Yes hello I have tried out adulthood and I have found it’s not really working out for me is it possible to get a refund.
Yes hello I have tried out adulthood and I have found it’s not really working out for me is it possible to get a refund.
College students with chronic illnesses often end up having to take incompletes when they get sick, forfeit tuition and drop out. But DePaul University has designed a program to help them succeed.
This is great. More colleges/universities should follow suit!
why did that post about my grandma and the vibrator get 26 notes but my well-thought out and eloquent post about food stamps has 6 notes
Because a majority of people browsing tumblr are teenagers unaware of real problems, or the ones who are aware are working. If we reblog and speak about it in public it will become more prevalent. I hope. Because I am affected by it.
Here’s some photos from my senior show, All At Once. Thought I should share it on here.
This is so amazing & makes me cry.
Yes. It’s called cultural competency. Or just being fucking aware that you aren’t the only person on the planet.
I need to take a moment to talk about how welfare fraud has become basically a three-syllable refutation of SNAP, renter’s assistance, and other public assistance programs in the US. In short, welfare fraud is not an argument against welfare. If anything it should be a call for improved public policy and enforcement. If as a country we see a trend of fire departments failing to put out fires, we do not shut down the fire departments, we improve our firefighting techniques. Imagine if after an E. coli scare we closed every vegetable farm in the US or even closed most of them instead of improving food safety regulations (oh there’s another thing being threatened in Congress - food safety - but that’s not what this post is about). Cutting SNAP because of fraud is a lazy argument. It’s not public policy; it’s obstructionism. It’s a smokescreen for racist, classist, ableist and sexist beliefs.
First, let me tell you what fraud - and abuse - are not. Especially in the welfare tag on Tumblr, lots of people seem to think that buying expensive food items, or having a smartphone while using SNAP, counts as “fraud” or “abuse.” Neither of these things is fraud or abuse. SNAP is for purchasing food items that are eaten outside of the store and whether that’s crab legs or canned beans is nobody’s business but the buyer’s. (If you’re still hung up on that though, read this first) Owning a cell phone is not a crime. Owning a cell phone and receiving public assistance is not a crime. Cell phones are important tools in 2013. I refuse to deny someone the comfort and convenience - and possibly one’s sole reliable connection to the Internet - because they live below the poverty line. I do not begrudge manicured nails or fashionable clothing, either. Taking pride in oneself is important whether you make $15,000 a year or $150,000 a year and we’re all allowed to present ourselves the way we want to. If you’re still hung up on that point though, read this. Paying for an item with large bills (a literal criticism I have heard and read of welfare recipients) in addition to the EBT card is not fraud. Many people are paid in cash in informal work and as a result carry large bills. Just because your money is concealed behind a shiny blue plastic card and the woman in front of you at the grocery store has to carry her money with her doesn’t make her money bad or dishonest. Lastly, buying non-food items with an EBT card is not necessarily fraud. In most states, cash assistance (through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is disbursed to the same card that SNAP (food stamps) benefits are disbursed. It is possible for an individual to use both TANF and SNAP benefits on a mixed cart of groceries.
Here’s the first few paragraphs from a Pittsburgh news article yesterday (Dec. 8 2013) about welfare fraud:
A Craigslist ad from mid-November, titled “food stamps,” offers $90 worth of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for 50 cents on the dollar.
A federal judge last week gave probation to two sibling store owners in Wilkinsburg who fraudulently obtained more than $119,000 by letting shoppers cash in food stamps for money at 50 cents on the dollar or buy ineligible products, such as cigarettes.
In March, a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh separately indicted the owners of stores in Mt. Oliver and Carrick for similar frauds.
Two different kinds of fraud are represented here: that committed by small businesses and that committed by individuals.
The Craigslist example is one that is increasingly visible (notice I did not say prevalent) with more people using the Internet to communicate. Desperate people are selling food stamps - which can only be used for unprepared food items. Can you imagine what kind of desperation leads someone to sell $90 that could buy food at $45 for whatever it was they needed? Rent? Heating a home? Keeping off the street for one bitter cold night? Medical costs? This is such a negligible transgression when you look at our overall spending. A Congressperson can be reimbursed for nearly $130 in a single day for food while traveling - paid for by taxpayers - but all the outrage is over people trying to get $45 out of $90 worth of their food budget? Compare that $127 to the average $4.43 per diem SNAP recipients get. Fiscal conservatives are angry at the people in this country with the least agency. And it’s because it’s easy to be angry at people who have no influence in policy. It takes courage to be angry and speak your mind to people in power.
The second two examples are fraud made possible by a business owner. This is basically organized receipt of and cash payment for SNAP benefits. This kind of SNAP fraud isn’t easy to do, but it’s more lucrative than the $45 “gained” in the Craigslist example. That’s why most SNAP fraud is committed by businesses. It takes liquid capital to forge documentation. A few examples from the last month:
There are numerous examples you can search for - but you’ll find that most are shop owners being jailed and fined. You know, the small businessman! The darling of American entrepreneurship! That’s your fraudulent welfare queen.
Furthermore, the fines and jail sentences for SNAP fraud are ghastly high - 20 years; $250,000 (in addition to the money “earned” from fraud that must be returned) for business owners, and 1 year, $14,000; 6 months to two years and $10,000 for individuals (sentences vary from state to state and based on the severity of the offense - obviously, but these are just some examples). Individuals caught exchanging SNAP benefits for cash can be banned for one year for the first offense, two years for the second offense, and for life after the third offense (this varies from state to state as this part of the policy is not directly administered by the USDA).
The strange thing about people getting angry about welfare fraud is that people being investigated, arrested, jailed and fined means our enforcement systems are working. If rapists were jailed nearly as often as people committing welfare fraud were, I’d be very happy.
The last thing I’ll say on this is that food stamp trafficking is at historic lows (1%) despite an historic number of people needing them (47 million). The punishment for welfare fraud is severe and our enforcement systems are efficient.
"Welfare should be cut because of all this fraud!" is a statement coming from the mouth of somebody who hasn’t done their homework. The next time you hear someone say this, ask them what our methods for detecting fraud are. They probably don’t know - which is pretty silly considering how much they supposedly care about fraud. Here they are:
The Anti-Fraud Locator Using Electronic Benefits Transfer Retailer Transactions (ALERT), maintained by FNS, analyzes patterns in States’ EBT transaction data to identify suspicious patterns most commonly associated with SNAP retailer fraudulent behavior such as benefit trafficking.
Currently, FNS is enhancing ALERT with more advanced technology and analytical tools to improve its ability to identify suspicious SNAP retailers. FNS refers to the updated system as “Next Generation ALERT,” and phase one of the project was implemented in June 2012. Examples of the enhancements include providing three years of data as opposed to one; calculating time and distance patterns to identify fraudulent behavior; and tracking the activity of households that have previously redeemed benefits at a disqualified retailer to identify other possible trafficking retailers.
The Watch List compiles retailer data that meet predefined parameters (generally, retailers with the highest ALERT scores) into a single list. Investigators use the Watch List to identify stores for investigation.
The Store Tracking and Redemptions System (STARS) helps FNS manage data on participating retailers. It contains information about the retailers and identifies their investigative history. It includes administrative information about the store, such as the name of the owner, the store’s location and hours, sales data, etc. Information from STARS is incorporated into the ALERT system.
Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS) is a Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) computer system where the SSNs of public assistance
recipients can be matched against various Federal databases and those of participating States to prevent simultaneous participation in benefit programs among States. FNS does not require States to participate in PARIS or to check for interstate participation.
National Accuracy Clearinghouse (NAC) Database Pilot stems from a grant FNS awarded through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Partnership Fund for
Program Integrity Innovation that will fund the development of a system to detect duplicate participation in five Southern States. FNS anticipates the pilot will run from July 2013 until June 2014.
Electronic Disqualified Recipient System (eDRS) is a national internet-based system developed and administered by FNS that contains records of SNAP recipients who have been disqualified in each State. States are responsible for adding, modifying, and
removing records from the system.
The State Activity Report (SAR) is the main way States report their fraud detection efforts to FNS. The SAR is a compilation of both State-reported data and data
calculated from information provided by the States. States annually report on their fraud detection efforts, such as providing the number of investigations they conduct in a year, as well as general program information such as participation levels, amount of benefits issued, and administrative costs.
The SNAP Quality Control System measures the accuracy of State eligibility and benefit determinations, referred to as the “payment error rate.” This rate, as of FY 2011,
was at an all-time low of 3.80.*
EBT reports provide States with detailed analyses of recipient activities based on information collected and maintained by the States’ EBT contractors. States must request EBT reports from contractors, and the costs and types of these reports vary for each contractor. States can request specific reports tailored to their own needs; however there is usually an additional cost for these reports. These reports are intended to assist the
States with program management, operations, and performance. [x]
*Payment error rate is different from traditional fraud because it is usually a paperwork error that results in the recipient either receiving a benefit larger than what they are entitled to or smaller than what they are entitled to.
Welfare fraud, like I said above, is an easy target if the only information that reaches your brain comes from a red-eared radio host wiping spittle on his sleeve. The poor have always been an easy target. It takes courage to take aim at the real culprits.
so you have no choice but to live with my bitterness. When you force me to support your destructive causes I have every right to be bitter. You cheapen my generosity by using the guns and goons of the government to force me to give to your shitty programs. Just shut your fucking mouth and either listen to my bitter rants or ignore them like the fucking coward you are. It takes a horrible human being to force me to support causes you don’t even support.
Waaahhhhh, how dare you tax me to live in a first world country. I’M A FUCKING ISLAND I”VE NEVER NEEDED SOCIETY’S HELP! *cries bald eagle tears*
Hi this isn’t a first world country because first world countries have stable economies and a solid manufacturing industries that create wealth and lift people out of poverty. What we have is a post industrial shit hole that is propped up by heavy debt and a corrupt stock market. But thanks for making sure we continue to sink into oblivion.
lmao. I’ll hop on the phone, and get Tanzania or Peru on the line and tell them the good news that they’re now in the same grouping as the US because automation and the rise of poor industrial nations has reduced the size of the American manufacturing work force.(spoiler alert: the US actually still has a pretty larger industrial sector, it just employees fewer people)
HAHAHA NOPE. We punish people for producing. Take a look at the US government trying to force Gibson Guitars to obey Indian rules in their American factory.
lol how dare we make companies follow the law and fine them when they’re importing illegally logged wood. I assume the Indian/Madagascar wood is what you’re talking about because companies would fucking love if they could follow Indian regulations in the US.
In case you’re wondering, there are people out there who haven’t thrown up their hands and said “fuck it” with free-metis-army yet. Thank you, oceanicsteam, for continuing the fight to educate this poor, lost soul.