Ah, yes, exactly, that's the way it should be, losers are not welcomed.
Fri column ping
Anecdotes continue to add up and multiply
By Howie Carr | Friday, December 7, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Anecdotes thats how Gov. Deval Patrick always dismisses stories about alleged criminals on welfare.
So this morning, Governor, Id like to introduce you to 11 more anecdotes. They are all from Haverhill. Ten of the anecdotes are accused of distribution of heroin and the 11th for sale of ammunition.
According to testimony last week in Haverhill District Court, all 11 are on welfare mostly SSI and SSDI. According to federal statistics, despite their relative youth (they range in age from 26 to 51), they have only a 1 percent chance of ever ... recovering. By which I mean, getting off welfare.
Despite their illnesses, which left them unable to work, the anecdotes were active enough to have come to the attention of not only the Haverhill police, but also the state police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Lets go down the list:
Benjamin Santos Jr., 36; Elisa Escalera, 26; Marcos Molina, 49; Luis Ledesma, 48; Luisaldo Ledesma, 51; John Rodriguez, 30; Domingo Banks-Burgos, 33; Edwin Oquendo, 39; Luis Rivera, 51; Heriberto Escalera, 43; and Jazlin Colon-Brito, 32.
Total bail for these 11 disabled individuals: $890,000.
How many of them do you suppose voted for Mitt Romney last month?
This story was originally broken in the Eagle-Tribune, formerly the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune. Lawrence is only a few miles from Haverhill, which used to think of itself as a middle-class city. I can remember when Haverhill had a Republican mayor. Times have changed, and not for the better.
Attorney Lee Graham represents five of the anecdotes. I asked him about the nationalities of his clients.
Most of them are from Puerto Rico, he said. So, yes, they are American citizens.
And was there any one particular malady that drove these, uh, Americans, onto the dole?
They mostly filed for psychological issues Graham quickly caught himself. Alleged psychological issues.
Hey, Governor, I know these are just anecdotes. The reporter on the original story, Mike LaBella, is himself a collector of Haverhill anecdotes, a few more of which he emailed to me. One was about two alleged marijuana dealers, one of whom receives $875 a month from Social Security and (the other) is a ward of the state receiving $750 monthly from the state Division of Children and Families.
Heres a 55-year-old named Richard Chase. Hes 6-1 and weighs 355 pounds. In his car Haverhill police found 119 oxycodone pills. They then got a search warrant for his apartment and found 932 more oxys, $15,247 in cash and ... an EBT card, which he had just used to buy food at a convenience store.
Chases rap sheet ran to nine pages, but the judge asked the prosecutor about a decade-long gap during which no charges were filed against the rotund welfare recipient.
I just found out, the prosecutor answered, he spent 10 years in federal prison.
Another day, another anecdote.
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