Skip to comments.Back to school spree: Billionaire, feds give out $175M to aid neediest students around the state
Posted on 08/12/2009 5:51:29 AM PDT by Abathar
A $200 back-to-school giveaway for needy kids sparked a mad rush for money on the streets of New York on Tuesday.
"It's free money!" said Alecia Rumph, 26, who waited in a Morris Park, Bronx, line 300 people deep for the cash to buy uniforms and book bags for her two kids.
"Thank God for Obama. He's looking out for us."
Thousands of people lined up at banks and check-cashing shops to withdraw the cash that magically appeared on their electronic benefit cards.
Some rushed out because of rumors the money would vanish by the end of the day.
"Rumors, there's always rumors," said Teresa Medina, who waited four hours at a Pay-O-Matic in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, to get $600 for her three teenagers - just in case they were true.
The no-strings-attached money went to families receiving food stamps or welfare.
Every child between 3 and 17 was eligible for $200, which worked out to 813,845 kids across the state - including 498,866 in the city.
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"Billionaire George Soros speaks at P.S. 208 in Harlem where he announced a $35 million gift for low-income families in New York to purchase supplies and clothing for the new school year."
what happened to 5.00 dollars and a ham sandwich to vote
Same tactics used by Hamas, Amanutjob, Chavez etc. Buy off the poor to rise up against the working class. This is going to get ugly.
You forgot the barf alert.
“Thank God for Obama. He’s looking out for us.”
Are you kidding me?! Did the money come out of Mr. Obama’s checking account? Did he work for it? How about some thanks to the taxpayers?
I’m waaaaaay all in favor for helping the needy, I make donations and put cash in the envelope at Church. I don’t expect to be known for what I do, I don’t expect a thank you. But to credit Obama for this crap?
” Billionaire, feds give out $175M to aid neediest students around the state “
.... artificially inflate otherwise lackluster ‘back-to-school’ sales to create the illusion of ‘green shoots’...
There - fixed it.....
My tax payer dollars must be burning a hole in Obama’s pockets.
This is surreal, but a taste of things to come. File under vote buying, vote payoffs, repayments, redistribution of income, and reparations.
Hopefully the retailers and check cashers raised their fees accordingly.
Yeah, thought of it after I hit the post button.
No Alecia, it's stolen money.
Post withdrawn to avoid any accusations of racism by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Were non-persons-of-color under-represented?
“artificially inflate otherwise lackluster back-to-school sales “
Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!
That should buy a lot of beer, drugs and smokes. The kids won’t see a dime. But hey, it’s just the taxpayers’ dollars down the drain again.
They should have given these folks $212 so they could enjoy a 6-pack of beer after a hard day of shopping for book bags and school uniforms.
What's a non-person?
Yep! They should have handed out vouchers, but then, it isn't their money.
The chant of the liberal slaves as they worship at the feet of their Gods, Soros and Bozo the WH clown, "Free Money, Free Money, Free Money!", ignoring the fact it is only free to them, not to the people having to foot the bill for their vote bribes.
*ahem* You're Welcome!
They didn’t learn much from the Katrina $2000.
According to 0bamacare a non-person is an unborn child, a non-government socialized post-birth child or someone older than retirement age, or who is disabled, male, conservative or white.
What I meant to say in my original post was (NON(person-of-color)). ;0)
Throwing more cake crumbs to the peasants, eh?
Why not bring jobs back to the US so people don’t have to live in poverty on the governments largesse?
No to government crumbs! Yes to jobs!
The Obama-Soros Liquor & Check-Cashing Re-investment Act of 2009.
If the money can be used on whatever why the babble about school supplies. Just call it “Free Money” like the people standing in line. I’d love to see August sales charts from the local liquor stores. There are plenty of otherwise liberals that agree no strings attached cash handouts to the poor are an ineffective way to combat poverty. The crazy thing is that if you paid one of these welfare recipients $200 to stand in line for Shakespeare in Park tickets for you they’d accuse you of exploitation but creating long lines at the crummy check-cashing joints is a considered a noble deed.
Back in the old 1st Ward days in Chicago it was only a beer and a cheap cigar. Now inflation has really taken its toll.
“It’s free money!” said Alecia Rumph, 26, who waited in a Morris Park, Bronx, line 300 people deep for the cash to buy uniforms and book bags for her two kids.
“Thank God for Obama. He’s looking out for us.”
Gosh, remember the Hearst/Symbionese Liberation Army cheese giveaways?
Gosh, if the guy got a job at Burger King he could make almost twice that every week.
HD Tv sales will spike in New York.
That is such an insensitive remark. You should be ashamed.
. Why limit it to beer? Some shoppers might prefer wine.
It won't even come close to covering the increase in cigarette tax for the them and their kids.
Momma’s going to get new nails and a weave thanks to Obama.
anyone whose skin is lighter than Obama’s
LOL. That, too!
It would be interesting to know how many of these kids will still show up without uniforms or book bags or anything else required.
I wonder if the school will even question all these parents who just got a new flat screen on sale at Walmarts and a few cartons of cigarettes.
Call me crazy, but this is a good thing. As long as the parents spend it on the kids.
All the kids upstate balance out racially the kids on welfare in NYC. (Seems some of you are upset about what color the kids are who will have new clothes and shoes.)
$200 per kid is not a whole lot of money. At least the kids can go back to school with a new pair of shoes, one new outfit, and a new backpack.
I remember when Pat Robertson’s organization used to do this for poor kids down south. I sent donations.
Don’t begrudge the children who will benefit from this. The kids didn’t ask to be born, or to be in a welfare family.
First off you are assuming that the money is going for that. I'm quite sure that everyone interviewed crossed their hearts and hoped to die that this money was only going to be used for their children's school needs. And as far as Mr. Robertson's organization that you donated to, it was just that, a donation that you chose to make to a great charity who guaranteed that the money went to where it was suppose to. This is mine and your tax dollars given out to a select group with no checks or balances on what amounts to an honor system. I think it is nothing but a handout for votes especially when it is put on what amounts to a state credit card that can be retrieved as cash.
Nope, and every single one of them is waiting in line for that cash just so they can spend it on school supplies...
I got news for you: the working class is THE base of Chavez, Ahamdenijad, and Hamas's support (although the latter also has the support of the petit bourgeosie as well). The proles are the base of most left-wing movements. While we have many white protestant proles in the South who vote GOP for cultural reasons, the "working class" in my neck of the woods votes Dem.
More like rise up against the bourgeosie. Leave the "working class" to the socialists...
What's the word?: THUNDERBIRD!!!
I have no problem with no strings attached, I just don't want said people to whine when they have a $500 peacoat yet no apartment.
Why not encourage the underclass and the schlub-class to have less children, while also deporting every single illegal in this country? Prevent the fatsos from breeding, and we will have a better nation.
Thunderbird, a classic wine, it rivals the finest of the premier cru classé de Château Margaux.
And don’t forget, Champipple, a fine blend of Ripple and ginger ale and Cripple, Cream Soda and Ripple, courtesy Redd Foxx as Sanford.