As Elections Get Closer, Lies Start Spewing Out of Republicans

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The election of 2012 is fast-approaching, and there will be refreshing commercials as well as lies on the radio and television as well as on the Internet. The fun thing I like to do is read Twitter. I can read messages from others as they type what is on their minds. Though only 140 words maximum, some comments are enlightening, educating, some are funny and some are downright ridiculous. Then there are the Twits er I mean Tweets from the right. I recently read one which I found interesting

Nope, I’ve been on food stamps before, I waited in the ridiculous lines while people in Escalades and BMWs showed up to collect.

Liberate the USA is a twit and according to:

LiberateTheUSA

@LiberateTheUSA

I have become Breitbart, destroyer of nuts and Weiners. My favorite shadowy conservative group is..

Out West

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Apparently someone who enjoy destroying legumes and hot dogs. Well, Liberate who apparently hates food stamp was a recipient. No problem there. It’s better to be on food stamps than to starve. This is what socialism is about. But Liberate said that there were people who were receiving their stamps while driving Escalades and BMW. Well, that may be true. People live in them now after the housing bubble popped. In Malibu Ca., there are well-to-do-upper-middle-class folks who now drive the same vehicles they live in. Yes even formerly wealthy folks get hungry too.

But for argument sake, say that Liberate is correct. Say that there is fraud, Why didn’t Liberate report this? Was Liberate lying or was liberate actually seeing people applying for food stamps when they shouldn’t? If liberate was telling the truth, why didn’t Liberate report this? According to JD Supra, a repository of free legal information shared by the professionals who generate it. Find legal documents, legal forms, court filings, articles and legal research.

http://www.jdsupra.com/post/documentViewer.aspx?fid=66da32b4-bb1b-41d3-b2dc-f6e31a422321
A Connecticut businessman was sentenced last week to fifteen months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, on charges of food-stamp fraud. The man, a convenience store owner, fraudulently redeemed food stamp benefits for cash and other ineligible items for patrons at his store. Food stamp benefits may not lawfully be exchanged for cash under any circumstances. In addition to his sentence, the store owner was ordered to make full restitution to the government in the amount of $94,049.59.

The harsh penalties for food stamp fraud extend to recipients of food stamps as well. A Mississippi man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to lying on an application for food stamps. Under the rules of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, applicants are ineligible to receive food stamp benefits if they have been convicted of a drug-related felony after August 22, 1996. The defendant lied on his application, denying that he had been convicted of such a felony, which made his receipt of food stamps fraudulent. In addition to his five year sentence, the defendant was ordered to pay $2,908 in restitution.

It is a federal offense to fraudulently use food stamps improperly. The above are “incentives” to NOT fraudulently use food stamps. Yet folks like Liberate say blacks use food stamps.

A story written by CBS News :

 

Gingrich singles out blacks in food stamp remark

According to U.S. Census Bureau, about 28 percent of households that receive food stamps are African American, while 59 percent are white.  According to the same report, about 78 percent of American households are white, while about 12 percent are black. (The overall population is 72.4 percent white and 12.6 percent black.)

So to say that the majority of recipients of food stamps are other than whites is either a liar or or badly misinformed. And to denigrate someone on food stamps, calling them lazy or criminal is downright wrong. Food stamps are used to prevent families from starving. And the accusation comes from the mouth from the Christian right. Funny thing, they criticize and mock the people who are hungry, and folks like Governor Mitt Romney or Catholic Newt Gingrich would love to see people starve. And the people who are on food stamps and welfare, the same Christian right wing Nut Jobs follow their lead…leaving out an important command their god or sky-spook order them to do and that is:

Matthew 25:34-46

King James Version (KJV)

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

I’m starting to believe that atheists, agnostics and the progressive Christians will enter into the Kingdom of heaven. Those on the right? vs. 46.

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11 Replies to “As Elections Get Closer, Lies Start Spewing Out of Republicans”

  1. If thou didst give the poor man shoon
    Then take them now, and put them on
    And Christ receive thy soul.

    If thou didst give the poor man none
    Go barefoot through the fire and thorn
    And Hell receive thy soul.-

    The Lyke Wake Dirge

  2. Where is liberateUS when they start denying people food stamps because they have a 20yo car that barely gets them to the county services office? Escalade my ass.

  3. Who are these Rightwingnut fools that peer about to see what people are driving that come to the Foodstamp offices? They don’t know if that is a car of another family member, a car they owned during better financial times or what the issue is. These Foodstamp snoops also do this at the grocery stores and then come to the internet to post their snoop reports like poor people can’t enjoy good food or a few snacks their children may enjoy in their otherwise miserable lives. Republicans have shown their true colors and their Bibles and flags can no longer hide who they truly are. Hypocrites is the most kind word I can say to describe them.

  4. There is some fraud with food stamps and other assistance but it is relatively small considering the amount of people who get assistance. The fright wing’s solution to this fraud is to just throw the baby out with the bath water. When fraud is found, prosecute them, but don’t penalize the majority of honest people who are getting assistance to feed their families.

  5. The Welfare Cadillac story was around in 1966, when the program was new. It turned out one of a cleaning woman’s employers was bringing her to pick them up. There may still be people with enough heart left to give a lift to their former maids and yardmen even if they can no longer afford to keep them steadily employed.

  6. I was just going to mention the Welfare Cadillac story myself. There is another angle to that, as I explained to one person who used to take that as gospel. (When I did, he changed his tune completely.)

    The big cars were notorious gas guzzlers, and much more expensive to operate and maintain (one of the Lincolns of the period required removing something like 46 screws, and it was a major operation to just change a taillight bulb!). Thus, they were not very popular on the used car market and cheap… often dirt cheap. Poor people couldn’t afford anything better and so they’d be driving Lincolns and Cadillacs – which ate up more of their hard-earned cash. Like everything else when you’re poor, you’re stuck with the more expensive in the long run and less efficient options because anything decent costs too much up front.

    (See the book “The Poor Pay More” – dated and from the 60s, but still quite valid in its description of the life of the poor.)

  7. This is classic toxic-shaming “The Other”; it is so embedded (like racism at an early age) within those who are raised in what I term as “social abuse/neglect”* environments that they have no consciousness when it comes to denying food to the poor; it is beyond sad…they can do no better than to say “I got my rice bowl, fook-yew”.

    Toxic shame (according to volumes written by Bradshaw in the 80’s!)is…

    …”the feeling of being flawed and diminished and never measuring up. Toxic shame feels much worse than guilt. With guilt, you’ve done something wrong; but you can repair that – you can do something about it. With toxic shame there’s something wrong with you and there’s nothing you can do about it; you are inadequate and defective.”

    Education is really the only answer to this multi-generational problem, but, we see the evidence every where from the GOP who fights hard to make sure that this kind of education never happens…

    *(I prefer the term “socially retarded” for those raised “under the bar” with intent as an accurate descriptor, but people get “scared”, knee jerk and, take it out of context)

  8. Toxic shame… good term, and we know the reality of it well (Native Americans have been taught for generations that it’s shameful to be Indian, especially to those who can pass). Many of the elders and ancients have a really tough time admitting to their heritage because of toxic shame.

    The dominionists are especially adept at using toxic shame… it’s a powerful, but evil manipulation and control tool (part of the reason memories of my dominionist days were suppressed for all those years was toxic shame).

  9. The saddest part is the store owner did nothing the wall street crooks did and got prison time, and the guy who lied on his application recieved prison time, but Mitt lied on SEC and Ma. state filings and is maybe going to be president? Anyone else see a major flaw in our CRIMINAL justice system? I am not advocating cheating and lying, but as Mitt always says “sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”.

  10. That’s why I’m unfriendly to our “Justice System” and think it should be called the INJUSTICE system. When you’ve got people like Rick Scott and others getting away with murder, while ordinary folk are punished severely for small things (sometimes just trying to survive)… there is no justice there.

    I’ve seen it with business owners quite a few times… the courts automatically assume a “Good Businessman” is more honest than his employee, even in the face of evidence that he’s a crook.

    I won’t get started about preachers and many of the churches…

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