Stimulus Cash for Flat Screens and Xboxes?

Stimulus Cash for Flat Screens and Xboxes?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:02 am


http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/County-Executive-Rampant-Abuse-in-School-Supply/7zQK1vZtp06KFBLC--Xuew.cspx
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“We actually received a telephone call from WalMart on Hudson Avenue suggesting that there was welfare fraud, and indicating they were going to call the FBI because people were going in and buying X-boxes, Wii systems, flat-screen television sets,” said Kelly reed, the county’s commissioner of social services. “Wegmans has indicated people are buying tickets to Darien Lake.”

The $200 per child grants showed up in welfare accounts this week. Many recipients had no idea the money was coming, and flooded area stores and ATMs.

The money is a combination of $140 million in federal stimulus funds and a $35 million donation from philanthropist George Soros. About $6.5 million went to more than 32,400 children in Rochester. Critics have said the program invited waste and abuse, because there are no strings attached to the grant money.

“When you hand out $200 per child cash to a family with no strings attached, no requirements for spending, are we surprised that people are buying flat screen TV's i-Pods, X-boxes?” Brooks said.
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Re: Stimulus Cash for Flat Screens and Xboxes?

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:17 am

And is anyone surprised?
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Re: Stimulus Cash for Flat Screens and Xboxes?

PostBy: ceccil On: Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:05 pm

This was pushed through very quickly even without the knowledge of some of the members of Govt. One says the idea is fine but should have never been paid out in cash. Instead they should have issued vouchers that would have been good for school supplies only but the money was already going out and it was to late. Never fails. :mad:

Jeff
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Re: Stimulus Cash for Flat Screens and Xboxes?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:18 pm

Richard S. wrote:
philanthropist George Soros.

I've heard George Soros called a lot of things before, funny that philathropist is not one of them. :D
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