If you've been following the local news, there's a couple in our region, living in a $1.2M lakefront home, and the woman has been collecting welfare for a couple of years. She claimed she and her two children lived on $5,000 a year and her husband was the "landlord." They've collected over $100,000 and, of course, live pretty well. (To her credit, she did put down their real address but no one checked it.)
Now, naturally, we all feel disgust especially in this time of economic crisis when so many REAL poor people are suffering.
But now we get the poster child for this kind of nonsense.
You may recall that the former head of the Philadelphia school system, Arlene Ackerman, was ousted earlier this year. Private donors even helped pay for her $900k severance package (she says she only got $400k after taxes and lawyer fees).
She had the nerve to file for unemployment benefits and based on her former salary of $350k, she was receiving $573 a week.
Yes, I know that she paid taxes into the system like everyone else but I can't believe a person with her opportunities could actually have the nerve to do this when she knows the financial crisis her own district faces.
I should quit being surprised at anything.