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  • Cell phones: Theft dressed up as charity

    07/16/2010 11:23:34 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 24 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 16, 2010 | Editorial
    Sometimes, government programs, subsidies and entitlements need no embellishment. In 2008, TracFone Wireless of Miami began distributing free cell phones to people who get food stamps, welfare or other government assistance. Recipients of the free cell phones are allowed to earn up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or no more than $33,075 a year for a family of four. The phones provide 68 free minutes a month and, in the words of The Philadelphia Inquirer, "they're paid for, in part, by charges on phone bills that the federal government allows carriers to levy." The free cells are...
  • Advertising Leads People to View Luxuries as Necessities

    03/09/2010 2:59:33 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 13 replies · 279+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Published March 09, 2010 by: | Alice Winters
    Advertising often results in overspending and over-consumption by creating artificially induced needs. The usual catch phrases are "New", "An exclusive offer", "Everyone has one of these", and/or "You deserve the best." Other fallacious "Protect your children with ..." not to mention lastly "Want to know what women really like?" manipulate the minds of targeted groups and raise/lower self esteem to encourage people to purchase their products.
  • Hey, big spender! Lavish life of ACORN 'thief'

    09/27/2009 8:43:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 740+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 27, 2009 | GINGER ADAMS OTIS
    Former ACORN bigwig Dale Rathke racked up a $157,000 American Express bill that he couldn't repay around the time he was caught embezzling from the group founded by his brother Wade, The Post has learned. Rathke was a big spender with multiple credit cards who rang up purchases at luxury shops, traveled by limo and frequented five-star hotels and restaurants, court papers show. American Express filed a claim against Rathke in 2003 in Louisiana civil district court. Among the court papers is a partial credit history that indicates Rathke had several different cards from different companies. He used them to...
  • Hot in recession: Chocolate, running shoes, Spam

    05/16/2009 8:56:41 AM PDT · by thecodont · 21 replies · 832+ views
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Saturday, May 16, 2009 | By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
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  • Untouchable or expendable? Most still shell out for Internet -- but not posh purses

    02/19/2009 6:46:10 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 15 replies · 702+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 19, 2009 | Margaret Harding
    Untouchable or expendable? Most still shell out for Internet -- but not posh purses Thursday, February 19, 2009 3:25 AM By Margaret Harding THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Hard times, choices In tough times, consumers are willing to chop some expenses, but not others, according to a survey by BIGresearch. A look at what people said they had to have or were willing to give up, and the percentage of those surveyed who said so: Must-haves Internet service: 80.9 percent Cell-phone service: 64.1 percent Basic cable/satellite: 60.5 percent Discount apparel: 43 percent Haircuts, colors: 40 percent Expendables Luxury handbags: 92.2 percent Satellite...