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Is America blind?

January 6, 2014

I know I'm not the only person who can see this picture that has been painted. Here we are living in a time where people are not willing to get off their couch to feed themselves or their family....

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jsteg47

Jan-11-14 12:16 AM

Mr Lilly I have had more interviews than I can remember. When the employer asks if I have any limitations that might interfere I tell the truth, I have a titanium plate with 12 titanium screws and every part of my cervical spine is artificial parts it was BADLY damaged by a random attacker. Tell me who will hire me.

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jsteg47

Jan-10-14 11:57 PM

Last but not least, I was at weis market several months ago. A woman in front of me was paying her LARGE food bill with food stamps, her kid had a 179.00 pair of sneakers on, she wore lots of gold and her clothes were designer. WHAT TICKED ME OFF WAS SHE DRIVE A BLACK SPECKED OUT CUSTOM CADILAC ESCALADE. The system permits this unchecked fraud, abuse and lustrous lifestyle. Go protest to your us congressmen and women. I do. Some disabled people might have nice things because their families give them the nicety's of life.

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jsteg47

Jan-10-14 11:47 PM

It honestly sounds like, ( could be wrong ) Mr. Lilley wants a disability check, ie, complaining about all his ailments, maybe he applied and was refused so he is mad or, he would have to sacrifice his lifestyle if he received it, ie disability is never enough money to live lavish but only enough to exist. All his statements sound jealous of those receiving it, OR, he is just down right hateful. We cannot blame the people blame the broken system.

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jsteg47

Jan-10-14 12:31 AM

MR Lilly I hope Niki Dake sues the poopoo out of you for defamation. She is married and her husband works.... like you.....

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jsteg47

Jan-10-14 12:20 AM

Mr Lilly I am disabled, I have a Android cell phone that, MY SON WHO WORKS 10 AND 12 HOUR DAYS, STOOD IN LINE BLACK FRIDAY FOR 3 HRS TO BUY ME FOR CHRISTMAS, If you did a lil homework about todays technology, you Mr. Lilly could easily find out that prepaid Fancy cell phone plans come as low as $ 45.00 a month. Is that equal to a car payment ? If so I want a payment that low, the New laptop I have was a birthday gift from a dear Christian friend. 1 of ONLY 2 handbags I own is a Coach handbag, the other purse I own was walmarts George $14.00 these were gifts from my daughter, WHO IS A NURSE, God blesses His children in ways you sir clearly cannot see or comprehend because of your closed limited mindset. I pray He opens yours.

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rmiller

Jan-09-14 10:46 PM

I just was surprised to see a post from a person I have grown to respect (even though he/she is mostly liberal) :) get somewhat upset that there are folks who shop at thrift stores who aren't "poor" by his/her understanding. Actually, "poor" is subjective. The post prior to mine shows wisdom in spending, something that should be commended.

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BubbaZanetti

Jan-09-14 6:44 PM

Gee, are you going for 300 comments? Anyways, nothing wrong with going to thrift stores. My wife and I make good money. We still shop at thrift stores. One of my favorite and most well made shirts came from a thrift store. I hate debt, so we focus our pay on paying our house and property off. Remember that most people who appear wealthy are financially stupid and in a lot of debt.

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rmiller

Jan-09-14 10:25 AM

As for those who shop in thrift stores, a sign is generally posted somewhere in their building that states the funds from donations are used to help the needy and poor. (I'm paraphrasing) but, the gest is there. Shopping in thrift stores also sends a message to retailers, cut your prices and we might purchase from you. One glance around thrift stores tells me that people are wising up. I do concur that much money received is administrative costs, but that is not to be placed on the buyer who has no control over that. Thrift stores and now non profit stores with second hand clothing, etc. are popping up around this area and I for one am glad to see it.

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rmiller

Jan-09-14 10:20 AM

Spike,

thanks for some clarification on your post. Here is where we stand as husband and wife. My husband's desire is that I be an at home wife. That being said, I comply (spiritually) and enjoy it. Perhaps what income I would generate would either be half dolled out to the govt./spending gas to get back and forth to work (not to mention wear and tear on another vehicle), insurance higher/more use/etc. I make money at home through ebay which is minimal. I choose to get my clothes at thrift stores because I am frugal with the money we realize. There is nothing wrong with that. If your motive behind "giving" is also not generated with a receipt of upwards of $500.00 towards charitable giving on income taxes, perhaps you would double back on that.

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rmiller

Jan-09-14 8:31 AM

Spike,

From DHS in PA:

"Home | For Adults | Cash Assistance Cash Assistance If you do not earn enough money to support yourself or your family, or if you cannot work because of a disability, you may be eligible to receive cash assistance.'

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CMReeder

Jan-09-14 1:06 AM

Well Mr. Lilley when politicians cut welfare programs or stop a program because all it does it makes people freeloaders. The people sighted who are not getting what they deserve are affected by the cuts. The cuts and demonizing of welfare programs hurt the very people you think should be helped.

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JOHNLILLEY

Jan-08-14 9:32 PM

Wouldn't it be nice to stop hearing about the ones who fight and fought for our freedom struggling to feed their family and fighting for their medical coverage? It a shame they put their lives on the line for our freedom and their are ones getting our tax payers money for doing NOTHING.Makes me sick to my stomach

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JOHNLILLEY

Jan-08-14 9:09 PM

Mr Reeder,My apologize for that i was rushing out the door but no excuse for ignorance your right.Not muck of a good typer since high school and been out since 1997. I'm not bashing the program or people on it the Truly need the help. It's the tax payer and the people that fall into bad times that need it and can't get help due to nothing left. There is more than i know and see also like hearing the other day of one selling bread and milk they received with the program and sold them cheap for money to by smokes cause the need cash,that's all i'm talking about.God bless the system for being there for the ones truly in need that worked for it. Thats all i have to say.

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JOHNLILLEY

Jan-08-14 8:59 PM

MR Spike yes parents and its not just the cash assistance its every dollar they get is wasted and the have lots of reasons why they can't get out of their "rut". I even went as far a helping one buy a car and paying to put in her name for her to sell it for the money and she still hasn't told me she sold it.

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BornHere

Jan-08-14 4:29 PM

Sorry Mr. Reeder I lost your reply to me in all of these posts, now I understand what you meant, thanks.

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spike2

Jan-08-14 3:57 PM

johnlilley- I am assuming these people are parents with a child in the home? Single adults are not eligible for cash assistance and haven't been since January of 2013 or are you referring to disability?

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CMReeder

Jan-08-14 12:34 PM

I work second shift and will not see your response or lack of one until tomorrow.

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CMReeder

Jan-08-14 12:32 PM

I work 12 days straight with every other weekend off. I never married I realized later that while I had plenty of opportunities I really did not want to be married. No children but I have 2 wonderful nephews, friends who found me qualified to be a god parent to their children which is a great honor to me. I graduated from a state college which I did while working full time. A lot of starts in that quest and it took me a lot longer than my high school classmates but I did it. I am close to retirement but no immediate plans to retire as long as my health holds up. I did a lot for myself but then I wasn't all on my own there were others there helping me along the way. Family, friends, teachers, employers, co-workers and even the government. Sometimes that help is directly but most of the time it is indirectly. I recognized that a long time ago and have not forgotten it. I was lucky there was always someone around for me when I needed them. I am around for them.

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CMReeder

Jan-08-14 12:18 PM

'charlie reeder' You can't even bring yourself to capitalized the first letter in my name. I on the other hand addressed you as Mr. Lilley even though I disagree vehemently with you. I never questioned your work ethic or employment or martial status or how you choose to live your life or raise your child not did I question you health and well being. I was focus solely on your view of the poor and the need or not for public assistance.

You made a choice of whether or not to get public assistance and you chose not to. That is your choice Mr. Lilley and I respect that. What I find myself disagreeing with is that your choice is the right choice to make for everyone. Everyone screams individual rights but they don't respect an individual's rights unless of course it matches theirs.

I am employed Mr. Lilley with a local manufacturer and I do not have a business nor have I ever run one. I wrote about my childhood experience of being on public assistance.

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JOHNLILLEY

Jan-08-14 11:10 AM

charlie reeder I John Lilley own Plowing Services and I drive truck for Lyco Hot Shots. I work 7 days a week and pay takes and never had government assistance bc i was raised to fend for myself. I HAVE CRUSHED DISKS AND SLIPPED DISKS IT MY BACK THAT CAUSE CONSTANT PAIN TO ME AND MY LEGS GO NUMB,BUT I GET UP EVERYDAY AND WORK AND I'M A SINGLE FATHER. tell everyone what you do or did for a living AND YOUR CLAIM TO FAME I'M CALLING YOU OUT. I'M NOW GOING TO WORK I'M INTERESTED IN YOUR RESPONSE!

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CMReeder

Jan-08-14 10:57 AM

Now you are going to name names 5 to be exact with more to come. But you are going to bad mouth a program and service that has helped so many others because of the actions of 5 people.

You wrote a letter based on appearances not facts Mr. Lilley and now it is obvious with a grudge to boot. I admit there is abuse but that means you make the program less, a little help then give them a swift kick in the butt. You are not fighting the abuse Mr. Lilley you are fight the system/program.

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CMReeder

Jan-08-14 10:47 AM

So every person who voted for Obama is on welfare. Otherwise everyone would have voted for Republicans all the way down the line.

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JOHNLILLEY

Jan-08-14 10:46 AM

Reeder, once again your speaking for me. OK here it is as proof. I know a bunch of these people FREELOADING that i see everyday doing this. VENNESSA ECK,Nikki Dake, KATRINA WRIGHT,CARL SEITZER,TIM CHAPMAN AND MANY MORE THAT go to the night clubs and use their CASH ASSISTANCE on partying on weekends and buy high dollar clothes when they first come out and waste their money on chewing tobacco smokes and high monthly cell phone bills so they can get on the internet wherever they are at a moments notice.THEN they have the access card to feed them and their kids cause they won't prioritize their REAL NEEDS IN LIFE. I HAVE PROOF I HAVE KNOWN THESE PEOPLE SINCE HIGH SCHOOL. I'm not making this up. SO stop making it sound like i dream this up then post it.I KNOW FIRST HAND.

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CMReeder

Jan-08-14 10:40 AM

Well Relene knowing your mindset you would find it unbelievable and I knew that is how the right wing here would take it.

So I will reword it, how is it not helping themselves by using the services developed by the government with money they have paid in taxes over the years?

Use them don't use all the right has been doing since Reagan became President is fight a war against the war on poverty. Something they work very hard to set up to fail and in the process fail the poor in this country.

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JOHNLILLEY

Jan-08-14 10:34 AM

Pinecr, very well put. I wrote the letter and you summed up what i was trying to say. I know some people on system that work everyday and can't make it so they need a little help cause they are single moms. Some of these people are doing extra to help themselves get off it but some of them won't do extra to even try to ween away from government help.

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