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  1. Elizabeth B@Online Psychic Reading
    March 25, 2011

    As a reader for over 12 years I have seen it all, but yes this is a first. But honestly my clients are truly facing quite a few problems in there life that would lead me to understand why someone would use there benefits to call a reader.

    Some of my clients have Cancer, Hiv, some of my clients are facing divorces being a single parent, the point I am trying to make is life is hard, when someone reaches rock bottom and feeling suicidal, without any friends or family to confide in I get …..calling a reader with a ebt card if that is your only means to call them. Also some clients only call for one minute over the phone, which is $0.99 cents to ask a very important life altering question.

    But at the end of the day if I made a difference in someones life and prevented them from taking there own life, then I am happy.

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  2. Rachel@ merchant processing
    January 18, 2011

    I agree that that the people in California who are abusing the system definitely do not represent the country as a whole. I do, however, feel that it is a good idea to keep better tabs on what the issued money is being used on.

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  3. Everyday Tips
    December 4, 2010

    Oh my gosh, this outrages me. Not that he stopped it, but that it was ever allowed in the first place. I wonder if they can buy lottery tickets with food stamps too??? (that was a rhetorical question) That would be no different than having an ATM in the casino that accepted the card.

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    • Khaleef Crumbley
      December 6, 2010

      I can’t believe it either! I remember when people would sell their food stamps for $.50 on the dollar so they could buy things that weren’t allowed on the program! That was back when food stamps were actually printed in denominations!

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  4. Tim @ Faith and Finance
    December 4, 2010

    1. Do you think the Governor did the right thing?
    Yes, it definitely needed to be done. I can’t believe it was happening in the first place!

    2. Does this change your view of those on welfare?
    No. You’ll always have crooks whether they’re carrying a welfare card or wearing a tie. I don’t think down on those who use welfare (my family used it for a time growing up).

    3. Do you think there should be more strict limitations on these benefits?
    Yes, I think there needs to be a time limit on certain welfare benefits. If you can depend on welfare for your entire life…why would you attempt to make more money? It needs to be structured better.

    4. Do you think our government can/should do more to help these people?
    I think the programs are generous enough and frankly, I feel they need to be reduced. I think its the responsibility of the people and religious groups to be charitable – not the government

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    • Khaleef Crumbley
      December 6, 2010

      I agree with you on every point. Charitable giving needs to be done through local churches (and other religious institutions) and individuals. Forced giving – through taxes – never works!

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  5. Carol@inthetrenches
    December 3, 2010

    Khaleef, thanks for posting this article and raising awareness about the potential and real abuse of taxpayer dollars.

    I contemplate those in need daily and hope that those on public assistance will benefit from In The Trenches – Financial Survival During Times of Hardship. Personally, I have come to the opinion that all cash assistance programs (excluding SSA and Disability) should be limited to six months with required education in budgeting, meal planning and preparation, job search skills, alcohol rehab, etc. Medical benefits may need to extend beyond that.

    Six months allows enough time to make lifestyle adjustments including finding a job, enlisting the help of family or private sources, relocating, or other lifestyle changes which may include changes in standard of living. All assistance programs should have the goal of enabling a person to become more self-reliant, not dependent. The longer the benefits are received the more dependent a person may become and this should not be the responsibility of other taxpayers.

    Thanks again for your good work. May God bless.

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    • Khaleef Crumbley
      December 6, 2010

      I definitely think that a time limit and mandatory training/counseling is needed in these cases.

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  6. First Gen American
    December 3, 2010

    It makes me wonder how many other places were tried that didn’t work.

    My corporate credit card has tighter controls than this. Unbelievable.

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    • Khaleef Crumbley
      December 5, 2010

      Yeah, I can’t believe they were allowed to use their card in these ways for so long. I’m glad they finally put a stop to it!

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  7. Wiseguy
    December 3, 2010

    1. Do you think the Governor did the right thing?
    It’s sad that it needed be done, but yes.

    2. Does this change your view of those on welfare?
    No. Some people make bad decisions and will misuse their money, others don’t. That’s the nature of some people, regardless of wealth or social status.

    3. Do you think there should be more strict limitations on these benefits?
    If there are other frivolous uses that should be restricted, sure. But if it gets to the point where you are potentially preventing people from fulfilling legitimate needs, no.

    4. Do you think our government can/should do more to help these people?
    No. But individuals should.

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    • Khaleef Crumbley
      December 3, 2010

      Hey Wiseguy, thanks for the comment! I agree with you on each point. Especially the last one. If we did more to help each other, these government programs could be scaled down significantly!

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