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(Huffington Post)   Remember that "surfer dude" that Fox News portrayed as a typical food stamp moocher? HP caught up with him afterwards and his responses are exactly what you'd expect a guy like him to be uttering   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 354
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2013-09-21 07:13:07 AM  
No, I wouldn't remember him.  I wouldn't watch Fox, even for pay.
 
2013-09-21 07:15:08 AM  
House Republicans

Governance through caricatures.
 
2013-09-21 07:16:59 AM  
Someone needs to kick his ass, badly.   By being a negative symbol, he is going to be partially responsible for children starving.   Maybe lose a few teeth and never be able to surf  again.
 
2013-09-21 07:19:03 AM  
In a follow-up email, Greenslate lamented that Fox had portrayed him as a beach bum. "I don't feel like a bum," he said. "I pull hot chicks, drive nice cars, dress nice and wear the most baddest jewelry in the world."

I have to admit I'm now actually in favor of passing a bill to take food stamps away, but specifically and only from him.
 
2013-09-21 07:19:04 AM  

rev. dave: Someone needs to kick his ass, badly.   By being a negative symbol, he is going to be partially responsible for children starving.   Maybe lose a few teeth and never be able to surf  again.


Sure you don't want to steralize him and slap his mom?
 
2013-09-21 07:21:28 AM  

rev. dave: Someone needs to kick his ass, badly.   By being a negative symbol, he is going to be partially responsible for children starving.   Maybe lose a few teeth and never be able to surf  again.


The guy is a dipshiat for taking SNAP money and then using it to buy lobster to be sure and an even bigger dipshiat for letting FOX use him like that but FOX themselves turning him into the poster boy for why the GOP needs to be leading a fight to defund assistance to low income individuals and households is even dipshiattier.
 
2013-09-21 07:22:01 AM  

Bigdogdaddy: rev. dave: Someone needs to kick his ass, badly.   By being a negative symbol, he is going to be partially responsible for children starving.   Maybe lose a few teeth and never be able to surf  again.

Sure you don't want to steralize him and slap his mom?


No we need to do that to the Republicans behind cutting food stamps.   Their mom's should be ashamed of them for this.
 
2013-09-21 07:28:38 AM  
I wondered for a moment if Fox News notoriety would affect that sex life he's so proud of.. then I remembered the demographics of who watches that crap.  Never mind.
 
2013-09-21 07:30:54 AM  
top drawer deadbeat POS.
 
2013-09-21 07:31:03 AM  
FTFA: "Clearly it's an example of somebody using a government program that is unreasonable, considering he has chosen to make less money and is using public assistance for a lifestyle decision," Issa told HuffPost. "He obviously is anticipating being very rich later and not paying back the money."

Actually if he does hit it big and gets rich he will be paying it back tenfold in taxes, but Republicans and their austerity binge are too stupid to realize it. Not necessarily saying this guy is a "wise investment"; but stuff like grants and student loans are. It seems with stuff like that the GOP only looks at the initial expense and not the payoff in the future when people use educational assistance to move up the ladder and draw more pay. More pay equals more taxes paid, which equals more revenue.
 
2013-09-21 07:31:20 AM  

Wyalt Derp: In a follow-up email, Greenslate lamented that Fox had portrayed him as a beach bum. "I don't feel like a bum," he said. "I pull hot chicks, drive nice cars, dress nice and wear the most baddest jewelry in the world."

I have to admit I'm now actually in favor of passing a bill to take food stamps away, but specifically and only from him.


Not me.  If they take away his food stamps he'll have to get a job.  And if there's even a remote possibility that job is where I work, then I would rather have an infinitesimal part of my taxes (that won't go down anyhow) pay for his food than have to work with him.
 
2013-09-21 07:33:23 AM  

rev. dave: By being a negative symbol, he is going to be partially responsible for children starving.





If there are starving kids its not for want of handouts.

We're told the economy is on the mend but the demand on welfare is at record levels. What's clearly going on is massive corruption on the system, as exemplified by douches like him. People who don't need are standing in line and taking from those who do.
If it continues will cause welfare and other social services to fail entirely, resulting in far more trouble than a simple budget cut would ever cause.

/an across the board cut may not have been the best way to approach the problem.
/but government rarely does things in "the best way".
 
2013-09-21 07:35:10 AM  

heavymetal: FTFA: "Clearly it's an example of somebody using a government program that is unreasonable, considering he has chosen to make less money and is using public assistance for a lifestyle decision," Issa told HuffPost. "He obviously is anticipating being very rich later and not paying back the money."

Actually if he does hit it big and gets rich he will be paying it back tenfold in taxes, but Republicans and their austerity binge are too stupid to realize it. Not necessarily saying this guy is a "wise investment"; but stuff like grants and student loans are. It seems with stuff like that the GOP only looks at the initial expense and not the payoff in the future when people use educational assistance to move up the ladder and draw more pay. More pay equals more taxes paid, which equals more revenue.


No no. You missed the point of Issa's accusation. There was no reason to tack on the "and not paying back" part. He was projecting. Issa knows that Greenslate won't pay it back in taxes because Issa is the richest guy in Congress who probably knows how to dodge taxes better than anybody.

So yeah, Greenslate can get rich for all I care, especially if it'll chap Issa's rear end.
 
2013-09-21 07:35:26 AM  

way south: rev. dave: By being a negative symbol, he is going to be partially responsible for children starving.

If there are starving kids its not for want of handouts.

We're told the economy is on the mend but the demand on welfare is at record levels. What's clearly going on is massive corruption on the system, as exemplified by douches like him. People who don't need are standing in line and taking from those who do.
If it continues will cause welfare and other social services to fail entirely, resulting in far more trouble than a simple budget cut would ever cause.

/an across the board cut may not have been the best way to approach the problem.
/but government rarely does things in "the best way".


The discussion is about food stamps.  Welfare was fixed in the 1990's.  You sound out of touch. The corruption in the system comes from those who have a lot of money.
 
2013-09-21 07:39:05 AM  
Man, Poochie has really hit hard times, but that's Obama's America for ya.
 
2013-09-21 07:40:10 AM  

way south: What's clearly going on is massive corruption on the system, as exemplified by douches like him military contractors and big business subsidies


Fixed that for you
 
2013-09-21 07:42:20 AM  

rev. dave: way south: rev. dave: By being a negative symbol, he is going to be partially responsible for children starving.

If there are starving kids its not for want of handouts.

We're told the economy is on the mend but the demand on welfare is at record levels. What's clearly going on is massive corruption on the system, as exemplified by douches like him. People who don't need are standing in line and taking from those who do.
If it continues will cause welfare and other social services to fail entirely, resulting in far more trouble than a simple budget cut would ever cause.
/an across the board cut may not have been the best way to approach the problem.
/but government rarely does things in "the best way".

The discussion is about food stamps.  Welfare was fixed in the 1990's.  You sound out of touch. The corruption in the system comes from those who have a lot of money.


Wow you guys. You're both wrong. Did you miss the whole boatload of threads about the McDonald's budget they released for their workers. The economy is on the mend, but it's mending for investors and creditors, not workers. Nearly all of the jobs recovered have been part-time. And considering $200 is the max cap for  food stamps  per HOUSEHOLD in California, regardless of the number of kids, you all can go fark yourselves.

Oh, and I also see they didn't mention that you generally have to WORK for those food stamps, generally about 20 hours per month if you get the full benefit.

/was on food stamps. Not an ABAWD
 
2013-09-21 07:49:59 AM  
"He obviously is anticipating being very rich later and not paying back the money."

Republican double-talk.

Think about it: this rocker is going to be very rich.

In other words, in the top marginal tax bracket.

Don't Republicans believe people in the top bracket pay more than their fair share?
 
2013-09-21 07:54:31 AM  
I've never understood the rights obsession with food stamps and welfare. If you want to really cut government waste these programs are miniscule compared to oil/farm subsidies and the military gravy train. As priorities I would rather have my taxes feeding someone who doesn't need it than having them funneled into Max Powers magic military contractor beach house in the Bahamas.

I'm not saying food stamp welfare scamming is right, it just seems like they need to step back and get their sh*t prioritized.
 
2013-09-21 07:56:21 AM  
Seriously?  They took ONE FARKING person out of...what was it...47 million in order to deny benefits to 1.7 million people?  Oh goddamn!  It's getting to the point that I really am starting to believe an armed insurrection is going to be the only way to fix this.
 
2013-09-21 07:56:53 AM  

WTF Indeed: Man, Poochie has really hit hard times, but that's Obama's America for ya.


Good lord I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought of Poochie, and before I even clicked the link.
 
2013-09-21 07:58:57 AM  

Amish Tech Support: I've never understood the rights obsession with food stamps and welfare. If you want to really cut government waste these programs are miniscule compared to oil/farm subsidies and the military gravy train.


But blah people.
 
2013-09-21 07:58:57 AM  
I bet he has a refrigerator, too.
 
2013-09-21 08:08:17 AM  

quatchi: rev. dave: Someone needs to kick his ass, badly.   By being a negative symbol, he is going to be partially responsible for children starving.   Maybe lose a few teeth and never be able to surf  again.

The guy is a dipshiat for taking SNAP money and then using it to buy lobster to be sure and an even bigger dipshiat for letting FOX use him like that but FOX themselves turning him into the poster boy for why the GOP needs to be leading a fight to defund assistance to low income individuals and households is even dipshiattier.


So you don't think the whole FOX thing was a setup?  You think that he regularly buys lobster etc...and that FOX just happened to capture a typical, ordi...

Oh forget it.  A naive 18-year-old kid, who made it clear that he thought this "interview" would give his band some publicity, and therefore had every motivation to play along with whatever FOX wanted, and...

Oh forget it.  Farking FOX.  Even people who know they're a bullshiat factory still fall for their bullshiat.
 
2013-09-21 08:08:32 AM  
Why regulate food stamps even more? Criminals are still going to misuse them and then the good people who need them will be without.
 
2013-09-21 08:10:25 AM  
Why is he an example of "why to do an across the board funding cut" instead of "why to audit how SNAP distributes the funds it gets"?
 
2013-09-21 08:12:53 AM  
coming soon: tuesday is soylent green day
 
2013-09-21 08:14:13 AM  
Government by anecdote, brought to you by today's GOP.
 
2013-09-21 08:15:08 AM  

quatchi: rev. dave: Someone needs to kick his ass, badly.   By being a negative symbol, he is going to be partially responsible for children starving.   Maybe lose a few teeth and never be able to surf  again.

The guy is a dipshiat for taking SNAP money and then using it to buy lobster to be sure and an even bigger dipshiat for letting FOX use him like that but FOX themselves turning him into the poster boy for why the GOP needs to be leading a fight to defund assistance to low income individuals and households is even dipshiattier.


I'd bet Fox paid him too. How else would someone let themselves be set up like that.
 
2013-09-21 08:16:17 AM  
I'm certain that the Republican plan is to make life as miserable as they can for as many people as they can so they can blame the Democrats for the harm that they are doing and the harm they are planning to do beyond this.

Some will believe them... but not enough to give them all the power.
 
2013-09-21 08:17:42 AM  
This is guy is like the George Costanza on food stamps.
 
2013-09-21 08:17:51 AM  

GoodyearPimp: Why is he an example of "why to do an across the board funding cut" instead of "why to audit how SNAP distributes the funds it gets"?


Why waste money auditing how somebody decides to spend $150/month? You'll spend more in overhead than you would save weeding out misuse.
 
2013-09-21 08:19:29 AM  

heavymetal: FTFA: "Clearly it's an example of somebody using a government program that is unreasonable, considering he has chosen to make less money and is using public assistance for a lifestyle decision," Issa told HuffPost. "He obviously is anticipating being very rich later and not paying back the money."

Actually if he does hit it big and gets rich he will be paying it back tenfold in taxes, but Republicans and their austerity binge are too stupid to realize it. Not necessarily saying this guy is a "wise investment"; but stuff like grants and student loans are. It seems with stuff like that the GOP only looks at the initial expense and not the payoff in the future when people use educational assistance to move up the ladder and draw more pay. More pay equals more taxes paid, which equals more revenue.


No. If he gets rich, he shouldn't have to pay taxes. He need to pay taxes NOW. Lots of them. That will motivate him to get rich.
 
2013-09-21 08:20:15 AM  

Saners: GoodyearPimp: Why is he an example of "why to do an across the board funding cut" instead of "why to audit how SNAP distributes the funds it gets"?

Why waste money auditing how somebody decides to spend $150/month? You'll spend more in overhead than you would save weeding out misuse.


Better 10,000 starve than one of the undeserving get a dime.
 
2013-09-21 08:22:25 AM  
If he can afford lobster on a regular basis, he has income that he isn't declaring.  Haul him into court.

And defund Monsanto.  Why are we cutting SNAP and keeping corporate welfare?
 
2013-09-21 08:28:03 AM  
So they found one person abiding ot, so if we can find one person abusing farm subsidies do we get to cut the GOP congress people taking millions of the program so they wouldn't farm back. Or how about one bit of military spending abuse and we should defund the military massively.
 
2013-09-21 08:33:50 AM  
It's like the old saying, "Give a man a lobster and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to surf, and he'll mooch for a lifetime."
 
2013-09-21 08:34:23 AM  
When it comes to welfare policy, Democrats are fine with "false positive" errors in which a few people, like Surfer Band Guy, may use welfare fraudulently, but the welfare program in question by and large helps honest poor people.

Republicans are fine with "false negative" errors in which honest poor people lose out on welfare because of Surfer Band Guy and the handful of people like him.

The GOP has the moral low ground on this, as usual.
 
2013-09-21 08:34:36 AM  

Peki: heavymetal: FTFA: "Clearly it's an example of somebody using a government program that is unreasonable, considering he has chosen to make less money and is using public assistance for a lifestyle decision," Issa told HuffPost. "He obviously is anticipating being very rich later and not paying back the money."

Actually if he does hit it big and gets rich he will be paying it back tenfold in taxes, but Republicans and their austerity binge are too stupid to realize it. Not necessarily saying this guy is a "wise investment"; but stuff like grants and student loans are. It seems with stuff like that the GOP only looks at the initial expense and not the payoff in the future when people use educational assistance to move up the ladder and draw more pay. More pay equals more taxes paid, which equals more revenue.

No no. You missed the point of Issa's accusation. There was no reason to tack on the "and not paying back" part. He was projecting. Issa knows that Greenslate won't pay it back in taxes because Issa is the richest guy in Congress who probably knows how to dodge taxes better than anybody.

So yeah, Greenslate can get rich for all I care, especially if it'll chap Issa's rear end.


Very good point.  I agree the one thing Issa and his peers do not want are poor people to get rich, because then they get all "uppity" like that Bill Clinton and B. Hussein Obama.  Investing in stuff like education empowers what people like Issa consider the enemy.  Sad but true.
 
2013-09-21 08:39:22 AM  

limeyfellow: So they found one person abiding ot


www.blessedisthekingdom.com
 
2013-09-21 08:40:00 AM  

Lee Jackson Beauregard: If he can afford lobster on a regular basis, he has income that he isn't declaring.  Haul him into court.

And defund Monsanto.  Why are we cutting SNAP and keeping corporate welfare?


And if FOX set this whole thing up, actually handed him $50 and said, "Let us catch you on camera buying lobster," then they should be hauled into court for fraud.
 
2013-09-21 08:42:54 AM  
i'm sure if he was working 20 to 25 hours a week flipping burgers while getting food stamps, FOX would call him a hero.
 
2013-09-21 08:43:08 AM  

Lee Jackson Beauregard: If he can afford lobster on a regular basis, he has income that he isn't declaring.  Haul him into court.

And defund Monsanto.  Why are we cutting SNAP and keeping corporate welfare?


Because Monsanto wouldn't be rich if they weren't blessed by God, and poor people wouldn't be poor if they weren't sinners. Why reward sinners?
 
2013-09-21 08:56:50 AM  
FTFA: Fox distributed the clips to Capitol Hill offices, and Greenslate became Republicans' poster boy in their effort to cut nutrition spending.

Well, isn't that a remarkably activist thing for a supposedly neutral new network.
 
2013-09-21 08:57:08 AM  
The more I think about this story, the more it bugs me.

Fox news finds a complete caricature and puts him on the air in an edited interview.  Later, the caricature speaks to a "legitimate" news organization and throws red meat to the conservative crowd.   I hate to sounds like a conspiracy theorist, but fox does have a history of this type of manipulation.
 
2013-09-21 08:59:10 AM  
If you buy this story--if you think that FOX is telling you the truth about food stamp fraud--then presumably you also believe that the 2008 collapse was caused by Jimmy Carter giving free homes to lazy shiftless urbanites.  It's really the same argument, underneath.  "All gubbmint is SOSHULIZM and it's all FRAUD. (Totally different from what's in the rest of the bills that fund food stamps.  Real Murca.  Family Farms. Cue up the patriotic music.)"

Maybe it's because this is a white male that so many Farkers can believe FOX is giving them the unvarnished truth.
 
2013-09-21 08:59:31 AM  
F*ck me.  I don't care how he spends the money, he's not breaking the law.  Buy all the goddamn lobster you want. Lobster is tasty.

And he has a plan to get off food stamps.  Yes it's a shiatty plan, but it's a plan and he's working towards it.  Get off his back.

/grumpy because the smoke alarm went off at 6:30 this morning.
 
2013-09-21 09:00:01 AM  
So if his band takes off, he starts making millions and paying his taxes, will this become an American success story?

/echoing the sentiment of the senator from MA, I could give a shiat about some random surfer dude who doesn't represent the face of... well... anything but random surfer dudes
 
2013-09-21 09:00:38 AM  

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: top drawer deadbeat POS.


Hello new/old troll.
 
2013-09-21 09:05:32 AM  
Food stamps: find a criminal that uses them...to prove that you must ban food stamps.
Guns: find a criminal that uses them...to prove that gun regulations are inflicting undue pain on, well, everyone.
 
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