You can fool some people sometimes; but you can’t fool all the people all the time - Bob Marley, Get up Stand Up.
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I have a few issues with this obviously. You may be surprised to know that I’m not mad at this couple. In fact, kudos to them. They were working the system to their benefit and in all actuality should be commended. The issue I have is with the government. How the HELL does this go on for at least 8 years without any red flags? Part of the money they were receiving was for Section 8 housing; apparently there are no “home inspections”? I say shame on our national government, shame on the Washington State government, as well as the local Seattle government.
This is exactly what’s wrong with America. It’s not corporate greed or the 1%. It’s our government. As I’ve stated before, the problem is in Washington. Our Congress makes the laws with the loopholes that encourage businesses to go overseas. They make the laws that allow the couple from Seattle to get away with this for at least 8 years. You think this is an isolated incident? Hardly. Without going into too much detail, it’s rampant. There are people that are on public assistance that apparently can’t afford to pay for their own kids’ lunches, but they have $80 Polo Shirts (5 different colors/styles), IPhones, Xbox 360s, $100 sneakers and drive far nicer cars than a lot of working people (like myself). There are people that actually are better off not working and collecting welfare. In all seriousness though, who can blame them? Again, kudos to them for knowing how to and having the balls to work the system.
I don’t know what the best solution is but I’d start with putting certain restrictions on what people can buy. I worked in the grocery business for over 12 years before becoming a teacher so I saw how people abused the system. You’re on food stamps? You don’t get Filet Mignon. I have a fucking job and I don’t get to eat Filet. You’re on Welfare? No lottery tickets. There is no need for you to spend $50 a day on the lottery. Gambling is not an appropriate or sensible retirement plan. Sorry, if you can’t pay for your kids lunch, no Polo boots. You want public assistance? Take a drug test. You fail, you’re booted out. Most people have to take a drug test for their jobs so why should you get high on the government’s (i.e. MY dime?). You don’t like it? Get out then or find a job that allows you to get high….good luck with that.
What is the answer for Welfare reform? I don’t know but the current system sucks. When I see or hear stories like this couple from Seattle it pisses me off. Not at them or any of the people that abuse the system for Polo boots, lottery tickets, and Filet. I do say kudos for them.
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