By Alden L. Benton
According to an item in The Washington Times, a 24 year-old woman won $1 million dollars in the Michigan state lottery last fall. She paid cash and bought a house and a new car. Normal purchases for a lottery winner.
However, according to The Times, a local news station used hidden cameras to follow the woman grocery shopping where she use a Bridge card (Food Stamps) to pay for her food. The woman still gets $200 a month subsidy from the taxpayers for food.
According to a report by Detroit’s WDIV-TV, the woman, Amanda Clayton, says she doesn’t think she did anything wrong.
“I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn’t, I thought maybe it was okay because I’m not working,” she said.
She said she didn’t actually get the full million, because after she took a lump sum, the total dropped down to $700,000. After taxes, it was just more than half a million, Clayton said.
Even still, Clayton said she thinks she still has a right to the $200 a month in state funds.
“I feel that it’s okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay,” she said. “I have two houses.”
With the increase in the number of Americans participating in the food stamps program under the O-Team’s mismanagement of the economy, one has to wonder just how much fraud is being perpetrated in the country’s newest entitlement program.
As usual, a well-intended program designed as a safety net has morphed into a corrupt and ever-expanding taxpayer subsidy. Fixing the Food Stamp program will be one more thing for a new president and new Congress to fix next year.
Meanwhile, Ms. Clayton enjoys her two homes and new car while she feeds at the government trough while 12 million Americans remain unemployed and are desperately trying to keep their homes out of foreclosure.
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