Welfare, Social Security, and Other Means of Survival
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What's going on with all that government funded money?
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Children of welfare incur debts of parents - San Jose Mercury News

SAN FRANCISCO—In 2008, when Jamie Hartley was 16 years old, her family was overpaid a total of $766 in welfare benefits.

Now, they're requiring her to pay that money back to the system. It is not illegal for minors to be seeked out for payment of debts that their parents have obtained. How do they expect that money to be paid? Shouldn't it be the system's duty to give out the correct funds so that this problem is not continuously occurring?

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Food stamps are not for trading - Elizabethton Star

The Department of Agriculture is working to lower the amount of food stamp fraud that takes place yearly in the United States. This is a pressing issue, as taxpayer money is being used unecessarily and causing quite an uproar.

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No increase for workers' compensation rates in 2012

No increase for workers' compensation rates in 2012 | Welfare, Social Security, and Other Means of Survival | Scoop.it

Worker's compensations are set to remain where they are in 2012. Small businesses are struggling to make ends meet, and if worker's compensation were to be raised, many would have to close their doors. This being said, individuals may see an increase or decrease in their own wages.

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Editorial: To protect Social Security, end payroll tax cut

Editorial: To protect Social Security, end payroll tax cut | Welfare, Social Security, and Other Means of Survival | Scoop.it

Congress has to try and come up with a plan to stimulate income in the economy without having to take more from Social Security. Republicans push for an extension on the 2% cut on Social Security, and it is highly likely that more seniors will end up not being able to afford their living expenses, including medications.

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Is a four year cap of welfare benefits costing more than it saves? | Michigan Radio

Is a four year cap of welfare benefits costing more than it saves? | Michigan Radio | Welfare, Social Security, and Other Means of Survival | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, the legislature passed a new law that cuts people off cash welfare benefits forever after four years.

In Michigan, the longest amount of time you can receive welfare is four years. They do not have to be four years in a row, but a total of 48 months on welfare is all you can get. Harsh? Possibly, seeing how the holidays are quicky approaching. This will put many out of their homes and on the streets once they run out of their 48 months on welfare. Solving this issue may not be as easy as just cutting the funds off to people at designated times, the answer could lie in continuing to supply money but at a different amount.

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Social Security reforms: Like putting lipstick on a duck

Social Security reforms: Like putting lipstick on a duck | Welfare, Social Security, and Other Means of Survival | Scoop.it
Only 25 years ago, Alan Greenspan declared that the reforms recommended by his National Commission on Social Security Reform had made Social Security secure for another 75 years.

He was wrong. A reform has not helped the Social Secuirty setting at all. If anything it has given false hope time and time again that the benefits will actually do what they need to do. There must be at least a 2% increase in the payroll rate, which may seem like a small number but in reality, means a lot of taxes.

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Food stamps for Starbucks? Outrage ensues | Seattle's Big Blog - seattlepi.com

Food stamps for Starbucks? Outrage ensues | Seattle's Big Blog - seattlepi.com | Welfare, Social Security, and Other Means of Survival | Scoop.it

There are many people who receive food stamps when they do not necessarily need them. Playing the system, they receive extra money to spend on name-brand foods. Startling enough, in certain areas, those who have food stamps can spend the money on Starbucks, which averages around $4.00 per coffee. This has outraged many, as people already think food stamps are wasted on the unhealthy foods that should not be bought with government money.

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Wage Hikes Force Tough Choices

Wage Hikes Force Tough Choices | Welfare, Social Security, and Other Means of Survival | Scoop.it
Small businesses, already on a tight budget, are looking for new ways to cut costs as they brace for minimum wage increases in several U.S. states next month.

The base for minimum wage is increasing, which is great for those who live off those wages. But for small businesses, this can cause a problem. Many rely on the ability to pay minimum wage to their employees, but as it goes up, their budget will be strained even more.

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Payroll Tax Cuts: Will They Bankrupt Social Security?

There is a struggle (of course) between Democrats and Republicans over the issue of ending, expanding, or extending the 2% cut that has been placed on Social Security. Because of this cut, many people on Social Security, who have paid into the system all their working lives, are forced to take less money in to survive. Differing from welfare, those on Social Security benefits have paid into the system to earn their retirement pay. Shouldn't they be better protected?

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Ind. Republicans push drug tests for welfare money

Ind. Republicans push drug tests for welfare money | Welfare, Social Security, and Other Means of Survival | Scoop.it

Many everyday people agree that those who want to go on Welfare should be drug tested, just as those who apply for a job are tested. Though this may seem a little crazy, two Indiana Republicans are pushing hard for this to go into effect. With this, those who test positive for drug use would most likely be denied Welfare, making the stakes a little higher for those to claim. Will this be put into action anytime soon, or will we continously give to those who spend their money foolishly...?

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