Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to ban welfare card use from  liquor stores and strip clubs.  This has democrats fighting mad.  Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, a progressive D.C. think tank says, “There’s no evidence that this is a widespread problem. And even when funds are withdrawn in those locations, it doesn’t mean that people are gambling away their benefits.”

Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-MI) says cracking down on food stamp fraud is racist, or something.

 

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  1. OH Please.
    Although I have to admit it is the best argument when trying to explain conservative views to your kids.
    We were in Costco and a white lady, hugely obese in a cart was using her food stamp card thing for her items. They included a case of Starbuck frappacino and a tray of croissants. The rest was equally as necessary for life/
    I told my daughter to take a good look because she (my daughter) paid for that stuff.
    Explain to me how restricting what that woman can use taxpayer dollars for is racist. Maybe I should ask that real brain surgeon, from Texas, what’s her name………..Sheila Jackson Lee?

  2. I often buy my groceries at the casino. The one in the food desert, because it’s floating in the river. How dare the mean ole Republican expect me not to use my food stamp money on food. O. M. G. What is wrong with this woman? Never mind, rhetorical question.

  3. I often am forced to use my foodstamps of my children to buy some Old Crow or get me a double Whopper. It sure is racist to investigate the use of foodstamps. Its enough to make me get another bottle of Jim Beam.

  4. Damn all those white racists talking in code.

  5. Didn’t you know? Defrauding the government for money is a civil right.

  6. Where do they find these people? Who in there right mind says this kind of stuff and believes it sounds credible.

    And we aren’t talking just anyone, this is a congresswoman.

  7. Are we NUTS?? Helping the less fortunate is part of my faith belief system. Teach someone to fish, but never give fish forever.

  8. Sure. And seizing our money at the point of a gun, so it can be given to parasites so they can buy booze, smokes and lotto tickets with it, is totalitarian. We’ll call your racist Uncle Tom Democratic plantation “give the negro booze to keep him numb and nonviolent” ass any day, Gwen.

    What an utter disgrace.

  9. Nation Reporter: ‘Deep Racism’ at the Heart of Food Stamp

    With a record 46 million Americans now receiving food stamps and rampant abuse resulting in what the Wall Street Journal calls a “food stamp crime wave,” Nation reporter Lizzie Ratner believes that “deep racism” is “at the heart of conservative food stamp critiques”:

    The deep racism at the heart of conservative food stamp critiques offers at least one clue as to why the Obama administration has been unable or unwilling to champion SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] as a valuable recession antidote: as the nation’s first African-American president, Obama is vulnerable to racist innuendo, which his opponents are only too happy to exploit.

    Furthermore, Ms. Ratner contends that “the food stamp program has remained surprisingly sensitive to people’s needs” and “is, in many ways, a model entitlement program.” Still, says Ms. Ratner, the food stamp program’s benefit levels are too “stingy,” and sensible anti-fraud efforts to reform the program, such as those proposed by Sen. Jeff Sessions, can only be the result of racism.

    Equally troubling, Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican with a record of racebaiting, led a charge in the Senate this past fall to “reform” food stamps by restricting eligibility and undoing a planned $9 billion budget increase, supposedly to crack down on fraud and government excess.

    Ms. Ratner’s baseless racial attack obscures an otherwise noble effort: Sen. Sessions’s amendment was an attempt to save taxpayers billions in mismanaged funds resulting from so-called “categorical eligibility”–a provision that makes recipients of other federal benefits automatically eligible for food stamps.

    (great deal more @ link)

    Reformhttp://biggovernment.com/whall/2011/12/19/nation-reporter-deep-racism-at-the-heart-of-food-stamp-reform/

  10. It’s dog whistles, all the way down!!!

  11. Pimps , pornographers, and strip clubs are Democrats most loyal contributors…How dare you pinch their cash flow !

  12. This type of nonsense is about to come to an end, one way or the other. Either we get control back or the system crashes and burns on it’s own accord. Either way the crazy train is almost at it’s last stop.

  13. OT

    Romney may not get all of the marbles yet.

    Florida primary might not be a done deal – Fox News

    http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/02/01/florida-primary-might-not-be-done-deal

  14. Yeah and we need to start giving those poor welfare recipients hookers, too!

    Racist Affirmative Action Recipients elected to office by other affirmative action recipients are all nucking futs!

  15. If people using their food stamps for liquor and a strip clubs is not a problem, then ceasing the practice should impact NO ONE since no one does this!!!

    /hahahaha! Fooled you with logic!

  16. #6 Patty:

    They don’t intend, nor care if they do, sound credible. Being in a congressional district that is a solid democrat lock means to constantly pander and make statements in public (to later be used as ads) just like this. It is not as if they will be scrutinized prior to the next election for such statements (at least not in a negative way). The name of the game is to rob from someone to score political points with those who vote for you (sometimes even from the grave).

    Find something or someone to exploit, target them for taxation, and create a new assistance program (likely that overlaps other programs), which by the way, won’t be factored into income in any way so as to affect the income threshholds that trigger these programs (meaning if you qualify for 10 programs, there is no $ value assessed to each program in order to limit the # of programs one person can get and still be considered under the poverty line.

  17. What the real problem seems to be in Washington are the extremely different views. No common ground nor common sense. There has to be another way to detect where a food stamp recipient is spending there entitlement.

    And on another subject but still pertaining to food stamps, this should be given for a time period when possible. And the unemployment offices should be next door. Some will be on them for the rest of their life. But some are deliberately abusing this program.
    ______________

    The food stamp office sometimes checks Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) records to look for food stamp transactions that it thinks are suspicious. Types of food stamp transactions that might be considered suspicious include transactions that are out-of-state or for high-dollar amounts at small stores, transactions for even-dollar amounts (like $50.00 exactly), and transactions that occur very soon after another transaction. Advocates should check to see if cultural or other factor may explain otherwise suspicious patterns. DSS has issued guidance on the rules governing the use of EBT and EBT administrative data to prevent the misuse of EBT information. ACL 10-01. The ACL reminds counties that households should be able to access their accounts from anywhere in the country where EBT benefits are redeemed.

    http://foodstampguide.org/the-food-stamp-office-thinks-you-have-committed-fraud/
    more on site.
    __________________

    In February, the KING 5 Investigators videotaped Pham recruit people off the streets, drawing in customers willing to hand over food stamp debit cards. The ring pays $0.50 on the dollar for the cards.

    From the story, prosecutors learned that Pham simply moved her operation down the block.
    At the federal courthouse Tuesday, Pham was charged with running a food stamp scheme at Seattle Chinese Herb and Grocery, a small store that trafficked more than $2 million in food stamps before federal agents raided it in October.

    A judge denied prosecutors’ request to keep Pham in jail until her trial. However, the judge ordered GPS tracking to make sure she doesn’t return to the scene of her crime — grocery stores.

    The judge also banned her from casinos, saying she was bilking the taxpayer funded food stamp program to support her gambling habit.

    The owner of Seattle Chinese Herb and Grocery is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty last month to food stamp fraud.

    http://www.king5.com/home/Agents-arrest-woman-in-food-stamp-scheme-119748174.html
    _____________
    A novel idea would be to stop the food stamp program all together.
    But that would be harsh and not very humane. But their are nutrition programs that help the children.

    The system needs to be changed. We are reach a very bad time in history. 9% unemployment and much isn’t the person fault. Even some people in the public eye have been on food stamps. They are necessary and not abuse by more people than less.
    But changes are in the works.

    _________________

    Sessions wants focus on food stamp eligibility in USDA probe

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/203201-sessions-wants-focus-on-food-stamp-eligibility-in-usda-probe

  18. Ishe she Shelia Jackson-Lee’s sista?

  19. daryl. I wondered about that; Mittens getting all the delegates. Appreciate the update.

  20. #13 February 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm
    daryl commented:

    OT

    Romney may not get all of the marbles yet.

    Florida primary might not be a done deal – Fox News

    http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/02/01/florida-primary-might-not-be-done-deal
    ____________________

    I like it.



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