Skip to comments.Feds Raid Million Dollar Home of Welfare Recipient in Washington State
Posted on 12/05/2011 10:01:30 AM PST by thefoundersrock
Residents of a wealthy lakefront community near Seattle are surprised to learn that one of their neighbors, who has lived in a $1.2 million home for the last 8 years, is the recipient of more that $1,200 a month in public housing vouchers, federal and state disability, and food stamps.
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I’d vote for the candidate promising Welfare Reform.
But there ain’t one.
So this sorta stuff just goes on and on and on....
$1,200/month, or $300/week - just isn’t that much.
Consider, he had a business and likely had his business buy his home. That isn’t unusual, then the business ‘rents’ the home to the business owner for $1/yr. This is perfectly legal. Perhaps the home was fully owned by the business; but thanks to the Obama Recession we now enjoy, the business goes bankrupt.
We have the business owner, now without a business; living in a home he earned and paid for; and is living on welfare. So, now we are faced with a quandry - do we expect every unemployed welfare recipient to sell their home before we give him Welfare? Or, do we only get to pick on those people who were once successful before their business failed?
I sincerely doubt he’s happy living on $300/week (food, utilities, gas, insurance, car repairs, ect); when he was likely having disposable income that is several orders of magnitude greater.
Somewhere in Kirkland maybe?
Note to self - read the story .... ugh!
Cheats are cheats, throw the book at them.
But, not everyone who is getting welfare is a bum ...
“do we expect every unemployed welfare recipient to sell their home before we give him Welfare?”
If it’s a million dollar home - I would say yes, we do.
Welfare should be only for those who have no other recourse - widows and orphans, as the bible says.
A better question would be should someone who works the b_tt off to make ends meet be forced to subsidize someone who’s living in a million dollar home on the water?
Not even government money grows on trees - that money comes out of working people’s pockets (both present and future.)
Why is he being unfairly picked on? Obviously, he’s one of the 99%.
Nice. But if we want to eliminate far more common (but high taxpayer-expense) welfare cheats I’d suggest the feds work up the courage to not just invade mansions in cushy neighborhoods, but focus on the ghettos too, where there is no shortage of fraud being aided & abetted by guilty white liberal “social”(ist) workers.
It seems like the majority of “repamarations” welfare animals drive down to the local luxury grocery store in their Cadillac Escalades (handicapped parked spot of course) to purchase filet mignon and — of course — mac & cheese at our expense and then hurry back to plop their fat asses on the couch to watch Oprah on the 60-inch plasma TV.
If that’s “poverty”, I gotta get me some because it sure beats the hell out of working....
This dude took lavish trips to foreign places, I highly doubt he was able to afford them on $300/week buddy.
I guess this is part of the millionaire tax Obama keeps talking about.
I guess I disagree with you on this.
The man who was once successful, and built a company; and is now bankrupt, at one time contributed heavily to our tax burden. I would say that his contribution is typically going to be far greater than his load on the system. Making him sell his home, and start from utter bankrupcy and no home is an unfair burden.
Now, compare this to the bum who has no intention of ever getting a job, and has been on welfare his entire life. The bum is starting off with a substancial advantage, never having tried, he hasn’t filed for bankrucy; and he gets to keep his home.
Whereas, I believe, the man that tried and failed once, is likely to attempt to try again - and perhaps this time he will be successful on a longer term.
BTW, welfare was once considered a loan, not a gift, hence the stories (in NYC, at least) of welfare recipients hitting the State lottery and having to fork over all their winnings. Only to be back on welfare.
In Idaho, a family of 3 can expect food stamps amounting to $900/month! My wife and I are spending close to a third of that much, and we eat pretty well. I can't imagine spending $900/month on food. And we are talking about Mom, Dad and a 2 yr old.
You can’t even say “unbelievable” because it’s very, very believable.
King 5 says that records show that the cheats have truthfully provided their address when applying for benefits. In addition to a lavish residence, court records indicate that the couple gives money to charity and has traveled to Turkey, Tel Aviv and several resort towns in Mexico.
It just shows what careful budgeting can do for a person.
It's always about growing government, getting seats on powerful committees in order to gain insider information for financial gain, and the promotion of your friends interests.
Who spends $30,000,000 to secure a job paying $160,000 per year? The answer is, Someone who must obtain by any means whatsoever, $29,840,000 in order to break even.
Then we have to do this across the board - to everyone.
Sometimes companies fail, sometimes it’s through mis-managment, sometimes through changes in laws, other times due to circumstances outside of the company’s direct control.
If we are going to force Peter to sell his home, then that same law should apply equally to everyone. If we are basing Welfare on CURRENT INCOME, then if you earned a home, and own some nice things; you can leverage what you own in order to re-start your business. Home ownership (and existing home values) will remain more static, and there is an incentive to build and grow.
However, if you punish the achievers more than the unachievers; you will not only quash busiensses, you will quash their motivation to try. If I don’t try, and stay on the Gov’t dole; I have nothing to lose. However, if I tried and my company fails, my punishment is greater than those who have never tried; why should I even try?
I submit that basing Welfare on your current income, is the fairest way to do this. This allows me a safe harbor if my business fails; but also allows me the opportunity to re-start my business after the ash has cleared; and isn’t the reason we are enjoying the current economy is due to Obama’s war on the small businesses?
How does he pay the taxes on a million dollar home with a welfare income?
So, how many days *did* this joker spend at Occupy Seattle?
Well, blackdog, guess this just proves that we have the best politicians money can buy! lol
Poof! It's all gone and nobody can find where it went.
i think that allowing the person with assets to retain their assets gives them more incentive to stay on the government dole. hey, he has his toys now, so why go back to working when the gov’t pays him to do nothing?
but it’s the across the board thing that is more my intent, if we make welfare unattractive- like i said, take away the incentive to have the gov’t pay for everything- people will try harder to get off it.
also, so here’s a scenario for you. if you want it based solely on income, then the unemployed guy who won a couple million dollars in the lottery should be allowed to keep his food stamps, since lotto winnings are not considered income, correct?
Even better why should someone who "works the b_tt off to make ends meet be forced to subsidize someone" whos done nothing but make repeated bad life decisions? Why should you or I be FORCED to pay for someone else's children?
Not necessarily, depending upon how he collects, it will be far from zero. If he gets a lump sum, then this year his income is $'x' Million, if he chose over time, then it's a yearly income. Then, there are income from interest or investements that he will receive. Now, if he's a tard and blows it all in one year; he will be on the dole from the next year forward. You just can't fix "stupid".
Yeah. Something large is missing from this story.
“King 5 says that records show that the cheats have truthfully provided their address when applying for benefits.”
Sounds like the Feds should raid the welfare office instead.
He’s a chiropractor on the south side of Seattle. He has his business right next to the Kollel in Seward Park not far from the Sephardic synagogue down the street.
I was wondering that too (grew up there), but the PI source article says it’s in Seattle, right across from the south end of Mercer Island.
And his house is in the Dunlap neighborhood a little further south on Island Dr. South. north of Cloverdale Street.
If I spent $900 a month on food, I'd not be cooking much of it myself.
My family is in the $400-ish/month range. We use coupons and shop the sales, but we don't skimp, either.
Looking forward to grilled chops and baked potatoes tonight. MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm.
I’ve related this before, but it sure is apropos here...
I was talking with my libinlaw about what Sowell had to say about welfare fraud.
Sowell said that the left couldn’t care less about fraud and that their primary goal is that everyone who needs welfare gets it.
She vehemently denied that liberals don’t care about fraud.. [2 second pause] ... “but it’s more important that anyone that needs help gets it”.
Me: “That’s what I said.”
She: “um... let me think about it a minute... it just sounded mean when you said it.”
This happens in every city, county, burrough, precinct and ward in this country. Half of the citizens (and non-) are doing this at some level. It will only stop when our economy completely collapses - it will.
If you come over from Mercer Island on I-90 just take the Rainier Ave. S. exit and head south. Go all the way down S. Henderson Street and go east until you hit Seward Park Ave. S. Go north from there until you get to S. Cloverdale Street and head east. At the end of it you’ll run into Island Drive South. Turn left and go north. It’s about the ninth house on the right.
His chiropractic business is further north at Wilson Ave. S. and 52nd Ave. S. where that triangle-shaped parking lot is located.
well, state of michigan had no problem letting this guy keep his food stamps...
“State Department of Human Services spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau said under federal guidelines, if a person receives a lump-sum payment, the winnings are not counted as income.”
i was intending to question whether you thought it was right.
No actually I hadn’t seen that before. Just wonderful - a glimpse into the entitlement mindset.
that's about it in a nutshell.
My mom (even more converative than me) worked for various social agencies for 10 or 15 years. Her most common complaint was that the people running the show didn't care about fraud because 1) They were too lazy to bother. 2) They didn't care who they gave money to, as long as it expanded their little empires (and it wasn't their money anyway). or 3) They had their hands in someone's pocket, as well.
Or, it was a combination of the three.
“Who spends $30,000,000 to secure a job paying $160,000 per year?”
Dianne Feinstein when she ran against Michael Huffington?
I’ll wager that the IRS looked at the guy’s lottery winnings as income and taxed him accordingly. Michigan state government must be filled with fools and idiots.
This story sounds like those powerball winners that qualify and get food-stamps.
And I gave up long ago trying to talk sense to my libtard brother.
Me: “I think everyone should pay the same percentage in taxes.”
Him: “Are you crazy!??! How can you expect someone who makes minimum wage to pay the same amount as a millionaire?!??!”
Me: “I said same percentage. Not “same amount”.
Him. Pissed off the rest of the day.
The Feinsteins’ recouped their ROI about one hour after the election. Same with Pelosi, Reid, and Boehner, albeit Boehner agreed to barter for tanning booth time and emotional counseling sessions on crying outbursts. The rest was monetary in nature.
“It will only stop when our economy completely collapses - it will.”
So true Gaffer, and so unfortunate. Every single person in this country could come up with a sob story, my husband and I both have ours - but some of us never got the notion in our heads that that is somebody else’s problem. Some of us were raised to think that you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and do the best you can with what you have. That used to be called the American Dream.
And some will never realize that there is a tipping point until it’s too late.
If the stinking govt would quit robbing the producers at gunpoint and handing out the proceeds crap like this would never happen.