August 17, 2009

SINCE WHEN IS AN X-BOX A SCHOOL SUPPLY?

People suck.  I can't even tell you how mad this makes me.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said the state school supply grants handed out to New York State food stamp and welfare recipients are not being used as intended by many families. She said the program has “widespread, rampant abuse.”
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“We actually received a telephone call from WalMart on Hudson Avenue suggesting that there was welfare fraud, and indicating they were going to call the FBI because people were going in and buying X-boxes, Wii systems, flat-screen television sets,” said Kelly Reed, the county’s commissioner of social services.

This is a great example of why it's useless to give a man a fish.

I'm sure non-welfare New Yorkers would like the government to give them money to buy a Wii too.

I hope George Soros is glad that his "help the poor" idea just helped people to afternoons of Guitar Hero.

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1 i am astounded that you have heard about this . I am so far removed from news it isn't funny, but i did hear about this from a morning radio show the other day. would you believe it if i told you that the walmart mentioned in this news story is the walmart right near my house, where i have sometimes shopped?!

Posted by: Kate at August 17, 2009 09:04 PM (Fq55p)

2 Sweetie, you gots it all wrong.  Don't be hatin'.

They dint spend the welfares on the wii's. Dey spended the welfares on diapers and pencils, crayons, and educational stuff. ($200 per kid, age 2-17, in school or not!)  That freed up the $200 dey already had budgeted for dat stuff, so now dey could spennit on the X-boxes and Hi-Def.

Don't be frontin.  Obama said he was gonna pay my mortgage.

Posted by: Chuck at August 17, 2009 10:11 PM (bMH2g)

3 It is precisely this type of misappropriation of funds that leads them to need money to buy school supplies (allegedly) in the first place.  If the individuals in question made good decisions, they would be able to provide for the kids they have or, more likely, they would not have the children they do. 

This is why good parents make their children earn things.  So they see the value in hard work and have some ownership and investment in what they possess.  This from the mother who made her 5-year-old earn 1/3 of the price of her Barbie Jeep through chores (no b-day money!).  That Barbie Jeep is still one of her most prized things, even though she outgrew it a couple years ago.

You would think after the Katrina debit card Coach purses, boob jobs and lap dances, someone might have seen this coming.  But, after all, it was for the children.

Posted by: Feelin' Mean at August 17, 2009 10:56 PM (EvsXa)

4 You made me de-lurk on this post.  My mom lives in NY and was tellling me about this.  She saw what her neighbors daughter had spent on the grandkids.  I really wish I could go shop at the Gap, Hollister, or other high ended stores in the mall instead of Walmart and thrift stores.  Oh yeah they had to drive an hour to get to the closest mall.

Posted by: Cindy at August 17, 2009 11:00 PM (RVjNA)

5 I'm de-lurking too!  I live in this county and this is beyond irritating on so many levels.  Let's throw money at a problem and hope for the best.  The kids will show up on the first day of school w/ stories about their new video games and tv's but somehow without a pencil.  And we wonder why the Rochester City Schools are a complete mess. It starts at home people....

Posted by: Jen in NY at August 18, 2009 06:43 AM (cdiel)

6 If a lack of school supplies are such a real problem, then I must wonder why the money for school supplies goes to families with a suggested list of supplies to purchase instead of to schools to purchase and have on hand as needed.  I guess that would be rather like the school lunch program, but with paper and pencils.

And I'm NOT advocating this, I'm just thinking that it would have made more sense. 

Then again - sense and government hand outs aren't exactly known to be close friends and workmates.

Posted by: airforcewife at August 18, 2009 07:31 AM (CDkfD)

7 No offense, but this is why the poor stay poor.

Not because of the cards they were dealt in life, not because they didn't win the 'lotto' ticket of being born into a certain family or economic class. No, it's because they continue to participate in bad spending behaviors and they don't break away from their materialistic patterns confusing wants into needs.

One of the biggest characteristics of the wealthy is that they follow the behavioral cycle you’ll hear on any financial advisor show – earn, save, reinvest, then repeat. The common denominator among the wealthy is not the amount of income they earn (or liberals will say – their tax bracket), but the choices they make once the paycheck hits their bank account.

You could give these people on govt. subsidizes a million dollars and they'd still be filing for bankruptcy within 3 years.

Posted by: bdol78 at August 18, 2009 08:44 AM (W3XUk)

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Man it's a small world, along with Jen & Kate I too live were this happened.

 

Yes, let's simply give money away....and then be surprised when it's misspent. Our government at work folks, I blame them just as much (if not more) as the scum who received the money.

Posted by: tim at August 18, 2009 08:47 AM (nno0f)

9 Okay, second thought - I'll support the X-box if it comes with the electronic game of Monopoly only so then these people can learn a thing or too about how to spend, save, and the results of investments or spending outside of your means to bankruptcy.  

Posted by: bdol78 at August 18, 2009 10:11 AM (W3XUk)

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People suck.

We know. We Alphas just pretend to love them. And yet they vOte for us anyway! Bwahaha!

people were going in and buying X-boxes, Wii systems, flat-screen television sets

They're just viktims of corporations that brainwash them into buying unnecssary junk. Funny thing is, it's the big companies that fund us Leftists! You think Bill Gates is ever gonna give his money to the H-Heritage Foundation? What a deal ... your taxes fund their purchases that fund us. Follow the money ... Leftward!

This is a great example of why it's useless to give a man a fish.

It sure is useless. Who can live off a fish these days? Let's give 'em whales ... at your expense!  Er, veggie whales ... you know what we meant, right?

I'm sure non-welfare New Yorkers would like the government to give them money to buy a Wii too.

They probably would. We'll corrupt them all. Turn the whole populace into dependents except for a handful of Gulchies.

It's Wii - we - vs. you. We outnumber you. We'll outvote you. Welcome to the USSO - the United Socialist States of Omerica.

Democracy + dependency = a perpetual welfare state!

We may be mathematically challenged, but at least we understand that much.

I hope George Soros is glad that his "help the poor" idea just helped people to afternoons of Guitar Hero.

The poor need entertainment too. It's not fair that only richies get to play Guitar Hero. Video game equality now! It's probably on some page of some health care bill. Who reads that stuff anyway?  Reading isn't fundamental; it's fundamentally Europpressive! We Alphas have better things to do.

I'll support the X-box if it comes with the electronic game of Monopoly

Un-Liberaled Woman, these dependents are already learning about the ultimate monopoly - the gOvernment!

Posted by: kevin at August 18, 2009 10:28 AM (h9KHg)

11 AFW, that was my thinking exactly.  Lord only knows why we just want to hand out cash, but how idiotic!

Posted by: Guard Wife at August 18, 2009 12:17 PM (qk9Ip)

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