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Posted in Waste and Fraud on February 12, 2013 by Soap Box One

WSJ: Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies

The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven’t proved they are eligible to receive them.

And the president wants to raise our taxes.

Again.

Hey, vote-buying costs money. Someone’s got to pay for it.

Compare and Contrast

Posted in Waste and Fraud on January 7, 2013 by Soap Box One

Two undertakings with (supposedly) similar goals, yet diametrically opposed end results.

SeacoastOnline.com: N.H. Food Bank to receive donation of 40K pounds of food

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Food Bank is one of 10 food banks throughout the Northeast that will each receive an estimated 40,000 pounds of food totaling $1.2 million from Ocean State Job Lot.

The collective donation of some 400,000 pounds of food marks the single donation of its kind in New England, according to Ocean State Job Lot officials.

At 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 15, a convoy of 10 tractor-trailer trucks, each loaded with approximately 40,000 pounds of food, will depart Ocean State Job Lot headquarters in Rhode Island with a state police escort en route to the various food banks, including the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester.

New York Post: Welfare recipients take out cash at strip clubs, liquor stores and X-rated shops

A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs inside Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lounge; the Patriot Saloon in TriBeCa; and Drinks Galore, a liquor distributor in The Bronx.

The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), which oversees the “cash assistance program,” even lists some of these welfare-ready ATMs on its Web site.

Yet those who favor the expansion of the welfare state and decry the evils of economic freedom and personal responsibility will tell you that the more “progressive” New York (or Massachusetts, California, etc.) plan is the one we should all be emulating.

For the children.