Re: lets be fair
This thread has taken a nasty turn. I don't believe anyone on here are liars. I do believe we have had different experiences with social services and welfare systems. Our opinions on these programs are so varied because of what our experience has been.
I recall a story that ran in the KPC News this past year regarding a young divorced mother in Auburn who was arrested for welfare fraud because her ex-husband was living in the home with her and her children. The article reported that he was employed. Pretty sure his income caused their combined household income to be higher than allowed for her to receive welfare. Welfare fraud is a serious crime, I would never want to be found guilty of it. Not clear on how her case worker determined that he was living there, but obviously the law was enforced in that case.
We have a neighbor in Spencerville who has become disabled and is unable to work. He has applied for his SS disability quite sometime ago. He has completed all of his paperwork and he now waits, and waits, and waits. In his case, he has only received some limited temporary assistance, food pantry food and charity from neighbors and from his church. I have driven him over to Auburn to let him talk to the SS case worker he has over there. She says it is good he hasn't been denied and that these things just take time to process. Because of us knowing him and his experience, we wish they could move his paperwork through the system a little quicker, but we realize they have the responsibility of being sure his claim is valid. So he waits....
Torget, I have no reason to doubt your experience with your neighbor at the lake. If I had a neighbor abusing the system as you describe she does, I would be angry also. Is there corruption in some of our systems? Absolutely! I've read of township trustees, welfare officials, and even judges being found guilty of exchanging tax payer welfare assistance for sexual benefits. It just doesn't get any sicker than that! Torget you mention that she receives a call prior to when a case worker is coming to the home. That indicates a problem within the system in your area to me. I do believe if she lived in my community, I would become a royal pain in the rear to my local authorities until they address this problem. Continue reporting her Torget. Report her to the Prosecutors office, the Governors office, whatever the State level for Welfare fraud may be and continue reporting at the local level also. Do it because it is the right thing to do Torget. I would hate to be standing in her shoes when she gets hit with fraud charges and financial damages that she will owe the state.
Best of luck in your efforts! I will enjoy reading about the outcome.
"It is the power of thought that gives man power over nature."
Hans Christian Anderson