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Dead, Jailed Got 89,000 Stimulus Checks

From a bemused Associated Press:

72,000 stimulus payments went to dead people

By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer Thu Oct 7, 2010

WASHINGTON – More than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison, a government investigator says in a new report.

The payments, which were part of last year’s massive economic recovery package, were meant to increase consumer spending to help stimulate the economy.

Not exactly. These checks were meant to buy votes for the Democrat Party. And who can doubt that the incarcerated and dead are two very important Democrat voting blocks?

But about $18 million went to nearly 72,000 people who were dead, according to the report by the Social Security Administration’s inspector general. The report estimates that a little more than half of those payments were returned.

An additional $4.3 million went to more than 17,000 prison inmates, the report said. Most of the inmates, it turns out, were eligible to get the payments because they were newly incarcerated and had been receiving Social Security before they were locked up.

In all, the $250 payments were sent to about 52 million people who receive either Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, at a cost of about $13 billion. Other federal retirees also received the payments, but they were not part of the inspector general’s review

Lest we forget, this was a gift from Mr. Obama because these poor suffering people (like the starving federal government retirees) didn’t get a cost of living increase. Mainly because there was no increase to the cost of living, since there was no inflation, at least according to our government.

Of course, as usual, it was a gift that was actually paid for by the US taxpayer. Or rather it will be, when we get around to paying back China.

Anyway, we are surprised to not see Mr. Biden credited for uncovering these minor errors. After all, he is the ‘sheriff’ in charge of overseeing that none of the trillions in stimulus money gets wasted.

He’s in charge of ‘protecting the middle class,’ too, come to think of it.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 8th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Dead, Jailed Got 89,000 Stimulus Checks”

  1. untrainable says:

    Little more than half of those payments were returned? So where is the money? Ever hear of putting a stop payment on a check? What are they doing to find the money? Will there be prosecutions for forgery? Will there be prosecutions for fraud? Identity theft? No mention of any effort to do anything about it. Just a tilt towards making convicts in prison getting stimulus money sound like it’s OK. “Well, they qualify because they were on SS before they got busted for poppin a cap in a mo fo.

    It seems that we have become so desensitized to the corruption in our government, so willing to accept blatent criminal behavior at the highest levels that missing millions mean little or nothing to us anymore. Have we heard “billion” and “trillion” thrown around so casually that now millions are inconsequential? Eh, never mind. How about a nice Kobe Beef Dinner Party?… it’s on China.

  2. Natural Born Citizen says:

    If it was up to the Democratic party there would be a voters registration card included with each Stimulus check to the dead or incarcerated.

  3. Mae says:

    What the…..”Most of the inmates, it turns out, were eligible to get the payments because they were newly incarcerated and had been receiving Social Security before they were locked up.” Whaddaya got here? A bunch of seniors running amok and landing in prison (quite a vision–and being a senior myself, yes, I can comment in such a manner)? You’re on Social Security because of what? How did the criminal element get on the SS rolls? What doctor approved it? Has anyone investigated whether they’re on SS because of fraud and thus they wouldn’t be eligible to get the checks? Nah…that would be too intelligent.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Sheriff Joe says, “According to 17,000 prisoners, crime pays!!”

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