Posts Tagged ‘Department of Human Services’

Things You Can Thank Liberals For: Millionaire On Food Stamps, 30 Year-Old ‘Baby’ On Social Security And Total Fiscal Implosion

May 20, 2011

Exhibit 1:

$2M Michigan lottery winner defends use of food stamps
Detroit News detroit News – Wed May 18, 1:27 pm ET
Ron French, Detroit News staff writer

A Michigan man who won $2 million in a state lottery game continues to collect food stamps 11 months after striking it rich.

And there’s nothing the state can do about it, at least for now.

Leroy Fick, 59, of Auburn won $2 million in the state lottery TV show “Make Me Rich!” last June. But the state’s Department of Human Services determined he was still eligible for food stamps, Fick’s attorney, John Wilson of Midland, said Tuesday.

Eligibility for food stamps is based on gross income and follows federal guidelines; lottery winnings are considered liquid assets and don’t count as income. As long as Fick’s gross income stays below the eligibility requirement for food stamps, he can receive them, even if he has a million dollars in the bank.

Food stamps are paid for through tax dollars and are meant to help support low-income families.

“If you’re going to try to make me feel bad, you’re not going to do it,” Fick told WNEM-TV in Saginaw on Monday.

Wilson said Fick told the DHS officials he’d won $2 million but was told he could keep using the Bridge Card issued to him to buy groceries.

Fick could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


Exhibit 2:

Only in America: The ‘adult baby’ who collects Social Security
At age 30, Stanley Thornton Jr. sleeps in a crib and lives off the government — though some say he’s perfectly capable of holding down a job
posted on May 19, 2011, at 11:07 AM

Best Opinion:  Pajamas Media, Hot Air, New York

The story: Stanley Thornton Jr., 30, is a self-described “adult baby,” who sleeps in a huge crib, drinks from a bottle, wears diapers, lives with a former nurse who acts as his “mom”… and subsists on Social Security disability benefits. This last part caught the attention of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who requested that the Social Security inspector general review Thornton’s disability classification — especially since Thornton appears to be running a design business specializing in “adult baby” furniture. Thornton, who was featured on the National Geographic TV show Taboo (see video below), says he has mental problems that prevent him from holding a job, and threatened to kill himself if his Social Security check is taken away.

The reaction: The only thing standing between Thornton and a job is his fantasies, so kick this 350-pound “diaper wearing freeloader” off the dole, says Christian Adams in Pajamas Media. Seriously, could there be “a better symbol of what a fiscal mess we are in”? Well, yes and no, says Allahpundit in Hot Air. I mean, watch the video. “If this guy’s not ‘disabled,’ who is?” And it’s not like he’s the only American putting his needs before our “crushing debt burden.” The saddest thing about this story, says Dan Amira in New York, is who would’ve thought “a fight between a United States Senator and a 30-year-old adult baby could be unfunny”?

Question: Did someone just make a doody in their diaper???

Conclusion: how DARE you question these noble liberal programs!?!?!?  You must be totally heartless!!!!!

Democrats have made it as impossible to stop fraud in these programs as they have made it impossible to deal with voter fraud or illegal immigration.

Republicans could try to investigate how these programs are godawfully abused, but of course liberals and Democrats would start running ads like this one.

All scaremongering and demonizing aside, let me tell you the truth.  Democrats don’t want to push “gramma” off the cliff.  They’re FAR too hateful and depraved for something so small in scale.  Rather, Democrats want to push the entire United States of America off a cliff.  They want every single American to perish in the horror of a Great Depression that will make the last one seem like a pleasant afternoon at the beach.  They want to attack everyone who proposes any kind of solution to our impending 100%-guaranteed-to-happen financial implosion so that our nation and every single person living in it has the choice between communism or death.

Here’s The Kind Of Sane Government Regulation We Need To Bring To Health Care

September 30, 2009

Government regulation is the answer.  For everything.  And the more government, and the bigger the government, the better.

Every fool knows that.

And only fools.

State to mom: Stop baby-sitting neighbors’ kids

By JAMES PRICHARD, Associated Press Writer James Prichard, Associated Press Writer   – Tue Sep 29, 9:41 pm ET

IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood’s children, Lisa Snyder did a favor for three of her fellow moms, welcoming their children into her home for about an hour before they left for school.

Regulators who oversee child care, however, don’t see it as charity. Days after the start of the new school year, Snyder received a letter from the Michigan Department of Human Services warning her that if she continued, she’d be violating a law aimed at the operators of unlicensed day care centers.

“I was freaked out. I was blown away,” she said. “I got on the phone immediately, called my husband, then I called all the girls” — that is, the mothers whose kids she watches — “every one of them.”

Snyder’s predicament has led to a debate in Michigan about whether a law that says no one may care for unrelated children in their home for more than four weeks each calendar year unless they are licensed day-care providers needs to be changed. It also has irked parents who say they depend on such friendly offers to help them balance work and family.

Fortunately – due to an immediate avalanche of horrible press that left the bureaucrats feeling like cockroaches caught in the middle of a room when the light gets turned on  – the Department of Human Services did a quick tap dance backward.  They said they only threatened her because a neighbor had complained (I mean, the NERVE of that awful Snyder woman who takes those kids into her home to help other working parents keep their children safe!).  And the Department of Human Services is really the bastion of common sense – and not at ALL the kind of agency that would go psycho on a terrific neighborhood saint.

That’s the thing about government regulations.  Bernie Madoff gets away undetected for years while he steals $65 billion, and Lisa Snyder gets nailed for keeping kids safe in her home until school opens.

We’re the government, and we’re here to help.

Let’s have about 50,000 more regulations that make even LESS sense than that one.  Let’s put the government in charge of the health care system.

Vote for ObamaCare, and you’ll get all the bureaucracies, committees (and don’t forget all the various types of committees, such as special committees and standing committees; and whatever you do, don’t forget the myriad, subcommittees), panels, working groups, etc. etc. ad infinitum, that you could ever hope for.

I mean, if you want to make an appointment with your doctor, this is clearly the process you should want to follow, isn’t it?:


There’s a line from a Chuck Schwab commercial: the stock broker says to win your confidence: “Trust me.  I make money when you make money.”  And that’s true.  But of course, what he almost always fails to tell you is that he also makes money when you LOSE money, withdraw money, or when your money just sits in his portfolio not doing anything.  And that clarification changes the whole picture: he’s not on YOUR side, benefiting only when YOU benefit; he’s on HIS side, structuring the game so that he wins no matter WHAT happens to you.

And don’t think for a nanosecond that that isn’t exactly what politicians are doing with your health care.

In the same spirit, when your big government liberal tells you that the “public option” will cover you for life, just remember this one little detail: