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NJ millionaires, incl. a rabbi, arrested for welfare fraud

President Trump’s proposed budget blueprint for 2018 was met with harsh criticism over funding cuts to programs like SNAP, more commonly known as food stamps. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said one of the Trump administration’s objectives is to wean Americans off of welfare programs:

“We’re no longer going to measure compassion by the amount of money we spend, but by the number of people we help. If you’re in this country and you want to work … We’re going to get 3% growth and we’re going to give you the opportunity to work.”

Do the carping critics of Trump’s proposed cuts know about rampant welfare fraud, such as these latest, very egregious examples?

In a series of reports in June and July 2017 for Fox Business (here and here), Brittany De Lea tells of stings conducted by New Jersey law enforcement which resulted in the arrest of millionaires, including a rabbi, for defrauding millions of dollars from government welfare programs — Medicaid, food stamps (SNAP), Social Security, and public housing.

The defendants have all been charged with theft by deception, misrepresenting their incomes to show levels low enough in order to qualify for public assistance programs. In New Jersey, the maximum allowable gross monthly income for a family of five to be eligible for SNAP assistance is $4,385—which amounts to about $52,600 per year.

For unstated reasons, De Lea did not give the names of the accused fraudsters. Those arrested include:

  • Three married couples in Ocean County, New Jersey were charged with welfare fraud for under-reporting incomes in order to receive a collective $2 million in unmerited public welfare benefits.
  • Four other couples in the area faced similar charges for cheating the government out of $1.3 million. In one case, a couple received Medicaid benefits for multiple years despite their annual income of more than $1 million. Another couple fraudulently received $178,000 in housing, food and health benefits by falsely listing their businesses — from which they netted $1.8 million — under relatives’ names.
  • Seven couples in Lakewood, New Jersey, including a rabbi and his wife, were charged with gaming the system out of $2 million. Another 12 “wealthy individuals” were charged with defrauding Medicaid and other government assistance programs by misrepresenting their incomes. One couple alone collected nearly $75,000 in unentitled benefits from Medicaid between 2011 and 2013, despite their annual income of more than $1 million.

In fiscal year 2016, government spending on Medicaid totaled $14.5 billion for the state of New Jersey, and a whopping $553.4 billion for the U.S. as a whole.

It was only when I searched the Internet for more information on these arrests did I discover this — Lakewood, NJ, is a majority Orthodox Jewish municipality of 100,000, and the welfare fraudsters arrested are all Jews, including the rabbi and his wife.

As reported by Jen Krausz for NewsMax, July 4, 2017, the arrests sparked a “backlash — hateful social media comments, fliers, and slurs painted on a sheet covering a Holocaust memorial,” which prompted this statement from regional Anti-Defamation League Director Joshua Cohen:

“The allegations and the charges levied against (the defendants) have nothing to do with their religion. That’s why we’re deeply concerned when we see comments online, whether it’s on newspaper websites or social media, that are anti-Semitic.”

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~Eowyn

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Congress’ budget deal has money to build the wall

Don’t believe what the MSM tells you.

In the video below, Mick Mulvaney deftly and lucidly explains the budget deal that recently was approved by Congress. As the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mulvaney certainly would know the budget deal better than any so-called journalist.

Beginning at the 8:37 mark, Mulvaney says:

“We are building this [the US-Mexico border wall] now. There is money in this deal to build several hundreds of millions of dollars of this [solid metal fence] to replace this [wire fence]. That’s what we got in this deal and that’s what the Democrats don’t want you to know. This stuff is going up now. Why? Because the president wants to make the country more safe. This [pointing to a wire fence] doesn’t stop drugs and doesn’t stop criminals from crossing the border.”

Mick Mulvaney was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011 — the first Republican since 1883 to represent South Carolina’s 5th congressional district where he served until President Trump nominated him, and the Senate confirmed him, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

See also “Mexico is world’s second most deadly country, after Syria“.

~Eowyn

Congressman admits pork is for buying votes

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I received an email this morning from Grover G. Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, urging me to “Take Action Now!” to stop Congress from another pork barrel spending:

“The federal government is currently considering an aid package to assist states impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Such efforts have been abused in the past to shuttle wasteful and unnecessary pork barrel spending completely unrelated to the disaster. Congress must ensure each dollar obligated for hurricane relief actually goes to aiding victims—not to political special interests. This means prohibiting any funds from being used to underwrite the inflated costs of labor agreements.”

Of course, despite America’s national debt being over $16.4 TRILLION and increasing by each tick of the clock, Congress has already packed plenty of pork (tax break) in the fiscal cliff bill, H.R. 8 “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012“:

  • $430 million for Hollywood
  • $331 million for railroads
  • $222 million for rum for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
  • $70 million for NASCAR
  • $59 million for algae growers!
  • $4 million for electric motorcycle makers

The good news is that alas, lo and behold, we actually have an honest Congressman admitting the real reason for pork!

On Jan. 2, 2013, the morning after the House and Senate approved the fiscal cliff deal,  Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said this:

“The deal to avert the fiscal cliff which consists of special tax credits for green energy, Hollywood, distilleries and other industries, is a demonstration of Capitol Hill vote buying.”

Translated into plain English, what Congressman Mulvaney said is:

Congress gives away money America doesn’t have so that they’ll be reelected to give away money America doesn’t have.

Mick Mulvaney

To his credit, Mulvaney voted against the fiscal cliff bill. This is the statement he gave explaining why:

“I am extremely disappointed with the passage of H.R. 8 last night, the so-called “fiscal cliff” agreement.

Quite simply, the agreement raises spending. Again. Indeed, its passage seems to reaffirm a disturbing truth about today’s Washington: compromises always lead to more spending, and more debt. Last night we added $330,000,000,000 to the national debt with new spending programs. At best, we have no plan for ever repaying that money; at worst, we have no intention to ever pay it back.

“Borrowing” money without intending to ever pay it back is not debt. It is theft. It is what we have been doing for too long in Washington. And instead of turning the tide last night, we continued our lazy ride toward inevitable financial ruin.

The President lauded the deal as a “balanced approach.” To me, a balanced approach means 1) more revenue and 2) less spending. The fact that the President, or indeed, for that matter, anyone, considers more revenue and more spending to be “balanced” – is truly frightening. If that is the “balance” the President wants, I want none of it.

Yes, the agreement locks in the current tax rates for many Americans. It also provided a welcomed fix to the Alternative Minimum Tax, and very real improvements in the Death Tax provisions. And I understand why many of my colleagues found those provisions to be attractive. Indeed, if this bill had been just about the taxes, I may well have been able to support it. However, “trading” increased spending and deficits for lower taxes is not a plan for compromise, it is a formula for economic collapse.

Also lost in the flurry of excitement over averting the fiscal cliff have been the literally dozens of special interest tax carve-outs for everything from wind energy to Hollywood movie production. Crony capitalism, it seems, is alive and well in Washington.

This is wrong. It has to stop. We are spending ourselves into national decline. We had a chance last night to stop that, even if just for a bit. We failed. And by doing so, we failed the country.

H/t FOTM’s Stephanie O.

~Eowyn