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Getting On The Gravy Train Easier
Than Ever - If You´ve Lost All Pride

Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon

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Posted By:Drive, 3/22/2013 6:09:15 AM

I have collected unemployment three times in my life. The first time was over 35 years ago and I had to file a claim at an unemployment office in Manhattan. I also had to go there every week to collect a check. The second time was in 1995 when I was laid off and replaced by the owner´s wife. I then applied in person but after that I only had to report by phone and punch in my responses. The last time I filed was in 2008 when my newspaper folded and all I had to do was file online.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: thelmalou, 3/22/2013 6:22:31 AM     (No. 9238005)

Our Alicia spot on, as usual.

Reply 2 - Posted by: Crosscut, 3/22/2013 6:53:36 AM     (No. 9238028)

Terminate the handouts and many will immediately find a job. Lots are working for under the table cash and collecting benefits until they run out. Unemployment numbers would have dropped long ago if this would have been done.




Reply 3 - Posted by: sinic, 3/22/2013 7:22:49 AM     (No. 9238053)

"The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever. Meanwhile the National Park Service - also part of the Department of Agriculture - asks visitors "Please do not feed the animals" because it may cause them to grow dependent and not take care and fend for themselves."
You couldn´t find two more appropriate statements to describe the problem! The government is PLEASED that the animals are more dependent on government to take car of them. Man, we are screwed...big time.

Reply 4 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 3/22/2013 7:30:39 AM     (No. 9238065)

Turn ´em all into beggars ´cause they´re easier to please...

Reply 5 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 3/22/2013 7:55:18 AM     (No. 9238093)

I´ve been laid off several times and was always grateful to qualify for unemployment benefits - but was always embarrassed when I collected and that was enough motivation to get going and find work once again.

Sad that nowadays we´ve removed shame from our culture and our daily lives.

Reply 6 - Posted by: udanja99, 3/22/2013 8:04:23 AM     (No. 9238105)

The question I keep asking and no one has ever answered - Why aren´t all of those government ´benefits´ considered to be income and taxed accordingly? Especially since every other type of income imaginable is taxed.

I work hard and have paid taxes since I was a teen. Why does someone get to gobble up $60,000 in benefits every year and not pay a penny of taxes? I wish I earned $60,000 a year.

Fortunately I was raised with a sense of shame and a solid knowledge of right and wrong, so I´ve never taken one penny of government assistance. I graduated from college just in time for Jimmah Carter´s economy and couldn´t find work in my field, so I worked as a waitress in a tiny cafe. I survived on peanut butter and canned pork and beans. Bringing back shame would go a long way toward fixing what is wrong with our society.

Reply 7 - Posted by: locarno, 3/22/2013 8:06:30 AM     (No. 9238108)

The quote from the Dept of Ag is incredible: FTA: "The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever." They´re so proud that 1 in 4 Americans are now on their gravy train. Think how happy they would be if 100% were on the dole.




Reply 8 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 3/22/2013 8:23:07 AM     (No. 9238129)

I wish everyone was aware of the fact that something like 80% of the USDA budget goes into food programs not payments or services to farmers.
While unemployment benefits are taxable, I´d guess because they come from money paid in by employers, I don´t think any of the myriad other gov´t handouts are.

Reply 9 - Posted by: treecat, 3/22/2013 8:34:43 AM     (No. 9238140)

I was drafted in ´69 - 2yrs later denied unemployment because I left my Job.

´Greetings from the President of the United States of America. You have been selected by.....´

Great life experience....

Reply 10 - Posted by: kar120c, 3/22/2013 8:37:38 AM     (No. 9238145)

I applaud the decision to make this a must read.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Rinktum, 3/22/2013 8:42:08 AM     (No. 9238155)

#5, You are exactly right. We live in a "no fault" or "it´s someone else´s fault" world. The concept of personal responsibility is foreign to many people. Many social ills such as alcoholism, drug addiction, promiscuity, etc., are defined as a disease. It is hard to hold yourself responsible for your actions when it is considered a weakness you were born with. Or your environment is so bad that it is no wonder you steal or take your anger out on others. There is no accountability. Just look to Washington DC. Politicians have made decisions that are destroying the country, yet no one will do what is right for the country over what is good for their party.

Reply 12 - Posted by: WAN2, 3/22/2013 8:45:48 AM     (No. 9238163)

So? What does preaching to the choir accomplish? As the Titanic sinks learning the composition of the iceberg is of no use.




Reply 13 - Posted by: LZK, 3/22/2013 8:56:46 AM     (No. 9238192)

The gravy train is starting to empty out. You can almost see the bottom of the bowl....

It looks like the uninformed voters are ending their free ride -- soon.....

I survived WWII -- I can live on air. I had to -- thanks to Hitler. Can you?


Reply 14 - Posted by: catfur27, 3/22/2013 9:00:14 AM     (No. 9238201)

...FTA: " No one should go hungry in America."...sounds reasonable,doesn´t it?...but why is this??...is it because some people are so productive and create this wealth that others "deserve" to mooch off them??.. how about my motto : "No one in America should be forced to support lazy parasites who´s only effort to support themselves is in voting for dems." ...?? ...dems are the Parasite Party...they have no shame.

Reply 15 - Posted by: Drive, 3/22/2013 9:04:30 AM     (No. 9238212)

I didn´t read that in the article about no one should go hungry. Huh?

Reply 16 - Posted by: krause, 3/22/2013 9:11:50 AM     (No. 9238224)

LBJ´s and the democrats´ Great Society has enslaved millions of people, not too unlike what any dictator has done to his people, leaving them uneducated, defenseless, and a drag on society.

Reply 17 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/22/2013 9:31:48 AM     (No. 9238272)

This is all about buying votes, the DIM mainstay. Of all those receiving benefits I suspect a huge portion are illegally doing it...I´d guess 45% or more!...because they can and it is easy.




Reply 18 - Posted by: lylacat, 3/22/2013 9:35:16 AM     (No. 9238280)

I play bridge everyday with highly qualified young people who are collecting unemployment; it is a game with them. When their two years are up they work just long enough to qualify again. They love their benefits, and they brag about having free time to play cards everyday.

Reply 19 - Posted by: peterfleming, 3/22/2013 9:35:44 AM     (No. 9238281)

Alicia Colon is one of the best of the honest truth seeking writer reporters.
Great article showing us how easy and pleasant it is to cash in. A credit card that causes no attention with the market cashier where everybody else actually pays out of their own pocket. It is totally out of hand, out of control, and even the good guys like Rand, Marco and Ted DO NOTHING to alert Americans to the ruin of it all.
So many things going wrong, it´s no wonder there is nobody, only the few like Alicia, to complain.
But just look at all the lying Congress droids on TV all day long, and none of them are complaining. Of course, the Protection Racket TV mafia media SUPPORTS all that is wrong. It would be easy to say that these blind TV liars to the truth, are even more dangerous and more of a threat to our survival, than are our greed addicted elected so-called leaders. If the Diane Sawyers would report on any of the Congress Criminality, things would change, but the TV Diane´s are silent to all the crime and corruption. Media blindness is more frightening than Congressional corruptness.
The main stream media is destroying America.

Reply 20 - Posted by: tinnyanko, 3/22/2013 9:39:49 AM     (No. 9238291)

Ms. Colon needs more marketing than in conservative outlets. make sure to click on the Facebook and Twitter links under into.

Reply 21 - Posted by: yuban, 3/22/2013 9:51:30 AM     (No. 9238311)

I can proudly say I have never been on unemployment, food stamps or any Government program. Well, until now that is. I am 65 and collecting on my deposits of nearly 50 yrs known as SS. I also never got fired but I sure quit a lot of jobs. I didn´t hang around complaining to the owner about how he/she should run his/her business. If you want the "good life" then start your own business and do something you love and not worry about getting rich. I have Jesus, a wonderful marriage of 45 years, a great family and a love for Country. Life is good, regardless of the Left and Moderates.

Reply 22 - Posted by: planetgeo, 3/22/2013 9:52:38 AM     (No. 9238314)

Sadly, America today is in the midst of a general looting. It´s like the pictures of New Orleans during Katrina when once the mobs broke into the stores even the cops joined in the looting, hauling away big screen TVs while grinning into the camera.

"Everybody´s doing it, so why not?" seems to be the general attitude. Food stamps, disability scams, etc. It´s disgusting.

No nation that devolves to this point can survive.



Reply 23 - Posted by: kate318, 3/22/2013 9:53:34 AM     (No. 9238315)

#6, I´ll do you one better. Why aren´t we "asking" those who live off the tax payers to work for it while they receive benefits? Surely there is work at all levels of government that they can do: washing windows, street sweeping, dusting the libraries, washing government cars, work in the cafeteria, whatever. You want us to subsidize you? Fine. Here´s a mop.

Reply 24 - Posted by: pineledger, 3/22/2013 10:33:24 AM     (No. 9238411)

Even Bill Clinton thought "work-fare" was a good idea.

Not the Halfican, though.

Reply 25 - Posted by: chicodon, 3/22/2013 10:44:25 AM     (No. 9238438)

Part of my portfolio is low income housing. Not Section 8, but the working poor. They do pay their rent but subsidized utilities (CARE, FERA) and food stamps (SNAP) and other (SSI, WIC, NSLP) are the norm.

As an example, I deal directly with PG&E and turn in some CARE applications. Some I think may be false. PG&E has told me it´s not my responsibility to spot a fraudulent claim. So, for four years now, EVERY claim has been accepted with no questions asked.

There are millions like these folks out here. They are not political but if these benefits are threatened, and they will be, (it´s the Democrat M.O.) I´m sure they would flock to the polls.

Reply 26 - Posted by: Arby, 3/22/2013 10:51:41 AM     (No. 9238456)

Pride is like judgment; it´s politically incorrect.

Reply 27 - Posted by: ratslayer, 3/22/2013 11:09:18 AM     (No. 9238503)

USDA outreaches in Mehico, informing the invaders how to quickly get Food Stamps.

Reply 28 - Posted by: lylacat, 3/22/2013 11:25:30 AM     (No. 9238553)

I was shopping at a Lucky food market next to a Home Depot where all the Mexicans hang out looking for day labor. I was in a hurry, and the man in front of me had purchased a big package of cooked ribs, and he was having trouble paying with his card. He stood there eating the ribs as he kept passing his card through, and it just would not work. The cashier asked to see his card, and he actually licked it to get the sauce off. She would not touch it, but said he could not buy cooked food with his food stamp card. He did not speak English (so he said), he pulled out his pockets to show he had no money. And then he walked out of the store, and no one did anything. When I put my groceries in the car, he and three other illegals were sitting on the curb texting on their free 0bama phones. Isn´t America wonderful.

Reply 29 - Posted by: Butch59, 3/22/2013 11:26:50 AM     (No. 9238555)

I recall in my American History classes that there was one group of early settlers to this country (I think it was the Pilgrims) where there was a severe shortage of food. And some of those who made the trip from England considered themselves as "gentlemen" and thus didn´t bother to work, were part of the problem. And (again I´m trying to think back over 50yrs) Miles Standish, who was in charge of the colony, lock up all the food supplies and simply told everyone that "if you don´t work, you don´t eat". Problem solved and the colony survived.

Now, why can´t we apply that same logic to today´s problems? When the welfare reform act was passed in the 90´s under Clinton, that logic was used and it was very successful. And as poster #23 pointe out, there are a lot of jobs out there that need doing. People need to be educated that ALL work, no matter what it is, has dignity and is worthy of respect.

Reply 30 - Posted by: abuela10, 3/22/2013 11:37:09 AM     (No. 9238587)

But the Democrats don´t want Americans to work or to have a work ethic because they won´t vote for them

Reply 31 - Posted by: jimjr, 3/22/2013 11:44:28 AM     (No. 9238601)

#29, It was more than that. originally, the mayflower pilgrims set up a system of communal living. Everyone would share the work and everyone would share the food. Very quickly, enough folks stopped working, but still got their "share" or the food. Unfortunately less hands working meant less food. After the disastrous first winter, the elders divided up the farmland among the families. Then if they didn´t work, they didn´t eat. After that the settlement had a surplus of food.

Reply 32 - Posted by: AGGW, 3/22/2013 11:58:16 AM     (No. 9238638)

#6 has hit the nail on the head: Bringing back shame would go a long way toward fixing what is wrong with our society.
That applies in more than one area of our culture.

Reply 33 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 3/22/2013 1:08:27 PM     (No. 9238789)

UI is taxed, both FED and STATE...

Reply 34 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 3/22/2013 1:34:58 PM     (No. 9238838)

Responsible people need the 2A for at least three reasons:

First, the govt just bought 1.6b rounds and over 2600 armored cars, obviously for use WITHIN America against US.

Second, when things fall apart and the scum are rioting, we need our guns to keep them from stealing the food and drink off our tables that WE paid for.

Third, when the govt turns on us, we need a way to fight back. Win or lose, we WILL fight back and, in time, TAKE back America.

Reply 35 - Posted by: strike3, 3/22/2013 1:55:03 PM     (No. 9238869)

The biggest shame in all of this is the democrat party. Dems could not get votes if they did not promote all of this cradle to grave free caretaking, courtesy of the working taxpayers. Judging by the results of the past two presidential elections, over fifty percent of the country is shiftless and lazy, allowing for a deviance of a few million fraudulent votes of course.

Reply 36 - Posted by: saguni, 3/22/2013 3:14:21 PM     (No. 9238979)

Contrast the "two cultures" in our country:

Woman "A" had a good family and earned self-esteem, she went to college, then married and a few years later she and her husband decided they were financially and psychologically ready to be parents. She worked through most of her pregnancy, then as soon as she was able, returned to work at a job she loved. She and her husband maintain a good budget and always pay their taxes.

Woman "B" may not have had a prefect family, but she never chose to develop her abilities, and found partying and "having fun" more important than having goals. She found school difficult so she dropped out, and IF she used birth control, she wasn´t careful about it, so she became pregnant as a teenager. All of the several "boyfriends" she was seeing denied culpability, so she applied for welfare. Over the years, she took advantage of every program she "qualified" for, and never felt any "shame" because that is just abusive, she and her children are "entitled" to everything they want!

Which culture did the Founding Fathers support and which does the current regime favor?

Reply 37 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 3/22/2013 3:50:08 PM     (No. 9239015)

#18, find some new bridge partners. Friendship with moochers is tacit acceptance of their mooching.

Reply 38 - Posted by: IdSpud, 3/22/2013 4:06:46 PM     (No. 9239040)

#23. I agree completely. When I was assigned (Military) to Germany way back in the 60´s, Germany had a welfare program that did exactly that. If you wanted government assistance, you swept the street, cleaned public restrooms and parks and did all of those things that the government had to hire unskilled labor to do. A further comment. The idea has been around the Internet, but if I have to have mandatory drug testing to work to earn the money so people can have welfare, then those same people should have to have mandatory drug testing to receive it.

Reply 39 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 3/22/2013 7:14:18 PM     (No. 9239249)

#29 It wasn´t the pilgrims, but Jamestown where the policy of "if you don´t work you don´t eat" started. Other than that your recall is excellent.
I doubt they even teach that part of history in school anymore.

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Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.

Schumer: Move G-20 summit to
punish "schoolyard bully" Putin

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CBS News, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2013 3:49:27 PM     Post Reply
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in

Make Olympics in Russia the gayest ever
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CNN, by Frida Ghitis    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 8/3/2013 12:41:25 PM     Post Reply
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?

What should be next to
Trayvon Martin´s hoodie
in the Smithsonian?

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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 8/4/2013 11:54:06 AM     Post Reply
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.

Mystery of the dark shadowy line
pictured shooting from a cloud
over Florida beach that has
left weather experts stumped

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Sunday Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/4/2013 8:24:22 AM     Post Reply
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email

Professor says kids no longer
need to learn spelling and
grammar because of smartphones

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Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/4/2013 10:55:19 AM     Post Reply
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make

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