In response to my post this morning about another immigrant food stamp scam, this one in Utica, NY, here. Frustrated ‘Mad in Maine,’ a lady we met a few days ago (here), is asking what she can do.
Back again and getting Madder in Maine.
We’ll pay for public defenders and use tax dollars to keep them in jail/prison. Our tax dollars are probably the money they’re going to use to bail out as well. I say send them home. If they can’t follow the rules here, they shouldn’t be here. I have to follow the rules.
This is another thing that’s really grating my cheese today. I have to budget $100 for our weekly shopping trip that will include groceries for the next week (and hopefully a few things I can put in the freezer for upcoming meals), toiletries, paper products (toilet paper, as I refuse to use leaves even in Maine) and cleaning and maintenance products. I’ve heard of some refugees (of all nationalities) using food stamps to buy grocery items that they then turn over to the resturants and shops their families/friends/neighbors own, to ultimately sell back to us!!
Mortgage payment due, car insurance due, electric bill due…I still haven’t turned the furnace on though.
And I’m about to lose another part on my old car…hopefully it will hold out until next payday.
I guess I have a really big question: Is there anything I can do to help put a stop to all of this?
Mad in Maine
First, I don’t think any one person can stop all this, look at ACORN for example, people have been investigating the fraud there for years and finally it took one daring effort by a couple of brave young people to finally push the whole issue into the mainstream. Few of us are going to become James O’keefes or Hannah Giles, but we can do our little bit within the framework of our lives. My first admonition to ‘Mad’ and everyone else, is to find your role and focus like a laser on it. I don’t know you, ‘Mad in Maine’, or what sort of person you are or how much time you have so these suggestions are for you and all of our other angry and frustrated readers to think about.
1) Write a blog. Don’t just run your mouth with your opinions, but pick a topic and become an expert on the topic (you can still throw out your opinions!). Research and provide a service to your readers. Eventually, if you are patient, what you do will have an impact. You could for instance write a blog about welfare/food stamp/home health care fraud in Maine, or the whole US. Or, write a blog about immigration issues in Maine. There is enough material out there for that for sure! And, there are very few real investigative reporters anymore, so this is a sorely needed job.
Don’t be deterred by computer technology. Blogs like this one are really simple and free. Oh, and one more thing. To fit blogging into your life, you can write posts as often as your schedule allows.
2) Get involved in local and state politics. Goodness knows you have a couple of US Senators in Maine who need their backbones stiffened from time to time. I don’t know what city you live in, or are near, but you could get involved there too.
3) Write letters to the editor. I was at a meeting this past weekend and a few people told me they set google alerts for some topic (like illegal immigration) and then when they see an article, even in another state, they write a letter to the editor in response.
4) Join a group that is fighting for the same things you are, and become involved enough to run a local chapter. Maybe a local Tea Party, Beck’s 9/12 Project, Federation for American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA and so forth.
5) I know some people who have built e-mail lists and they send out articles daily to their lists on given topics.
6) Here is a suggestion for the ‘skulker’ personality. Pick a subject that you are personally passionate about. I’m thinking more about local type issues. Dig into documents, use the Freedom of Information Act or your states open government laws, attend meetings of groups you oppose or are promoting what you object to, and basically gather information to make a case someday to expose the whole corrupt business–whatever it is.
7) If you are someone most comfortable in a circle of local people, get together with others who have the same concerns and jointly make a plan for what you can do.
Those are just a few ideas. But, I need to emphasize again, don’t get frustrated if you can’t work at this every minute of the day. Don’t be a gadfly either. Pick your project, focus and know that you are doing your little piece to save America. I hope that helps!