Monday, October 4, 2010

Welfare Money Spent On Vacations

More than $69 million in California welfare money, meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on cruise ships sailing from Miami.
State-issued aid cards have been used at hotels, shops, restaurants, ATMs and other places in 49 other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, according to data obtained by The Times from the California Department of Social Services. Las Vegas drew $11.8 million of the cash benefits, far more than any other destination. The money was accessed from January 2007 through May 2010.
Welfare recipients must prove they can't afford life's necessities without government aid: A single parent with two children generally must earn less than $14,436 a year to qualify for the cash assistance and becomes ineligible once his or her income exceeds about $20,000, said Lizelda Lopez, spokeswoman for the Department of Social Services.


  1. The state should hand out the food not money... Staples in bags:Flour, sugar, butter, milk, you get what I saying.... It is foolish to act surprised that this fraud is taking place. The state is handing out cash cards for crying out loud... this money is chicken feed. the real expense is the gov. employees nad the benefits they get. retirement promises on mass that can not be kept... that is the line item on the budget that has grown out of control

  2. It's really hard to feel compassion for the poor when you read things like this. Haven't had a vacation in years!!!

  3. Here in TX, ALL the illegals (all 10 million of them, yes 10+ million in TX) are on welfare, the more kids they have, the more $$ they receive. Most of them work, paid under the table and pay no taxes, receive free medical, dental, food, school, housing......

    Apparently in CA, they take their money to Vegas. How shameful...

    But what is being done about this?

    Answer: nothing, though no doubt a "commission" will appointed to study the situation.

  4. It feels very good that the people of mighty US are so smart that they steal money and keep doing this for years but none could catch them What a system is this. We pay them in taxes and they loot them for their personal gains.

  5. not so hasty folks. non here have families if you do say. I probaly visit my loved ones who i saeen because of finansial pain. Have at it cause theyre trying to better life withnot killing. Perhaps in time well get money sent to everyone bnd we work for it not now. we need more lawers, representives, farming anddollars, gas stations. the goverment should build restrants and stores so the welfare work then try campaning to hope.

    - Sam

  6. To get away from all the stress I booked a cruise to the Caribbean, just charged a round of champaign to my welfare card for a toast to the American taxpayer! Thanks guys, I really needed a break after being unemployed for so long, it's exhausting!

  7. No one will ever confuse me with Shakespeare, that being acknowledged, Sam, if I wrote like you I certainly wouldn't put it out for all to see.

  8. Public Pensions are the ONLY problem that Taxifornia should be concerned with... this is chicken feed

    your "So Called" heroes are robbing us and nobody sees it

  9. None of this is a surprize. the Question is what are we going to do about it.Sit here n bitch about it

  10. I went grocery shopping over the weekend at Wal Mart. It was packed. I had not shopped in a couple of weeks because my husband and I were short on funds. I work full time and he does construction which is not as good as it used to be. We have 2 children. I had to compare prices like a always do. I ended up with no name brand foods in my cart at all. For $195.96
    I ended up with a half a cart of food. In line people had all name brand items and food over the top of the cart and sometimes 2. I realized it was the "first of the month" these people were using food stamps and having a whole lot of food. My husband and I work very hard the for the money week make and all I could think is what the hell are we doing wrong?????????

  11. 3:51 they learned to work the system like the bankers do, just on a much smaller scale.

  12. 3:51
    'they learned to work the system like the bankers do, just on a much smaller scale."

    Yes ,lots of things were possible under the dollar hegemony system .
    Parasitism and corruption became the norm for all classes .To game the system.

    The poorer people especialy those without a job or real means of support have some excuse ,as they have no other choice than to turn to handouts ,in order to live.

    That is a structural problem in an american economy de-industrialized for the profits of the banksters.Who parasiticaly bleed the taxpayers for a hundred times as much with bailouts .
    In a globalised world, with production in the third world, profits are not actualy got by companies just employing cheap labor in production.

    A market had to exist where the profits were realised at the actual sale of the commodities as cash In the US.

    As american labor is now to high waged to be profitably employed in US manufacturing .

    A market had to be built.

    This involved credit supply from the private sector and money supply by deficit spending from government ,and the creation of economic asset bubbles for ilusionary increases in GD"P".
    The dollar hegomony great Ponzi economy.

    That lasted a couple of decades, but in the end america and americans could not leep up with the interest payments to maintain their old AAA credit rating and consumerist lifestyles.
    maxed out on credit.
    With the crash of the bond markets and credit/money supply markets in 20008 The dollar is being overprinted and turning dud now too as an attempt to restart the international credit supply to the US.

    End of Ponzi.

  13. As 2:56 said, this is chicken feed.

    Here is a California welfare program that is fraudulent in the billions...
    2009-06-29: Federal Judge Blocks Bankrupt California from Reducing Wages of State Workers
    ( -- A federal judge in California has issued an injunction to stop a proposed $2 hourly wage reduction for the state’s home-care workers, reductions that are part of efforts to cut a state budget shortfall of $24 billion.

    U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken halted the wage cuts on June 25 in response to a lawsuit by the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) on behalf of 250,000--out of a total of 440,000--home care workers that it represents in California.

    The judge ordered the state to keep paying the workers, referred to as In-Home Supportive Services Workers (IHSS), up to $12.10 in wages and benefits.
    according to a California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes report this year, the IHHS program “lacks sufficient oversight and suffers from fraud and abuse.”

  14. Why not beat the system like this guy. The banksters do it ....

  15. What'sa vacation?


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