fraud!

I know I’ve posted numerous times about how welfare fraud is in fact very, very rare and welfare programs have lower fraud loss rates than things like businesses.  Which is true, but it’s also true that most actual technical welfare fraud doesn’t look much like the stereotype either.  Pretty much the only people who “get rich” off fraud are service end things like stores, hospitals, etc.  Nobody else really gets rich from lying on their food stamp paperwork.

Welfare fraud looks less like “cadillac and mansion” and more like:

  • a disabled person lies about their level of mobility because medicaid will often only cover wheelchairs if you need them in the house, not if you need them to go out or do anything outside of the house
  • a poor woman claims her boyfriend lives separately from her because the amount he contributes to her and their kids counts against her less if it’s listed as childsupport instead of part of the household income and that small difference can be enough to keep the children from going hungry
  • a poor person sells part of their food stamps and lives on things like instant ramen because almost nobody gets cash assistance anymore and they need things like toilet paper or tooth paste
  • a disabled person who could not hold down a regular job sells $100 a month in homemade crafts and doesn’t report it because they might have to spend months or even years re-fighting their social security case if they reported it
  • a homeless person makes more than $20 a month begging but lists their income as zero because that’s less confusing
  • other things like that

A lot of that is just survival.  It’s not a system set up in a way that makes it easy to even live unless you “cheat”.  People aren’t doing it to get rich, they do it to cling to the very basics and just manage to live.  I don’t blame people who violate the laws to keep their heads above water, I blame the people who set up a horrific system like this and who benefit from harming and exploiting poor people.

Disproving absurd lies ignores the most important part - absurdity has a purpose.

Obama being Hawaiian-born. No one celebrating 9/11 in New Jersey. A free and fair election with negligible fraud. Clinton not murdering people. Immigrants committing less crime….

None of those facts is a solution, because the problem isn’t mistaken facts. Intent that demands such facts is the problem.

Don’t ask “Is this true?”

Ask “Assuming this is true, what actions would that justify?”

Don’t ask “How can I convince you of the reality?”

Ask “What dark thing do you desire, that requires such lies to justify?”

Trump pushes racist anecdote to defend voter fraud lie

  • In a meeting with congressional leaders, Trump continued to push the lie that 3 million to 5 million undocumented immigrants voted illegally.
  • According to the New York Times, Trump’s rationale came by way of an anecdote from famous 59-year-old Bavarian golfer Bernhard Langer.
  • Trump described an incident in which Langer “was standing in line at a polling place in Florida on Election Day … when an official informed Mr. Langer he would not be able to vote.”
  • “Ahead of and behind Mr. Langer were voters who did not look as if they should be allowed to vote, Mr. Trump said, according to the staff members — but they were nonetheless permitted to cast provisional ballots,” the Times continued.
  • “The president threw out the names of Latin American countries that the voters might have come from.”
  • Trump described one incident in which a single rich white person was unable to vote.
  • That could have been the result of any number of bad but mundane reasons from inaccurate registration records to Langer arriving at the wrong precinct, while other nonwhite people were allowed to vote. 
  • This is not evidence of mass voter fraud. 
  • This is evidence Trump is suspicious of any Latino person who tries to vote. Textbook racism. Read more

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A former Colorado GOP chair blamed Democrats for voter fraud. Then he was charged with voter fraud.

  • A former chair of the Colorado Republican Party was charged with voter fraud last month, according to a local Colorado television station.
  • Steven Curtis, who chaired the Colorado GOP from 1997 to 1999, was charged with one count of forging a public record and one mail-in ballot offense, after he allegedly forged his wife’s signature on her mail-in ballot, according to the Denver7 report.
  • Ironically, Curtis told a local radio station in the run-up to the 2016 campaign that only Democrats commit voter fraud. Read more (3/22/17 8:20 AM)
independent.co.uk
Trump staffer convicted for electoral fraud
A man who worked on Donald Trump’s campaign in Michigan has been found guilty on 10 counts of election fraud. Brandon Hall, a political activist, forged signatures on petition forms in 2012 and now faces up to five years in prison. The 27-year-old from Grand Haven, along with his friend Zachary Savage, forged signatures in support of judicial candidate Chris Houtaling.

“The fact that the Trump campaign and the Michigan Republican Party embraced Brandon Hall is just one more reason to recount and audit the vote in Michigan.”  […]

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Trump blows the dogwhistle to his base on voter fraud: “Look at what’s registering”

  • Speaking to GOP congresspeople Thursday, Trump leaned into his vow to investigate what he claims are widespread irregularities in voter registration.
  • “We need to keep the ballot box safe from illegal voting. And believe me, take a look at what’s registering, folks."He added, "We’re going to protect the integrity of the ballot box, and we’re going to defend the votes of the American citizens. So important.”
  • Trump’s insistence on ordering a probe of voter registration comes amidst a flood of bipartisan objections that there is no evidence of widespread tampering or rigging of the 2016 presidential election.
  • The “what’s registering” statement wasn’t received warmly by Republicans in the room. But Twitter knows exactly what he was saying. Read more
WHO IS THAT!?!?! oh, steve, you scared me, i didnt recognize you in that baseball hat, hoodie, and sunglasses

Steve Bannon is under “criminal” investigation for voter registration fraud

  • The Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office is continuing “an active criminal” investigation of President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and former Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon for voter registration fraud.
  • News of the investigation comes by way of the Washington Post — which reported Bannon’s decision to register as a voter in Florida while he simultaneously owned a house in Southern California and regularly stayed in New York and Washington, D.C.
  • Bannon apparently registered to vote in Florida at a now-vacant house his accountants paid $5,500 monthly for his third ex-wife, Diane Clohesy, to occupy, at the same time he told the landlord of that property he was living there but traveling. Read more. (3/11/17, 6:10 PM)

anonymous asked:

long haired yurio.

there he is!

[VOTING IS YOUR RIGHT AS A CITIZEN

If an alleged “poll watcher” tries to impede you at the voting booth:

1 - Tell him to kindly step out of the way
2 - Take his picture with a cell phone
3 - Call the FBI

FBI Civil Rights Division staff will be available by phone to receive complaints related to ballot access (202) 307-2767 or toll-free at (800) 253-3931. U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section can be reached at (202) 307-2767 or toll-free at (800) 253-3931.]

Trump is literally signing people up on his website to be “poll watchers”. They say to “make sure no voter fraud has happened”. 

Voter fraud is virtually non-existent but Republicans keep using it as an excuse to restrict voters rights for Americans. 

Please spread these numbers. Please save these numbers in your phone. I don’t want to wake up on November 9th with a dictator as president, especially if it’s from illegal tactics like this. If you witness anything, or if you know anyone who witnesses anything, report it IMMEDIATELY! If you are unconformable with taking a photo of the person or confronting them then don’t, but you can still call and report it. You can also let the people at your polling place know and hopefully they will also do something.

I’ve never had to call a poll watcher hotline before so I’m not really sure of any kind of script to use in this situation, but if anyone has and knows how the phone conversation will go and can try and write out a script for those of us who are more nervous on the phone I will happily reblog it. 

This is important. Know your rights. Don’t let Trump intimidate his way to power. 

Donald Trump’s claim of “millions” of illegal votes is a lie

  • Trump’s allegations of voter fraud have been debunked over and over and over and over and over again
  • Yet he continues to insist that multiple studies and investigations proving voter fraud is statistically infinitesimal don’t exist. 
  • Trump’s voter fraud claims are apparently based on a tweet. 
  • Gregg Phillips, a former Texas Health and Human Services Commission deputy commissioner and founder of VoteStand, an app designed to aid in reporting voter fraud, tweeted that 3 million votes were cast by non-citizens.
  • There’s simply no evidence to back Phillips’ claims, yet Trump has seized this tweet as the foundation for claims of illegal voting.
  • Snopes attempted to investigate the validity of the tweet’s claim and came up with… nothing.
  • The Washington Post reached out asking for his evidence that million of non-citizens voted, he refused to provide any. 
  • An exhaustive study found only 56 cases of non-citizens casting ballots over the course of 11 years. 
  • Trump’s claim however has benefitted those on the left clamoring for an audit.