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Squawk of the Day - Sept. 4, 2012

"To the grocery store owner who said he had to give cash for food stamps because his competition was doing it: There is massive fraud going on with this system and we need some prison time time handed out to all who engage in it."

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alleebrin 1 year, 7 months ago

I agree wholeheartedly with this sqawker, but who's going to do it? If all the government waste could be eliminated, it wouldn't take 25% to run this country. I worked for good ole Uncle Sam in the early '60s and quickly realized the people around me were working harder to get out of doing their jobs than it would have taken to do the jobs! After about 14 months, I left the government and moved on in the private sector and haven't regreated it one bit! GOD BLESS THE USA!

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dingleberry 1 year, 7 months ago

Absolutely correct, alleebrin! The waste is beyond belief and government at all levels has zero interest in trying to stop any of it. After all, much of this waste is votes in another form. What we see in the Good Life is an insignificant part of the overall problem. But we do see a lot since poverty is Albany's largest employer and it has become a profession with generations of welfare breeders and riders.

Our subsidized housing is am incubator of poverty. For example, Dekalb Co with 10 times the population of Albany had 23 Sec 8 (GRAFA) vouchers in Aug worth about $15,000. DoCo had 1,58l vouchers, 69 times more than Dekalb, costing $656,000. In addition, there are at least another 2,500 units of public supported housing of all types. So, does anyone see a problem here?

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waltspecht 1 year, 7 months ago

So competition, even tho involving breaking the law, is the reason for existance. Have you ever simply though of turning your competition in, and having their program participation removed? That way they can't get any benefits from the program, and they should revert to you in an honest manner.

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nofreeloader 1 year, 7 months ago

Stop taking EBT at common retailers. Have a government food stores,put the entitlement people to work there an that is all .Inflate the cost to double its cash value on products sold at these stores. This practice will come to a fast halt.
We've all seen in a grocery store a buggy full of food,over flowing most of the time. Then you go out in the parking lot to find that the owner of a high dollar automobile was the 1 using the EBT . Not always , but a lot of the time.
I work hard for my dollars , they need to work for their freebies.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 7 months ago

I had someone tell me this weekend, in Florida a millionaire can draw any medicaid they want. No questions are ever asked. This is a product of Obama. And to think he will sell out the Presidency for votes. The income use to be verified quarterly, no more. Let's just make food free to all.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 7 months ago

I missed something--a store owner ADMITTED to the illegal purchase of food stamps and NO ONE in this community filed a complaint? Give me the name, I will report it. I am sick of the people in this area breaking the law because "someone else is doing it" and "it's not my fault" and "I misunderstood" and "understand". SCREW IT-- I AM FED UP. If you know who this is and are too scared or too complacent to report it, post it. I KID YOU NOT, I WILL!!

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bigbob 1 year, 7 months ago

If stores in this city don't accept food stamps they will go out of bussiness because 90% of people in Albany get food stamps. The good life city for the people who live off free bees.

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dingleberry 1 year, 7 months ago

Good show, bigbob! Please read my post at the top which shows where much of our poverty starts. While your percentage on food stamps is overstated, it is a fact that the direct and indirect impact from this source drives our economic engine. Hence, we court more housing just as we would a major manufacturer.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 7 months ago

Government Commodity Surplus stores worked very well and should re-instituted. Only American produced farm foods were available which kept US agriculture happy. The rub came when the large chain groceries were left out and so they prevailed on Tricky Dicky to change protocol. Nixon's stated reason was the Surplus stores created second class shoppers who should have a right to spend your money in foreign owned groceries to lift their (foodstampers) self-esteem. So you know the rest of the story to credit cards to mass cheating. Fraud is a major expense to this country and a major threat to our economy. Medicaid/medicare fraud. Corporate fraud. Contract fraud. Bank fraud. Political fraud. Cut two thirds of it out and we are all much better off. But I agree, turn the rascals in - store and consumer.

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stc1993 1 year, 7 months ago

There is fraud in the commodities too. Not to many months ago I saw a pickup truck heading out Newton Rd with the cases of can goods as high as they could stack them. You could tell they were commodities by the USDA emblem on the boxes & cans.

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VietVet1 1 year, 7 months ago

This is what America has turned too - pure greed and no self respect.

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budcollier1956 1 year, 7 months ago

Righteousness is serious business, funkymonkey. Some of those fronting little grocery stores paying 40cents on the dollar for food stamps are owned by the most respected deacon in your church living next door to you with his wife's Mercedes in the garage. When they openly brag about the tremendous amount of money that changes hands each month, it is a telling story about the integrety of the nation, the many claiming poor take from the government, a few mercenary rich take it from the poor. There are just three types of people in Dougherty county; the 60% receivers, the 10% takers and the 30% payers. Only the payers are displeased with the process..

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RedEric 1 year, 7 months ago

Welfare of all forms is nearly one trillion per year and fraud is acknowledged to be approaching fifty percent by retired government executives. 42percent of illegals are on welfare. The Phoebe employee who stole $1.3million was on welfare under another name. It is big money to borrow children and/or receive welfare under multiple names. DOT employees sell drivers licenses, false ones, by the box full. Welfare has turned into a criminal enterprise and it will come to an end. The ending will probably be ugly.

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dingleberry 1 year, 7 months ago

As a nation, we are in the "Hitler in the bunker" phase where emphasis is on each getting all that can be gotten before the ultimate collapse. Politicians pandering for votes over the last few decades combined with greed and apathy in the electorate, who should care, have driven us like lemmings to the brink of the cliff. See you at the bottom, Red.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 7 months ago

Some time in the next 24 hours the National Debt will exceed $16 Trillion. Obama has added $5.6 Trillion of this during 4 years. We are paying $10 Billion in interest on this debt EACH AND EVERY WEEK. Over $1 Trillion has been added to the National Debt in just the past 10 months.

Can this Nation really afford 4 more years of Barack Obama?

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whattheheck 1 year, 7 months ago

No we can't. Unfortunately even if he goes away, we will still not be able to afford those who remain. Politicians are interested in power at the expense of the nation and we will continue down but at a slower rate with someone else. When inflation kicks back in, and it soon will, we will reach the point where interest payments cannot be paid. Don't bother to buy gold, go for beans--and bullets!

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VSU 1 year, 7 months ago

I was at a grocery store and this lady with 5 kids running around like wild animals had two carts filled with groceries. some of those groceries included 5 buckets of ice cream, 6 bags of potato chips, 8 12 packs of soft drinks, 2 gallons of chocolate milk and 5 bags of dog food. Paid for this using her EBT card and drove away in a brand new 2013 SUV.

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whattheheck 1 year, 7 months ago

Look closely at the crowd lining up for the next food drive to feed the hungry and she will be there too. And when the morbidly obese state is reached, the breeder will go to Phoebe for a heart or diabetes related problem followed by a Hoveround..

Meanwhile, we will try to make her healthier. Look it up, we are now paying for gym memberships in the Wellcare (old Peachcare) program--what has been done for you lately? .

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Outtahere 1 year, 7 months ago

VSU has a great point! The less income you have, the more you receive. I have worked for the government for years and know all to well the waste that goes on. Not only that, when it comes to food stamps there is no one checking applications for fraud. The staff is underpaid and overworked and they just don't care. (Plus the ones in Albany think they're in some kind of fashion show???) The lifetime moochers know how to beat the system and will continue to do so - no one is going to stop them.

Flunky - Even if you turn in the names, I doubt anything will happen. But, you have me very curious and I hope you are able to follow through. Please keep us updated. If I felt like consequenses would incurr, I too, would start giving names.

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gradin78 1 year, 7 months ago

What is happening is the ones who REALLY need some assistance can't get it because they are honest and may only need it temporarily!! I work just across from a laundromat and am amazed/shocked at the ones who pull up in new vehicles with the best audio sound system rattling the walls, has the best rims, tires, tinted windows, the latest fashions for the entire family and talking on their cell phones while unloading baskets of clothes to be washed. I can't figure out how they get away with it and continue to. As for no one checking applications, I have to say I've been in that position, had to swallow my pride to even walk in that door and then be told I was only available to receive $38/month! I walked out without anything.

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Amazed2 1 year, 7 months ago

Y to get ahead.The Obama regime has no interest in fixing any problem like this He knows his ticket to office depends on these people having easy accrss to welfare dollars Nd food stamps His administration has increased the welfare rolls by as much as 50% in some states. Instead of a jobs program Obama has the opposite, called the No Jobs Program. You get free foods stamps and a housing allowance. Works much like Castro, system down in Cuba except here Obama supports it with taxes on people who actually work hard and

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FryarTuk 1 year, 7 months ago

The more welfare fraud or any govenment fraud is ascribed to Obama the further we get from the solution. His justice department prosecuted a Camillia pharmacist for defrauding medicaid out of millions of dollars, the scoundrel was tried and convicted of 69 counts in Oct. 2009, was allowed out on appeal (which doesn't happen in these cases) to determine if there was sufficient evidence to convict. Finally after 20 months and constant prodding by DOJ to rule Judge Sands did agree there was sufficient evidence for the jury's 69 count conviction but did not sentence the convicted pharmacist. Months and months later, Sands sentenced him to 24 months in federal penitentiary but refused to allow DOJ to incarcerate because the pharmacist might have a nonlife threatening cancer. The guy continued to keep his pharmacy license until just a few months ago, unloaded his property in major repo cases and passed his home health pharmacy service to his kinfolk. Obama's DOJ has sat helplessly while this nitwit Judge has presided over this fiasco. With that as a model before a sidewinding judge who is appointed for life what is the motivation to report fraud. And oh yes the ex-pharmacist is still on the street never having served a second.

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waltspecht 1 year, 7 months ago

Better watch what you say about a sitting Federal Judge in print.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 7 months ago

It's public record and it's a free country.

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nofreeloader 1 year, 7 months ago

Maybe the government should limit the kind of food allowed to be purchased. Staple foods only, kinda like WIC only certain foods can be purchased. I was to young to know there were food surplus stores, but the practice of stamps for cash has been going on ever since i can remember. The fraud will continue no matter what, no matter how the system is ran. If only the people buying the stamps would wise up an pay only 1 to 5 cents on the dollar. it will never stop.
Some people know how to work the system as to when they should have a child, how many , an at what age they will stop having a child, so when the last child reaches the age of 18 the parent is now on SS . Its sad but it happens all the time. Public assistance should be limited to how long one receives these assistance. an under certain circumstance.

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Racc 1 year, 7 months ago

The government is not for the ppl anymore, unless you are an illegal or a low life who thinks the world owes them something, while they mooch off the system!! Seems those are the ppl who get ALL of the help, meanwhile those of us who struggle everyday are getting deeper and deeper in debt.

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ConcernedVoter 1 year, 7 months ago

Every loop hole in every government project should be closed. Integrity should be restored to the citizens of the U.S. Those who need help should be able to get it, but not at the expense of cheating the system. Cheating should not be acceptable. DDSC needs to learn this as well.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 7 months ago

Our National Debt has just exceeded $16 Trillion. Just in time for Obama to speak to the Nation and blame everybody else but Himself.

Fully two-thirds of the national debt is owed to the U.S. government, American investors and future retirees, through the Social Security Trust Fund and pension plans for civil service workers and military personnel. China, it turns out, holds less than 8 percent of the money our government has borrowed over the years.

“It is true that China is the largest foreign owner of our debt,” said Josh Gordon, policy director of the Concord Coalition, a Virginia-based nonprofit that advocates getting the nation’s debt under control.

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tommybeall 1 year, 7 months ago

Sister, your statistics apparently come out of the fat a** you're speaking from... Some busy-body friend of mine (in Albany who work for the big government) tells me YOU are one of the recipients of these benefits.. So, not only do you run your mouth with comedic banter, but you obviously know what the hell you're talking about!... Now, I could care less what and how much you receive from the government, which you have so much disdainment about, but a hypocrite is just plain pathetic.. But hey, you go big girl.. get all you can get!....

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 7 months ago

You know nothing about me. You lie about me. Democrats lie. Therefore you must be a Democrat. I don't draw a dollar, not a cent from the Government.

Tell me where anything I said in the above posts today is wrong. You can't because it's God's Truth. All you got is to try to smear the character of a decent, law abiding, God-fearing, citizen. Yes, you must surely be a Democrat because that's what they are trying to do in Charlotte to My Man Romney.

My statistics, just like all my Prophesying, is ALL TRUE. YOU are the liar.

DISTRACT, DIVIDE, AND DODGE. The Obama 2012 Re-Election strategy.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 7 months ago

tommybeall you might want to read this story that just got posted in the Herald 3 minutes ago. Get Educated, Bro! It will help you not look like such a fool!

And oh by the way, another TRUE STATEMENT is that Obama added ONE THIRD of this debt during the past 4 years......over $5.5 Trillion. All by His Self.

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daisymae 1 year, 7 months ago

FlunkyMonkey, you want to know a name of the store owners; go to any Convenience store in Albany do some "casual" shopping and watch the front counter and you will have your answer. The "entitled" crowd shop all day and play the lottery while us hard working taxpayer make their money for them. If you will give any number of them "cash" they will gladly let you use their EBT card. I know someone who traded her card for moving services and the sad part, it does absolutely no good to report it because the government will do nothing to stop it.

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