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Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

Then you would loose your bet. Obama mentioned the fact that we all need to take an active part in our government. I have my time for relaxing, but thanks for being concerned.  (Jan 20, 2009 | post #145)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

By seemingly ignoring the point, and insulting people who are looking for fraud, it's as if you are taking a stance for the people cheating the system!  (Jan 20, 2009 | post #143)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

Will you ever get the point? I am not against assistance to those in need. I am for catching the crooks that steal from those in need. Geez.  (Jan 20, 2009 | post #142)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

I don't know who you are talking about whining but even less than 1% is unacceptable. The goal is 0% and again, this post is about food stamp fraud, not the "less than 1% food stamp fraud". I'm not saying that the govenment or it's workers are handing out stamps to anyone. Pehaps social workers do get it right 99% of the time, but we still should work to make that 100%. It's commendable though if the real rate is that high. But I would venture to bet that the less than 1% rate is calculated on the ones that are caught or the mistakes made and caught. How about the ones that present false information in order to get the food stamps? You may catch some but not all. What I'm talking about, and I guess many others here are talking about, is the illegal filing for food stamps and their resale and misuse or more simply fraud. I said that people should be more involved and that we need a system set up in such a manner that it can be overseen not only by the government but by private citizens too. The latest finanical crisis should awaken America to the fact that we can't afford to turn our heads or not care where and how our money is spent. We are all responsible to see that our tax dollars are put to the very best use possible. Finding and reporting fraud, waste and abuse are the building blocks of responsible citizenship and in the case of food stamps will help to ensure that the ones that really need the assistance will hopefully get even more than they do now by eliminating fraud!  (Jan 20, 2009 | post #139)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

I commend you for trying to be self reliant. I have seen the things you talk about too. Unfortantly we as citizens can't do a lot about the legal loopholes, crooked doctors and lawyers that seem to be able to get help for those that are really able to earn it themselves. I am all for the people that can't work due to disablities, and I am all for helping those that need temporary help to get on their feet. I am sorry you were rejected. It almost seems that sometimes the system embraces cheats. Good luck and God Bless.  (Jan 20, 2009 | post #137)

Pahrump, NV

Pahrump population drops in '08

My brother in law visited his step son there a couple of years ago. His step son asked how he liked the mountains there and he said the place looked like one huge gravel pit. Is that why folks are leaving. I can't believe it looks that bad. I've always like Nevada ever since the TV show Bonanza came out.  (Jan 19, 2009 | post #11)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

I don't think AC or I "whined" about the program, I certainly don't. I do hate the cheaters taking food away from people who really need it. After all the Topic is "food stamp fraud"  (Jan 18, 2009 | post #130)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

No AC, I don't believe it was meant to be a welfare program. Over the years it may have morphed into a similance of one, but at least I have contributed my share to it. Yes, I am drawing part of my military retirement, half goes to my cheating ex wife. Military retirement was termed "property " years ago by the military former spouse protection law. Regardless of the circumstances of divorce the spouse gets half. I also earned this retirement through two wars and giving up personal freedoms for over 20 years of my life. My own ideals, morals, and beliefs have nothing to do with you or yours. Because I cannot bring myself to accept food stamps or other social programs designed to help people in desperate need my only option would be to rid myself of all luxuries before I would apply. Those are my standards that I want to live by. I shouldn't expect you or anyone else to live by those same standards, that's up to you as an individual. I am quite sure that by law you are entitled to your meager ten dollars a month for food stamps. I applaud you for helping those in need with you kind yearly contribution. The only problem I had with you was that of two different idealogies. You being able to obtain and keep luxuries while accepting assistance, and I for refusing to do that. I guess what really set me off was your stance for the children that may go hungry. When I read it I immediatly felt that if you were so concerned about hungry children that you would do everything in your power to help including giving up your ten dollars a month and maybe as much as getting rid of luxuries to assist too. It was wrong of me to expect the same things from you as I. When I read that you do give, I felt better about you receiving that 10 dollars a month. At least you are trying to help with your other donations. The people I would really like to see busted are those that don't gave a damn about anyone but themselves. You do not fit into that catagory. I am sorry I misunderstood you and I should not have placed my own expectations on you.  (Jan 17, 2009 | post #108)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

No  (Jan 16, 2009 | post #103)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

You propose a difficult question to answer. First off, if the senator is of high moral character who has the priorities of the people in mind instead of his or her own agenda then I don't believe it would matter if it's a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 year term. I do believe that there should be term limits though. Elections should be held at regular intervals in order for the people to publically provide a senators report card for his term through the voting process. The insulation factor you talk about is not so much in the senators hands as it is our hands. I believe all of us are guilty of laziness when it comes to checking up on what our elected representatives are doing. Some of us are better at it than others, some of us have more avenues to make those checks through the internet and through other media outlets. I must admit that I haven't done all I could do to make these checks. When all is going right in our world a lot of us, including me, tend to ignore many clear warning signs. It often takes a great awakening as with the finanical crisis we are currently suffering. The media tends to wake us up but we need to do our own research because you can't always depend on the media to tell you everything, nor the complete truth. It's not easy to keep tabs on our government and our elected officials, but then again freedom has never been easy has it? I don't think Americans are lazy, they just need a wake up call once in awhile. I think we can all hear the ringing now and I believe we are going to see a lot of officials squirming in their seats.  (Jan 16, 2009 | post #99)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

No, I don't, but you should. We need to take control back. When we ignore what our government is doing we invite slavery under it.  (Jan 16, 2009 | post #97)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

I have reported people that I did not know so it was impossible to follow up. Social Services do not report their findings to private citizens. If agent cranberry truly gives freely to those in more need than himself then I apoligize for being rude to him. But it infuriates me to know that someone who can afford luxuries in life would draw social assistance. It throws a slightly better light on him that he freely gives, but it still boils down to accepting tax payer help while enjoying luxuries that many of those same tax payers who receive no help can't afford. I think it would be better for agent cranberry to deduct the $120 a year he receives from social services from his chairity contributions and let social services decide where that $120 could be better spent. With that I leave AC alone.  (Jan 15, 2009 | post #95)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

I was being sarcastic about buying the laptop with food stamp dollars. Grow up  (Jan 15, 2009 | post #94)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

what are you refering to sfb  (Jan 15, 2009 | post #87)

Mountain City, TN

foodstamp fraud

You are lower than whale sh*t. This only solidifies my view that you are a miserable, dishonest and dishonorable person.  (Jan 15, 2009 | post #85)