Well George Soros did toss in a few bucks by prying open his wallet for an additional $35 million bringing the total handed out only to welfare and food stamp recipients with children in New York earlier this week to $175 million. Of course when you have made over one billion dollars off the recent collapse of the American economy and are worth some seven BILLION dollars as it is, 35 million bucks is walking around money for this man.
This no-strings-attached free money handout prompted public assistance recipients to swarm banks and check cashing businesses so they could withdraw the $200 cash per child which miraculously appeared on their benefits cards, money which was claimed to be intended for parents to purchase back to school clothing and supplies. While there is no way to insure the recipients of this taxpayer (for the most part) funded shopping spree will spend the money as intended one can be virtually certain cash registers at establishments that do not sell anything remotely related to back-to-school items became much busier than usual just prior to the normal welfare assistance “payday” which I believe lands right around the 15th of the month.
Now it’s nobody’s beeswax how much money Soros wants to hand out to welfare recipients in fact the more he gives to these folks the less he has to shovel into the coffers of the likes of MoveOn.org, Code Pink, The Open Society Institute, Center for American Progress and literally DOZENS of other anti American far left wing groups, a current list of which can be found here but keep in mind this guy forms new partnerships and creates new entities dedicated to undermining the American way of life and our Constitution all the time so no list could ever be complete.
Understand that few people in this country mind lending a hand to their fellow citizens who are truly in need and with three million jobs lost in the seven months Obama and his cronies in Congress have been running the show there are plenty of folks who have found themselves needing some form of public assistance for the first time in their adult lives. These people have worked and paid into the system for years and there is nothing wrong with having that safety net available in these troubled economic times so they aren’t the ones most of us have a beef with.
It’s the people who have used welfare and food stamps for generations as their primary source of income that really get the hardworking productive taxpayers ticked off and for many this $140 million handout would be a another example of what is wrong with system. Some form of community service, especially these days with cities cutting their budgets to the bone, should have been a requirement to receive this handout but as we all know this was nothing but a publicity stunt by the liberals, who are famous by the way of being extremely tight fisted with their own money, to appear to be compassionate and caring towards the poor unfortunate disadvantaged among us who couldn’t survive if left to their own devices and must depend on the government for their daily subsistence.
Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and feed him for the rest of his life.
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From today’s New York Daily News.com,
A $200 back-to-school giveaway for needy kids sparked a mad rush for money on the streets of New York on Tuesday.
“It’s free money!” said Alecia Rumph, 26, who waited in a Morris Park, Bronx, line 300 people deep for the cash to buy uniforms and book bags for her two kids.
“Thank God for Obama. He’s looking out for us.”
Thousands of people lined up at banks and check-cashing shops to withdraw the cash that magically appeared on their electronic benefit cards.
Some rushed out because of rumors the money would vanish by the end of the day.
“Rumors, there’s always rumors,” said Teresa Medina, who waited four hours at a Pay-O-Matic in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, to get $600 for her three teenagers – just in case they were true.
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UPDATE: Check out these “letters to the editor” sent to the syracuse.com website:
To the Editor:
“What happened to the middle class working people in this state and country?
“I am a single mom of two. My ex-husband and I have busted our humps to take care of our children. We only could afford to have two children.
“Last week, people on public assistance received $200 per child for school supplies. Some of these people have four, five or more children. I doubt a majority of these people will spend the money on the children.
“I was at Wegmans on Pond Street when I heard a group of young women discussing how much money they received: $600, $800, and so on. I was sick to my stomach to think this money will be spent on cell phones, cigarettes, alcohol, the lottery, fingernails, jewelry, and let’s not forget the New York State Fair.
“These people have the life: free food, rent paid by Section 8, HEAP (utilities) and Medicaid. These people need to be held accountable. How about making them work for benefits?
“Why didn’t this highly taxed state issue cards for Wal-Mart, Kmart or Target? No, instead Albany gave them cash. Smart thinking.
“I firmly believe that all branches of government need a major overhaul.
“I am sick and tired of watching my tax dollars being misused. If it weren’t for people like me who have worked all their lives paying taxes, these programs wouldn’t exist. Albany needs to start answering to the working people of this state.
To the Editor:
This is in regard to the extra $200 per child that welfare recipients received for school supplies.
Are you kidding me? How dependent on the government do these people have to be before you start to realize that controls need to be put in place?
Many (not all) of these people are going out and blowing the money on everything but what it was intended for. I even have a problem with the intent of this extra money. (Not only in this case. Have you ever waited in a grocery line behind a food stamp recipient and seen the food some recipients buy? Like roasts that are more than I can afford. But I conserve and spend my money wisely. That’s why I am not on welfare or food stamps.) I am all for helping those less fortunate, but there is a line and some people take advantage of these programs.
This is coming out of the stimulus money? OK, then where is my $200 per child? I am a taxpayer; $400 for my kids would go a long way in buying school supplies, especially since anyone can go get freebies from all the extra community programs that take place at this time of year to help out with school supplies. Here are just a few of the organizations that ask for donations to assist: employers, schools, churches, TV stations, stores, etc.
I’ll bet my school tax money assists those “less fortunate” who cannot buy school supplies. Not only that, if you watch the advertising flyers and are willing to put the effort into it (my guess is that some recipients are not into the “effort” part), you can get supplies rather cheap.
Where does this madness stop? When is the government going to realize that enabling does not fix anything? Enablers can be just as guilty and in need of help as the “addicted.”
God helps those who help themselves. They need to start helping themselves and start paying back their communities rather than living off them. Let’s mandate community service for anyone receiving welfare, food stamps or any other type of government assistance. I’d bet the average length of benefits received would diminish. Stop living off my money that the government feels free to take and spend. I already pay way too much in taxes.
Sure can’t blame the folks for being a tad upset over this thing.