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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    On Privacy And 'Luck'

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:09:31 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Lottery, Democrats, Welfare, Privacy, Families, Responsibility, Rashida Tlaib, Maura Corrigan (all tags)

    This nation is infested by those who would defraud us.

    Nearly everyone knows SOMEONE who is on the public dole. Whether it is food stamps or corporate thievery, (not covered in this essay) shouldn't the taxpayer have the right to know where his resources are channeled by government? Especially given the "Sobering Data" published in the DHS sanctioned Michigan lottery report in 2012

    "Nearly 14 percent of all lottery winners are either welfare recipients themselves or reside in a household with welfare recipients."
    It seems that we have at the very least 14% of lottery winning abuse. (and that only identifies those who have won)

    After revelations that at least two major lottery winners were STILL collecting assistance, the report was commissioned and legislative action has been sought to address such abuse.  At the same time Democrat legislators like Rashida Tlaib take the typical progressive route and wish to encourage more abuse through inaction. By attempting to assign shame, that might be more appropriately placed on those who beg for assistance and abuse our generosity by gambling with it, to the DHS director Corrigan (God Bless Her) who sees a problem.

    "Though DHS found 19 people with lottery winners of more than $100,000, 83 percent of lottery winners on welfare rolls won less than $5,000. Democratic state Rep. Fashida Tlaib accused the agency of being too harsh on people with small lottery winnings.

    "I just think Director [Maura] Corrigan is more passionate about kicking people off the system than preventing fraud," Tlaib told the Detroit News.

    Corrigan advocated for a law to "intercept" lottery winnings from those on welfare.

    Tlaib, of course reminding us that it doesn't take a whole lot of mental horsepower to be a state Rep from SE Michigan. Here's to gerrymandering!

    Continued below ~

    The lottery is only one of the things that can be an indicator of why it is important to know who is on the take.

    One of the main problems that has always existed with the general welfare system, is that it separates the recipient from their community in a number of ways.  One of those in breaking up a family accountability, where assistance might be given to a son, daughter, or sibling, but accountability to those family members is strong.  Money given to nameless faceless people who have no expectation to report on what they did with the assistance will get what should be expected; no positive results, and an expectation of more with no accountability.

    We teach entitlement, but do not teach responsibility or encouragement to improve decision making as would/should happen from familial or true community charity.

    An open book on whom might be recipients of welfare would be a good first step in encouraging those who would rely on public assistance.  Knowing who collect might sometimes invite scorn, but it would also develop a REASON to desist in putting the hand out first. Is it not more humane to encourage recipients of public largess to make responsible decisions in their own lives, rather than encourage the same that has brought them to the trough?

    We have already destroyed multiple generations of self sufficiency through 'great societies', and great rewards for unearned self indulgence. Whole communities in Michigan have been unraveled because of a lack of accountability to neighbor and family alike.  Thinking forward to future needs is a path more resistive than that that cool new tat you got on your way to the grocery store to buy soda (or a lottery ticket) on that bridge card.

    And privacy advocates don't want us to drug test, question welfare recipients for lottery winnings, or even know whom these people are.

    And dummies like Tlaib deem it too harsh, to desire less dependency.

    Lucky us.

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    You get what you encourage. (none / 0) (#1)
    by KG One on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:32:43 AM EST
    A while back I went on a ride-along with a friend who is a route driver in Detroit.

    Store, upon store, upon store that haven't been remolded in something like 30-40 (50?) years, I've seen the same thing:

    • Multiple signs on the entrances, throughout the store and in the checkout lanes promoting EBT.

    • Those same stores also equally promote the Michigan Lottery.

    • And all of them located in neighborhoods that made Iraq look like a tourist mecca by comparison.

    Take a wild guess which city the majority of MI-6 encompasses?

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