Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Missing: $400 purse holding $800 cash, plus food stamp cards
Human Events ^ | 5-7-12 | John Hayward

Posted on 05/07/2012 8:27:25 PM PDT by smokingfrog

A traveling friend sent me an item clipped from a Georgia newspaper that reads, in its entirety:

A woman said she noticed her purse missing from her car just before 5 P.M. Sunday. The car was parked at her residence on Hornet Drive. The woman said the car had been locked, and the purse was in the back seat.

The purse was valued at $400, her wallet was valued at $200, and she said there was $800 cash in the purse, according to the police report. Also missing were the woman’s food stamp cards.

The sad part is that the food stamp cards were probably worth more than the purse, wallet, and cash.

It bears repeating, as both a critique and a warning of things to come, that the great project of the American Left involves teaching the middle class to think of itself as “poor.” That way, they’ll vote themselves into servitude. The impoverished mind has no use for talk of economic liberty. It values “hope,” which is passive and servile, over “opportunity.”

It has often been observed that the American definition of poverty is remarkably elastic. The most pervasive threat to the health of our poor is obesity. For many, the dollar value of welfare benefits far exceeds the income from an entry-level job – which has far-reaching harmful effects on the general economy, as it distorts the supply, and therefore value, of labor.

The value of welfare has actually exceeded more than just entry-level paychecks. The Heritage Foundation recently published a report showing “the average individual who relies on Washington could receive benefits valued at $32,748, more than the nation’s average disposable income of $32,446.”

(Excerpt) Read more at humanevents.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: 32; 32748dollarsfree; 748dollarsfree; howdoesthathappen; welfare

John Hayward is a staff writer for HUMAN EVENTS, and author of the recently published Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show. Follow him on Twitter: Doc_0. Contact him by email at jhayward@eaglepub.com.

 
1 posted on 05/07/2012 8:27:33 PM PDT by smokingfrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Seems I remember stories from the NOLA hurricane that our $$$$ was going to the purchase of LV luxury handbags.

Gotta LOVE those “priorities”.


2 posted on 05/07/2012 8:33:19 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

I can’t remember who wrote it, but there was a detailed article a few years ago about how a family of 4, making over $40,000 had less money at the end of the month than a family of 4 making $20,000 with all the bennies.

And that was before Obama sweetened the pot.


3 posted on 05/07/2012 8:33:49 PM PDT by digger48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

bump


4 posted on 05/07/2012 8:35:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: digger48

I remember that article. Now there are lots more “bennies” families...thanks to 0.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 8:36:21 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

I guess I’m destitute, then....but, I’m white, so the gubmint doesn’t care.

A purse that costs that much is an obscenity, but to have it contain food stamps is an insult.

Thank you Cloward/Piven.


6 posted on 05/07/2012 8:36:31 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Let me guess. She gets extra money babysitting and selling drugs. But don’t worry, the drugs are obtained legally by prescription. You see, she’s on Medicaid, so she gets Oxycodone for her bad back. So we pay for that too.


7 posted on 05/07/2012 8:39:00 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
8 posted on 05/07/2012 8:39:36 PM PDT by entropy12 (No way I will do anything to help the thug from Chicago pResiding in WH)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mortrey

“A purse that costs that much is an obscenity, but to have it contain food stamps is an insult.”

You haven’t spent much time in the Democrat-run inner-cities, have you...


9 posted on 05/07/2012 8:39:36 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

The end of America as we know it. Woe to the conservative that cuts these benefits to the “poor”. Their party would be massacred in the mid-terms and they would be treated like Scott Walker.

This is why America is done folks. We are becoming France and the results will be the same. This is why I work hard on a garden/hobby farm. There are really bad times coming and I hope you are preparing.

Can anyone name a business that pays people 32,000 a year and does not account for a single penny of it? It sounds like a good gig.... Section 8 housing, subsidized bills/utilities, food stamps, and free medical. All they have to do is vote for it!


10 posted on 05/07/2012 8:41:23 PM PDT by volunbeer (Don't worry America, our kids can pay for it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

I sure wish that just one of the various blog posts posting this story had a link to the actual newspaper where it was reported. (I’m a bit skeptical but perhaps I shouldn’t be.)


11 posted on 05/07/2012 8:51:13 PM PDT by Bob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: grumpygresh

I’ve seen stuff like that at goodwill. People DO donate to thriftstores and sometimes those items are brand new, with tags on them.

I keep hearing about how a person can get rich on welfare, but I’ve never seen the proof! On the rare occasions when things have been rock bottom for me, I was lucky to have
$2.00 left at the end of the month, after the bills were paid and some food purchased. Christmas for my kids was not in the budget.

I know people today who struggle to make ends meet. There are a lot of fantasy stories out there, but the reality is much different. I’m sure there are scammers, but not all is what it appears to be.


12 posted on 05/07/2012 9:19:48 PM PDT by PrairieLady2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: tcrlaf
You haven’t spent much time in the Democrat-run inner-cities, have you...

I watch "Pawn Stars", that's as close as I want to come to the "inner city".

Want to see the entitlement mentality in full force? Watch a few episodes of that show.

13 posted on 05/07/2012 9:21:53 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Romney vs. Obama? One of them has to lose, rejoice in that fact, whichever it is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Graybeard58
I watch "Pawn Stars", that's as close as I want to come to the "inner city".

Want to see the entitlement mentality in full force? Watch a few episodes of that show.

Watched my last episode last week. While it may be representative of what goes on there, it was becoming increasingly obvious that many, if not all, of the encounters were staged. Reality TV, it ain't.

14 posted on 05/07/2012 9:32:51 PM PDT by expat1000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

That broad should have been arrested for fraud when she reported the theft!!!


15 posted on 05/07/2012 9:36:33 PM PDT by dalereed
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Then there is this one: http://chronicle.com/article/From-Graduate-School-to/131795

She can afford tattoo’s, a Kitchen Aid mixer, pantry with organizers (messy though), jewelry.......and she needs food stamps.

I dunno.....I’m almost 60, went to A&P school and later Avionics school. I worked other jobs besides studying. I had to cut and split my own firewood to avoid fuel cost for heating. One of my wood cutting adventures was on a day when the high temp was -17 degs.

When I went to Avionics school, I hauled grain, threw hay bales up on a haywagon, took care of a pig farm all for the same farmer. I filled glass cider jugs full of water and let them set so that the iron would settle out after a few days and then siphoned the usable portion off for drinking.

I had a wife and a son during these times.

We were not on food stamps. And, we definitely didn’t have the things both of these individuals have in these two articles.

Socialism is a utopia of laziness.

I’ve decided that I’m going to live a very self-sufficient life style so that my Northwest pension and whatever else is coming my way, which will be more than enough to live on.

Which will leave me below poverty level income, but with no debt, I will be able to save.

Then I won’t have to contribute to this mess anymore.

I won’t be on anything government even if I’m “entitled” to it.


16 posted on 05/07/2012 10:02:17 PM PDT by Puckster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

I’d like to see the original article, not a reference to “a friend sent me.” That someone with a $400 purse had an EBT card and $800 in cash is believable but the MSM wouldn’t print it - a local paper doing the police blotter might.

(My most expensive purse was $80, my most expensive wallet was $20.)

Oh well. Maybe the purse was a holdover from when she was a successful real estate agent, and now she’s cleaning houses or babysitting, and that was her salary for two weeks’ work.

Trying for a charitable frame of mind here. Remaining dubious.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 10:19:05 PM PDT by heartwood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: volunbeer
The end of America as we know it. Woe to the conservative that cuts these benefits to the “poor”. Their party would be massacred in the mid-terms and they would be treated like Scott Walker.

Which is why I think we are doomed no matter what. We can't cut spending and we can't keep spending like we are now. Either way, we are screwed.

18 posted on 05/07/2012 10:27:47 PM PDT by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Puckster

I believe that woman could find a full time job that would pay enough so that she wouldn’t have to depend on welfare or food stamps, but she’s already invested so much in wanting to be a medieval history teacher that she refuses to give up on it and will live on welfare if she has to. At least she’s getting some teaching experience that may help her get a full time position in the future, but since she’s only working part time, she could take on a second job.

But I guess that would be expecting too much.


19 posted on 05/07/2012 10:35:44 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: dalereed

That broad should have been arrested for fraud when she reported the theft!!!
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
That has to be up there with the guy/gal that flags down the police and complains that the guy on the corner took the 50 bucks and didn’t bring the dope back.


20 posted on 05/07/2012 10:41:14 PM PDT by xrmusn (#6/98# Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

“The sad part is that the food stamp cards were probably worth more than the purse, wallet, and cash.”

Unless she has nearly 10 kids, the food stamp card doesn’t carry $1,200 /month in credt. And the minute its called in as lost / stolen, its cancelled.

And afaik, most food stamp cards have a photo on them - merchants aren’t going tio risk getting thrown off the system by not verifying the face to the photo.


21 posted on 05/07/2012 11:04:58 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

The Owner of Pawn Stars is a conservative and Mark Levin fan,


22 posted on 05/07/2012 11:31:20 PM PDT by KTM rider
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: packrat35

The end of America as we know it. Woe to the conservative that cuts these benefits to the “poor”. Their party would be massacred in the mid-terms and they would be treated like Scott Walker.


Which is why I think we are doomed no matter what. We can’t cut spending and we can’t keep spending like we are now. Either way, we are screwed.


Yep. Prepare accordingly.


23 posted on 05/07/2012 11:32:44 PM PDT by volunbeer (Don't worry America, our kids can pay for it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: KTM rider

>>The Owner of Pawn Stars is a conservative and Mark Levin fan,

You know, I think the original poster was referring to Hardcore Pawn, and I was as well. His comment would make no sense if it was indeed directed at Pawn Stars.

But my comment was about staging, not political affiliation so I don’t know why you brought that up to me. Pawn Stars, I think, is not staged, but Hardcore Pawn, is.


24 posted on 05/07/2012 11:49:09 PM PDT by expat1000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: KTM rider

I think what they’re thinking of is “Hard-Core Pawn”, from my town of Detroit.


25 posted on 05/08/2012 12:03:30 AM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: expat1000
it was becoming increasingly obvious that many, if not all, of the encounters were staged. Reality TV, it ain't.

I know, sometimes it's so apparent, when they have very bad actors. Plus the hatred between Seth and Ashley is way over the top. A brother and sister couldn't possibly hate each other so much and work in the same store day in and day out. They have abused that theme to no end.

But it's entertaining when they manage to run one that I haven't seen yet.

I also like "Swamp People", with Troy, Liz and the rest of the gang.

26 posted on 05/08/2012 3:23:12 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Romney vs. Obama? One of them has to lose, rejoice in that fact, whichever it is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Yehuda
Unless she has nearly 10 kids, the food stamp card doesn’t carry $1,200 /month in credt. And the minute its called in as lost / stolen, its cancelled.

In Virginia it is called a cardinal card and it pays $200/person so a family of 4 gets $800 month.

27 posted on 05/08/2012 3:38:22 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Graybeard58

>>I know, sometimes it’s so apparent, when they have very bad actors. Plus the hatred between Seth and Ashley is way over the top

The other thing is, I was looking through some videos on youtube, and one brought up a very good point. How do these uptight customers get setup with microphone packs? And you can see them clearly on one video.

The same thing can be said of Pawn Stars, but that show looks to me more like re-creation than actual staging and faking. Like when you see the guy come in with the 3 trigger shotgun or whatever, that is the second time. After they interview him, sign him up, get him wired up, etc.

Similar with The First 48. I mean, are there camera crews in the office all day, every day, just waiting for the tip to come in - sometimes weeks or months later? I don’t think so.

I never watched Swamp People, but all those towing company shows - I think they are faked too.

Yes, I am a reality TV freak - about the only kind of TV I watch! The only one I really believe in though, is The Ultimate Fighter, and even there I think they have writers telling the guys who is going to play the prankster, the favorite, the bad boy.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 3:50:32 AM PDT by expat1000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: gigster
Hard-Core Pawn

Was watching one of the many "you gonna give me my money" hoes storming out of the store, and noticed that she was wired for sound... reality my butt.

29 posted on 05/08/2012 5:09:33 AM PDT by laker_dad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

Guess I should read the whole thread before posting. Ditto to what you said.


30 posted on 05/08/2012 5:13:19 AM PDT by laker_dad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

31 posted on 05/08/2012 5:16:28 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq <font finger=middle>)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: laker_dad
Hard-Core Pawn Was watching one of the many "you gonna give me my money" hoes storming out of the store, and noticed that she was wired for sound... reality my butt.

I know the customers are wired for sound and encouraged to play to the cameras, but just once I'd like to see that punk Seth throw somebody out himself - not his two humongous security men, but him. He really talks tough as long as he has his security guys standing between him and the customer.

32 posted on 05/08/2012 5:21:37 AM PDT by GreenHornet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

A four hundred dollar purse, a two hundred dollar wallet, eight hundred dollars in cash - and food stamps?

What’s wrong with this picture?


33 posted on 05/08/2012 5:24:38 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PrairieLady2

There is a big underground prescription drug trade and this has been a largely unreported story. Patients on Medicare disablity or Medicaid can claim to have chronic back pain, and their treatment, other than a small co-pay, is covered by Medicaid. Oxycodone, for example, a common potent narcotic, sells for about 75 cents per mg. A common prescription can be 15 mg 4x/day, with a one month supply of #120. So that comes out to 1,350 per month. Go to 30 mg and it doubles. You might have 2 people doing this per household and you could be talking about 30-40k extra cash income per year. This type of fraud would typically go under the radar. These people don’t usually get caught unless they go to multiple pharmacies and multiple providers.


34 posted on 05/08/2012 6:31:36 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: central_va

Thanks for the clarification.


35 posted on 05/08/2012 9:35:48 AM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Yep, while over in Biloxi many of us got next to nothing. The only thing I received as a “Katrina victim” was a few months discount on an apartment in a small town south of Dallas and some free ice & water right after the storm. PERIOD. No gas money, no food stamps, no Wal-Mart gift cards, no free hotel rooms for 5 years, no spending money, etc.


36 posted on 05/19/2012 12:52:13 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson