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Getting 'stuff' from the government -- even though I have a job (Galt's gultch
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Posted on 11/08/2012 12:38:26 PM PST by Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey

Anybody have ideas of how to receive as much from the government, even though one has a nice, middle income with a job? Programs, websites, forms that I can legally apply for?

... Would really like some of the action before it dries up ...

[Note: I am not in favor of this path, but I have to think of how we can starve the beast as fast as we can, before we are prepared to pick of the pieces to start over...]

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: benefits; government
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To: justice14
So you’d be ok with taking people’s hard earned money? Sorry I can’t help you, as it has never crossed my mind on ways to take people’s money.

If you're working, part of that was once your money too.

What's the difference between paying income taxes and social security taxes? A promise by a politician? The same ones who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution?

The arbitrary proclamations of a Congresscritter or bureaucrat as to who is eligible to get money back, when half the country isn't even contributing anymore and we're borrowing to make up the difference while inflating the currency, no longer carries a heckuva lot of moral weight with me.

I voted against the system being created, and I will continue to do so, but there's a gun pointed at my head if I try to operate outside of it. If I have to live within the system they created, then my first moral obligation is to myself and my family, and I'm now going to take every advantage which that system provides. Legally, of course.
21 posted on 11/08/2012 1:07:03 PM PST by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: clintonh8r

Yeah, register as a democrat, then call the local
a party office and tell them you want to volunteer to work for the Biden 2016 campaign

That way when you apply for disability based on mental disorder, you’ll have evidence

22 posted on 11/08/2012 1:09:42 PM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: GnL

U can get an Obama phone...landline or cell...regardless of income if u have an Indian card.

23 posted on 11/08/2012 1:09:52 PM PST by yellowdoghunter
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To: Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey
I was thinking a long these lines. I'd actually gone so far as thinking of getting a divorce (on paper only) and getting on the dole. (: Wouldn't do it but I have thought of it.

My former neighbor got divorced three years ago. She's completely nuts but college educated, no reason why she can't work. 3 kids. Gets a full boat of crap and even lives in a rental house her parents own and now collect Section 8 housing for...I saw her at back to school night for my daughter's high school. I had purchased one T-shirt for my daughter, she was standing there with the 3 she had purchased. Then she told me she gets $200 a week in food stamps and can't eat that much so she sells some of it back to her siblings.

24 posted on 11/08/2012 1:14:02 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: ravenwolf

The local food banks also list where u can get government hand outs. that is where the cheese comes from.. Here in San Diego the seniors get it in their monthly box.. It directs u to where kids get meals from the gov even on the week ends, also there are several places that give government food , tomorrow is one day in my area.. I go and get mine.. Have paid taxes for 55 years and dont feel a bit guilty.. Next Tuesday is the government senior box.. I get that as well..

25 posted on 11/08/2012 1:18:04 PM PST by JoanneSD
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To: JoanneSD

For later reading

26 posted on 11/08/2012 1:24:27 PM PST by aught-6
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To: chrisser

If you work for a staffing agency as a contractor you can get insurance even though it isn’t as good as some insurances out there.

27 posted on 11/08/2012 1:25:21 PM PST by she geek
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To: justice14

If he’s been a taxpayer paying in to the system all these years, then he’s really taking HIS hard-earned money back.

28 posted on 11/08/2012 1:25:36 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: justice14; Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey

Look at it as the conservative version of the Cloward/Priven strategy.

Overload the system and cause it to break down. Then you’re in a position to reform it.

My gut tells me to take the principled stand and refuse govt handouts (that are really just other people’s money), but when you do that you enable to current system to stay in place and slowly grow.

By overloading the welfare state, we can crash it. At least then we have a chance to reform it.

29 posted on 11/08/2012 1:32:26 PM PST by Brookhaven ( -
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To: Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey

Can we discuss the idea of getting divorced on paper a little more. We have no debt and we do have savings. The husband works in one of the few areas where there is currently money to be made. I stay home with our daughter. What benefits would I be able to get, would he have to pay child support if I didn’t ask for it, how should we do our estate planning taking this into account so that we would get hit hard by estate taxes? Are there other questions I should be asking on this topic?

30 posted on 11/08/2012 1:33:24 PM PST by she geek
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To: justice14
So you’d be ok with taking people’s hard earned money?

"taking people's hard earned money?" Lots of people like me have given the government plenty over the last 25 years. The government now tanks the economy on purpose, so it's their turn to take care of me for awhile. Only seems "fair" and you don't want big government being unfair do you?

31 posted on 11/08/2012 1:35:56 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey

My niece purchases hay from a guy for her horses. He is handicapped but she doesn’t know how, as he works his farm very easily. The other day she called him and he told her not to call on his regular cellphone, but to call on his GOVERNMENT PHONE because it was free. I told her to turn him in!

32 posted on 11/08/2012 1:39:18 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey

Listening to the pundits like George Stuffituphisass, the Caucasian race is now fair game. Apparently, the GOP is toast because it’s only for “old, white men”. As such, it’s time for the new minorityâ„¢ Caucasians to form a protective coalition much like the NAACP that will look out for whitey’s interests, sue for any perceived disparities and to make sure whitey gets his fair share. Then and only then will you get your freebies.

33 posted on 11/08/2012 1:56:32 PM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey

Perhaps going undercover and getting involved directly into the belly of the beast. Pretend to be a democrat volunteer, go to meetings, get involved WITH them to learn how to betray them. Be a spy.

Same with becoming a bureaucrat. Get into the system and then put the brakes on everything. selectively as to not hurt individual conservatives if possible. Make like an undercover agent.

The left has seminars to deal with conservative radio talk shows. We should take that idea and return the favor in every other opportunity. Go undercover, spy, gather intelligence to embarrass or expose illegality, sabotage with faux incompetence, fit right in but with the intent to destroy from within.

I don’t know, just throwing it out there.

34 posted on 11/08/2012 1:58:12 PM PST by Wildbill22
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To: Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey

A lot of us are thinking this today. It’s my understanding you can’t get any freebies if you have savings, decent cars and own a house. Though I’ve seen plenty with brand new nice cars.

35 posted on 11/08/2012 2:12:21 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey

maybe consider starving them with your tax return. Get a bigger refund.

36 posted on 11/08/2012 2:26:42 PM PST by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey

Cloward and Pivens the new banana republic? Sounds like a plan. We’ll probably hit the fiscal wall before your first ‘entitlement’ check is in the mail anyway.

37 posted on 11/08/2012 2:30:09 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: ravenwolf

38 posted on 11/08/2012 2:30:18 PM PST by dforest
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To: Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey
I don't know. What's the current record for one person with the most Obama phones? Last I heard it was 10. Try and beat it.
39 posted on 11/08/2012 2:33:26 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Rocky Mountain Wild Turkey

Here are a few available to our household.

1) Typically, the mortgage interest deduction is the single largest benefit available to middle class tax payers. We live in a 4 unit owner-occupied unit rental property, so we also get to depreciate 75% of the cost over 25 years. In addition, all our property taxes (14K a year) deductible. On a cash flow basis the rental income covers all of our housing expenses: mortgage, property taxes, insurance, & utilities - we live here for free, plus it reduces our overall Federal tax rate 7% *Huge* gift from the government, and from non-property owning taxpayers.

2) The biggest “subsidy” for lower income workers is the “Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC),

The max gross income / tax credit is 19,190 / 475 for a couple filing jointly
and 47,163 / 5,236 for joint filers with 2 or more dependent children. (Those are maximum crests, the actual credit depends on adjusted income).

(3) If you employer pays apart of you heath insurance, that’s another major subsidy - worth around $3.5K a year for us. Plus we fund a HCSA out of pre-tax income, that’s worth around $400.

4) If you don’t have a college degree, education at state funded second/third tier colleges is typically still relatively affordable and heavily tax-payer subsidized, substantially increases lifetime earnings, and dramatically reduces unemployment.

This can work for professional credentialing as well. It cost my wife (who already had a unrelated 4 year degree) around $1800 at a local community college to complete the classroom work required to sit for the CPA exam. She passed on the first try and her income was around 30,000/yr greater within two years. She’s got the CPA, and no subsequent employer has ever asked if she has an accounting/finance degree, or where she got it.

5) The Meta runs downtown from Evanston IL to the loop, where my wife’s office is located. A government program subsidizes purchase of her ticket (via her employer) to the tune of around $700 a year.

There are lots and lots of middle class subsidies around, if you look, but you have to *work* to to take advantage of them.


OTOH, most of the “free” stuff is either not available to the middle class, or not worth it.

6) SNAP (”Food Stamp’) max income is $1,640 for a family of two, and 2.498 for a family of four (actually the rules are a bit complicated, but this gives you an idea).

You can roughly determine SNAP eligibility here:

7) Medicaid (Free heath care) is generally available only to those 65 or older, or blind or disabled, and cannot afford to pay their medical bills.

8) CHIP programs providing reduced cost medical care for children under 18, but there are pretty stringent income requirements.

9) Low cost or free dental care is often available through dental schools - I eventually has to have all of mine replaced because it was done by a “C” student, but it lasted 15-20 years.

10) “Welfare”, as most people think of it, has not been available since “Welfare Reform), there are temporary assistance programs, but they have low income and asset limits, low benefit levels, and strict time limits.

8) If you want that “free phone”, that would be the:




programs, but the eligibility requirements exclude most middle-class and many working families.

9) What all the freebies have in common is that there is a *lot* of time and paperwork involved in getting and keeping them, including a lot of time spent dealing with overworked and sometimes unpleasant bureaucrats - I’ve been poor, and I’ve been “middle class”, and believe it to not, “being poor is one of the toughest jobs in America” - it wastes *huge* amount of time and energy just to stay afloat

40 posted on 11/08/2012 3:04:31 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas (million)
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