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Welfare in America

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    michaels39301 Wrote: One exception to what you said here Dutch, they (Russians & Chinese) might surpass us in number of wealthy leaders, but I guarantee you it is NOT honestly earned money. Either by scams, or paying factory workers a whopping $1-2/day, or some other underhanded method, this is how they come to such wealth. Maybe they have one or two such folks that might have invented some major product for them, like a nuclear bomb or rocket technology, but the real "earners" of such massive wealth are only a minute factor among the millions of their residents. Very much like it is here.
    That is why I mentioned "honest"? with a question mark.
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    ok Dutch, I get it and thanks.
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    jamesn Wrote: united you say that..."Bribes are illegal in any other government in the world"...

    You don't think that bribary doesn't happen in other governments, do you? It happens everywhere, all over the globe, it's just that American politicians have pretty much legalized it.

    When Hugo Chavez died he reportedly had 11 billion in assets and do you think he acquired all of that legally? Of course not. Chavez was the poor peoples president. He believed in spreading the wealth. His rules did not apply to himself apparently.
    Of course bribes happen in all governments, but only in America, is the majority dumb enough to allow it to be legal, then the majority pretends the government is for and by them, crazy, these lobbyist are not spending billions on our politicians for the majority, they spend it for the very few rich that own America, oil being the number one owner of our government.
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    ..."oil being the number one owner of our government"... yes oil owns much of our government but so do big pharma and big finance, and others. The big drug makers and Wall Street bankers are right there with oil companies.

    Many of the lobbyists are former politicians themselves and know how to play the system to maximum advantage. Many of the current politicians know that their futures are with the lobbying firms after they are out of office. When they are out of office they are not necessarily out of the system, they just move on to the next phase of the organized and legalized crime that runs our government.
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    Does anyone know when the lobbyist became such a strong influence in our government and why it is not illegal, because it is essentialy influence peddling at best but more then likely a form of bribery. I can remember Spiro Agnew losing his Vice-President position as a result of accepting bribes, he resigned in disgrace and then became a Lobbyist for the oil cartels , the very group he was found to be accepting bribes from while Vice-President!
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    johnnycee Wrote: Does anyone know when the lobbyist became such a strong influence in our government and why it is not illegal, because it is essentialy influence peddling at best but more then likely a form of bribery. I can remember Spiro Agnew losing his Vice-President position as a result of accepting bribes, he resigned in disgrace and then became a Lobbyist for the oil cartels , the very group he was found to be accepting bribes from while Vice-President!
    I guess it is quite simple; if the whole "circuit" in Washington profits from it why kill the golden cow? Right now with more billionairs than ever in all kind of industries and Wallstreet, things only got easier. Have you ever seen any politician in Washington on foodstamps? I guess we are going back to the middle ages where the castle lords ruled and the poor people built the castles.
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    We went from $80,000 to $25,000 a year to welfare. I lost my job and have been unable to find one in six years in an economically depressed area. We have custody of my stepdaughter. We get no child support because the system is built so that mothers on SSI do not have to pay child support. So despite trying and trying to get child support we finally gave up. My husband was extremely frustrated with that. Then he lost his job because he is going blind at the age of 44. Now we are battling Social Security because despite being totally blind in one eye and rapidly losing sight in the other eye, social security has determined that he can work. Good Lord, he can't even drive. So we have descended into the nightmare of welfare. And not because we wanted to, but it is a trap. My stepdaughter is also on SSI because of physical problems that she has. We have food stamps and health care provided by the state. That healthcare provided a cornea transplant for my husband last December. He will be scheduled for another one at the end of this year in the other eye on which we must depend on the state to provide financial assistance. So if I go to work (the mom) and earn money, the stepdaughter's SSI is decreased based on the amount I earn, and our food stamps and healthcare are either reduced or eliminated. So we are stuck in this awful trap. It's not pretty and trust me, we don't get $5k a month. With all of our resources (excluding healthcare and foodstamps) we have $236 a month to pay for utlilities, gas, toilet paper, etc. When the toilet paper runs out, oh well...... We hate it.
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    Hey graywuf, I certainly empathize with you. It must be painful for all you are going through, and it even seems like the system where you are makes it kind of prohibitive for you to work. That would have killed me in my working days, having to live in a system where my NOT working gave me and my family more than it did when I was working. Whatever is wrong, it sure needs fixing. Maybe just a simple letter to SS showing your income and benefits without working, versus your income and benefits while working would bring this item to their attention. I hope whatever you can try might help. God bless you and your family.
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    Thank you Meridian, and I'm actually from Baton Rouge so appreciate the Southern kinship. Oh the process with Social Security is they have all the information. We are told that the SS denies EVERYONE the first time so we feel it's a racket. We now have to hire an attorney to fight the appeal and are told that it will take a minimum of 15 months for the appeal to be heard. Additionally they get a percentage of the backpay my husband would get. Sure sounds like a setup to us. I am in the process of trying to contact everyone in the US Senate (completed) and House of Representatives (in process) requesting that they examine this problem and enact legislation to stop this kind of treatment by Social Security. In the meantime, we languish on welfare.
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