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Has collecting SSI and receiving education financial aid become the new form of welfare? Has welfare reform just led to new ways to cheat?

I occasionally enjoy watching some of the small claims court shows including Judge Judy and Judge Milian of The Peoples Court.

These judges have a routine of questioning the litigants with regard to their income, marital status, number of children, criminal record and level of education. The answers are so informative as to the state of our young adults’ attitudes with regard to work ethic, sense of entitlement, lack of personal accountability for their lazy behavior and refusal to take responsibility for supporting themselves and the children that they brought into this world.

The litigants are often on section 8, which provides a home that they choose at the expense of the tax payers. Another frequent benefit provides a debit card giving access to cash at an ATM, as well as payment for their groceries. Medicaid is also provided at no cost and prescriptions are free. Some even get free cell phones.

Many cases reveal the litigants own late model vehicles with large payments, no insurance and a suspended license. Many appear wearing designer clothing, expensive handbags and flashy jewelry which seam odd for someone who supposedly has nothing. I have seen them sue for their 70” plasma tv, fur coats, designers bags, gold chains, laptops, I phones, x boxes and other high end items.

When questioned how they obtained these expensive items, I have heard time and time again that they receive benefits from the government in the form of SSI for their children who have been labeled with some form of disability. In addition, many claim that they receive financial aid from the government for attending school. This aid often includes a laptop, as well as a monthly stipend for living expenses.

It appears clear that labeling children to claim SSI benefits as well as applying for financial aid under the premise of taking a few classes have become the new form of living off the system and getting a free ride on the tax payer’s dime. Are these benefits the new free ride?

Topics: Welfare cheating
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  • May 12 2014: There will always be abusers in any system. I hope you admit that there is a real need for these programs and are simply raging against the abuse that occurs. For every welfare mom you see remember that the Rich are stealing billions. If you condem the Individual Welfare then you must also condem the Corporate Welfare, otherwise you're just a hypocrite.

    I'm glad you watch Judge Judy, because until you have an answer for the sterotypes you see on that show you will not have an answer to the problems we face. When you see the next specimen, please try to come up with a plan that will end his/her cheating. Because unless you've got a plan for these people you do not have any answer.

    I'm actually open to ANY plan, as long as you're honest about it. Shall we agree to educate their children through college in the hopes of breaking the cycle? Demand that business hire a certain percentage of former welfare reciepients? Sell them into slavery? Take away the children and raise them in govt orphanages? Step over the bodies as they starve to death in the streets? Round up everyone with less than $1000 in assets and shoot them? Put them in jail at a cost of $50,000 per year? Confiscate all wealth and give it to them? Bring back Debtor's Prison? Force everyone who does not have a job onto reservations and Reeducation Camps? Run 'Hunger Games' as a reality TV show and charge pay-per-view as they kill each other off for a donut? Or just wait for the Revolution and shoot the starving hordes?

    Yes, humans cause corruption and abuse. It should be minimized wherever possible. Individuals should be punished. What I want is a solution for Laticia Cammacho Abdullah-Johnson, 23, single (well, all babydaddies in jail), 5 kids, 5 tatoos, no job, no education, no skills other than popping out babies. Virgo. Prospects for the future: Trying out for American Idol after winning lottery.

    Fix her problem and you've got a plan to fix all of it. Otherwise you got nothing.
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      May 13 2014: Hi Martin, I agree that these systems were set up with the best of intention and there are people that have a genuine need for them. When the welfare became a free ride, a plan of reform was attempted wherein the recipients were required to attend job seeking seminars, resume preparation training and submit proof that they have made efforts to seek employment. A form listing the applications that they filled out was also required to continue receiving their benefits. Job training was provided free of charge as well as day care reimbursement as incentive to work. The recipients of welfare were furious that they were now required to actually do something in order to receive their benefits, and if they failed to adhere to these requirements, their benefits would be discontinued.

      Now, to make a long story short, rather than look for a job, they began to research other options as an alternative way to live off the system. SSI and student aid was the result.

      You asked for my plan -
      It would work like this....if I worked full time and needed day care, someone who was out of work and receiving these section 8 benefits from my tax dollar would provide the daycare and receive a voucher. Like wise for mowing the lawn, cleaning the house and lots of other things that I would have to pay someone to do, after my paycheck is already chopped up by taxes.

      When they did work, they would be paid with vouchers, and each month they would submit the vouchers and receive as much as they earned.

      The free ride would come to an end. I wrote to several politicians outlining this plan.
      Do you want to know what the response was to my letters?...........I was told it sounded too much like slavery!!! Imagine that, actually asking someone to get off their ass and work for their check being referred to as slavery. Most just call it a job. I call it earning your keep. But the bottom line is, as long as there are lazy people, they will find a way to use the system to avoid working.
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      May 14 2014: Martin,
      Well Addressed. There seems to be a number of people who take advantage to gain wealth. We have the welfare cheaters and the crony capitalists A lot has been said about both. but it seems the wealthy rip off artists get more bad press the welfare cheats. Amy has brought this light. When we look at the numbers of dollars involved it appears that welfare fraud is more costly then the higher end crowd.
      There has always been people in a bad financial situation. People who genuinely need help. Most of our current abuse came to be when the government.... the federal government got involved in a multitude of programs to help. Huge bureaucracies were formed, great amounts of money appropriated, almost no oversight and a fault in human nature to take what you want if the source is faceless.
      How do you fix it?
      Does the federal bureaucracy want too? Do the politicians who approve the appropriations want too? Considering welfare recipients are a voting block? People who challenge the system are seen as cretans who hate children?
      I am at a loss.

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