dead end with government assistance and none of the local charity agencies will help.

However, a local organization is coming forward saying Hughes isn't being honest about how much help she's had in the past.

The director of We Care Outreach Ministry, Tanya Johnson, says just last month she offered Henrietta Hughes permanent housing and a place to stay free for three months, but Hughes refused.

"We would have allowed her to stay for the first 90 days, no income. You know free," said Tanya Johnson.

We Care Outreach Ministry is a faith based organization in Fort Myers.

Johnson says she also gave Henrietta and her son Corey, money, food and offered Corey job training courses, but it was refused.

"We have extended a lot of her services to her," Johnson said.

But Henrietta Hughes says these services weren't free and the apartment in East Fort Myers came with a price tag.

Hughes says Tanya Johnson wanted $400 a month immediately.

The disability check Hughes gets is a little more than $800 a month.

Hughes owes money on a loan, has her car insurance payment, a monthly storage bill and says she couldn't afford the rent.

"Where was I going to get $400 a month to give her if I got these expenses," Hughes told WINK News.

WINK News Reporter Nick Spinetto went back to talk to Tanya Johnson. She stands by her story.

Henrietta Hughes says she's never taken advantage of the system and doesn't choose to be homeless. Like other programs she's tried to get help from,she says We Care couldn't meet her needs.

State Representative Nick Thompson and his wife Chene are standing by the Henrietta and her son, Corey. They spoke out against the allegations Henrietta is milking the system, even when confronted with the fact WINK News found out the Hughes' sold property, back in 2005. This is after Henrietta and her son lost thier home in 2003 and started living in their car. Henrietta and her son sold the land for $47,000 dollars. But Chene Thompson says that was all the money they had for several years and it's gone.

"They have nothing today. They need help today. They didn't need help in 2005. They need help today. So whether they had $47,000 or $147,000 in 2005, it doesn't matter. They don't have any money today," she said.

The Thompson's say they are sad Henrietta has to defend herself against these allegations and they will continue to help her. They also hope it doesn't deter other people from helping.


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1 posted on 02/14/2009 11:38:08 AM PST by shielagolden
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To: shielagolden

video
http://www.winknews.com/news/local/39518252.html


2 posted on 02/14/2009 11:38:23 AM PST by shielagolden
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To: shielagolden

Ever notice how many of these “victims” that show up at ‘RAT extravaganzas turn out to be freeloaders?


3 posted on 02/14/2009 11:39:49 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Have You Punched A Democrat Today? - Do it for the children.)
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To: shielagolden
Neither was Bernie Madoff.
4 posted on 02/14/2009 11:39:57 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (The Stimulus Package: Preamble to the Democrat's new Declaration of In Dependence)
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To: shielagolden

You know what? I weigh about 360 lbs., but I “claim” I’m not fat. Anyone can claim anything, it doesn’t make it so...


5 posted on 02/14/2009 11:40:26 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering." Barry Goldwater)
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To: shielagolden

I think there’s more to this story than we are hearing-
“disability check Hughes gets is a little more than $800 a month”
I’d be interested in know what her disability is, how did she get it and if it would prevent her from getting a job. Also-the $400 “gap” what about her son, does he work? if no, why not?


6 posted on 02/14/2009 11:42:18 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: shielagolden

I saw this woman and Chene Thompson interviewed on Fox the other morning. This woman and her son left New York, drove to Florida, and then was outraged to find out they couldn’t get a free apartment the same day they rolled into town.


7 posted on 02/14/2009 11:43:11 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Yo-Yo

Of course she’s a Professional Victim. Too many like that under Obama and likely to increase in numbers.


8 posted on 02/14/2009 11:45:01 AM PST by deannadurbin
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To: shielagolden
Thursday morning, Chene Thompson handed Henrietta Hughes the keys to her home in Hendry County. Thompson is the wife of State Representative Nick Thompson (R-District 73). Hughes and her son will live at the home rent free.

Hughes says Tanya Johnson wanted $400 a month immediately.

The disability check Hughes gets is a little more than $800 a month.

"Where was I going to get $400 a month to give her if I got these expenses," Hughes told WINK News.

Maybe by not allowing your son to freeload off of you, or US, rather??

9 posted on 02/14/2009 11:46:31 AM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: shielagolden

This whole episode may prove to be a blessing in disguise, since from here on out, it won’t be possible for Obama to engage in one of these Oprafied “town hall” events without some dingelheimer asking him directly for something he won’t be able to deliver.


10 posted on 02/14/2009 11:46:56 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (I look at the state of Congress and think, "there must be a pony somewhere!")
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To: shielagolden

Henrietta Hughes says she’s not milking the system

Right! and I have ocean front land in Kansas to sell you.


11 posted on 02/14/2009 11:47:04 AM PST by bikerman
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To: shielagolden

Henrietta Hughes says she’s not milking the system

Hi de hi de hi de ho
Hi de hi de hi de hey
Henriette the mooche’s
big a pay day


12 posted on 02/14/2009 11:47:16 AM PST by Bertha Fanation
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To: mrmargaritaville

The Thompson’s will live to regret the day they let the Hughes into their house.


13 posted on 02/14/2009 11:47:47 AM PST by Sir Clancelot
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To: All; FlingWingFlyer
Memo to all FReepers

The terms "freeloader", "bum", "wino", "hobo" and "welfare queen" will no longer be used. They have been replaced with "Underhoused, non-employment-seeking fermented beverage consumers." Please make a note of it.

14 posted on 02/14/2009 11:47:55 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering." Barry Goldwater)
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To: Yo-Yo
I just got back from California this week. While in a grocery store a "lady" was talking on her cell phone to her husband. The following is an exact quote, "The welfare (California Welfare Dept) is sending out IOUs! I bet you wish you had kept your job now."
15 posted on 02/14/2009 11:48:44 AM PST by cpdiii (roughneck, oilfield trash and proud of it, geologist, pilot, pharmacist, iconoclast.)
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To: shielagolden
The disability check Hughes gets is a little more than $800 a month. Hughes owes money on a loan, has her car insurance payment, a monthly storage bill and says she couldn't afford the rent. "Where was I going to get $400 a month to give her if I got these expenses," Hughes told WINK News.

This is a perfect illustration of the common fact that many "poor" people are there due purely to their own stupidity. This wretched excuse for a human being is no victim, she's a parasite. Like the skank who turned down MRE's after Katrina becasue she was too good to eat what our soldiers eat, this slagheap is one of the exotic mutants grown in the hothouse of the welfare state.

I hope her idiot benefactor is suitably disappointed by the ingrate's attitude.

16 posted on 02/14/2009 11:48:46 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL


17 posted on 02/14/2009 11:50:06 AM PST by deannadurbin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Gotcha! LOL!

I would like a waiver to continue to use War on Terror though.

18 posted on 02/14/2009 11:50:12 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Have You Punched A Democrat Today? - Do it for the children.)
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To: shielagolden
The Thompson's say they are sad Henrietta has to defend herself against these allegations and they will continue to help her

These a-holes are "Henrietta's" lawful prey. At least it is their own money and not tax dollars going down the sh*tter.

19 posted on 02/14/2009 11:51:34 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: shielagolden

Bullshit publicity stunt to make “THE ONE” look good. Notice they did not give her the house they let her stay in it rent free. After this story calms down they will rent her a nice motel room for a couple months and cut her loose. The press won’t report it and every one will sing “THE ONES” praises.


20 posted on 02/14/2009 11:51:36 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I hope her idiot benefactor is suitably disappointed by the ingrate’s attitude.

just wait till the benefactor starts getting calls that the gas, power and water bills are due and what is she gonna do about it..

this “lady” will milk the system for everything its got IMHO..


21 posted on 02/14/2009 11:52:09 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A democrat will break your leg, then hand you a crutch and take credit for your being able to walk.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

I hope he gets so bombarded by these victims that he has to run from room holding his ears, because they give disabled and true needy people a bad name. These people had $47000+ in 2005 from a lot sale, and they couldn’t buy a trailer or some other paid for place to live in Florida, even an RV would have given them a home and the rents by month in some RV parks in southern states are reasonable.?? Unreal..


22 posted on 02/14/2009 11:52:29 AM PST by Kackikat (.It's NOT over until it's over and it's NOT over yet....The Trumpet will sound....)
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To: hinckley buzzard

She and her son cleard $47,000 in equity from their home SALE in 2005. With that money between the two of them they could have started a business and NOT mooched off public assistance.


23 posted on 02/14/2009 11:52:36 AM PST by deannadurbin
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My wallet bleeds for her.


24 posted on 02/14/2009 11:53:05 AM PST by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: Yo-Yo

When the Fox news person asked her how long she had been homeless, she answered, “ January 18th, we left New York and stopped in PA for a while then came down here.” We got a loan and couldn’t pay it because of the high interest.”

I would like to know how she got a ticket for the front row in an Obama town meeting. She was dressed pretty nicely for a homeless person. This is a scam.


25 posted on 02/14/2009 11:54:20 AM PST by Toespi
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To: FlingWingFlyer

All she needs now is 8 more kids.


26 posted on 02/14/2009 11:54:24 AM PST by nufsed
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To: Kackikat

Real estate at $47,000 and below in DFW:
http://dallas.craigslist.org/search/rea?query=&minAsk=0&maxAsk=47000&bedrooms=2


27 posted on 02/14/2009 11:55:52 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering." Barry Goldwater)
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To: Toespi
We got a loan and couldn’t pay it because of the high interest.

There is so much in that one sentence, I don't even know where to begin.

28 posted on 02/14/2009 11:56:01 AM PST by tsmith130
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To: shielagolden

Did the porkulus bill change the welfare eligibility regulations? I’d hate to see these folks rail roaded into working for a living.


29 posted on 02/14/2009 11:56:04 AM PST by nufsed
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To: deannadurbin

silly person, having their own business would mean they’d have to get up and go to work in the morning, work all day, probably into the night, day after day..she doesn’t strike me as having much get up and go..


30 posted on 02/14/2009 11:57:39 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A democrat will break your leg, then hand you a crutch and take credit for your being able to walk.)
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To: shielagolden

“... Hughes and her son will live at the home rent free.”

Reparations 101


31 posted on 02/14/2009 11:59:15 AM PST by duckman (Jesus I trust in You. Mary take over)
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To: Sir Clancelot
The Thompson’s will live to regret the day they let the Hughes into their house.

Heh heh, just wait till the rest of the fambly shows up...inlaws, outlaws, cousins and uncles, a few longlost chirren by various daddys.

32 posted on 02/14/2009 12:01:10 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Yo-Yo
I saw that interview. You forgot that she said they had borrowed money at a high interestrate to make the move from NY to Fl. and that she and her son expected to get jobs as soon as they got to Fl.

Wanna bet neither one even looked for a job? I bet their first move was to find out where they could get free hand outs and mooch on the tax payer.

33 posted on 02/14/2009 12:01:43 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: shielagolden

Milkin’ the system? Oh hell no. She be eatin’ the whole damned cow!


34 posted on 02/14/2009 12:05:25 PM PST by Enterprise (A Representative Republic - gone now. Foolish people.)
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To: Toespi
She was dressed pretty nicely for a homeless person. This is a scam.

Recently arrived from New York. With 800 a month free and clear, and New York welfare, she was probably doing just fine for herself. Wonder why she left that land of milk and honey.

35 posted on 02/14/2009 12:06:09 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: MozarkDawg

She gets $800 a month?? How is she homeless? I lived in Florida near the beach for $150 a week during the winter, with a KITCHENETTE!

Bullcrap.


36 posted on 02/14/2009 12:06:19 PM PST by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristopherson)
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To: Kackikat

They did not relocate from NY to Fla until Jan. 18, 2009. They probably ran out of scams they could pull in NY and needed fresh mooching grounds.


37 posted on 02/14/2009 12:07:59 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: shielagolden
The disability check Hughes gets is a little more than $800 a month.

Hughes owes money on a loan, has her car insurance payment, a monthly storage bill and says she couldn't afford the rent.


I apologize if this is a dumb question, but where are her disability check and storage bill being mailed to if she has been homeless since 2003?
38 posted on 02/14/2009 12:08:32 PM PST by LostInBayport (When more than 98% of the Republicans on Capitol Hill vote against a bill, it is not bipartisan.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
..she doesn’t strike me as having much get up and go..

Looks can be deceiving. True professional welfare recipients will tell you proudly their way of life is a full time job.

39 posted on 02/14/2009 12:08:44 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Toespi

Being from PA, I am pleased to see she didn’t stay here but continued south until she reached Florida.

Which gives me an idea for some infrastructure stimulus. What about a 90 mile bridge to Cuba? With only a southbound lane, of course. All these morons can drive right down I-95 past Key West and right on to Havana, which has been declared almost heaven by Michael Moore and the left wingers. In fact, I’ll bet that if that is built, we could get people to give donations to the southernmost gas station in Key West to provide a free tank of gas to make sure they make it to Cuba.


40 posted on 02/14/2009 12:11:01 PM PST by Sir Clancelot
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To: Toespi
I would like to know how she got a ticket for the front row in an Obama town meeting.

Just think ACORN

41 posted on 02/14/2009 12:11:04 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: shielagolden

Did they help the guy get more benefits from McDonald’s too?


42 posted on 02/14/2009 12:15:38 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (We're mad, but when do we get REALLY mad?)
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To: shielagolden

Another welfare scammer.

These are the types who will get the government largesse from the Obama Stimulus Package.


43 posted on 02/14/2009 12:18:09 PM PST by Palladin ("...the one with the big ears--he AIN'T my President!"...Etta James)
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To: PistolPaknMama

The whole crowd at that 0 fest were some kind of looser or another. What about the guy who got laid off from a $3K per month job and was only getting $1K per month in unemployment but wanted it to be $3K just like the job he was laid off from.


44 posted on 02/14/2009 12:20:40 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I don’t understand the Republican Rep and his wife being taken in by this scam.


45 posted on 02/14/2009 12:31:03 PM PST by Kackikat (.It's NOT over until it's over and it's NOT over yet....The Trumpet will sound....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There are houses on www.realtor.com about the same amount..in many areas of country....OH well.


46 posted on 02/14/2009 12:34:28 PM PST by Kackikat (.It's NOT over until it's over and it's NOT over yet....The Trumpet will sound....)
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To: Red_Devil 232

It also makes you wonder if she was a plant, by looking at timeline. Wonder how they lived in NYC, or if there is connection to dems who needed someone to appeal to O at the meeting?? She turned down a ministry in Fla who offered to help her. It’s suspicious to me.


47 posted on 02/14/2009 12:36:33 PM PST by Kackikat (.It's NOT over until it's over and it's NOT over yet....The Trumpet will sound....)
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To: Red_Devil 232

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/11/a-henrietta-hughes-flashback/

It appears the economic downturn is NOT the reason Henrietta and Corey Hughes are having problems, as Michelle Malkin’s article shows otherwise. I suspect mental illness, because it would explain a lot of why he has trouble holding a job.


48 posted on 02/14/2009 12:43:28 PM PST by Kackikat (.It's NOT over until it's over and it's NOT over yet....The Trumpet will sound....)
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To: Kackikat
I hope he gets so bombarded by these victims that he has to run from room holding his ears, because they give disabled and true needy people a bad name.

You hit the nail on the head. People will be both personally and governmentally compassionate for those truly in need and that is why Hughes and her son, as more and more facts come out, are becoming the poster childs for the dysfunctional welfare state.

49 posted on 02/14/2009 12:51:17 PM PST by torchthemummy (If You Still Have A TV Subscription You Are Funding The Socialist Takeover!)
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To: shielagolden

Let’s see... Is Henrietta and/or her son going to declare the $8,000 “gift” of free residential living (whatever the value is) on their “income taxes”?

Will the woman and her State Representative Husband declare this as “charitable giving” on their income taxes, getting a break from Uncle Sam?

Will Timothy Geithner claim these two as “dependents” in his late filing of taxes next year?

Just wondering.


50 posted on 02/14/2009 12:53:35 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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