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  • Over 100 Million Now Receiving Federal Welfare

    08/08/2012 11:59:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.weeklystandard.com ^ | 08-08-2012 | Daniel Halper
    A new chart set to be released later today by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee details a startling statistic: "Over 100 Million People in U.S. Now Receiving Some Form Of Federal Welfare." "The federal government administers nearly 80 different overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs," the Senate Budget Committee notes. However, the committee states, the figures used in the chart do not include those who are only benefiting from Social Security and/or Medicare. Food stamps and Medicaid make up a large--and growing--chunk of the more than 100 million recipients. "Among the major means tested welfare programs, since 2000...
  • Allen West: 'It's not a farm bill, it's an electronic benefits transfer bill'

    08/03/2012 6:52:12 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 8 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    While Congress’ divided Republican leadership has managed to hold off the vote on the five-year farm bill by not bringing it to the House floor before the upcoming break, it is still discussing how best to offer relief to U.S. farmers facing some of the worst droughts in years. Livestock producers stand to get help from a proposed $383 million stand-alone drought relief bill. The five-year farm bill was approved by the House Agriculture Committee, but has not been able to gather enough support by Congress to make it a reality. West said the bill is not really a farm...
  • Working at Kroger: The Need for EBT Reform

    07/26/2012 4:42:06 AM PDT · by RealTeen · 90 replies
    JHPolitics.com ^ | 7-26-12 | Justin Higgins
    Working at a large chain grocery store, you get used to dealing with EBT, WIC and other forms of welfare. Sometimes it is painfully obvious the person does need some sort of help. Other times, too often I believe, someone abusing their government benefits just makes you cringe and doubt the entire system. I find myself echoing an article from a former Wal-Mart employee at College Conservative, who says it’s time for serious welfare reform. Here are some of my ideas for reform and why I believe it: Make EBT Recipients Ineligible for Large Lottery Payouts There were several customers...
  • Howie Carr thread week of July 15, 2012

    07/15/2012 4:02:42 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 15 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 7/15/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column
  • LEVIATHAN GOVERNMENT: The new American food-stamp plantation

    07/14/2012 5:34:20 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | July 13, 2012 | Star Parker
    Star Parker reveals high rate of growth in program feds claim isn't 'welfare' The House Agriculture Committee has reported out its version of a new farm bill that will cut $16.5 billion over 10 years from funding of SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – the program once known as food stamps. The cuts in the House bill exceed those in the Senate bill by $12 billion. Sixteen and a half billion dollars amounts to a whopping 2 percent cut in SNAP program expenditures. At a time when we are running trillion-dollar annual federal budget deficits, it’s hard to see...
  • USDA uses Spanish soap operas to push food stamps among non-citizens, citizens [AUDIO]

    07/13/2012 8:37:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 12, 2012 | Caroline May
    The government has been targeting Spanish speakers with radio “novelas” promoting food stamp usage as part of a stated mission to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. Each novela, comprising a 10-part series called “PARQUE ALEGRIA,” or “HAPPINESS PARK,” presents a semi-dramatic scenario involving characters convincing others to get on food stamps, or explaining how much healthier it is to be on food stamps. The majority of the episodes end with the announcer encouraging the listener to tune in again to see if the skeptic applies for benefits or learns to understand the importance...
  • Mass. House strikes down gov's proposals

    07/11/2012 4:21:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2012 | Shannon Young
    BOSTON—Massachusetts lawmakers are rejecting Gov. Deval Patrick's proposals to scale back their efforts to restrict welfare benefits, close a state psychiatric hospital, and block a requirement for residents to prove they're in the country legally when they register a vehicle.
  • Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick vetoes ban on purchasing tattoos, manicures, porn with EBT

    07/09/2012 1:16:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7-9-12 | Caroline May
    Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick has vetoed the state legislature’s attempt to ban the use of EBT cards — or food stamps — to purchase items such as tattoos, porn and jewelry. Patrick vetoed the reforms Sunday while signing the state’s $32.5 billion budget. According to the Boston Herald, which first reported the veto, the governor berated the legislature’s stab at banning the purchase of specific items like manicures, tattoos, guns, porn, body piercings, jewelry, and bail by saying the move was “political grandstanding” at a time when such reforms are already on track elsewhere. “I’m not going to do...
  • TX/Mex Border Residents: Violence, Kidnappings, Food Stamp Fraud & Drug Cartel/Sheriff Corruption

    07/03/2012 6:59:35 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 4 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 7/3/2012 | David Bellow
    I spent the last few days down on the Texas/Mexico Border. One of my brothers got married to a Hispanic woman down here so we all came down for the wedding. We had a great time down here and I got to talk to a bunch of new family members. Some of the small talk we had of course wandered into the topic of border violence and life on the border. I have written many articles about this topic because I am very worried about the situation down there. I always love hearing stories from people who actually live...
  • Free ObamaDollars: The EBT Card for Cigarettes and Alcohol

    07/03/2012 6:00:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2012 | Ann-Marie Murell
    My son called me, furious.  “I was just in line at the grocery store, and the girl in front of me had all this food and paid for it with an EBT card,” he told me.  “Okay,” I said, trying to calm him down.  “You’ve lived here all your life--you know that’s normal in L.A.”  “Yeah, but her boyfriend was in line right behind her and he had beer and all kinds of alcohol and then he got cigarettes and they paid for it with their EBT cash card after they got all their food!” he yelled.  “I saved all...
  • National spotlight finds NH woman fired for refusing to accept EBT card for cigarettes

    07/01/2012 10:49:03 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 46 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | June 28, 2012 | Unattributed
    A convenience store clerk who was fired recently for refusing to sell cigarettes to a customer trying to pay for them with state welfare benefits has been fired, but her story has gained traction in local and national media. According to press reports, Jackie Whiton was working at a C.N. Brown Big Apple convenience store recently when a man in his 20s attempted to purchase cigarettes using an electronic benefit transfer card, which is issued to families in New Hampshire and Maine who are on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF program. Whiton, a six-year employee of the...
  • Clerk loses job over stand (Must accept EBT for cigarettes)

    06/27/2012 3:09:50 PM PDT · by magellan · 31 replies
    New Hampshire Sentinel Source ^ | June 27, 2012 | Garrett Brnger
    PETERBOROUGH — Jackie R. Whiton of Antrim had been a six-year employee at the Big Apple convenience store in Peterborough until a single transaction sent her job up in smoke. The store clerk was fired after she refused to take a customer's Electronic Balance Transfer card to pay for cigarettes. Whiton said a young man came in to the store to buy two packs or cigarettes on May 29. When she asked him for his ID, he handed her his EBT card. EBT cards are used for both food and cash assistance programs. There are two types of cards: one...
  • Clerk says she was fired over EBT cards

    06/27/2012 2:56:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    Jackie Whiton, a six-year employee of the Big Apple, said she was fired after a dispute with her boss over accepting EBT cards as payment for cigarettes. I gave two weeks' notice and tried to bow out gracefully," said Whiton, of Antrim. "But the next day, I was fired." Whiton said she declined to accept an EBT card as payment for a package of cigarettes. The Electronic Benefit Transfer cards are used by state benefits departments to issue cash to recipients, and they can be used like debit cards. Whiton said her boss told her she can't refuse to sell...
  • Firing squad ends clerk’s EBT stand

    06/27/2012 6:12:04 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 109 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 27 June 2012 | Howie Carr
    Jackie Whiton, age 65, had worked as a cashier at the Big Apple convenience store in Peterborough, N.H., for years. But then a couple of weeks ago she committed a firing offense. She refused to allow a welfare recipient to use his EBT card to buy a pack of smokes. How dare a taxpayer say no to a member of the non-working class? This is verboten in ObamaÂ’s America. So she was fired. ThatÂ’ll teach her. The gimme guy was a young man, about 20, and when he asked for cigarettes, Jackie Whiton handed them to him but asked for...
  • Study: More Than Half a Trillion Dollars Spent on Welfare But Poverty Levels Unaffected

    06/25/2012 12:01:45 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 26 replies
    CNS ^ | June 25, 2012 | Matt Cover
    “The vast majority of current programs are focused on making poverty more comfortable … rather than giving people the tools that will help them escape poverty.” (CNSNews.com) – The federal government is not making much headway reducing poverty despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a study by the libertarian Cato Institute. Despite an unprecedented increase in federal anti-poverty spending, the national poverty rate has not declined, the study finds. “[S]ince President Obama took office [in January 2009], federal welfare spending has increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion per year,” the study says. Federal welfare spending...
  • Approving Billions in Cuts to Social Services, California Reaches Budget Deal (unions safe for now)

    06/21/2012 10:02:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 21, 2012 | Jennifer Medina
    Just 10 days before the start of the new fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-controlled Legislature reached a budget deal on Thursday to close a nearly $16 billion budget gap. The agreement came after days of negotiations, with legislative leaders reluctant to make the cuts that Governor Brown said were urgently needed. That the budget met its deadline for only the third time in the last two decades was seen as a cause for celebration, though the spending plan hardly contained good news. And even more cuts loom on the horizon if voters do not approve Governor Brown’s...
  • Food Stamp Fiasco:The Senate refuses to cut $20 billion out of $770 billion.

    06/20/2012 5:07:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-19-12 | WSJ
    The next time someone moans about Washington "austerity," tell them about the Senate's food stamp votes on Tuesday. Democrats and a few Republicans united to block even modest reform in a welfare program that has exploded in the last decade and is set to spend $770 billion in the next 10 years. Yes, $770 billion on a single program. And you wonder why the U.S. had its credit-rating downgraded?
  • Your EBT Card Has Been Denied... At The Spearmint Rhino

    06/19/2012 10:23:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 6/19/12 | yler Durden
    America's welfare state is about to suffer a double whammy of epic proportions. On one hand, extended unemployment benefits are now running out at a pace of 100,000+ per week, as more and more American's lose eligibility for Komrade Samov's 99-week sponsored vacation, meaning millions of Americans heretofore sitting comfortably on their couch playing Call of Duty and collecting $400 a week will now start having to think for a change - never a good thing for any regime that relies on its electorate to be docile as drunk and fat Hindu cows. And now this: "New York would prohibit...
  • Bruno's grocery store has "EBT Approved" on fried chicken.

    06/15/2012 9:59:10 AM PDT · by MrPiper · 33 replies
    http://brunos.com/ ^ | 6.15.12 | Me
    Bruno's grocery store (in the south) has orange "EBT Approved" stickers on their fried chicken boxes and ready made foot long sandwiches in Mobile Al. I called 1 877 247 4440 to complain.
  • Man who fathered 30 kids says he needs a break—on child support

    05/20/2012 9:57:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-18-12 | Pueng Vongs
    And you thought Octomom had her hands full—a Tennessee man who has fathered 30 children is asking the courts for a break on child support. Desmond Hatchett, 33, of Knoxville has children with 11 different women, reports WREG-TV. The state already takes half his paycheck and divides it up, which doesn't amount to much when Hatchett is making only minimum wage. Some of the moms receive as little as $1.49 a month. The oldest child is 14 years old. Hatchett explains how he reached such a critical mass: He had four kids in the same year. Twice.