Thursday, August 13, 2009

Brooks To Hold 3pm Press Conference


CLAIMS WIDESPREAD FRAUD
IN BACK-TO-SCHOOL
GRANT PROGRAM

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SCATS ~~ Can you imagine that!? Give the good people of NY $200/child with no constraints on how to spend it and they end up purchasing flat screen TVs!

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

The majority of these people aren't responsible in any other part of their lives, why should they act responsible now? God knows they didn't spend any of that $200 on birth control.

Anonymous said...

Where's Robach on this issue? Why is Maggie doing the talking?

Anonymous said...

Boy that Obama's a generous guy (with everyone else's money)... There's a lot of big families out there, too, to get that $200 per child! Let's hope SOME put it towards good use for the welfare of the kids.

Anonymous said...

I wish we would do without the silly quasi racist stereotypes about those who get government assistance. Most folks are honest and have tough circumstances. Many on assistance work.

It makes Greece look like a bunch of Hicks

Anonymous said...

COme on it is Patterson that chose to spend this money like this. Not Obama

Anonymous said...

What quasi racist comments did you read here 3:54? Be careful throwing around that lie. And why do you assume all commenters are from Greece? And because people don't like paying what little money we as taxpayers have left for government handouts for others, you call them a bunch of hicks?

Your accusation of racism is offensive and typical from the left. Way to insult the voters who live here too. I'll never understand how you people will choose poorly run, costly government programs spilling over with fraud and waste over the people who are forced to pay for them though. Can you explain?

I know a select few people here like to call others Nazi's but I never thought this would be a place to make accusations of racism against other people.

SCATS said...

To 4:09PM ~~ I'm not sure that you are correct. When Patterson announced this program he said the money MUST be spent in this way or that NY would lose it.

Anonymous said...

Just for the record the man's name is spelled Paterson. Just one 't'. He's the Governor of the State of New York for goodness sake, could we please spell his name right.

This is what happens when you partner with George Soros. He along with the State Democrats and Paterson are packaging this money to needy folks in NYC and across the state. Maybe a little bit of oversight from the Gov should be called for.

Anonymous said...

You watch our economy grow in N.Y.

Companies will be fighting for space to get into N.Y.

Wait a minute I forgot the money is FREE.

N.Y.ers think they are smarter - when in fact if they sit back and allow this type of thing to continue they just might be the DOUMBEST.

Anonymous said...

Is their a chemical that could be added to Newport cigarettes that would result in the sterilization of the smoker? If so, perhaps a multimillionaire or taxpayers could throw $35 million toward that program. I assure you such a program would go a long way toward helping our country.

Anonymous said...

the implication in 3:02's post that folks should spend money on birth control has obvious implications generally of a racial nature.

Methinks 4:28 protests to much

SCATS said...

I must be out of the loop .. what is the implication related to smoking Newport cigs??

To 5:02PM ~~ Misspelling counts even in name-calling.

Anonymous said...

I guess I'll have to help make this clear for people to prevent further confusion. According to some commenting here, it appears if you are upset over this misuse of your tax money, you are racist.

Watch how many times the word is used in this thread.

This site used to be concerned about waste of taxpayer funds. What happened? Are we all good with it now?

The commentary on this post was lacking at best. Why?

SCATS said...

I've decided that phrases such as "you people" or "these people" or similar potentially judgmental classifications are not a good way to communicate, characterize or label anyone. Please refrain from such phrases. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the same people (mageie) who go into a huff over $200 supposedly misspent are equally hard on the huge bonuses that bankers have taken with stimulus money.
Some have gotten close to a million dollars. That would be larger by a factor of $5000 if my math is correct. I don;t hear racial slurs against mostly white male bank executives Should they be forced to practice more effective birth control or be sterilized by drinking laded martini's? (better yet lace their coke!!)

SCATS said...

To 6:35PM ~~ If you meant my commentary was lacking on this thread, I would agree. Am I outraged? Not really ... probably because I KNEW this was going to happen when Paterson announced the plan and it was explained by the media that there would be no way to assure the $$ was spent correctly. I would have been shocked had the abuse of funding not happened.

Anonymous said...

Where's Maggie's outrage over the more than $20,000,000 spent planning the now defunct Ren Square. That's truly a lot of wasted money and frankly, I am outraged.

Anonymous said...

SCATS

I appreciate the sentiment but on refection I question whether its good to be the language police on phrases like you people.

Perhaps our commenter at 6:35 thinks he/she is not racist an perhaps even probably not he/she is not. I can't judge that but I can comment on the use of stereotype in a post. It is not a matter of the person;s beleifs but the use of a verbal sterotype.
Maybe its just a lack of reflection. Still when poor people are accused of lacking proper birth control that's a slur. I think it is obvious what groups are generally targeted by that slur.

SCATS said...

To 7:27PM ~~ I've had a dislike for such phrases since my college days. When I first saw 3:02PM's comment, it hit me right away. I let it go but then 4:28 posted a similar remark. I am hopeful, I won't have to be the language police. Most of you are beyond the juvenile verbiage that causes trouble on here, right?

Anonymous said...

It's obvious the Obama administration has been trying to help people out because of the bad economy. Since the beginning of this year, he's raised the amount of food stamps for households, gave bonuses to those on Social Security, implemented that Cash for Clunkers program, helping first-time home buyers with an $8,000 tax credit, and now helping out the children of low income families with school supplies. (And actually, $200 per child doesn't go far when they need clothes, underwear, shoes, boots, coat, backpack and paper supplies, etc). It goes fast and I'm sure many are grateful for the help (since people may be out of a job).

All this in its own way is to help stimulate the economy to some degree--let's hope there comes a day when we start to turn things around.

SCATS said...

To 9:29PM ~~ Are you aware that back in Feb. when Obama was trying to sell the first big stimulus package he told us that if the govt didn't act in a big way that we would be facing a DOUBLE DIGIT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE? Now that it's two stimulus packages later, plus a cash-4-clunkers program, housing and energy tax credits and all the other things you mentioned, guess what? We're staring down the barrel at a DOUBLE DIGIT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE! How much more will it take, how much more can we afford "hoping" for the day to come?

Anonymous said...

I am 3:02pm. This thread was posted essentially over the concern that OUR tax dollars were being misused by a number of those that receive welfare. I said what I said about "these people". If anyone wishes to argue whether or not what I said is or is not a "slur", we can go round and round. At the end of that conversation, however, you will have to believe one or of the following: the poorer segments of our population (in general) are either responsible or irresponsible in their decission to reproduce. My wife and I both work and are raising two children. Do to our (earned) income, I recognize that bringing a third child into our family, while possible, is probably not responsible. ANYONE that has a household income that is supplemented by my tax dollars and chooses to reproduce has acted irresponsibly, and should feel ashamed. ANYONE that makes this "mistake" more than once is essentially thowing their middle finger into the faces of taxpayers and society in general. Those of you that defend this sort of reckless behavior are living in a fairytale. Yes, there some genuine cases of legitamate, unavoidable hardships out there. But if you think these cases make even a blip on the welfare radar, you are totally out of touch with this segment of our population. It is now (and has been for a while) a lifestyle to use (and continue to beat) this system. It's loopholes are vast and numerous, and worse, with almost every child produced within it, the problem multiplies. I realize that you defend it because it feels good to help out your fellow man or woman until they get "back on their feet". That's the feeling we all WANT to have, but it's not the reality. The reality is that your fellow man and woman are in the apartment you pay for, sitting on the couch you paid for, watching the cable TV you paid for, receiving a check in an envelope whose postage you paid for, and they will come to the door to get that check once the music video their watching is finished. It's not racism I'm writing, it's reality... welcome.

SCATS said...

To 10:44PM ~~ Of course there are people, lots of people, who are doing pretty much as you have described. On the other hand, there are MILLIONS of folks who have lost jobs in recent months, too. I know quite a few of them personally. Applying for assistance is very distasteful to any man who has supported his family just fine until he finds he's 50 years old, out of a job and there are no replacement jobs of similar potential. I think there are more "working poor" than either of us could ever imagine and I also bet many of them would surprise us if we knew their backgrounds. Believe it or not, when such a tragedy strikes, the flat panel TV with the cable connection and Wii don't vanish into thin air any more the fully equipped SUV and pop-up camper in the garage does.

As far as the school supply issue goes, I was surprised to hear people saying they would use the $$ for clothing the night this program was announced. While it's essential, it's not what I would call a back-to-school supply. That was the first clue to politicians that this program was headed for disaster. I agree with the person who mentioned the $20 million Maggie & company wasted on the still dead Ren Square idea. Add these two items together and it's enough to make anyone want to give up working.

Anonymous said...

SCATS your right about the Ren. Square project, just as the earlier writer was correct about the head(s) of the automobile industry. But keep something in mind, this cases while HUGE drains on the economy, are somewhat isolated. The welfare system, however, is a problem that is multiplying daily due to irresponsibilty. It's harmful financial effects are dwarfed by the effects on our country's work ethic overall.

Anonymous said...

This is the dems "type" of program.
It' called buying votes and the taxpayers are supposed to "feel" good.

Maggie Brooks is absolutly right on this one.

ps; the money spent on ren square is NOT the same and I didn't hear the dems complaining when it was being spent - OK ?

SCATS said...

Some "Thank you" letters written by recipients of the $200 can be read at:

http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S1082607.shtml?cat=566

Anonymous said...

Scats: I too see the side of many that have worked for years and now fall on hard times. The problem is they may get food stamps at best. Own a home, have a small retirment account, have a car paid for that is worth more than 2k, you will be turned away from any help. The one that have been responsible, hard working positive ontributors to our society are the first in line for NOTHING.