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Illinois rewarded for misspending only $52 million on food stamps

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Part 7 of 20 in the series EBT Investigation

By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog

SPRINGFIELD — Since Illinois has seen an explosion in the number of people receiving food stamps, even a slight error costs taxpayers millions.

In this instance, a mistake rate of less than 2 percent means $50 million is misspent.

That’s the hard truth behind the press release lauding Illinois for having a 98.3 percent accuracy rate for its Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

Illinois’ error rate, from either overspending on food stamps or not spending enough, is 1.74 percent, according to Januari Smith, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Human Services.

Just more than 2 million people in the state, or 16 percent of the population, are enrolled in the federally managed SNAP. Washington D.C,. sent Illinois $3 billion for SNAP last year.

FOOD STAMP BOOM: Dabrowksi says IL has seen food stamp rolls grow by double digits.

FOOD STAMP BOOM: Dabrowksi says IL has seen food stamp rolls grow by double digits.

The numbers: 1.74 percent of $3 billion is $52 million. That’s a lot of taxpayer waste.

“The more people you add and the bigger the program gets, the more cumbersome it gets. The more difficult it gets to manage. And you have money being given away that shouldn’t be given away,” said Ted Dabrowski, vice President of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute.

Dabrowksi said Illinois saw its food stamp population jump 11.5 percent last year.

Smith said the increase in the number of families receiving food stamps can be blamed on the economy, and admits the program is becoming difficult for the state’s bureaucracy to manage.

DHS had 1,870 case workers handling 1.75 million cases last December, compared to 2,000 workers handling about 1 million cases in 2006, Smith said.

METEORIC RISE: Food stamp enrollment across the country has exploded.

METEORIC RISE: Food stamp enrollment across the country has exploded.

The food stamp rolls have also seen a significant national rise. Since 2011, nearly 2 million more people have signed up for food stamps each year.

Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that 47.6 million people Americans receive some type of food stamp assistance. The average payout per person is about $133 dollars a month. The average payout per family is about $275 dollars a month.

Dabrowksi said Illinois is the “middle of the pack” nationally in total recipients, but noted the state was second in the nation in food stamp growth last year.

“We had a growth of 11.5 percent of the number of people on food stamps,” Dabrowksi said. “Only Wyoming was worse.”

Dabrowksi said Illinois needs to add more jobs to get more people off food stamps.

By growing the economy, more people can get away from government programs and allow the state to help those who truly need help, he said.

Illinois is being awarded $4 million by the USDA as recognition of it 98 percent accuracy rate. Smith said she doesn’t know how Illinois will spend that money.

Reach Benjamin Yount at [email protected] and find him on Twitter @BenYount.

Related: 10 reasons for Detroit’s historic failures. 

Part of 20 in the series EBT Investigation


Ben formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • Mike

    Here’s an idea………PUT IT TOWARDS THE DEBT DUMMIES !!!!

  • yakiddin

    Screw the taxpayers, full speed ahead.

  • enos33

    And we’re the second fattest country (after Mayheeko) in the world. How does that figure?

  • tim

    spend it on obama phones already programed with eric holders number in it in case they need to report a white on black murder. remember make sure you over look the 98% of the black on black murders, we’re not interested in that right jesse?

  • cato

    PEANUTS !!

    $4 million won’t even cover the salary increase the legislators will vote themselves.

    Welcome to the anti-business, socialist republic of Illinois, where voter fraud, mismanagement, insider democrat politics, no-bid contracts and pay to play is acceptable, encouraged and many times demanded.

    Illinois taxpayers are slaves to corruption of the socialist state.

  • Garry Scarabello

    You hit it right on the head!

  • LysolMotorola

    People who receive food stamps should be made to wear a vest that says “THANK YOU AMERICAN TAXPAYER” I just read that in NYC, food stamp recipients use special large plastic barrels to send food, purchased with their food stamps, to relatives in other countries. Now we not only have 15% of our people on the dole, we have to support the rest of the freeloading world.
    Apparently the politicians think the well is bottmoless. Well (nice pun) it isn’t LOOK AT DETROIT.

  • Aaron1960

    They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney that we’d see rampant fraud…AND THEY WERE RIGHT!

  • Fatttatt

    Sounds like a pretty solid plan to me, you just cannot go wrong with that.


  • Eric

    I hate to say this because I believe in sound money principles… but if our government is going to print trillions of dollars to fund countless wars abroad… then why not cut off a few extra hundred billion from the printing press for the poor. I know, I know… there are some who steal. But, at least that waste is spent in this country. Where’s the oil I was suckered into voting for Bush ’04 for?

    I’m a doctor… the government pays me to see Medicaid and Medicare patients. I work for my “hand-out”… but I know it’s coming from the same printer. They may not be physically printing the dollars… but adding zeros on a computer is somehow better? Can ANYONE tell me how long a nation can create money from nothing?

  • mountainman6727

    The families that know how to scam the system, do it very well. They collect from WI. then IL. then to MN. and MO. Nice little circle of free stuff.

  • Tall Doc

    But I thought the recession ended 5 years ago. We are creating new jobs at a wonderful pace, unemployment is dropping. How can we be addingv2,000,000 new food stamps recipients EVERY year during this time of growing prosperity? It can’t be that things are less wonderful than we are told by the White House. There must be some mistake, or is it all George Bush’s fault?

  • Hillary Klntohn

    How much food is shipped back to Africa ?
    NYC claims …it s an epidemic ..people from other countries sending the food stamp food abroad..because their families cant buy the stuff …

  • irvinelady

    Good one. Very ironic.

  • Consultofactus

    Then they should use their own money to buy the food and ship it – why steal from the taxpayers?

  • irvinelady

    It’s one thing to need government support temporarily, it’s another thing to live on it forever. And it’s ANOTHER thing to buy only horrible food and overeat to the degree most in the inner cities do. Disgusting.

  • Hillary Klntohn

    Entitlement ? Nobody white was sending food back to the old world ….

  • BananaCharger

    I had a homeless guy tell me foodstamps were “Great”. He could go to the liquor store that sells chips, burritos, and hot dogs. The owner charges him his $200 for “Food”, then hands him $100 to spend on whatever he wants, read booze and cigarettes. When I called the state, they wanted proof this was occurring. I thought they were responsible for investigation of SNAP fraud, boy was I wrong.

  • TangentToWhat

    Translated in the liberal enigma machine ‘misspending’ decodes: We stole the money.

  • Doug Gale

    First Detroit, next stop Chicago…

  • Joe_E_in_the_IE

    Has anyone seen on TV or heard on the radio a public service message that even vaguely suggests that food stamps should be considered a temporary lifeboat and not a permanent lifestyle? And what’s with the perky peppy “Everybody’s doing it! Why not YOU?” delivery?

  • George

    Has nothing to do about Black White or any other race it all about personal pride and self determination.

  • bewolff

    Does everyone put in charge of an Obama program have a brain ,freebies for a legacy on the backs of the AMERICAN tax payers ,thanks again Obama bucks,food stamps,EBT cards etc,,,ugh !!

  • bewolff

    The elected thieves ,are they any different than a thief ?

  • Mike Shapiro

    I hope we can survive 3 more years of this corrupt administration.

  • M Dare

    the only real safety this country has left is states rights, because the majority of the country 50.1 percent have realized they will just vote to exploit and live off of the other 49.9 percent, and what can they do? thankfully there are a few states where people have self respect and living off of the government isn’t the thought of the majority, its still what 40 percent want though. Even here in Texas where we got republicans every where we can barely cut back on all the socialist welfare programs flooding this state.

  • eyesjamesq

    In the private sector this would be called fraud.

  • DontCensorMeBro

    That’s the Obowel Movement America voted for!

  • DontCensorMeBro

    What HASN’T the Obowel Movement lied about?
    Americans are slow to catch on

  • Charles Temm

    it’s only other people’s money right?

  • FloridaJim

    Thanks to Obama the country is being destroyed by the economy just as the movie”2016″ said it would. $17,000,000,000,000 [trillion for public school and recent college graduates] debt to date and $4 billion added per day with all the Obama “gifts” to people who don’t pay taxes but live off we who do. Food stamps, disability payments, government waste ,in every department and agency, Obama’s setting a terrible example personally, Hillary poised to continue the massive redistribution schemes designed to destroy America as the movie details. In Germany in the 30’s the same thing happened and The Weimar Republic has massive inflation where their Mark was worthless and all the banks and retirement funds went broke the citizens lost everything and Hitler came to power!

    The longer Obama is in power the more apt this will happen to America.

    Woodrow Wilson, another Progressive fool, had a similar debt after World War #1 and he was voted out Calvin Coolidge, a conservative came in, and in one term he reversed the massive debt and brought with him “the roaring twenties” and Calvin, being a shy, gracious man the opposite of Obama, would only serve two terms and left with a surplus. FDR quickly spent us back into the depression which last for 14 years until World War #2 pulled us out. Is there a Coolidge out there?

  • Bob White

    Its not just Bush’s fault. Its also racism, fracking and the sequester.

  • Clover11111

    How much of that is Coke, Pepsi, Lays and other “foods” that really aren’t, along with the nice meat they buy on more than ONE card! Cashiers can tell you stories about the abuse they see but must be silent about. Michelle O is all about limiting what your kids can eat at PUBLIC school lunch programs but is silent about combating food stamp abuse. When a local Papa John’s takes EBT, you know we have gone past the point of no return.

  • Mac Mc

    Gi me, gi me, gi me…….
    take, take, take……
    why do I even work?
    the mantra now is the PEOPLE of detroit need our help, we must help them…
    What more taxes for those of us who work our butts off? For what?????
    what’s next Illinois???

  • Bob White

    We’re rid of Bush, Cheney and Haliburton and their goverment/contractor scamming. Now its time to get rid of the Obama and the Democrats and their waste on buying votes with welfare scamming.

  • Bob White

    Demon-rat policies on display.

  • Bob White

    Demon-rat policies on display again.

  • Phakt

    Obama will funnel billions of your money to Detroit to keep it afloat.

  • lcky9

    Hey I see commercials all the time on how AMERICAN kids are going to bed
    hungry.. HOW can that be when people get enough food stamps to send
    food to other countries??One thing the article didn’t include on the shipping of food was how much goes to MEXICO. Here in IL if you were a hard working taxpayer who lost their job they won’t give you any help, you have to be an ILLEGAL ALIEN .. and they DON’T have to collect from other states they can make a nice paycheck in just IL..while Quinn whines on how much money they need and working families move out at the rate last I read was 1 every 10 minutes..

  • Kedzie

    Half of the cost of foodstamps is fraudulent. The looters and moochers treat it like another form of currency. Democrats have trashed Illinois. Remove Chicago and Illinois would be a red state.

  • Templar8

    None of this phases the liberal establishment. Tens of millions in SS going to prisoners. Billions wasted on SSI fraud and $70 Billion in Medicare fraud and waste. By the way, did you notice that errors are never on the side of underspending?
    The president is the executive. That means he is responsible for managing the departments in government. Not you and me. Can any one say he is doing a good job at this?
    Any suggestion that we look at fraud and waste is met by howls of “unfairness or “meanness” from the liberals. You know what is really mean? Wasting Billions upon Billions that could be spent wisely and compassionately.
    How in Heavens name have we allowed the politicians to screw things up so badly.

  • Strife

    If Karl Marx had a son – he’d look like Barry Dunham and smell like Barack Obama.

  • RegularGuy55

    I’ve been approached in grocery stores more than once by a Food Stamp recipient who offers to ‘buy my groceries at a discount for cash’. I’ve also been behind people at the checkout who have multiple food stamp EBT cards on them. One lady used THREE cards from her purse to buy her cart full of groceries.

  • Troll

    How can anybody think that all this big government is going to end anything other than bad?

  • ramrice

    Do away with link cards and other such fraud-laden programs. So people won’t “starve”, have local govt food pantries with basic foodstuffs–i.e. canned spam, fruit, veggies, powder milk, etc. Most of the recipients won’t like it, and will start looking for work

  • walter sizemore

    People will take this and other corrupt scandals, as long as the media can distract Americans with overblown, overhyped, agenda driven racial/sexual/sports stories daily(which they are doing daily). I wish Americans had the fortitude of Egyptians, Greeks, Spainards and others who are protesting in their respective countries.

  • Surry918

    Same here. I was offered $100 ebt card for $50 cash by some kid on a bicycle outside of a deli.

  • whooosh

    The blacks, who use EBT cards and get food stamps are now known as “entitlement Negros”.
    They get welfare and food stamps, even if they might have had a weak moment and actually got a job or are pulling in $3000 a week selling dope.
    They feel that, since the white man had negro slaves 150+ years ago and a white cop talked down to them, when they were speeding, then they are “entitled” to whatever they can steal from the taxpayers.
    It’s part of their culture and won’t go away anytime soon.

  • suzy000

    I see two pictures here…Wall Street is booming….Food Stamps are booming. This means Obama has made the rich richer and the poor poorer. How in the he11 did this man get re-elected? Are Americans this stupid? I’m just sayin’….

  • surrounded_by_idiots

    This just proves one more time that liberalism is a mental disorder. This kind of fraud doesn’t mean a thing to a good, Dalibama loving lib.

  • This is the government way. When something fails or proves to be inefficient or corrupt, the solution is to give it more money and power.

  • Buypass

    Just one more straw on the tax-camels breaking back, but soon there won’t be any “other peoples money” and we can all starve while singing socialist kumbaya’s.
    All except the thieving DC Pol’s and Wall Street Bankers that STILL aren’t in jail for perpetrating the biggest housing and investment money heist in two millenium.

  • Asia4

    The New Order of Barbarians is the transcript of three tapes of reminiscences made by Dr Lawrence Dunegan, of a speech given on March 20, 1969 by Dr Richard Day (1905-89), an insider of the “Order,”
    recorded by Randy Engel in 1988. Dr Dunegan claims he attended a
    medical meeting on March 20, 1969 where Dr Richard Day (who died in 1989
    but at the time was Professor of Paediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical
    School in New York and was previously the Medical Director of Planned
    Parenthood Federation of America) give “off the record”
    remarks during an addressed at the Pittsburgh Pediatric Society to a
    meeting of students and health professionals, who were destined to be
    leaders in medicine and health care.

    In tape three, recorded by Randy Engel, Dunegan details Dr Day’s credentials and what is clear from this is that Day was an Establishment insider privy to the overarching plan of an Elite Group that rules the Western World for the creation of a World Dictatorship.


  • MikeOchenbolls


  • baygull

    According to official Israeli reports thousand of dual citizens of israel have not been to israrli in over two years. It would be nice to now just who are living israel on paper only to bleed money from the usa taxpayers. What is the true percentage of jewish population and arabs. Is the jewish religion the true majority in Israel on only the best armed? The USA needs to do what our founding fathers wanted and say away from foreign affairs. Rebuild Detroit not Jerusalem.

  • Eric Freeman

    Paul Krugman would say that it’s $52 million of STIMULUS!!!!!

  • Pete

    What worries me most is I know how the Fed manipulates the numbers to make things look rosy so I’d take an educated guess that this is only 1/3 of the actual loss in false claims.

  • Drosack

    Imagine my surprise!!! Isn’t this very close to the place where you find Chicago? That bastion of honor, honesty, a role model for all of America, standing proud emitting that light of pure grace and love. Gosh I wish I could live there too, my great loss. If only I could for just one second stare into the eyes of Rahm Emanuel and bask in the glow of this man’s integrity. I can wish…

  • Lorenzo A Vina

    It appears that llinois voters misvoted.

  • Hurley

    52 million is pocket change! Politicians spend that much on extended lunch breaks and vacations while still getting paid.
    Want to solve the problem? Give more money!

  • Hurley

    They will misvote the next election also.

  • Drosack

    True dat!

  • baygull

    The president has no direct impact on the program, and one could hardly call these devices “Obama Phones,” as the e-mail author does. This specific program, SafeLink, started under President George Bush, with grants from an independent company created under President Bill Clinton, which was a legacy of an act passed under President Franklin Roosevelt, which was influenced by an agreement reached between telecommunications companies and the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.

    Wilson Phones, anyone?

    Welfare recipients, and others, can receive a free cell phone, but the program is not funded by the government or taxpayer money, as the e-mail alleges. And it’s hardly new.

  • alibaba

    what happened to sheriff Joe?

  • ralph vidcom

    Hey BO & Holder–how about a national conversation about how well your policies are doing in the once great state of Illinois? You know–gun control, food stamps, jobs, schools and teen murders. Come on and help us understand.

  • disqus_aO4KJtxZtF

    How many in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program are illegal aliens? Please broadcast these data.

  • kentex1146

    Of course.
    George, Benjamin, Thomas and the other visionaries who founded the country were hoping succeeding generations would destroy their dream and turn the country into what it is today.

  • Jeff

    The ecosystem : liberals feed the monkeys. The monkeys vote for the liberals.

  • Hopalong

    This is really what it all comes down to. Make it quite attractive (and socially acceptable) to stay unemployed and we act surprised that many chose that path? No cash equivalent SNAP cards… a loaf of bread, a block of cheese, milk, and a sack of potatoes! See how quickly people will find a job to get their McDonalds!
    Does anyone think people will be offering to sell their blocks of cheese to buy drugs?

  • Drosack

    Imagine my surprise!!! Isn’t this very close to the place where you
    find Chicago? That bastion of honor, honesty, a role model for all of
    America, standing proud emitting that light of pure grace and love.
    Gosh I wish I could live there too, my great loss. If only I could for
    just one second stare into the eyes of Rahm Emanuel and bask in the glow
    of this man’s integrity. I can wish…wouldn’t it be great if we could have a president from there and, and maybe he could be black?

  • baygull

    US corporations of the largest recipients of welfare taxpayer money sugar subsidies corn subsidies welfare for the rich in billions

  • David Wilkinson

    More good news of Obumble’s leadership.

  • David Wilkinson

    Nice Party line regurgitation. The truth is, under Obumbles’, that program has increased 200%. More freebies for the leaches you call “welfare recipients” (read: bums). That, or Obumble’s recovery is really working, huh?

  • libertyanyday

    “Dabrowksi said Illinois needs to add more jobs to get more people off food stamps.”

    thank god we are paying him 6 figures for this insightful piece of nothing. I think the food stamp program needs to be tripled, the amount is negligible to the defecit and debt, and MAYBE america will wake up before it is too late and abandon this defunct monetary and bureaucratic nightmare and return to the 4 page document that founded our nation and the gold standard

  • libertyanyday

    they might just say ‘ I told you so’…

  • “Misspent” right into a pocket somewhere.

  • libertyanyday

    special k is no economist, but his ramblings are fun to read.

  • Rob Kurfman

    im sure there is some white latino on black crime up there to.

  • Cathy

    Gee let’s look at all those cities and states run by democrats and see just how much corruption abounds.

  • Linda

    Just shows the scum that collect welfare….pigs that are as untruthful as the illegal occupier of The AMERICAN PEOPLE’s White House!! dirty bastards…all of them.

  • libertyanyday

    libtards are winning tho!! their childish rants and tantrums slowly but surely have eroded us right to the point of the upcoming dictatorship, now just a few short years away.

  • jackolantyrn356

    Wow, Obama;s Boys are telling us the econemy has taken off and is just fine. What am I missing here?????

  • Abe Noxious

    An Obama voter labeled it when she said she was voting for him because he got her a free phone. The Obama administration advertises it and it has grown, both in fraud and size under his administration. Perhaps it’s time for the president to abort it.

  • TangoSierra

    Correction, White/Black.

  • Drosack

    Their delusion, LOL.

  • Chitown Charley

    On behalf of all of Chicago, I apologize America. This state and city are full of corruption and crime. Lord help us.

  • libertyanyday

    we are unique in that we PRINT the monopoy money that the world , for some reason, uses as the reserve currency ( currency not MONEY). this game of musical chairs will continue as long as the players THINK the music has not stopped ( in truth it stopped in 1984).

  • I would end Government Assistance as in the long run, the poor would be better off as they provide for themselves.

    I went from dirt poverty to what I have now without Government Aid, my children will be attending the institution of higher education in state with money to pay for it because I had saved for it.

    If you look into the justifications for Slavery, they are one and the same for Welfare; Welfare = Slavery.

  • Drosack


  • RecoveringLiberal

    Never mind balancing a budget. Does everyone realize how an “official” pat on the head like this allows millions to go into somebody’s pockets? With a bureaucratic rationale that “sounds good.” Oh, then it’s OK; it’s only 50 million missing. To start, fire Smith for being such an incompetent dunce. Someone should be saying, “listen here, Januari, you better find that money or you’ll live in a crowbar hotel!

  • TAG

    unsustainable from the sustainability admin.

  • libertyanyday

    I agree, as long as all federal taxation stops at the same time. All fed funding reverts to tariffs and excises only, just like the founders WANTED and WROTE and SIGNED the constitution for the United States of America.

  • baygull

    A lot of finger-pointing name-calling not one solution why don’t we stop paying corporate farms with( taxpayer money) not produce food into producing food and give it to the poor just a thought, maybe get something for our money and help the poor

  • cyberties

    The only reason the state of Illinois is full of corruption and crime is because Chicago is the HOME of CORRUPTION and crime and it’s the major city in Illinois. Even Al Capone would be appalled.

  • libertyanyday

    libtards dont remember ROME or have ever read about it, so how could it happen EXACTLY like it did ?? again??? The looks on their faces would be priceless when they discover that it is no longer legal to voice their rattle-traps again.

  • Drosack

    You’re right!

  • smartone


  • Drosack

    Hi George Soros.

  • barbara

    No one wants to admit that Obama is the new slave master.

  • baygull

    It’s not costing you dime,why should you care just another thing to bitch about and 200% you must be talking about military spending

  • libertyanyday

    increase it all ssi, snap, section 8 and any and all public assistance programs, crank it up to 100 times more than it is. Maybe then america will get serious about our elected politician criminal infestation, probably not tho. We seem to be happy being able to vent on boards like these while our wallets are shrinking ( never to recover) until there is no one left to cry out.

  • libertyanyday

    i paid for 40 years, now i am on the other end of the stick. There is no saving this mess, take her down.

  • libertyanyday

    only as long as you keep sending him currency….. your own fault

  • baygull

    His administration has nothing to do with it get a clue
    Phone companies and giving them away so they can charge you with overusage

  • E. Newton

    “…16 percent of the population, are enrolled in the federally managed SNAP.

    Oh, well it’s the federal government’s money. The federal government must be doing really well since they have all this money. Cool.

  • baygull

    Because processed foods the only thing you can afford on food stamps are high in calories and corn syrup low in nutritional value it’s expensive to eat well

  • Joe Mama

    What kind of idiot thinks it bit costing us money? Where do you think the money comes from? Kind of ignorant, even from an Obama apologist…..

  • Joe Mama

    His administration has everything to do with it…. Dude, you seriously need to get back on your meds….sheesh

  • baygull

    You left out corporations are people I’m just saying

  • peteee363

    what are you talking about??? it costs more then dimes. just because the phone companies steal this money from my pocket, instead of a government bureaucrat, I am still paying for it. you are aware the funding for these “free” phones are paid by a fee charged to every phone line, don’t you? and who do you think pays my phone bill, the phone unicorn?

  • bytchwhoknits

    Do you have a home phone or cell phone? Then you are paying for it. Nothin’s free.

  • bytchwhoknits

    The service originally was for home phones……Obama kicked it up with cell phones…..which kicked up the cost!

  • Jonathan777

    Anyone who has a cell phone is TAXED about $2.50 per month. What started out as in innocuous landline program, exploded under Obama as he used yet another program to give away bllions of dollars to societal leeches who will vote Democrat. By the govt’s own admission, roughly HALF of the free phones are fraudulently obtained. White washing the Obama phone scam program as Wilson phones not funded by hard working Americans through their payroll taxes is disingenuous at best, lying liberal tactics at worst.

  • Drosack

    And they advertise welfare in Mexico.

  • Drosack

    Answer is yes!

  • peteee363

    they are the upper class of thieves! the more they can steal, they are rewarded with pension plans, and healthcare.

  • Tom Ingle

    But I am sure you can trade food stamps for ammo. What a country!

  • ToBeNot2B

    A lot, being that it is a Sanctuary for Illegals.

  • Bill

    Illinois represents an excellent example of what COMMUNISM can do for a state.

  • JWales

    How much is the true cost of the welfare program, ie, not just the food stamps themselves but also all the massive bureaucracy that administers the program…I would like to know the “overhead” cost of govt compared to private business, which I’m sure is much more efficient.

  • Dutchie

    The government wastes our money? Shocking! Next you’ll tell me they give our money to foreign countries like Israel, and Pakistan.

  • ps317

    U.S. is on the fast track to becoming the most corrupt country in the world…If we are not already their yet. This house (white) is dirty and needs cleaning.

  • Barry Bell

    You’re a ignant fool.

  • JWales

    Shut up troll…everyone knows that Obama and the Leftists are the cause of huge and wasteful spending increases…you’re such a lame troll as to argue that since a named program already existed then if the Dems greatly increase taxes to wastefully expand those programs then it’s actually not an increase blamable to them because the program already existed, lol…using your thinking, Obama could use his military to kill every single person on the planet he pleases and not be blamed because some previous govt act started the military and engaging in warfare…crawl back in your hole.

  • alnga

    feeding our people is great , but when we go to another country to invite them here to go on our food stamp program, that becomes a huge issue to me. We have a huge unemployment number and add to that the under- employed number created by various Govt. schemes that failed, then you have a nearly impossible number to control and manage.How much longer do we have to wait for DC to do thing right?

  • Phil_Bartlett

    I’ll make a deal with you if I am every king. I will take away all of the subsidies for agriculture, pharma, chemical, etc.. and we will also take away 80% of all the rest of social subsidies. Are you in agreement?
    I think all of them must be scaled back or completely done away with. Mr. Obama has his favorites, just like every republican does. Whether its clean energy, or corn subsidies. Get rid of them.

  • alnga

    yes, but only at half the value….

  • obozo1

    so remember this waste while you are at work tomorrow earning the money to pay for this outrage.

  • Gill O’Teen

    Something quite similar occurred in 2008. Don’t recall the specifics which hardly matter because the play book diagrams are identical. I think it’s called “deja vu all over again”.

  • AlexxelA

    I wish I could miss spend 52M! If there is a miss stake can the government get the money back?

  • jenny65

    Until Illinois and the rest of the US, has the corruption and inept business practices under control, you will see NO JOB growth! What people fail to understand is, when businesses, small, medium and large, as well as TAX PAYING households, have to pay more and more, and see less and less, there is little room for growth. The only growth seen in this recovery has been to the 1%. The 1% has seen housing prices rise, and the DOW hit a record. How’s that working the rest of the 99% who keep voting in all the crooks because they promise you things they can’t deliver? If all you want is a free phone, you’re golden, if you’re looking for a job, and to better your life, try voting for someone other than a crook. (If you can find one!)

  • Jeff McMahan

    Krug is a POS who won’t admit he was wrong about Latvia!!!

  • baygull

    No solutions just name-calling finger-pointing

  • baygull

    Did you say get rid of clean energy do you hate your children that much you grandchildren their children

  • truthteller13

    welcome to madiganistan where the fruits of makers hard work is confiscated and redistributed to takers laying in hammocks using their obamaphones.

  • Drosack

    Imagine my surprise!!! Isn’t this very close to the place where you
    find Chicago? That bastion of honor, honesty, a role model for all of
    America, standing proud emitting that light of pure grace and love.
    Gosh I wish I could live there too, my great loss. If only I could for
    just one second stare into the eyes of Rahm Emanuel and bask in the glow

    of this man’s integrity. I can wish…wouldn’t it be great if we could
    have a president from there and maybe he could be black?

  • MasterDebater

    That’s some might fine kool-aid they’re serving with them obammy cookies.

  • City_Of_Champyinz

    HAHAHA i love stories like this that prove how incompetent Liberal Progressive politicians and polices turn out to be. The only people who are surprised are the morons who continue to vote for these corrupt Democrats. I cannot wait to move to Indiana, I will be saving thousands and thousands of dollars on everything. And I will no longer have to carry my .380 ‘illegally’ to protect me from the most violent savages in the USA. Gotta love the liberal utopian fantasy, they just never seem to figure out how to make it work.

  • obamas dorian gray moment

    if michelle realy wants to deal with obesety she should start with our overstuffed, lard ingesting, moribund, obscene goverenment.

  • jja

    The politicians in Illinois are “math challenged”, they probably attended public school in Cook county. They are victims, it’s not their fault, don’t worry about counting the money, just have fun and enjoy the spending it. Life is short… to hell with counting and budgets. Just have fun, spend and enjoy, enjoy! The monies there and it’s not theirs 🙂

  • baygull

    You’re actually paying those taxes so the government can pay the telecommunications companies for your information so they can collect it store for later use

  • happtakytrails

    how do I get some of these food stamps????? I live in Illinois and I am hungry !!!!!

    Plus, twinkies just came back. Got to get me some !!!!!

  • City_Of_Champyinz

    Hey moron, the plan was exponentially expanded under your dear leader so your idiotic links to Wilson and Roosevelt, two of the worst presidents in history, are completely and totally moot. But never let facts get in the way of your utopian fantasy. That would mean you actually have common sense.

    The fact is this subsidy is forced to be paid by people like me so that these animals in the street killing each other and any innocent kids that get in the way can call their drug dealer 24/7. There are next to no checks to stop the massive corruption just like any other progressive government program. I just wonder how long are you going to defend the massive government welfare state? Do you actually think it is working and a good thing? You cannot be that stupid. But then again……

  • JaneStrange

    Read the article in the NY POST about welfare recipients shipping food in barrels bought with EBT cards back o Jamaica – we not only subsidize the freeloaders in American but abroad as well. Ah, Obama, the FOOD STAMP king.

  • baygull

    Could be your government’s lying to you

  • ToBeNot2B

    You are so right. For the past 3 weeks an American Family across the street has been selling their possessions (garage sale,everything goes/best offer) because they no longer have the means to survive. increase property taxes,fees,you name it… people are moving out.

  • Linda

    Nothing worse than a bunch of liars and thieves. These people are STEALING

  • City_Of_Champyinz

    lol you are totally ignorant and making a fool of yourself. Typical liberal.

  • ToBeNot2B

    All the while, illegals get everything we worked for.

  • Linda

    these are the skanks of our society

  • jja

    What! You mean money doesn’t grow on the Geico motor cycle dude? Yes, it does, I saw it on my obama phone.

  • ToBeNot2B

    I read it…. Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica. Go read it folks!

    The article is also on DrudgeReport2013

  • Linda

    Should of grabbed him, held him, and called police

  • ToBeNot2B

    and Mexico !

  • baygull

    Can you have a conversation or relate to somebody without name calling each one of these phones has a chip in it so the so-called animals as you say can be tracked that should make you quite happy, more phones track the animals

  • Linda

    Here’s an idea…DRUG TEST ALL WELFARE RECIPIENTS, Demand PROOF of address, SSN, NUETER Them ALL.

  • Linda

    Not a bit !!

  • baygull

    I don’t give a shit about Obama I’m just stating it’s not his program

  • Rufus12131

    I live in Chicago, and I shop at Aldi because I really don’t make much money. The amount of people who use the “Link” card at that store is staggering. They should have a special line they should have to go through so I don’t have to wait behind them. Nothing makes me more angry than shopping on my measly salary, and having to wait behind some lady with her kids… Shopping cart PACKED to the tip top… And she pulls out the Link card.

  • Mrs. O’Leary

    I knew a cow once named Miss Steak.

  • Linda

    Sure it will…..Hard Working Americans are Sick of it….And THEY WILL PREVAIL, maybe not today…BUT ITS COMING!!!

  • City_Of_Champyinz

    Now you are making things up. Are you claiming the phones are specifically tracking the murderous thugs? Exactly how, are they using GPS chips?? Where do you get this information? I think you should either stop doing drugs, or perhaps start doing them, either way you need a huge change in what is going into your brain. After reading your other absurd comments on this comment board all I can really do is laugh at how pathetic you are. Now, get bent please.

  • Linda

    The result is a bunch of FAT SLOBS…I mean FAT PIGS !!

  • baygull

    If your phone company is taxing you to provide other people services I would call that fraud look into suing your provider

  • jja

    Yep the FED (who owns all the debt) will have the IMF manage the bankrupt states, the IMF will call in the nice folks from the United Nations to keep the “peace”. The velvet glove will be removed from the iron fist soon enough. Then, the supporters of free phones, free houses, free food will have free lodging in camp FEMA. It’s the “new freedom”, we spell it “freedumb”.

  • Linda

    The REAL question is….Will the corrupt thugs in Washington DC Survive 3 more years…..Obama is ILLEGALLY OCCUPYING America’s White House….maybe its time we take a long hard look at Egypt !!!!

  • jja

    Can I buy a bottle of Night Train on my link card? I live in cook county, I am Irish and almost always thirsty 🙂

  • baygull

    It’s not a GPS do some research there one in your credit card there’s one in your drivers license you should know keep your old one put in acetone you’ll be surprised

  • Linda

    The bowel movements in America voted for the Obowel movement

  • krusatyr

    baygullible: Subsidies for corn ethanol are all down side: usurping of other crops and markets, even spiking cotton prices and causing soup lines in other countries, bad for car engines, less “green” than gasoline.

    But that does not justify obamunists’ encouraging food stamps to where we now have one out of every 6 Americans dependent on Uncle Sugar.

  • Linda

    AND…we are PAYING an ILLEGAL president, to destroy us.

  • Linda

    Key Words…..”WE ALLOWED IT”…..Time to change that, and TURN THE TABLES!

  • Linda


  • jja

    I am afraid no diet would fix the political bloat in Illinois, death is the only viable prescription.

  • Linda

    Maybe its time we started KICKING STATES OUT OF THE UNION.

  • stuckinIL4now

    “Dabrowksi said Illinois needs to add more jobs to get more people off food stamps…By growing the economy, more people can get away from government
    programs and allow the state to help those who truly need help, he said…Illinois is being awarded $4 million by the USDA as recognition of it 98
    percent accuracy rate. Smith said she doesn’t know how Illinois will
    spend that money.”

    This week Illinois unemployment rate ticks up to 9.2% (vs 7.6% nationally). Last month Illinois credit rating downgraded for 13th time in 4 years. Way to grow that economy, Gub. Qunnocchio! But don’t worry he and the extraordinarily corrupt Illannoy legislature will find creative ways to squander that $4 million.

  • another_engineer

    *** cough cough ****


  • stuckinIL4now

    I don’t know what’s sadder–this story or the fact that it doesn’t surprise in the least.

  • another_engineer

    lol… you don’t even know your history. Phone service for emergencies for the “poor” was started under Reagan.

    Obama put it on steroids.

  • Linda

    LET Detroit FALL….Support themselves

  • Linda


  • Linda


  • baygull

    thank you, and everyone else for there responses doing research on emotion over intellect thanks again take care of each other and yourself

  • jja

    Hey, stop telling the truth, or we will take your link card away. And if you persist in telling the truth, you have to give the obumma phone back also!

    You are in Illinois, be a good comrade and learn to love and embrace the lie

  • Linda


  • Linda

    read it already….sucks

  • Can Do Math

    Food stamps help grow the economy!!!!

  • baygull

    Do a little more research thank you for your response

  • Linda

    And FILTH

  • stalkedinamerica

    A friend works for a company that pays out Medicaid. It is a huge contract for them. Add that to the cost of the programs. Every govt handout program has huge administrative costs!

  • stalkedinamerica

    That is one answer! Stop the subsidies for Oil Companies too!

  • Linda

    Let them FALL…into an isolated state, Kick the State OUT of the United States

  • jja

    That should be the Illinois fight song… Back In The USSR!

  • WordsAreSmallThings

    Chicago, Rockford and Springfield are the leeches sucking the lifeblood from the People’s Republic. How many illegals are receiving SNAP benefits? I can guarantee the answer to that question will never be revealed.

  • baygull

    Thank you, anybody else have a good idea

  • marco a. poshar


  • 1realamerican

    The more illegal immigrants more the cost

  • baygull

    Alright Marco thanks for your response
    Emotion over intellect you must be a great parent.

  • Illegal Aliens are eating,living better then many Americans now.

    Thank Obama!

  • 1realamerican

    The drug dealers and convience store owners give the $175 cash for 500 in link

  • another_engineer

    I did my research… you are woefully ill informed.

  • JBRoux

    I try not to think about it. You and I know how we have to scratch together enough to get through the checkout line, and the prices keep going up, and then, we also feel the necessity to fill a bag for the local food bank. Errr.

  • jja

    yup, and da best part is… it’s all free! Yup, da gubbament gave it to me fo free. da gubament luvs me,,, Yup, luvs me more den my own daddy- who’s i never really new anywho.

  • bigdaddy

    same old story. negro under the hood motor no good.

  • Jim

    I’m sick of these crappy politicians deciding what to do with OUR money … let states deal with their own problems and let the federal government shrivel up and lose about 90% of its fat …. get outta our business you freaks.

  • Fred

    Increase blamed on the economy? Hardly. Illegal aliens have discovered how easy it is to defraud the government, while holding one or more jobs which pay under the table. They tell their friends and relatives back home in Guatemala, and now they are on their way, too. All while no one dares say anything, lest they be accused of bigotry.

  • heidihoneighbor

    America the new Nazi Germany.

    Stop taking from the working class before they cant afford to work any more.

    Freedom – im willing to fight for.

  • politicianssuck

    $50,000,000.00 wasted…..big woof!! This is pennies compared to all government waste….but somehow the taxpayers will have to pay more for these endless streams of waste

  • With some states’ EBT cards you can skip the middle man and just charge your ciggies to it; this is common in dismal smoke-like-a-chimney provinces such as Rhode Island. Half the price of the pack is taxes, so everybody wins (other than the guy with a job who finances this scheme). I expect soon coverage will expand to alcohol & lotto scratchers

  • Right on !

  • rthomp8363

    Wonder how much food stamps are given to illegals here in our own country? Bet it is alot more

  • baygull

    Communications Act of 1934.

  • jja

    The dream is alive and it’s a nightmare. I move to designate crook county smeillinois one of the nine circles of hell . All not in attendance say here.

  • chicagorefugee

    But has been very heavily advertised using Obama’s name and likeness. And, like other forms of welfare, the program has expanded and costs to the taxpayer have exploded under this administration. In turn, business recipients of taxpayer largess have not been stingy with their campaign contributions back to OFA and the DNC. And the cycle turns.

  • 47.6 million–the epitaph of a free country.

    Next time you’re in a room with a half-dozen people, reflect on how 5 of you are chipping in to the 6th guy’s snack fund. If you are the 6th guy, reflect on your usefulness to the other 5 when interest rates go back up, the dollar crashes through the floor, and this sick economy finally falls to pieces.

  • No More Illinois

    I moved out of Illinois 4 years ago. Here’s how bad it got. In central IL I paid property tax around 1500/yr. The next year it doubled at around 3500. I questioned it and was told “It’s for the school system.” My neighbor said if you question it your taxes will just go higher and higher and they will come out and re-evaluate your property Thank goodness I got out of that state when the gettin’ was good.

  • Dutra

    Dude, they are buying votes, not staving off hunger.

  • baygull

    I agree he was whore for votes

  • Dutra

    Please give us all some of those magic seeds so we can grow our very own money tree.

  • nickshaw

    A million here, 50 million there, what does it matter?
    It’s not their money after all.
    Remember, outright fraud is not counted ’cause they refuse to acknowledge it!
    Food stamp usage jumped 11.5% last year and they are blaming it on the economy? Sure. It’s got nothing to do with handing out bonuses to people who sign up the most users. That couldn’t have anything to do with it, could it?

    But, but what did Skeeter tell us? He fixed the economy back in 2009!

    Just wait ’til we get the bill for ObamaKare!

  • Location detection is implicit in the radio technology used by modern mobile phones. What you are talking about is an RFID which isn’t on a cell grid and has nothing to do with positioning

  • baygull

    No mention about the wars that are costing us trillions let’s just not feed the poor that are costing us millions. two days fighting in Afghanistan, the revenues could put Chicago in the black

  • suzy_que

    Heard someone on meet the extinct talk about – it is the police’s fault – it’s whiteys fault- it’s politician’s fault, How about the person aiming the gun? She was talking about black on black crime. Never take responsibility and it will never end!

  • dupkaman

    Hope and Change!

  • Sid

    You did hit your head, which by the way is in your butt.

  • baygull

    Similar to the system Enstar uses to immobilized demobilize vehicles

  • 1twothree4

    When the parasite outgrows this host, the host dies.

  • dareisay

    Wonder if their immigrants, Legal or illegal are shipping the food they buy, back to their home Countries?

    Story on Drudge.

  • suzy_que

    Idiot! Who do you think pays for it? 0bama? Just like the ppl who voted for him and “stash!” Not a chance.! They are getting smart phones, which I can’t afford! If it’s to respond to job offers, a simple phone will do! And I don’t want to pay for it! Kind of like free birth control pills – not free, we pay for them!

  • LandofDave

    The host is in critical condition.

  • baygull

    Name-calling finger-pointing no solutions.
    (Smartphones) yeah right, you don’t want to give birth control than you feed them

  • CenCalDevil

    Excellent point. Apparently the poor people are starving & dying en masse in the streets of this country.
    More money for welfare!

  • obamas dorian gray moment

    obviously starvation is not an option. perhaps powder actuated vasectomys to reduce birth rate.

  • CenCalDevil

    as the leftists always say when confronted with this wasteful government s**t, “its just a drop in the bucket”

  • Zumbot

    I voted with my feet and left that cesspool.

  • An_Angry_American

    If you thought it was bad when ‘white flight’ brought the demise of Detroit, just wait when the flight of the ‘producers’ from this country will bring the demise of the United States.
    It is happening.
    Government is funded by those who make, not those who take.

  • No More illinois

    No it’s not Sid. He speaks the truth. This happened to me that’s why I moved out. Not a joke. The anti-business folks ; aka Obama are in full force. YOU need to get your head out of your butt dude. Obama was this country a socialist country where we need to depend on government. YOU, Jay Z and others are just the same. Spread the wealth, right? What happens when the wealth is all gone? I am not going to put up with it. Why do you think all Hollywood movies are flopping too. Wake the F up

  • An_Angry_American

    It is now feeding upon itself.

  • GoingTactical

    You mean like Solyndra????

  • ecurbyy

    Actually the free phone service was exclusively for 911 emergency service only and only for land lines in peoples homes. This is now out of hand.

  • condaggitt

    Just make people sit in class 25 hours a week and learn how to read, write and speak ENGLISH….and watch the numbers drop in half….

    Ebonics has a incredible strangle hold on millions of people.

  • John K

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone. This country is quickly becoming a welfare state. Some of us will work long hours and pay taxes to those who have excuses as to why they aren’t working. And the worst part is the people that really need help aren’t getting quality help. No one has ever explained to me why so much money should be taken from my family to be given to someone who lives off the system. Many welfare recipients live in areas where crime is high, emergency services are constantly at use, Emergency rooms are treated as clinics and never paid. So they not only live off the system they live in a way that is costly to cities and counties. They don’t make sure their kids attend school and get good grades so their kids end up on the system too. And we end up with 20 yr olds with 4 kids no ability to support themselves, the kids then reach reproductive age and they have multiple kids. Literally reproducing like rabbits.

    I could go on disability and since I have paid max social security I could get highest disability payments. I’d make maybe 20% less than I make after taxes, medical, gas, clothing expenses for work. I think I may become part of the problem and chill out like they do. Nice house paid for I could sit around and watch TV. I mean what is the motivation to work 10-12 hrs a day salary?

    Why let them take my money when I can just hang out?

  • J Kocialski

    Nonsense, taxes are collected on everyone’s phone bill and then used to give away Obama phones.

    How is this not taxpayer money??

  • baygull

    I think you missed the point I’m just saying i give the( masses you call them fellow human beings I call them) nutrition, education so we won’t have to pay for them right through their prison sentences stop the cycle with education and food help your neighbor I would much rather give groceries to a crack head than pay the government to spy on me and you

  • gauffrette

    Everyone with a cell phone pays a “fee” to cover it. Look on your own bill.

  • RayPrice

    When you have Blacks you have dysfunction. And when you have people with names like “Januari” working on the inside they see it as taking money from Whites and giving it to Blacks because, well, that is exactly what it is and what it was planned to be.

  • GMC for me

    wilson’s presidency marked the first change away from Constitutional governance and a move toward socialism. Wilson fumed at the restraints the Constitution put on the presidency. Call them Wilson phones if you wish, the point is that it is a continued onslaught against fundamental American values and thank you for pointing out that it started with Wilson.

  • baygull

    No, more like Exxon Chevron BP surprised you bring up foxBangasi funny, sugar substitute just a drop in the bucket at one .4 billion in Florida alone

  • mharper42

    Here’s exactly why it is called the Obama Phone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio

    Where ya been, baygull? Gotta keep up.

  • baygull

    Thanks to the telecommunication companies there’s a serious profit to be made anything over 180 minutes a month they charge you

  • RazzBarry1

    I really don’t understand how anyone can try to justify giving millions of illegal immigrants legal status when we have so many Americans not working. I know, I know, people on the dole don’t want to do the hard jobs illegal immigrants do. Well, that’s too bad, they should have no choice. Illegal immigrants don’t do jobs Americans won’t do, they do the jobs people on Welfare should be doing.

  • GMC for me

    The Cloward Piven strategy has been the end game since Obama was elected. It’s been advertised, like many other entitlements, to bring the bring the bureaucracy to the breaking point. In this way the people will shout for a Constitutional convention. Check out Cloward Piven as well as the foundations of ACORN and the end game of this presidency becomes apparent.

  • Tootrue4you

    Sadly, it’s federally funded. All of us are paying for it.

  • larrybudwiser


  • baygull

    Passing on ignorance stifles intellect
    I’ve seen this video but I know better
    Communications Act of 1934.

  • baygull

    Is being obtuse like getting bent just curious

  • Stoney Brook

    When another major power takes over the money standard and the USA can no longer print money, it’s Greece time.

  • KenoshaMarge

    So according to the Administration every thing is getting better. Yet the government is enrolling more people in the food stamp program. Can’t have it both ways.

  • baygull

    Shut up troll… so much for free speech you must be a government man

  • Gmama

    A mandatory surcharge on your cell phone bill is really, nothing but a tax on cell phone service.

    The program exploded under Obama, and the cell phone providers are his political cronies. The program is fraught with waste and abuse, contracted cell phone companies hand out the phones and bill the government.

    Some of the websites promoting the program even call it an OBamaphone.

  • Jim1937

    Does anyone wonder why it is called ILLinois?

  • Jim1937

    You sir/madam/it are completely full of sh#t!

  • Gmama

    bay gull, Those of us who pay for your OBamaphone, get bills from our cell phone provider. On that bill is a surcharge that pays for your OBamaphone. It is mandatory. I understand that you don’t actually, you know pay for anything your self.

  • RLB63

    People use to have to take responsibility for themselves?

    Everyone knows that if you have sex you can make a baby. The government has just made it WAY to easy for them to have the baby and then get taken care of. Free food, heavily subsidized rent & utilities, and welfare to buy other things they need. Whenever the government subsidizes something it INCREASES the activity that they subsidize! Why do you think that so many of the babies are being born out of wedlock? Because the government makes it so easy! It takes work to get a marriage to work, and you have to compromise with your spouse.

    Birth control has about 95% effective rate. That means 5 out of 100 result in pregnancy. So with the free BC more people do it and therefore an INCREASE in pregnancy, not a decrease. Then it has been shown that PP knowingly gave out defective condoms. There reasoning? Well it is better to keep them in the practice of using them. OR was it that they are also the largest abortion provider in the US, and since they had already come to them for the condoms they are most likely going to return for abortions?

  • txgarnett

    That’s why its better. You don’t mind spending your money so that people on government assistance gets their average $168 a day pay-out do you? You know the average for we poor saps out here working is about $138… We’re paying our poor folks more than we’re making. How long can that last?

  • Retired military

    Perfect example of why we should not bail out Detroit if states and cities cant spend the money they already have wisely than why give them more to waste.

  • txgarnett

    Hey, it won’t matter. There are significantly more people drawing bucks from the government than there are people earning their keep. How do you think their going vote?

  • Retired military

    Just look really close at your bill. Call them up and ask them about all those surcharges and taxes.
    Wont you be surprised when you find out you have been subsidizing other people’s phones.

  • baygull

    People use to have to take responsibility for themselves? Wholeheartedly agree, on the rest of it I think the pope want you to kiss his ring

  • Retired military

    How about responding again when you are older than 16. You are either a kid or an idiot or a paid Obama supporter.

  • baygull

    Thank you for your comment you will be put into the category of emotion over intellect thanks again

  • RLB63

    IF you were right, since it is a government mandated “tax” added to the phone bill and they oversee it then are they NOT responsible for the companies pushing these phones and overages to the poor?
    As for the food stamp issues, why is the government putting out ads to throw PARTIES with your food stamps? Is that the phone companies as well?

  • baygull

    Call your provider and see if they are charging you a fee for services they are not providing to you if they say yes Sue them for fraud

  • baygull

    So you’re stating your on food stamps does your $200 a month feed your family of four

  • baygull

    If that’s the case we have a class action lawsuit against the telecommunication community. charge for services not rendered fraud

  • we don’t need rinos

    Illinois 2nd worst unemployment in the USA.. 2nd with most people leaving the State.. the state , CHICAGO, the Cook County , are all broke ..even after a 70 %hike in state income taxes…. corruption up the wazou

  • Dustin

    Well said! But it is national!

  • RLB63

    That is a SEPARATE issue. We all pay a tax on the phone bill to support “poor” people to get a free phone. If you are that naive then you need to do a little checking on your OWN. There is no specific tax for the government stealing illegally all of our records. The phone companies either include it in other taxes or add it to the bill.

  • we don’t need rinos

    that is the reason why Illinois lawmakers refused to have Link people having their photos on the link cards ,, what a joke you can buy link cards at 30-50 % of monthly value anywhere in Illinois

  • clownkiller

    Illinois has gone from 80 billion to 92 billion dollars in unfunded pension
    liabilities with no solution in works. 12 billion in two years and the dummies
    in this state keep voting democratic. Soon Illinois too, will be bankrupt.

  • we don’t need rinos

    yea the free obama phone funded by taxes on your cell phone bill just another liberal

  • baygull

    Bad situation to put yourself in stating that you know and understand: something when you clearly don’t have access to the information. chalk up another one emotion over intellect y’all are doing very good

  • we don’t need rinos

    tax required by law . phone carrier says no cell without paying the obamaphone tax. a demorat law

  • Floordoc808

    Being given $4 million for wasting $52 million? Unemployment is about 15% if you count all the unemployed, but only 7.8% counting those “actually” looking for work? Ethanol ruins car engines & is responsible for raising food & gas prices?
    Tell me again how govt. helps me!

  • RLB63


    LOL. You actually compare the “Onstar” with what is in the phones the government is GIVING away to people? If you are correct then they have spent a WHOLE lot more on this program than they have told us. Though it wouldn’t be out of the picture for the Obama admin to something so expensive. Wonder who got all the money? Maybe Sorros?

  • baygull

    What branch of the media (newspaper TV magazines) is the government using to produce and show these ads
    I would love to see one just to see what you talking about oh by the way I like the caps, emotion over intellect again

  • drdebdrdeb

    You have GOT to be kidding me. They steal my tax dollars to reward a state for almost doing their job.

  • KenoshaMarge

    I suspect it can’t last too much longer. Especially in Illinois which is in bad shape. The trouble with such a mammoth program/government is that it takes a really long time for things to have an effect. But once the slide starts…

  • baygull

    I will say this again if your phone company is charging you for services non-rendered that is fraud just ask them is my payment going towards anyone else’s bill

  • RLB63

    Okay since you are the only one saying that it is the CA of 34 please state where IN that law it pays for free phones for the poor? Let alone cellphones…LOL

  • BananaCharger

    In Missouri, those nasty racist Tea Party people filed an FOI request about their foodstamps, in one year almost $1 million dollars were spent in Fla, Tex, Ca, and my personal favorite, Hawaii. Those poor welfare folks couldn’t afford food on their vacations. I only wish I could afford a vacation period.

  • RLB63

    Finally we agree on something! The government could be lying to us. We know that Obama has lied to us about keeping our own Drs etc. Though I know they are lying about a BUNCH of other things as well. This admin is going to be worse than Grant’s….

  • Salva veritate

    Illinois, where our Governors end up making our license plates!

    PS _ Illinois Dems got the last laugh though, they got their biggest crook in the White House.

  • NeedMoreInfo

    The food stamp program has increased because the FEDS advertise it. Stop the madness, stop the programs. When people get really hungry they will look for work.

  • BananaCharger

    It’s a law you mow ron, it’s fraud, but it’s perpetrated by the government, like all other welfare programs.

  • Ken

    Like the old saying goes the people get the government they deserve.

  • Don

    If this idiot administration and it’s Liberal ilk were doing their job, a lot more people would be working, taxes would be lower, and welfare and food stamp benefits would decrease. Socialism is a system of losers, this has been shown time and time again over the years, but these narcissistic fools refuse to acknowledge that fact and arrogantly believe that this time they will get it right, which of course never happens with Socialism.

  • baygull

    No that was a response to someone else’s post you must read all

  • BananaCharger

    $200 is the amount a single foodstamp recipient receives, not a family of four. Your golden child is the one that removed restrictions, why do you think usage is up so much since he took office?

  • baygull

    Why on the earth would I do your homework I think you need to read jog the mind increase your intellect find out new things

  • Don

    Soon Illinois will be a state wide version of Detroit.

  • BananaCharger

    Nice, who’s hand is up your a$$ to make your lips move when you spout your talking points? You libs need a new strategy, endlessly repeating the same lie over & over & over isn’t working.

  • Heather Bender

    Hey, what’s $52 million when you’ve got a magic money machine! Keep spitting out those 1s and 0s!

  • baygull

    I don’t need to be right I don’t need to win but I agree it’s going to be worse, it is, much worse, goodbye personal freedoms hello patriot act

  • Heather Bender

    The SLOBS (Sullen Lazy Obamite Black Slugs) are the recipients. The PIG (People In Government) are the enablers.

  • Don

    I’m a 62 year old man who is a veteran and has worked all his life, and as a result of that I’ve gotten the Liberal shaft, and have had to resort to receiving some help, but you know what? It will be a cold day in h*ll before I will vote for a Liberal! Why would I vote for people who have created my dilemma? That’s like wanting to pet a snake after it has bitten you.

  • Ron Lassman

    Chicago is the next Detroit

  • Heather Bender

    Puh-llllleeeeezzzze! The government welfare pets throw out more food in a day than I eat in a week. We eat great whole foods meals and have a “NO FOOD IS WASTED” policy. We (two people) could eat for under $100 a month if need be, but we’ve got a gourmet streak, and enjoy a juicy steak now and again, so it’s likely more like $200-300.

    I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been in the shopping line with a cart full of fresh produce, behind a couple of morbidly obese Food Stampies (or EBT or whatever they call it now) who are spending $25 on an armful of candy and pop.

  • Heather Bender

    BTW, I suspect we would qualify for about $400 in food stamp funny money from the gummint.

  • Don

    Can’t you feel the love? Me neither.

  • Heather Bender

    I had to give you a thumbs up for stating Obama is a corporate pawn. The government is just one part of the System. Avoid the whole System.

  • baygull

    Sounds like taxation without representation to me and you tell me that’s it’s a law. I’ve replaced services with representation gives it a little ring doesn’t

  • Don

    Because you have more pride and self esteem then the very leeches that you so nicely depicted John.

  • Bill Phelan

    it’s not his program, i think they’re saying that it has expanded (like food stamps-not an obama program either) exponentially sine the election. people who get “assistance” are hard pressed to ever want to give it up. and this assistance actually keeps prices high as they’re subsidized by taxes (the cell phone companies are forced to “tax” regular customers to pay for the free phones)

  • Don

    You are absolutely correct Stoney. Get out the Vaseline, bend over, and “Greece” it up, then grab your ankles, because it’s time for you to get the g shaft.

  • baygull

    Your golden child is the one

    I don’t give a shit about Obama he’s a corporate pawn

    Easy solution stop the wars feed the poor

  • Don

    I hope we can change this governments diaper. It’s really beginning to reek!

  • Floordoc808

    Hang in there my brother from another mother!
    I “felt” none of the love as a boy on welfare! As an adult, I “feel” all of the love & beauty around me being responsible for myself!

  • Logo & Shibboleth

    Try having a 98.3 percent accuracy on your personal tax return and see if you get rewarded or praised.

  • baygull

    Good for you I hope you recycle also

  • octavian61

    The deal with this “Jazzy Z” guy and others of his “stature” is the fact that come tax time, they run to the best accountant in town so they pay the lowest tax possible. During the year they scream and cry that people have to pay their “fair share.”

  • Don

    Or as Hillary would say “What does it matter!?”


    The real danger to America is not gay Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a filthy gay muslim like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a gay Obama presidency than to restore the necessary,commonsense ,Godliness and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a creature for their president.

    The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr.gay Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the gay fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. “The Republic can survive a gay Obama, who is, after all, merely a gay fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

  • Don

    Those are legitimate points, I can’t say I disagree with that logic.

  • baygull

    I don’t need to be right I don’t need to win yeah the system sucks I just need to hear all sides before I can make any judgment and I don’t even think it’s a judgment I just want to know facts

  • debob9046

    Government middleman taking fees from phone users to subsidize other (voters)

    From factcheck.org
    Lifeline is funded by telecom customers who pay a universal service fee as part of their phone bills. The fee technically is not a tax but a cross subsidy, the rules of which are determined by the Federal Communications Commission.

  • octavian61

    When the “gub-ment” comes out with a percentage amount, you are safe to double or triple that amount, because usually the “gub-ment” is wrong 99% of the time. What I like to know is what is the percentage of FRAUD being commited. People l who use food stamps who really don’t need it. Or those who use food stamps to buy food and ship it to people overseas, as in an article I read in the NY Post.

  • Don

    Ah! The Pelosi theorem!

  • baygull

    Thank you for the info, no finger-pointing no name-calling much appreciated

  • Juan Outtamany

    That’s 150 years of freedom and progress for ya

  • Don

    Or 3 to 5 in the Federal penitentiary.

  • chasedog

    Is this why our country is in debt? And some politicians think they need more money and more taxes when I can barely afford to fill the car up with gas. I wish I could waste money like the government does.

  • Don

    I would agree whole heartedly if their was work to be found in much of the country. The government managed to squelch that too with Obama care and higher taxes.

  • KN

    “The more people you add and the bigger the program gets, the more
    cumbersome it gets. The more difficult it gets to manage. And you have
    money being given away that shouldn’t be given away,” said Ted Dabrowski, vice President of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute.

    Thus making arguments against big government.

  • OneOut

    Originally it only covered land line phones.

    And it is paid by taxpayers because it is funded by a tax imposed by the government on everyone else’s phone bill.

  • Carl Mayo

    you pay all your bills on time and stay out of debt.
    your next door neighbor runs up huge credit card bills on frivolous expenses.

    obama knocks on your front door. he sticks his hand out at you and says, “everyone on this street has to chip in and help your neighbor pay his bills, so fork over a thousand dollars.”

    what do you say?

  • OneOut

    If he pays a phone bill it does cost him.

  • OneOut

    It is a tax imposed by the government, not the phone company.

    It is simply collected by the phone companies and not the government.

  • decorous

    I lived on Long Island, N.Y. I bought a Levitt home that was built for $7200. I lived there for 30 years and when I sold the house my taxes were $9800 per year. I sold the house when my wife died and moved to Rural Virginia. I bought a beautiful waterfront home, complete with bulkhead, 150 foot dock, gazebo, 50 foot deck, patio doors in living room. dining room and master bedroom. Taxes $1040.00. ‘Nuff said.

  • Hobbes_Wayne

    Chaos theory depends on initial conditions. The further you deviate the less accurate, the more random the results. That is what Obama and the liberals turned socialists depend on. That is how you implement unaccountability and plausible deniability.

  • KN

    Rewarding failure and bad decisions is all we’ve been doing the last 6 years.

  • another_engineer

    I’m not against mandatory sterilization. IF you can’t feed ’em.. don’t breed ’em.

    I did not have sex with the mother, I should not pay for the child.

  • baygull

    Obama Phone?Ask FactCheck Low-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it.

  • baygull

    Yes I pay for my services Obama Phone?Ask FactCheckLow-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it.

  • KN

    In 1959 William Henry Chamberlain wrote: “When the State goes beyond its proper functions of maintaining law and order at home and providing protection against foreign aggression, and starts to assume the role of a universal provider and regulator, it never knows when to stop. One arrogation of power leads to another, and the planned economy quickly develops into the totalitarian State.”

  • KN
  • baygull

    Obama Phone?Ask FactCheckLow-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it.

  • KN

    Raise taxes again and again and again and eventually those that can escape, like you, will do just that, leaving behind the poor and those reliant on entitlements. Less wealthy people in the city to tax also means less money for upkeep. Add these together and you get city cesspools with large populations of poor.

  • Ed

    It’s not costing you a dime… unless you have a cell phone or a regular phone or…. Have you heard this saying dumba$$ – “Their is no such thing as a free lunch.” Keep spending other people’s money until there is none left. Yeah, that’s the answer.

  • darkcontinent

    Disagree with “POOR”. Food stamps, free housing, free healthcare, free education these folks are better off than most of the World.

  • baygull

    No schools no police but a beautiful new prison really looking out for our future no profit in schools police firemen or teachers aren’t those professions considered jobs? yeah let’s get America working, for the private prison systems? Yeah that’s the right direction.

  • chukkal

    And don’t forget free cell phone.

  • elcal

    They certainly can’t cut back the program. What wouuld they use to keep people enslaved for votes?

  • baygull

    He should probably talk to Mitt as to where to hide his cash

  • baygull

    The War machine is making a fortune just ask Mr. Cheney

  • Rowwdy Colt

    “which was a legacy of an act passed under President Franklin Roosevelt,
    which was influenced by an agreement reached between telecommunications
    companies and the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.”

    What a crock. What FDR passed was the Communications Act of 1934. That Act had NOTHING to do with free phone phones or phone service. That Act was also repealed in 1994 and became the Telecommunications Act. Again, no free phones and certainly no cell phones. Btw: There never was any such thing as a “Wilson” phone. That was a bad joke by the socialists back then.

    The cost of these idiot programs has risen dramatically and is borne by the people who actually pay for a phone. Look at your phone bill. You will see a charge for “Universal Service”. That charge goes to slugs who won’t pay for their own d*mn phone. It has gone from $800 million to $2.2 billion under Obamao. It is also so unregulated, people are getting phones who don’t deserve them.

  • Memphomaniac

    ..actually..you can buy Foodstamps at 50%..anywhere in The U.S.! One of the smartest things you can do is to start a business in the hood, and do the side business of ripping off The Government. Pay off your local politicians, and you can keep this going forever. Did you ever wonder WHY most grocery stores in Da Hood, are owned and run by Foreigners? Even The Palestinians, have heard how America is a land of SHEEPLE and crooked politicians. “What a Country!”

  • mamzer2

    Now to raise taxes more and get the rest of the folks on welfare to secure their votes

  • mamzer2

    Hope and Change ……..change is Detroit in the making.

  • redhawk123

    No doubt. Anyone who has traveled the world has seen real poor people, not those in the US that claim to be poor. Nothing like pounding your clothes on a rock in the river to get them clean. Or no windows, doors, elec, water etc.

  • Rowwdy Colt

    Wrong again. I DO help fund the program. I just pulled out ONE of my phone bills (I have several lines) and I pay almost $15 a month for “Universal Service” charges. That USC is what pays for the “free” phones all the bums are using. ANYONE who gets a phone bill can check to see what they pay each and every month to the free phone BS.

  • FFlintstone

    Foodstamps are out of control. So is people giving their kids ridiculous names like “Januari”.

  • Anthony

    After reading a few other comments you have made to others, I have noticed that you do not think before you type. For instance you insinuate that the “Obamaphone”is not a tax by the government, but a fee taken care of by the phone companies. Well let me educate you as I used to work for AT&T Wireless corporate accounts about a few years ago,and I am quite aware of this surcharge. And let me inform you it is most definitely a tax instituted and enforced by the FCC regulation that created it. Take for instance AT&T which is a huge telecommunications company. They were required to collect that fee and also provide antenna space for the users of this welfare system at a discounted rate to the government. I am sure there are many out there that have noticed their cellphone bill has gone up recently and it is not due to more usage by that customer. The surcharge has increased each year as the number of recipients of the “Obamaphone” has increased each year. The discount on antenna space also generates a loss of revenue for AT&T, so they offset the loss of revenue onto guess who their customers, because AT&T is in business to make money not lose it. So you pontificate profoundly by saying that this surcharge is not a tax, as I would call paying into something you do not benefit from, is a tax! Plus you say in your comment above hiring more police helps, would that not be part of expanding the prison system? And the reasons there are not more police, “quality” teachers, firemen, etc. Thanks to Obama and his failed policies consider the lack of the mentioned professions the new normal. This is a result of overspending on pork, rather than what they always promise you they are going to spend your taxes on. Welcome to the socialist reality, that someone such as yourself and supporting viewpoints seems to so openly condone

  • Rowwdy Colt

    NO WE DO NOT HAVE A CLASS ACTION. That charge was put in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It became law….again, but reworded.

  • eric_in_NJ

    Wait a sec- I thought that the economy was recovering? That is all we head last year and in Obama’s adopted home state 11% increase in SNAP last year— and Illinois went for Obama!!!! We really are doomed

  • eric_in_NJ

    It is indeed not paid for by the gubment- but it is paid for by cell phone users. The gubment is just cut out as the middleman. It is a charge we all get every month. Check you cell bill. What, did you think the money magically came from Obama’s magic stash?!?

  • eric_in_NJ


  • Danceswithdachshunds

    Welcome to the face of socialism.

  • Rowwdy Colt

    My wife and I made the decision to leave IL about 4 years ago. I moved my business out too. Fortunately some of our employees moved with us. So, about 25 people left within 1 month of each other. Twenty people isn’t a lot, but you figure that many people with incomes ranging from low $60, 000 to over a $100k is going to hurt a little. Not counting the business taxes. We don’t regret the move one bit.

  • Billion003

    A worthwhile article but nationally, and probably even locally, its the tip of the iceberg.

  • Cheapshot420420 .

    mitt romney is poor compared to some of the big time lefties promoting obama

  • KN

    Substitute “non-productive/non-taxpaying slugs” for “poor”

  • BananaCharger

    If you’re not a left wing nutjob, I’ll eat my car.

  • KN

    or the all encompassing term: “Free schitt”

  • jashobeam

    That program needs more oversight, along with social security,
    fraud is obvious we see why doesnt the goverment.

  • larry burdge

    AUH, What the Hell, a million here a million there, It’s just money. Fire-up the printing press,,,,,,,,,,overtime to be had.

  • Carrie

    Illinois, the home state of Obama. They taught Obama well, didn’t they!

  • BleedOrange

    Food stamp population jumped %11.5. Welcome to your obamanation!!! Glad to be a Canuck

  • CSHJ


  • Quit_Lying


  • mharper42

    If those acquiring the phones attribute them to Obama’s stash, that’s good enough for me. They would vote him into a 3rd term if they could.

  • Quit_Lying

    it’s going to be a close race between them and California

  • suzy_que


  • joInAmerica

    Sounds like you are perfectly fine with taking money (taxes) that somebody else (not you) worked hard to earn. Given the collapse of our inner cities (crime, drugs, gangs, terrible schools, all of it under the direct control of Democrat politicians for the last 50 years), maybe you should face that working to eat is an essential part of the human experience and the only way to true self-esteem. Clearly, in addition to being simply unethical (to take what you didn’t earn from someone who worked hard), it is also clear that government as parent is a total failure. The Democrats have the blood of thousands of young Black Americans who died before they even had a chance to become adults, on their hands.

  • Jeff Ames

    Here is what’s happening – there is less and less shame associated with being on food stamps, so more and more folks are taking the ‘I’m getting mine’ attitude.

    Come to southeastern Michigan to see full scale fraud.

  • Quit_Lying

    and thats not counting free lunches @ public schools

    and .. lets invite a few million illegals to pile on

    it’s a concerted effort Detroit & Chicago are the canaries in the coal mines

  • marjanne

    With all due respect, baygull, “….’processed foods are the ONLY thing you can afford on food stamps…???” I am at a loss for words. Fruits and vegetables ( even in cans) can no longer be purchased with stamps? Really??

    Have folks become SO helpless and stupid that they cannot even FEED themselves unless comes through window, out of a can, from the freezer, is pre-mixed ( just add water) or is delivered?

    How about just buying on sale, stocking up on deals, use a few manufacturers coupons? NOT rocket science but it DOES take
    thought—-oops! I think I discovered the problem…..

  • JBar595

    It’s just part of the money Rahm and Barry stole from the people of the state of Il.

  • Dmacwired

    There’s the cost of food stamps and then there’s the cost to manage it. So you work the problem such that the fraud percentage is within a margin of acceptableness. More systems to catch the fraud requires more labor hours – there’s a point where you get diminishing returns on time spent and the fraud rate is compounded by the effort to catch it.
    Wouldn’t you think it more cost effective and beneficial if we rewarded programs and policies that support private sector jobs?
    Nah, it will never work because that won’t serve the government’s goals.

  • adamHolland

    Who cares? Just print more! Money is easy. If I want something, I take it. I am as good as the government at werking it yo. IMMA GET MINES YO!

  • JBar595

    The breath you’re wasting could be used to blow up your date later tonight.

  • CSHJ

    Darlin’, I can see clearly now why you have yelled all over this page. You are sitting in your mom’s basement all day on the computer that she’s probably paying for…..you poor little thing just cain’t (not a misspell) get a job. No one appreciates your knowledge and abilities. You ain’t takin’ no stupid job that is beneath you so you will make asinine remarks online to show the world just how FRIGGIN STUPID you are. Get off the computer, get out of the basement, leave home, support yourself. Have you no pride? Give up the Obama phone that you don’t pay for but all the rest of us on here do and we know it. Call it a tax or a surcharge WE PAY FOR YOUR PHONE! If you don’t know that then the public school system really did fail you but I don’t give a rat’s ass. Get off the system. Live in a cave, I don’t care!!! Eat dirt, I don’t care. You and your ilk are ruining this country and you don’t care.

  • JBar595

    F you, blame it on the past and your to stupid to see the future, fu_cking moron

  • Dave

    The Detroit of tomorrow! Big gubbament at its best!!

  • baygull

    Obama Phone?Ask FactCheckLow-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it.


    start nailing the so called businessmen of asian, arab and indian dissent , who make a living off of scamming the entire system. Some,not all, of these guys make a very good living , just off the ebt scam and the fact they pay no taxes on their family/employees.

    instead of ringing up items that are approved, these clowns found a very simple loophole to assist them with this scam. charge everything like alcohol , as general merchandise.

    they ring up beer and other items not approved to be sold , as “general merchandise”. they take the ebt cards as payment and you now have the tax payers funding a person/businessman, from another country and the scamming of the tax payer via ebt.
    the govt is also getting scammed by these people bc many, NOT ALL, pay no employee taxes what so ever. they hire their families from another country. they buy a house close to the convenience store, and these people work like slaves , while the so called owner avoids all employee taxation.

  • Mommamia1

    Chicago is a sanctuary city and is morally corrupt. What in the he11 do you think would happen with this “program?” It is set up as a Cloward and Piven collapse the system scheme while rewarding the political thieves.

  • baygull

    Obama Phone?Ask FactCheckLow-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it. read and be enlightened

  • baygull

    Obama Phone?Ask FactCheckLow-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it.

  • baygull

    Start munching I have no affiliation whatsoever

  • baygull

    Finger-pointing name-calling emotion over intellect again

  • baygull

    Finger-pointing name-calling emotion over intellect again and again and again thank you guys are falling right into it

  • baygull

    Can’t you just see I’m baiting you and you keep falling for it over and over again thank you for your responses

  • Pouncekitty

    Obama is collapsing the country. When will the press do its job and stop being cheerleaders?

  • baygull

    Store brand macaroni and cheese dinner $.99 one Apple one orange $1.89 the math is up to you

  • Phil Dych

    Bagull is a troll….please people, don’t feed the freakin’ trolls!

  • SRussell55

    As Al Sharpton said, “Don’t call us stupi$. Don’t call us ignant.” Then fix your own cities with your own money, if you ain’t ignant.

  • baygull

    Why not put it switch on everybody’s libido

    RECREATION! I thought they were children silly me

  • jhkraemer

    When Wyoming is number one in Food Stamp growth, that tells me the economy is worse than we know.

  • mikifenn

    Isn’t it on our phone bill?

  • Silmarillion

    The corruption is so widespread and flagrant.
    Detroit part 2 coming soon.

    John Galt Take Me With You . com

  • baygull

    Most likely, damn fools. ignorance is bliss. we should be talking about the banks too big to fail the wars that nobody wants that were paying for, not the poor, this is being misguided like most of the media

  • baygull

    I honestly feel sorry for you you’re very bitter person I learned to love other human beings I don’t know if you knew this but we are all human beings one in the same. try to help when we can.

  • Charles Nash

    My friend is a licensed tax preparer. It’s also people from Russia, and Armenia and many ex Soviet block regions,

    They drive up in new high-end Mercedes and claim to make only $15,000 to support their “5 kids”. So earned income credit is pretty nice when youi also hide all your real income. Plus rent help, food stamps and lots of other goodies.

  • Charles Nash

    Every “sanctuary city” is a corrupt city – without exception.
    They all have the stink of Democrat filth on them. They buy votes by wasting tax money on their corruption “programs”. Whenever you hear the word “Program” you know it’s a Democrat fraud waiting to blossom.

  • Charles Nash

    Tied into the magic voting booth machine and the Democrat political machine.

  • Charles Nash

    Democrats don’t care about anything but staying in power. They would sell their mother’s kidneys to stay in power. They are no different than the evil Bolsheviks. In fact they dream of the day to have absolute power to completely “lord” it over people’s lives someday.

  • txgarnett

    Thank you Don; for your words and for your service in the cause of my freedom.

  • txgarnett

    Sadly, I think you are right.

  • baygull

    Dems and Repubs are doing a GREAT job representing the interests they serve; the Fed, Wall Street, the Pentagon and Israel.

    As for ‘We the People,’ we’re nothing more than an obstacle to be ignored or tossed in jail.

    DC politicians have been bought and sold so many times it’s pathetic.

    They have nothing but contempt for the people. why not abolish parties and call them what they are, PAC’s??? — we’ve got to do away with all the big money in elections. Until we do we’re stuck with a hopelessly corrupt government. they want us on the right they want us on the left so they can go right up the middle! red states? Blue states? what are we gangs?

  • baygull

    Dems and Repubs are doing a GREAT job representing the interests they serve; the Fed, Wall Street, the Pentagon and Israel.

    As for ‘We the People,’ we’re nothing more than an obstacle to be ignored or tossed in jail.

    DC politicians have been bought and sold so many times it’s pathetic.

    They have nothing but contempt for the people. why not abolish parties and call them what they are, PAC’s??? — we’ve got to do away with all the big money in elections. Until we do we’re stuck with a hopelessly corrupt government.

  • Truth Teller

    LOL looks like Obama “community organized” Illinois in to a cess pool of corruption and death.

  • eNuff

    Yep, I left 2 years ago after Quinn campaigned on no tax increase over 1% and then immediately signed 2%. Had enough of them. Let the idiots who stay pay for it.

  • ICLemmings

    How do you misspend 52 million ? talk about the mistake on the lake, thats chi town.. This money will by hook or crook be campaign funds for the Dems . Book it Dano !

  • levotb

    Trouble IS…with 40 to 60 million illegals in the country, you can add as many jobs as you want but until 1070 laws and mandatory e-verify laws are passed (they only exist in 7 states), businesses will continue to hire the cheaper illegal aliens.

  • levotb

    It’s for the million-plus illegal aliens who are all on welfare.

  • gannamede

    Food stamps are now routinely bartered for drugs, cash, and other non-food items. The standard rate of exchange in my area is fifty cents on the dollar and It’s just sort of an open secret that would be nearly impossible to police. There are even a few who do it as a very profitable business, and I really doubt my area is unique in the practice.

  • aussiegirlMI

    Okay instead of Bush you libs are now on Romney? Pathetic!!

  • aussiegirlMI

    He has every right to be emotional, you guys are distroying the greatest nation on earth!

  • ICLemmings

    The next Detroit = Chicago Bleed it to Death Dems, People vote with there feet eventually. Read the post’s in the comments YOU WILL BE THE NEXT DETROIT, BANKRUPT.

  • baygull

    I have no party affiliation I just care about the issues
    Among the biggest flash points in the House Republicans’ $1.2 trillion bill for financing federal programs are provisions to:

    † Cut $60 billion from last year’s spending on domestic programs, including education, environmental protection and community services.

    † Block money to implement President Obama’s health-care overhaul.

    † Bar federal funds for Planned Parenthood.

    † Prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing regulations curbing emissions of gases that cause global warming.

    † Reduce Pell Grants for low-income college students $5.6 billion, which the White House says would reduce the maximum $5,550 grant by $845.

    † Cut $747 million in food aid for poor pregnant women and women with children up to the age of 5.

    † Halt financing for the Americorps national service program.

    † Limit this year’s budget for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to $80 million and cut the budgets of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. right left it doesn’t matter separate us, go right up the middle

  • Charles

    $52 million!!! Who is going to pay us back? These government officials act as if the money they are spending is theirs, not ours. Actually, that’s not true. It the money were theirs, they’d not waste it. So, more correctly, they are spending the money as if no one cares where it goes or how much is wasted! Unfortunately, that will always be the case when government spends money, and it is why socialist societies always weaken (sound familiar?) and eventually succumb to stronger people.

  • baygull

    Left right doesn’t matter look at what they’re doing;
    Among the biggest flashpoints in the House Republicans’ $1.2 trillion bill for financing federal programs are provisions to:

    † Cut $60 billion from last year’s spending on domestic programs, including education, environmental protection and community services.

    † Block money to implement President Obama’s health-care overhaul.

    † Bar federal funds for Planned Parenthood.

    † Prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing regulations curbing emissions of gases that cause global warming.

    † Reduce Pell Grants for low-income college students $5.6 billion, which the White House says would reduce the maximum $5,550 grant by $845.

    † Cut $747 million in food aid for poor pregnant women and women with children up to the age of 5.

    † Halt financing for the Americorps national service program.

    † Limit this year’s budget for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to $80 million and cut the budgets of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

  • jrboss93

    I moved out in December … To a bigger house, with more land in Florida, my entire mortgage is now about what my monthly tax expense was in Illinois.

  • GeeGee

    Hard working American’s are being robbed … if not punished.

  • baygull

    You guys! I’m not part of the government

    A bit Narcissistic / or you used to be a cheerleader?

  • bob

    0bozo has been president for 5 years and the war machine continues full speed with an even larger war budget. Change you can believe in LOL

  • bob

    or ask 0bozo’s buddy Jon Corzine who stole $4 billion from investors and wasn’t even investigated

  • bob

    Same with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. They both put all their money into trusts that will not be taxed

  • stillbill22

    Pay up middle class tax paying saps,they need the cash to buy votes with entitlements rife with fraud and abuse.

  • mickeyco

    Then he returned the favor and is teaching IL what new stuff he’s learned in 4 1/2 yrs. of screwing us over.

  • Gary Anderson

    He’s right, you’re an idiot. I’m paying for your phone and so is anybody else that has PAYS A CELL PHONE BILL!

  • Gary Anderson

    Between useless, overpaid government workers and people living off the government check or some bullshit disability, there is not going to be enough of us regular working people to carry the load. If your too fat to work, that’s not my problem, can’t afford a cell phone, too bad….

  • fedupMan

    These figures are NOT accurate for IL. It is MUCH worse. IL lies. The state takes the WORD of people without any PROOF, W2, tax papers etc, to hand out all kinds of goodies.
    NO proof of residence in IL is required for IL Medicaid. The pols tried to fix it but Speaker Madigan did not want it so IL did NOT fix the problem.

  • Gary Anderson

    Chicago is not to far behind Detroit.

  • jjr5268

    Only libs could reward that?

  • Nuffofthisshit

    Lets just all go down to all the government offices stand in line to fill out the paperwork for food stamps welfare and every other program the government has going.. We could shut the system down just everyone go online at the same time nothing illegal just clogging up the arteries of the out of control beast that hands it all out … The beast is UNCLE SAM

  • KN

    All over again.

  • JCIll

    You forgot Sarah Palin! Off-topic trolls always mention her.

  • CSX

    Unacceptable ……but no one cares.

    So many deadbeat sin what was once a great State.


  • Mr Chow odysseus660

    The food stamp president’s home state. Unbelievable, I bet this POS can win a third term.

  • CSX

    Own it. I hope it all fails……welfare and pensions.

    We do not deserve any better.

    Hey, remember those 50 million babies you killed?

  • CSX

    We are past that point already.

  • OneOut

    The tax was signed into law during the Clinton Administration. It is collected by the phone companies and then passed on to the government just like when you buy a candy bar and pay sales tax. I remember Al Gore on TV touting the greatness of it and claiming credit for the idea.

    I never said anything about this President having anything to do with it nor did I call it an Obama phone. You must be confused with some other argument you are losing.

  • PCTon80

    I’d call that a good start! Especially the part about the CFPB, which is trying to play nursemaid to Americans to save them from themselves while promoting a regulatory agenda that is just as radical as Elizabeth Fauxcohontas Warren who nursed the demon-spawn from the wombs of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.

  • cyanotic

    What’s a Link card?

  • cyanotic

    Thanks for the good explanation. When commenters invent odd names for these programs readers hardly know what they are talking about. As poverty and unemployment increases the eligibility for SafeLink will increase.

  • cyanotic

    Why not call them Bushphones? He started the program. Better yet, call them by their correct name – SafeLink.

  • Guest

    Why would anyone other than a black or a white liberal live in illinois?

  • Guest

    If it were me,I’d collect my insurance after my house burned down and move.

  • Guest

    Yeah,I know I’d trust some illiterate pavement ape to give me advice on anything.

  • Guest

    They also give a lot to liberal charities,what a waste.

  • Guest

    They can blame who they will but that doesn’t change the fact that odumbo has been in office nearly five years and things have steadily gotten worse.Even odumbocare is falling apart and guess who they blame?

  • Guest

    I hope it doesn’t ever end,one way or the other,they’re going extinct,last one to leave,turn out the lights and blame whitey.

  • trajan2448

    The corruption of what was a great country continues. The US is in decline by every possible metric. Quality of life has gone from first to 16nth overall. But to the millions of illegals and third world dolts who have brought their gutter cultures and double digit IQs, it’s all good, and Obama is their poster boy of what is possible without ever having a job or a real academic transcript.

  • Red_Ruffansore

    Very chimpy, excellent fail. Hope your taxpayers kill you and drink wine from your hollowed out skulls for being such poor stewards of their tax money. Oh wait, your state is full of sheeple, continue squandering.

  • No More Illinois

    Well said, dude. Yeah I mean as taxes I see it. I haven’t been keeping up on the Illinois senators but thank goodness I found someone to buy it. I saw it coming. No I didn’t burn it down. This is not Chicago or Detroit as someone there stated. I actually PAY my taxes. I wonder, if J Z payes his?. Time will tell. Beyonce’ is prettty hot and seems to be all over him. I wonder how long this will last. Maybe we can shift from the kardasians to Beyonce’ lol

  • SJF

    I can’t believe Illinois taxpayers aren’t storming their state capitol and physically removing these imbeciles from office. These govt morons took food off the table, gas out of the tanks, money away from the homes, dollars away from their entertainment…right out of the hand of the person who EARNED it and wasted it as if it is THEIR money to burn through however they wish. Disgusting.

  • No More Illinois

    Nice point. Kind of long wind-ed but ok. I worked for Verizon. Obama took what was a good program under bush and he expanded on it. I guess what is good for bush is ok under obama? How’s that hope and change working out. To my point you’ll NEVER hear the man talk about job creation. Does everything else except that… Ohhhh If I had a son. What a joke of a president. Some of you elected him so please don’t pee up my back and tell me it’s raining

  • ncpg

    It’s really U.S. taxpayers who misspent all of that money.

  • Tom_

    And the people still can’t figure out what is better for them, right? Sheeple, you need to just die off.

  • TruthDetector

    Yo — ah gots ta git me a Obamafone.

    Ah beez axin’ — duz ma homes noze were da bro’ kin sco’ a Obamafone?

  • Tom_

    Yes, he owns it just like he owns this economy. Still proud of the socialist you help put into office, twice?

  • Tom_

    How long has obozo been around? Did you or did you not vote for this clown twice?

  • Tom_

    Wow, you sure know how to lay a trap. When do you spring it?

  • A. Levy

    A 98.3 percent “accuracy” rate? Perhaps they mean the 98.3% is the fraud rate.

  • we don’t need rinos

    link cards replaced the old welfare food stamps .. the card can now be used to buy food or buy casino chips to gamble tatoos …nail job whatever the corrupt Illinois democrats want. courtesy of the working ILLINOIS taxpayer fools

  • Troy

    Leeches deserve an audit by the IRS.

  • Ah, the Obama Economy finally gets some notice.

  • Cheapshot420420 .

    i agree, i was just pointing out the hypocrisy of liberals thumbing their noses at the rich.

  • barry1817

    funny how credit card companies don’t have such problems with money being lost and not accounted for.

  • barry1817

    if you don’t have the money you can’t pay the bills.

    Sorry that is the nature of economics.

  • barry1817

    isn’t it Romney that saved and created jobs, made lots of people wealthy, gives a large portion of his income to charity and was doing that well before running for office.

    So it wasn’t a ploy such as Clinton or B.O. did to curry favor with voters.

  • LaVive

    Yes, Americans,

    we do reward governments for overspending 50 million dollars through fraud.




  • LaVive

    The wealth will never “be all gone”.

    Jay-z, Obama and the rest of their ilk, like Zuckerman and the rest of the “oh, i care about the poor” liberal slobs will make damn sure of that!


  • LaVive

    Well, getting to work on 5% of the spending might help!

    Where is the rest?

  • LaVive

    Is that all you got?

    That war machine made it possible for people like you to rape the rest of us.

    have a nice day

  • LaVive

    I think the stock of FoodStampUp corporation just went skyhigh.

    They are the company that trades in foodstamp futures.

    You buy stock while they buy foodstamps in bulk from fraudsters who get foodstamps ineligibly.

    Buy stocks today! Become a Millionaire overnight!

    this message brought to you by Barrack Obama and he approves this message

  • vukk1

    15% of my phone bill is taxes. There are two lines which state ‘Universal Service Charge,’ for a total of $3.99. If you have a phone bill, look at what they charge you. Technically, the phone company just passes along the tax. If you don’t think when a company is taxed they don’t pass it on to their consumers, if at all possible, then I have some beach front property in Arizona for you.

  • Hillary Klntohn

    Holy phu k …..dumb …

    3.0 grade average or a Harvard degree?
    Like it matters…Either way they can’t Spell Greece in Cursive …or they ‘ll neeed tele prompters the rest of their maggot lives…

  • Retired Ron

    Where did you get the idea that “trusts” aren’t taxed?

  • Its enough

    Food stamp fraud is everywhere. No incentive to get a job. And there are jobs in North Dakota if you want one. But then they may have to be self reliant.

  • No More Illinois

    When you have folks like the huffington post and others asking for a chopping block to fox news it just isn’t going to happen however many times they push. Their relentless tweeting isn’t going to matter either. Yes, KTVU screwed up. But guess what, they got that info from……WAIT…. IT will come to you. The NTSB……government. I didn’t know where you were heading with your post but I thought I would save you some time.lol



  • kestrel27

    How do you “misspend” $52 million, unless of course you are a Democrat? Then it’s not a misspending problem so much as a mis-paying for problem!

  • Hillary Klntohn

    Well …I’ll tell ya this…
    Wherever the hell I was going with that post…………
    I would not take any airline with a list of My family members as flight crew ..

    Confucius is used a lot in flight training .
    Confucius say :
    “if you turn and oriental around he become dis-oriented”

    A 360 turn would of saved the day .

    Also in the flight manual of Confucius one will find this bit of wisdom from Confucius :
    “Pilot with head up A55 cant see for shi* “

  • TheFallofAmerica

    A black kid asks his mother, “What’s a democracy?”
    “Well, son, that’s when white folks work every day so we can gets all our benefits,
    you knows like free cell phones for each family member, rent subsidy, food stamps,
    WIC, free healthcare, utility subsidy, & the list goes on & on, you knows”.

    “But mama, don’t the white people get mad about that?

    “Sure they do, that’s called racism!”

  • TheFallofAmerica

    Give them more Ammo and less food.

  • TheFallofAmerica

    Five years later and I’m still waiting for Ballsack HUSSEIN Obysmal to something that doesn’t bring America closer to the abyss. His failure rate is a constant 100%

  • Balance3

    Illinois DemocRAT controlled corruption !!!

  • baygull

    According to official Israeli reports thousand of dual citizens of israel have not been to israrli in over two years. It would be nice to now just who are living israel on paper only to bleed money from the usa taxpayers. What is the true percentage of jewish population and arabs. Is the jewish religion the true majority in Israel on only the best armed? The USA needs to do what our founding fathers wanted and say away from foreign affairs. Rebuild Detroit not Jerusalem.

    A lot of finger-pointing name-calling not one solution why don’t we stop paying corporate farms with( taxpayer money) not produce food into producing food and give it to the poor just a thought, maybe get something for our money and help the poor

    Obama Phone?Ask FactCheckLow-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it.

    Ask FactCheck

    Dems and Repubs are doing a GREAT job representing the interests they serve; the Fed, Wall Street, the Pentagon and Israel.

    As for ‘We the People,’ we’re nothing more than an obstacle to be ignored or tossed in jail.

    DC politicians have been bought and sold so many times it’s pathetic.

    They have nothing but contempt for the people. why not abolish parties and call them what they are, PAC’s??? — we’ve got to do away with all the big money in elections. Until we do we’re stuck with a hopelessly corrupt government. Among the biggest flashpoints in the House Republicans’ $1.2 trillion bill for financing federal programs are provisions to:

    † Cut $60 billion from last year’s spending on domestic programs, including education, environmental protection and community services.

    † Block money to implement President Obama’s health-care overhaul.

    † Bar federal funds for Planned Parenthood.

    † Prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing regulations curbing emissions of gases that cause global warming.

    † Reduce Pell Grants for low-income college students $5.6 billion, which the White House says would reduce the maximum $5,550 grant by $845.

    † Cut $747 million in food aid for poor pregnant women and women with children up to the age of 5.

    † Halt financing for the Americorps national service program.

    † Limit this year’s budget for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to $80 million and cut the budgets of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

  • baygull

    Yeah, charities what a waste, love your neighbor

  • Tom_

    What else should we give to the poor? Your argument about the obozophone is pathetic as is all the other lunacy you spew.

  • baygull

    I do this on both sides, take care

  • baygull

    It’s for a research paper
    I use screen names and comments on both sides of the issue thank you for your comments

  • alan c

    It’s Obama’s legacy as The Food Stamp President.

  • Tom_

    Your welcome. I always like to help out the low information morons on the left. It’s better that you get a different point of view and mine is so much better than clowns you watch on msnbc…..

  • baygull

    GOP candidates take directions from the international banksters who fund and direct them. It’s divide and conquer, pitting the various groups they screw against one another by fanning flames around racial and religious differences. It’s no accident that Muslim-hatred also comes mainly from the bankster party.

    $700 Billion a year and 2 wars that have lead to nowhere, yet it’s medicare and social security that always under the knife among the 2 party establisment. Unfortunately, apart from the work of a few individuals, this problem has gone mostly ignored by Western governments, and the digital surveillance trade still seems to be flourishing. Congress, the E.U., and the U.N. all have the ability act — by requiring the relevant companies to at least transparently evaluate whether or not their technology is aiding in human rights abuses, if not banning those sales outright — but so far, even as dozens of Syrians die every day, they haven’t.

  • baygull

    Really, what an odd thought would you mind elaborating on the rapping I have three more pages to go on my thesis of human emotion over intellect

  • baygull

    Morning you may like this,Tom
    Obama’s Arrogance and Rampant Hypocrisy!

    In my opinion, government is at best, tolerated because there is no other recognizable option available at the time. At worst, it is an evil and tyrannical overlord of the individual, never ceasing in its desire for power, money, total control, brutality, war, and imperialism. This opinion obviously does not serve as a recommendation for any governing system, with the one exception of peaceful anarchy, or a society without the State.

    Government is always an instrument of force, as government has nothing, creates nothing, and produces nothing; it only steals from those who do. Therefore, politically based government should be avoided at all cost. Unfortunately, this has rarely happened in history.

    Although government is controlling and brutal in its efforts to remain in power, it can only retain that power over the rest of society given that the majority consents to be ruled. In many instances, this consent is simply implied.

    In order to gain the consent or implied consent of the people, the state uses many strategies that are steeped in lies and deceit. Government’s most important and necessary strategy for retaining control is fear. Fear mongering therefore, is a constant weapon in the arsenal of the state. For if the people were not afraid, they would have little use for government’s continuous assault on their liberty. Fear is a most powerful driver of emotions, and the illusion of safety a most coveted prize of the sheep. Rulers, whether elected or not, fully understand the importance of using fear tactics and the illusion of safety as weapons against the people. The desired effect is to at once purposely intimidate the population at large, while allowing for a state manufactured rescue. The result is an acceptance by the citizenry of less freedom for an imagined safety.

    To achieve these ends, the state has to create false enemies. In order for this strategy to be successful, one individual has to be pitted against another; one group against another group; one nation against another nation, and so the deception goes. This strategy is nothing new, but it has been forever effective. It is the strategy of divide and conquer, derived from the Latin saying, Divide et impera, which may refer also to divide and rule.

    This divisive agenda takes on many faces, and planned divisiveness and dissension is found virtually everywhere, this due to the stirring of the pot by political agitators. Consider white versus black, heterosexual versus homosexual, Christian versus Islam, men versus women, rich versus poor, and Republicans versus Democrats. Consider Wall Street versus Main Street, citizen versus immigrant, and the U.S. nation state versus the Middle East. As George W. Bush said after the 9/11 attacks, a statement meant to divide if ever one was uttered, “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”

    Most are aware of this great divide in our country, but most don’t understand that much of it came about by design. Division leads to separation. Separation leads to weakness. Weakness leads to serfdom, which of course is slavery!

    Those who seek to rule understand this concept very well, and use it in order to gain more power. Those in power control the mainstream media, and that media is a willing accomplice in the spread of hate. John C. Danforth once said:

    The loudest voices we hear are those who advocate conflict, divisiveness.

    This is a true statement, and it should serve to alert all to the fact that those who scream the most, those who spread fear, and those who would seek a platform to pit one against another, are nothing more than wolves in sheep’s clothing. The U.S. government is just such a wolf, and constantly seeks to spread fear and hate among us.

    It is government that should stand in fear of the people. Government is afraid of an educated and intelligent populace. Government is threatened greatly by self-responsibility and self-reliance. Government becomes impotent in the presence of peace. Government cowers when confronted by a unified people. Government loses control when the people know the truth.

    But this government is not afraid. It is not impotent. It does not cower. It has not lost control of its power. It is a monster!

    So long as “we the people” continue to accept the government’s plan for us, so long as the hate continues, so long as most continue to live in fear, so long as unholy war continues unabated, and so long as Americans hide from the truth, our future will be predestined. If we do not alter that now probable destiny, only a life of lost hope will remain!

    Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

  • reggiemay

    Count me among those who fled Illinois. High taxes and corruption. Plus I don’t speak Spanish.

  • taconite

    With this administration? Don’t count on it.

  • TheFallofAmerica

    Maybe one of the 30 million illegals Ballsack HUSSEIN Obysmal is inviting into the country will know how to remedy this problem.

  • TheFallofAmerica

    Remember folks! Have your Liberals Spayed or Neutered!

  • eric_in_NJ

    You really are fact averse. Where do you think the companies get their money? From their CUSTOMERS! All major cell carriers charge extra on each individual plan each month (as does the cable company) to pay for free services to the poor. If you check the numbers the numbers of “Obama phones” have increased by a staggering number since they became “Obama phones”.

  • eric_in_NJ

    The gubment spent $2.2 billion in 2012 on Lifeline Program- check it. And that is NOT cell carriers.

  • Frizz

    ‘sure puts a new twist on “they didn’t earn that”. “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”-Margaret Thatcher

  • Frizz

    Yes indeed! With all of this inbreeding of lawyers and politicians and media people, it’s time to thin the herd!

  • Barry Bin Inhalin

    I guess we now know the answer: what is an acceptable waste number in taxpayer funded ‘free-food’ for a state like IL? Fifty million of other people’s money apparently seems reasonable if you are a lib. Meanwhile, they are packing up the free food in boxes and barrels and shipping it to their kin in the Caribbean islands.

  • TheFallofAmerica

    They call themselves “African Americans”. I say we feed them exactly what their cousins in Africa are eating. Mud.

  • eeddggy

    I’ll wager a guess that the Private Sector business do not make $52 million dollar “mistakes” let alone laud an employee if it did happen.
    And Democrats want even bigger Government. Aren’t the D voters a smart group?

  • Fip1

    Obama has made it much easier to receive food stamps. It is to get more Julia’s on the dole.

  • libertees

    To the people that got $52 million it was well spent. See how I did that?

  • indy56

    At the very top of the dung heap! What a group of over-achievers.

  • bluzrider

    Here comes the next Detroit, bankruptcy is going to be the only option left after the liberal progressive idiots get done with this state. Can’t wait to see what Obama does then, will he tell the good folks of Illinois to go to he– just like he did to Detroit? This is going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

  • snuffy18

    Not a mention of how much of the other 98% was “misspent”.

  • Maud St James

    These people are misusing and stealing taxpayers’ money – where is the outrage? When are people going to learn that socialism and liberalism simply do not work?

  • JimmieMee

    No worries only tax payer money there is plenty more where that came from

  • StevenNewsom

    Illinois, home to the soft bigotry of low expectations on everything. Loose $52 million per year get a reward, get a “C” in HS, get a scholarship, drop out of school, and the state gives you a check. Too bad the people in Chicago are too stupid to figure out that the people in Springfield all think they are idiots.

  • StevenNewsom

    So said the residents of Detroit.

  • VeteranJack48

    This is news. It’s an everyday event!!!!!!!!

  • jja

    That’s the point, break the workers will, and get everyone on the bread handout line. Wait till they crash the dollar, and wipe out everyone at once. Everyone ! poor to rich and those in the middle. That’s the beauty of fake money, backed by Bernanke hot air. They have the throttle and they can jerk it in any direction they want. The dollar. Kamikaze nose dive is one of those options, and they can do it overnight while we dream about how many fake dollars we have in our 401k.

  • concernedcitizen

    Sounds like the taxing authorities in IL are as vindictive as the IRS.

  • skywatcher

    JP Morgan made $54 million in 2010 off of food stamps, because the EBT cards are a debt card and they get paid for “administering” the accounts. The big banks are making millions off of EBT cards, and “administering” child support payment accounts.

    Big banks are getting $85 billion a month from The Federal Reserve plus making money off of people not having jobs to pay for food. Now that;s a hell of a welfare scam don’t you think.

    The more people on food stamps the more the big banks make. Think JP morgan and bankster friends want more people working or less people working. Think about. FORGET ABOUT IT.

  • Wolvie3758

    the ONLY people to blame here are the voters who keep REELECTING corrupt or incompetent democrats who run this state

  • poh

    “There’s you sign” . It;s a perpetual nepotistic nightmare. Illinois is the next Detroit.

  • notyrant

    Democrats own and operate…..socialism means they take your money ao youe poorer while they enrich themselves. Where are the community organizers to get out that truism? Oh yeah out marching over irrelevant items while the Govt is being used to vanquish opposition Irs nsa and ‘justice dept’….

  • Turley

    I think Comcast should run the food stamp department. That way only the most desperate applicants would hang on and get through to a live person.

  • EviLibertarian

    Ohh so since the federal government imposes the fee on the telecom companies, that I pay for on my bill, it is not tax payer funded? You leftists are pathetic bunch of people.

  • Arminius

    Escaped three years ago to the Southwest. Property taxes are one QUARTER what they were outside Chicago. Fewer thieving downstate legislators, fewer nannies deciding what your yard should look like, and fewer collectivist do-gooders coming up with yet another way to take money from workers and give it to parasites. And it’s a much freer state for weapons ownership, so: NObody breaks and enters, here. Getcherself killed that way.

    Safe; warm; less expensive; less intrusive. It’s the Anti-Illinois.

  • ghost

    The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

  • renagle

    Yeah, like John Kerry who is much richer by marrying into money and who the idiot Dems ran for POTUS in ’04. Money was no problemo for the left back then but he was thankfully taken down by the SWVT. Now he “represents” the US as an impotent SoS.

  • EviLibertarian

    How can poverty and unemployment be increasing? Every democrat in the country is claiming Obama’s great policies are getting us out of Booooosh’s mess.

  • renagle

    Unfortunately, one side (hint: those represented by the azz) keeps voting these parasites more power. At least some on the right are trying to shrink these jerks living in DC.

  • shooter 1

    hmmm… you must have missed the “liberal” part!

  • shooter 1

    Money well spent!!!!!!!!!!!

  • obamas dorian gray moment

    not the only state that has more ballots than living voters

  • obamas dorian gray moment

    if not voluntary the same proceedure will eventually be accomplished with gun powder

  • Anita Job

    Illinois is run by Democrats, what else do you expect but corruption and financial mismanagement.

    All Illinois Governors serve two terms, the first term in the State House and the second term in the State Penitentiary.
    Now that’s corruption……folks.

  • TeddyNovak

    Socialism – because thinking is too hard.

    This is the government the founders warned us about. Resist.


  • I was a volunteer in the international AID business in East Africa, and once was part of a conversation where the U.S. citizen leaders of two USAID funded groups discussed a success story, a “success” because “only 50% of the resources were stolen by locals”.

    I’m all for charity. I’m not for authoritarian-lite forced charity, where the State (via the IRS) yanks money out of our pockets and sends it through their politically connected chosen few to deliver it recklessly, inefficiently, and normally to buy political favor.

    Voluntary Charity = Yay! Forced charity = waste. Say NO to progressive authoritarians who think only there way is the way, or else!

  • Croaker

    Illinois meet Detroit.

    It’s Democrat philosophy and modus operandi that needs to be STOPPED!

    Democrats give away, give away, give away, and are overly generous as a was to get re-elected and push their we are GOOD they are EVIL nonsense!

    Until EVERYONE is SCREWED by the irresponsibility of it all.

    Stop electing Democrats!

    Stop over promising benefits to gov’t employees!

    Stop planning like there will never be rough fiscal times in the future!

    Stop the corruption!


  • Buhlz_I

    Government misspending…imagine that…what a novelty.

  • retgrd

    Where the hell they getting these figures? Accuracy rate? Is this just counting misaddressed recipients? Obviously the fairly open and unaddressed fraud is not counted. It might be a counting like the crime rate. If you want drug crime to go down, you just don’t look for drugs. Only if drugs are found is a statistic created. So it is with entitlement fraud. Don’t look for it, investigate or challenge anyone and everything is fine or just do enough to create a number to demonstrate some activity that is considered miniscule. How much pop and groceries are sold down the street by the “needy” cashing in on stamps. I would suspect that many bars rely on “deals” provided by such people for at least pop supply. What a joke!

  • Memphomaniac

    Where do I invest??? (with my unemployment check money!!!)

  • marjanne


    #1 You need to change stores wherever you shop ! They’re
    robbing you for an apple and an orange


    #2 Ask your handlers for an increase in your per/post $$


    #3 Boxed/generic mac & cheese? Only nutritional value from that is if you eat the box! icky!


    you are so correct. more and more Russians are heavily involved in the convenience store, gas station, oil business.
    does lukoil ring a bell?

  • Cheapshot420420 .

    lets also not forget how much money the obama campaign had to play with. enough to dwarf most rich peoples total assets

  • David

    don’t forget to get the illegals off this program as well.

  • M.T. Keg

    There are many ideas in this post, so I’ll just reply to one: the notion of this “2 wars” idea that is frequently being put forth by leftists these days. I don’t know if you are a leftist, baygull, but you just said it, too.

    The Afghanistan operation was in NO WAY optional. Al Qaeda had their headquarters there (with the full knowledge and support of the Taliban regime running the majority of the country at the time) from which they plotted all of their terrorist attacks around the world. It had to be taken out ASAP after 9/11. 85%+ of the American people approved of invading the country in the weeks after 9/11 per the polls, along with virtually all Democrats in Congress save a few on the really far left. So don’t try to rewrite history and make it seem like Afghanistan was a war of choice that only conservatives & Bush supported. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Iraq was less agreed upon and could indeed be labeled a war of choice, although the fact is that 75% of the American people approved of that war when it was launched and many Democrats in Congress voted to authorize Bush to go ahead with it, too. Unlike Obama with Libya, Bush actually went to Congress to get approval for war per the Constitution. The Democrats largely supported the Iraq invasion and people on the Left have no right to play Monday morning quarterback now that things didn’t turn out as perfectly as everyone would have liked.

    Two horrible regimes are now gone in both countries and replaced with something that at least resembles normal governance with respect for human rights that isn’t blackballed by the international community. It all has been expensive and painful, but in no way a complete failure.

  • Bob

    We are borrowing 42 cents out of every dollar we spend on those programs….from China.

    We don’t have the money.

    Get over it.

  • Bob

    Where did the 700 Billion go?

    It all went to American taxpayers and American companies that employ American taxpayers.

    Democrat “stimulus” only encourages Loser democrat voters to continue to vote of loser politicians.

  • Bob

    Several hundred thousand very bad guys and their networks were killed DEAD in those wars.

    Before those wars….gihad was a popular career path in the middle east.

    Today….the enemy is broken, segmented, scared and hiding.

    Funny how that works…..the young ones coming up decide that being dead is not a great goal.

  • Bob

    Ask him what?

  • Phakt

    They take it at gun point. Literally. Go ahead. Try not paying your taxes. There will never be a knock at your door by an armed man.

  • 1realamerican

    I live in Chicago and see these criminals swipe link cards with 30lbs of skirt steak, shrimp etc driving $50k + suvs and living in attics and basements