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Old 06-14-2006, 04:56 PM   #1
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Normal Misuse of FEMA hurricane debit cards

http://www.savethis.clickability.com...dID=K148350720

I was just reading this article on CNN.com. 'Disgusting' is about the most accurate word I can come up with right now. I don't know what the solution is, because I don't suppose you could block the cards from working over the phone or internet. Although they could be printed with the words: DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS and if anyone at the local porn shop or jewelry store or divorce lawyer's office accepted the card for payment, they could then be arrested for doing so.

Sad thing is, I'm sure there are thousands of people who could have legitimately used that money but they couldn't qualify or were turned down because the money'd already been handed out.... to prisoners or people with 'damaged property' in a cemetary.
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This is just a direct result of hysterical criticism demanding instant results which comes in the form of blank checks.
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Re: Misuse of FEMA hurricane debit cards

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Although they could be printed with the words: DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS and if anyone at the local porn shop or jewelry store or divorce lawyer's office accepted the card for payment, they could then be arrested for doing so.

Well this probably wasn't done in order not to create a 'Scarlet Letter' of sorts.

A simple background check would have declined many of these.

Someone trying to cut corners, now it cost them...
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I hope the result of this is "we need to re-evaluate our system for giving out emergency funds" instead of "how dare they? We'll never give out money again."

A few bad apples, etc. etc.
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If someone loses everything
but they get out of there house with $5000. cash

they are going to spend that $5000 on what ever they choose
in the course of their day to day life experiences


if that same person gets out of their house with nothing
and the Government gives them $5000
why would you expect them to spend it any differently than the first person?


I hope the "Girls Gone Wild" dvd
was the New Orleans one
it got 4/5 stars
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and here is a nice picture
to go with the article


you know how those people are.

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if that same person gets out of their house with nothing
and the Government gives them $5000
why would you expect them to spend it any differently than the first person?
As a taxpayer, I would want the government to provide disaster relief, not blank checks.
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and here is a nice picture
to go with the article


you know how those people are.

The race card is never far behind....
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You are right.

It led
at the top of the article.
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I happen to know a waitress at a Strip Club on the Cape of Cod...not from frequenting there of course.....and they LOVED the Katrina Victems there.
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As a taxpayer, I would want the government to provide disaster relief, not blank checks.

and since they can't do that, they may as well send out blank checks/cards.

So why is anyone surprised??

There are alot of people who know how to "work" the system and there will always be corruption.

In the majority of cases the money really went to getting through the day(s) following Katrina.
I say days because even $2000 wouldn't put a dent in what most people on the gulf coast lost...

Just because this administration doesn't know how to respond doesn't mean it was a bad idea, just their bad idea.

I hope corrections will be made by people more intelligent than this admin.
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What's the problem here?

If somebody wastes their money at a strip club, so?

If you see a homeless man on the street and you give him $10 and tell him to go buy himself lunch, and instead he goes and buys a cheap bottle of wine and gets tanked, does that negate the fact you did the right thing by helping him out?

People spend money on all kinds of nonsense all the time. And if they had no money for food at the end of the day because they spent it on Hooters, well that's their problem.
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What's the problem here?

I don't think the problem should be what they spent it on, but the fact that so much went to those who weren't victims.
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This type of behavior diminishes the "need" claimed after a natural disaster. Many people seem quite able to take care of life's necessities, so they can afford to spend government handouts on personal entertainment.

You might have a different reaction if it was your money.
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Things like disasters or war are perfect way for certain segments of our society to get rich. It's always been this way. Most people lose a lot, but some benefit in huge ways. It's a type of corruption that you can't stop.

Some number of people here abused the system, but what do you do about the rest who really did need the money? I don't know that you can make policy based on those who were thieves anyway and who would find some way to steal.
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