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Originally posted by QuantumDisciple
Unbelievable! This is a huge reason why American is failing. Were do these people on Welfare get this sense of entitlement from?
I am poor too, it's not because I was too stupid to have sex without condoms and had a bunch of kids, it's not because I was duped into a marriage and pay every month for "vagimony," it's not because I did bad in school, or got laid off, or use drugs...you want to know why I am poor?
I am poor because it is I who is paying for your cellphone, your medicine, your schooling. I am paying to bail out huge corporations that made bad decisions. I am paying for aide in Egypt, AIDS relief in Africa, medicine for the illegals. I am footing your bills until you decide to become a MAN. Relief for the immigrants, relief for the poor, relief for the whales, relief for the relief. I am tax poor.
What do you think people did back in the Great Depression when they had nothing? Did they look to their neighbor for a handout? Did they come to the US Government for a free ride? No. They sacked up and did whatever it took to make ends. They took to fields and orchards, they did what you should be doing. Yet your hanging out on your computer, using the Internet, chatting away on ATS about your new phone.
When the economy collapses this country will be in serious trouble because this is the mentality of young men today.
Congrats on your new phone. I hope you finish school and that your testicles drop soon.
Originally posted by rusethorcain
reply to post by liejunkie01
That's terrible. Why don't you hang on to the phone and use it if you have an emergency. The phone probaby cost all of $3 so I wouldn't worry about the taxpayer.
Here in Florida they guarantee people their own Electric Scooters. I guess they cost a whole heap more than a telephone but the advertisement says..."we'll work with medicade and your insurance to get you your scooter absolutely free."
It is an electronic wheelchair. I saw a woman in her 60's driving one down the highway presumably on her way to Walmarts smoking a cigarette.
Originally posted by boondock-saint
am I the only one who sees the tracking device
given to a segment of the population?
Yes, come take our free phone,
now we can see exactly where you are
any time we want. Who needs RFID Chips
when they carry their free phones everywhere?
And if you have their free phone and their
GPS tracking places you in an industrial
site working when you have stated on ur
welfare application that you are not working.
They have proof, u r working if u take that
phone to work and u r busted for welfare
I'd ditch it, like a hot potato,
preferably at least 50+ miles
from my residence.
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
Originally posted by Wolf321
It isn't the governments place to provide things, but to ensure the freedom for individuals to pursue the things they desire.
I guess that's why some parts of the USA resemble the third world! It's simply not possible for some people (for whatever reason) to pursue the things they desire. Perhaps one day if you find yourself in a gutter, your position may change. Until then, consider yourself lucky!
Originally posted by blair56
Although I don't agree with you recieving a free phone some ppl do need it. I'm a representative payee, which means I help people with mental disablities and mental illness pay there bills and handle there finances. Some of these people who recieve ssi/ss/ssdi only recieve about $674-$694. There are some who recieve more but think about it, after you pay rent, utilities, and then money for food and personal items there's almost never anything left. Some people do deserve to get this free phone but most do not.
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
Wait... so we have large swaths of people in the USA who work their asses off to provide for their families and have been forced to make the difficult decision of canceling things like cell phone service to make sure they can cover necessities and yet the government is giving away phones & minutes to the poor?
Huge props to the member who asked why he was even working. I'm wondering the same right about now. The government wants to give the impoverished free phones, free health care, free foodstamps (I've seen you stampers in front of me in line at the grocery store... I see you buying the $3 a can Chunky Soup & $4.99 a bag Doritos while my kids eat "Shur-Fine" & "Great Value" products.) free housing, heating assistance, vehicles, free continuing education, free freaking everything. Why in the hell are the rest of us working? I'd like to sit on the dole, tying flies, watching TV, and fishing all day instead of supporting these insulting programs by busting my can at work 5 days a week, too.
The worst thing is people are supportive of this crap. I remember when we supposedly eliminated the welfare state in the late 80s. I remember the unmitigated joy of the working man who was sick and tired of supporting everyone who didn't want to work. There was great anger at the welfare state and back then it was pretty much food stamps and HUD... where's the anger at the current repackaged welfare state which includes ammenities being subsidized by the workers' tax dollars? Where's the outrage?
U.S. Charges 111 in largest Medicare fraud crackdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday charged 111 doctors, nurses and other defendants with Medicare crime schemes that exceeded $225 million in false billings, the largest health care fraud crackdown so far.
Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the charges in the latest of a series of cases brought by the Obama administration as health care fraud has emerged as an important political issue.
About 45 million elderly and disabled Americans are enrolled in taxpayer-funded Medicare plans, which have come under fire from critics who say the government pays too much to the companies running them and that they are subject to fraud.
Medicare reform represented a key part of the sweeping year-old health care law championed by Democratic President Barack Obama, but opposed by many Republicans in Congress.
The latest charges covered defendants in nine cities. In addition to arrests, law enforcement agents also executed 16 search warrants.
The defendants were charged various crimes, including conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, false claims, kickbacks and money laundering, administration officials said.
They said the alleged schemes involved various medical treatments, tests and services, such as home health care, physical and occupational therapy and medical equipment.
"Although today marks a critical step forward in combating and deterring illegal activity, our work is far from over," Holder said. Fraud has accounted for as much as an estimated $60 billion a year in the Medicare program.
A top FBI official, Shawn Henry, said 2,600 health care fraud cases were under investigation and that organized crime groups have been increasingly linked to the alleged schemes.
Sebelius said $4 billion was recovered last year, and the government's Medicare Fraud Strike Force was recently expanded to nine cities, with the addition of Dallas and Chicago.
(Reporting by James Vicini; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Originally posted by pez1975
its a good program for sick and elderly people the may need a phone for 911 purposes but to an able body working age american is not cool imo but hey the government gave $2.11 trillion in welfare ie. tax cuts to the rich so now we know who needs the welfare the most the rich xD