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Evacuees Line Up For Debit Cards In Houston
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Posted on 09/08/2005 1:55:51 PM PDT by NormB

Edited on 09/08/2005 2:07:09 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

Hundreds of survivors of Hurricane Katrina lined up Thursday outside the Reliant Center in Houston in hopes of getting $2,000 government debit cards, but there's confusion about who can get the cards and when.


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KEYWORDS: evacuees; gummintgiveaways; katrina; loot; looters; looting; plasma; reperations; scum; tv; welfare
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Plasma tv....FREE
A case of beer.....FREE
Ashopping cart full of clothes, rolex watches, diapers....FREE
$2,000 Debit card....FREE
Having the Government take care of you? Priceless! (assuming you don't pay taxes)
1 posted on 09/08/2005 1:55:53 PM PDT by NormB
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To: NormB

All that practice in voting multiple times will really pay off here.


2 posted on 09/08/2005 1:57:06 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" -- but there is no peace. - Patrick Henry)
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To: NormB
I understand the need for getting these folks Emergency cash...but $2000 seems like a lot at one time....Why $2000 and not $250 or $500 no and more next week..
3 posted on 09/08/2005 1:57:55 PM PDT by conservativehusker (GO BIG RED!!!!)
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To: NormB

I have one question. Since these cards have no name on them, what do you think is going to happen? I think you will see a lot of killing over these. At the very least a lot of robberies and assaults.


5 posted on 09/08/2005 1:59:24 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: conservativehusker

It is also my understanding, Red Cross is going to begin handing out 1500.00 debt cards to evacuee's.


6 posted on 09/08/2005 1:59:48 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore)
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To: NormB

I thought the Red Cross was providing these debit cards. Is the money coming from them or the government?


7 posted on 09/08/2005 1:59:53 PM PDT by greenthumb
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To: NormB
How many of these will end up in the hands of Non-Katrina victims??? I'm sure this will be a hot ticket for a lot of long time residents of Houston.
8 posted on 09/08/2005 2:00:06 PM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: NormB

I hope to GOD that they have a way to (electronically)keep track of what they actually buy. It would be very interesting to see how our money is spent.


9 posted on 09/08/2005 2:00:16 PM PDT by The Worthless Miracle
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To: NormB
LOL! I had a big throw down just the other day with a well known FReeper. I'm a liberal because I don't take advantage of FEMA's generosity. Heck, I'll take a $2000 debit card any time, beats the heck out of driving to OKC and applying for a loan......oh wait, that wasn't an option. I guess debit cards are just for city dwellers.
10 posted on 09/08/2005 2:00:51 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Peace through Stupidity. NRA)
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To: satchmodog9
Since these cards have no name on them,

Haven't seen that. Are you sure?

11 posted on 09/08/2005 2:01:13 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: NormB

From what I read earlier, this is very loose usage of the term "line up".


13 posted on 09/08/2005 2:03:14 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: satchmodog9

I think you will see a lot of killing over these. At the very least a lot of robberies and assaults.

maybe not. you cannot buy cigarettes nor booze with the cards.

Well,wait, maybe you are right. There might be assaults on the government for not allowing them to buy these life sustaning vital essentials.


14 posted on 09/08/2005 2:03:43 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
They are talking about it on the radio right now. Ron Magers from WLS tv in Chicago was voicing his concern on a radio talk show. If the MSM says it it must be true. I wouldn't doubt the government doing something moronic.
15 posted on 09/08/2005 2:03:48 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: NormB
Yes, but what will they do next week, when that $2000 doesn't last?

I think we've seen that a lot of people who have lived their lives as dependents of the government do not have much ability to plan for the future.

16 posted on 09/08/2005 2:03:59 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: 2banana

Oh, and the funny part here is them lining up to get the debit cards.
Holy Sh@T we should have just offered the b@stards a $2000 gift card to evacuate in the first place, then they would have lined up to leave!!!!!!!!!!


17 posted on 09/08/2005 2:04:01 PM PDT by NormB (Yes, but watch your cookies!!)
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To: NormB

You know, I could maybe see getting food stamps and perhaps vouchers for specific items, but $2,000 debit cards? Do we just have money to burn?


18 posted on 09/08/2005 2:05:10 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (The repenting soul is the victorious soul)
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To: NormB
let the fleecing begin!
19 posted on 09/08/2005 2:05:17 PM PDT by martinidon (Bush won sKerry lost and Soro's is out millions for nothing!)
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To: The Worthless Miracle
It would be very interesting to see how our money is spent.

That would be intruding on their right to privacy and to screw the Government!

20 posted on 09/08/2005 2:05:44 PM PDT by NormB (Yes, but watch your cookies!!)
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To: rineaux

Smokes and Malt Liquor are not the issue. It is money and that makes it desirous to the miscreants.


21 posted on 09/08/2005 2:05:55 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: NormB

The government cards can only be used for food, clothes etc., or so I heard...


22 posted on 09/08/2005 2:05:58 PM PDT by eureka! (Hey Lefties: Only 3 and 1/4 more years of W. Hehehehe....)
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To: NormB

The sharpest crapshooters and card players in the bunch are gonna be millionaires before Sunup! 90% of them will be broke, hungry, and bitching, and moaning, before next fookin week!


23 posted on 09/08/2005 2:06:25 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (LET ME DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP, ALEX KOZINSKI FOR SCOTUS)
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To: satchmodog9

...and that just among the bureaucrats that get the boxes of cards to distribute.


24 posted on 09/08/2005 2:08:05 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: NormB
I'm not going to begrudge these people a debit card. They are suppose to be used for what they need like bus passes to get where they need to go, gas money, clothes ect. Most of them did make it out with just what they were wearing, a family of four could easily run thru that just getting everyone some necessities starting from scratch.
25 posted on 09/08/2005 2:08:38 PM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: NormB

Similar cards already sell on Ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Travel-related-Mastercard-debit-card_W0QQitemZ6558760924QQcategoryZ1310QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


26 posted on 09/08/2005 2:08:41 PM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: Sleeping Freeper

How many of these will end up in the hands of Non-Katrina victims??? I'm sure this will be a hot ticket for a lot of long time residents of Houston.
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You have to also consider, Dallas, San Antonio, Baton Rouge, just about every place evacuee's were sent.

Some friends and I grilled a lot of food(a lot) at the Reunion Arena on Sunday. I can tell you there were people coming through the line who did NOT have braclets on. I don't mind them eating but I do mind them taking money.


27 posted on 09/08/2005 2:09:22 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore)
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To: rineaux
"maybe not. you cannot buy cigarettes nor booze with the cards"
Are you kidding me! Want to know how many mom and pop convenience stores will sell you anything for the money! You may not be able to buy cigarettes or booze at Kroger, ALbertsons, or Safeway but most of these people have no intention of shopping for groceries!
28 posted on 09/08/2005 2:09:26 PM PDT by martinidon (Bush won sKerry lost and Soro's is out millions for nothing!)
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To: conservativehusker
I understand the need for getting these folks Emergency cash...but $2000 seems like a lot at one time....Why $2000 and not $250 or $500 no and more next week..

Because that money can give them a chance to put a deposit on an apartment .. some furniture and some cloths

Whether that is what they use it for in another story

29 posted on 09/08/2005 2:09:41 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: eureka!
The government cards can only be used for food, clothes etc., or so I heard...

It works like this....I'll give you $250-$500 cash for that card, right now. Think of how shysters and "bidness" men can scam this.....

31 posted on 09/08/2005 2:10:27 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Peace through Stupidity. NRA)
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To: atomicpossum

Next week they simply demand (and probably get) another card.


32 posted on 09/08/2005 2:11:43 PM PDT by isrul
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To: martinidon

but most of these people have no intention of shopping for groceries!

no argument from me about that.


33 posted on 09/08/2005 2:12:17 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore)
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To: NormB
Evacuees Line Up For Debit Cards In Houston

A little money and ((( poof ))) you go from being a "refugee" to an "evacuee"

34 posted on 09/08/2005 2:12:17 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: NormB

I wish that weren't true,....but sadly it IS!


35 posted on 09/08/2005 2:13:01 PM PDT by Muzzle_em (I'm an island awash in a sea of stupidity)
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To: nicmarlo

Ping to some laughs!


36 posted on 09/08/2005 2:13:23 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: eureka!

I thought I read they can be used at any atm machine.


37 posted on 09/08/2005 2:13:42 PM PDT by Muzzle_em (I'm an island awash in a sea of stupidity)
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To: NormB


I am sure a good number of them are well trained in lining up for Government Handouts.


38 posted on 09/08/2005 2:14:11 PM PDT by msnimje (CNN - Constant Negative Nonsense)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

LOL!
Man, it will be the hangover that will be felt around the world!!!


39 posted on 09/08/2005 2:14:51 PM PDT by NormB (Yes, but watch your cookies!!)
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To: All

Hint: Tone it down or this thread will be pulled also


40 posted on 09/08/2005 2:15:44 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: NormB

LOL, wouda been cheaper too!


41 posted on 09/08/2005 2:17:05 PM PDT by AmericanDave (God bless .......and MORE COWBELL)
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To: AmericanDave

All right! Comic books away and flashlights off. Mom is going to lose it!


42 posted on 09/08/2005 2:18:40 PM PDT by NormB (Yes, but watch your cookies!!)
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To: NormB
This is my prediction.

Within a week, the debit card program will end up being exposed a poorly run government program that is fraught with scandal. The blame will be put on the Bush administration for the poor controls used. TV will show the grinning faces of recently moved NO looters (and non-NO looters) with their shopping baskets brimming. Many of these folks will have several cards in their possession.

I don't mean to be sarcastic, but the way this whole thing (rescue) has been spun so far, it's almost a sure bet.
43 posted on 09/08/2005 2:18:52 PM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

You know, I could maybe see getting food stamps and perhaps vouchers for specific items, but $2,000 debit cards? Do we just have money to burn

who said those that did get these already would not get them? they have set up lines to address this in Astrodome.

The 2000.00 is on top of what they get from welfare. You have to add 1500.00 from Red Cross (debt cards) too.

See, there is a pot at the end of a rainbow.


44 posted on 09/08/2005 2:18:54 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore)
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To: NormB
This is just a thought...but are these cards just for the Folks in Astrodome..what about the folks who Hi tailed it out when they should have...I know its Cold to suggest this but aren't we "Rewarding" bad behavior...IE. I didn't leave when I should have...the Government will take care of me..

I'll probably be labeled a bad person..but Unregulated cash seems to indulging..and positively reinforcing non helpful behavior..
45 posted on 09/08/2005 2:19:32 PM PDT by conservativehusker (GO BIG RED!!!!)
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To: satchmodog9

of course, I agree.


46 posted on 09/08/2005 2:20:29 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore)
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To: ScreamingFist

Re#31 Understood. Like welfare stamps. Bear in mind, however, that the vast majority of users are legit and not players...


47 posted on 09/08/2005 2:20:45 PM PDT by eureka! (Hey Lefties: Only 3 and 1/4 more years of W. Hehehehe....)
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To: Muzzle_em

Re#37 I think those were the Red Cross debit cards. I guess we'll find out...


48 posted on 09/08/2005 2:21:31 PM PDT by eureka! (Hey Lefties: Only 3 and 1/4 more years of W. Hehehehe....)
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To: NormB

These cards were given out by the Red Cross- amounts varied from 600 to 1500 IIRC, depending on the number of dependents.
People had to have pre registered to get cards and that caused a lot of confusion.
Volunteers were passing out water to those waiting, plus bottles full of juice to those with babies.
FEMA will be giving out separate 2K debit cards.


49 posted on 09/08/2005 2:21:35 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: conservativehusker

Yeah, it is really a shame. THey probably could have gone to the conventioncenter and told them via bull-horn, "whoever behaves themselves will get a $2000 debit card." and all the bad stuff would have never happened.


50 posted on 09/08/2005 2:21:43 PM PDT by NormB (Yes, but watch your cookies!!)
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