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Originally posted by jimmiec
Our government wants to be a business anyway. Evidence GM. Let the government create a business in every town for them to work, with childcare on site. Everybody can do something. Pride is a very powerful thing. I bet they would find a job that pays more pretty quick once that happened. Hey let them build solar panels!
$69 million in California welfare money drawn out of state
Las Vegas tops the list with $11.8 million spent at casinos or taken from ATMs, but transactions in Hawaii, Miami, Guam and elsewhere also raise questions. Officials say budget cuts hinder investigations.
Reporting from Sacramento — More than $69 million in California welfare money, meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on cruise ships sailing from Miami.
October 04, 2010|By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Welfare money spent at 'Casino Cafes'
Posted: Nov 16, 2011 4:37 PM CST Updated: Nov 17, 2011 7:55 AM CST
An NBC2 investigation uncovers money meant to feed and clothe needy children, is instead spent on games at internet cafes. Now, one lawmaker wants them shut down. NBC2 Investigator Andy Pierrotti tracks your tax dollars.
Three to four days a week, you'll find Hank Silvia in front of a Cape Coral computer screen hoping to win big. "When you get the powerball, it's bong!" said Silvia while playing at the cyber internet sweepstakes. To play, he buys long distance phone cards that give him credits to bet on games that can result in cash payouts. State Representative Scott Plakon not only considers it gambling, he's pushing legislation to make the operations illegal.
"The notion that they operate untaxed, unregulated in strip malls right next door to the Publix or the drycleaners, creates I think a menacing situation," Plakon said at his Longwood office.
Digging through tens of thousands of transactions, the NBC2 Investigators found $7,120 public assistance dollars withdrawn at ATMs inside internet casino cafés across the state.
The biggest withdraws included Jacksonvile, $2,920; Vero Beach, $1,020 and Madison $500.
Beginning in November 2010, our stories found a benefits bonanza that might leave you shaking your head: cigarettes, alcohol, lottery tickets - even tattoos - can be bought with your money. We found welfare cash can be used for all sorts of things never intended, from the Twin Cities to the U-S Virgin Islands. And it's all legal. After our reports, lawmakers demanded action and the state began to reform the system.
In February 2011, we showed how welfare cash - taxpayer money - could be withdrawn at ATMs inside some casinos and bingo halls and then gambled away.
In May 2011, our investigation found millions of dollars are being spent on childcare that doesn't exist, and for families and providers that don't qualify. At the same time, thousands of families are placed on a waiting list for childcare, told there isn't enough money left to help them.
Originally posted by chaztekno
So stopping a drinkers access instantly to drink could kill him/her. All this will do is rocket the crime rates with people committing crime to feed their habbits/addictions. Yet another proper poor idea from the 'out of touch party'. Thank god they will be gone at the next election, but not before doing as much damage as possible to break this great country beyond repair so Labour get the blame and will be voted out again next time, smart move in a sick kind of way.edit on 14-10-2012 by chaztekno because: (no reason given)edit on 14-10-2012 by chaztekno because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by detachedindividual
reply to post by MrWendal
I think it's important to note that the UK and US are different.
For instance, in the UK, people receive housing benefit along with unemployment. Parents also receive tax credits (basically more money for breeding).
I don't think the system in the US is as bad, or as open to abuse, as it is in the UK.
Originally posted by jimmiec
I would guesstimate that a full half of all recipients are abusing the system in one way or another. They are victims but they don't see it that way. If they applied themselves instead of sitting around having babies so that their check gets bigger they could have a great life. I see the abuse almost daily. Free housing/food/money and they brag publicly that they get 4k a month plus housing, then they plan on more kids to bump that up. I personally know a girl that has 5 kids with 3 different fathers,unmarried. They got a free trip to Disney World/free airline travel/motel and spending money. Reform is needed but those that truly need help should get help. How anyone can sit on their butts doing nothing is beyond me.
Originally posted by Sostratus
At the same time, this would be one step for the government in taking away people's right to decide how they spend their money.
It's not their money and even though I don't mind my money helping the less fortunate, I do not want my money being spent on alcohol & tobacco for the less fortunate.