>>Okay enough fun and games, back to being nasty: See how New york is dragging welfare dependents in off the streets.
Yes, New York is literally dragging welfare recipients in off the streets by actually running them down to sign them up for food stamps. New York is not by any means the only state to be doing this either. It isn’t a Republican or a Democrat thing because politicians are all guilty and want you and me dependent so they can tell us how they have saved us or are going to save us and we vote them in office again and again. Neither is it new as it has been gong on for the past 50 years. One of my first jobs was in a welfare office during the summer break. That’s when I learned all you have to do is sit in on any welfare department meetings and all you hear is “outreach”. Outreach is getting more and more people on the welfare rolls. Beating the bushes to find “needy folks”. And if they don’t come in on their own or even know they are “needy” it is your responsibility to show them just how needy they are. After all if all these needy folks stand on their own two feet, get jobs, change their life styles or what ever it takes to accept responsibility for themselves then the welfare departments may have to cut back and lay off workers. You know, those over paid, over perked, unionized government workers who have all but destroyed the state of California, who did destroy the steel industry and the auto industry in the United States, and who are going after your wallet more and more everyday. Look at your local government and the way the school boards and county employee rolls are growing. Then check the pay some of these people get for sitting on their bums; these facts are supposed to be public records. Tho if your city/county is anything like Greensboro, NC you may have top take someone to court to get your hands on the “public” records.
One more thing: the fastest growing workforce in the country are goverment workers. Growing by 150,000+ just this first Obamanation year! BB
From big government Blog: My Country ‘Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Dependency –
By the way, this is not just the fault of Democrats. The ranking Republican on the Agriculture Committee is a big defender of the program, in part because of the sordid pact among urban and rural politicians to support each other’s handouts. And President George W. Bush’s food stamp administrator actually had the gall to assert “food stamps is not welfare.” No wonder the burden of federal spending skyrocketed during the reign of so-called compassionate conservatism.
The correct policy, of course, is to get the federal government out of the welfare business. If Mayor Bloomberg thinks it is a “civic duty” to expand food stamps, he should see whether New York City voters agree with him – and want to foot the bill.
A decade ago, New York City officials were so reluctant to give out food stamps, they made people register one day and return the next just to get an application. The welfare commissioner said the program caused dependency and the poor were “better off” without it. Now the city urges the needy to seek aid (in languages from Albanian to Yiddish). Neighborhood groups recruit clients at churches and grocery stores, with materials that all but proclaim a civic duty to apply — to “help New York farmers, grocers, and businesses.”
There is even a program on Rikers Island to enroll inmates leaving the jail. “Applying for food stamps is easier than ever,” city posters say. …These changes, combined with soaring unemployment, have pushed enrollment to record highs, with one in eight Americans now getting aid. “I’ve seen a remarkable shift,” said Senator Richard G. Lugar, an Indiana Republican and prominent food stamp supporter. “People now see that it’s necessary to have a strong food stamp program.” …The program has commercial allies, in farmers and grocery stores, and it got an unexpected boost from President George W. Bush, whose food stamp administrator, Eric Bost, proved an ardent supporter. “I assure you, food stamps is not welfare,” Mr. Bost said in a recent interview. Still, some critics see it as welfare in disguise and advocate more restraints. …The federal government now gives bonuses to states that enroll the most eligible people.
…In 2008, the program got an upbeat new name: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP.
…Since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office eight years ago, the rolls have doubled, to 1.6 million people…
Albany made a parallel push to enroll the working poor, setting an explicit goal for caseload growth. “This is all federal money — it drives dollars to local economies,” said Russell Sykes, a senior program official. But Mr. Turner, now a consultant in Milwaukee, warns that the aid encourages the poor to work less and therefore remain in need. “It’s going to be very difficult with large swaths of the lower middle class tasting the fruits of dependency to be weaned from this,” he said.
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