Bring Out Your Dead … 72,000 Obama Stimulus Payments Went to Dead People

 

Your Obama, Democrat ”BIG  GOVERMNENT” working for you … Trying to stimulate the dead? Bring Out your Dead.

 

In just another example of the waste and ineptitude of “Big Government”, it is being reorted that SSA, Social Security Administration,has sent  89,000 Democrat and Obama approved stimulus checks of $250 were sent to either individuals that were dead or in prison. NICE!!! Of these checks, 72,000 were sent to the dead.  To make matters worse, an additional $4.3 million went to more than 17,000 prison inmates. Just how incompetent is this government? These are the people that talk about taking oout the waste and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid? Maybe they might want to look in the mirror first.

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.

Pic hat Tip: No Sheeple Here

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

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.

Only half of the checks sent to the dead have been returned. Get this as stated at No Sheeple Here, The Social Security Administration says that the stimulus package didn’t include a provision allowing it to try to retrieve funds that were mistakenly sent out, so it can’t try to retrieve the money. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. These are the folks you want in charge of your health care, eh? They made no provisions for contingency situations and thought all of this would just go like clockwork. A question to all, when does government operate like clockwork?

From the WSJ,  Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma reaction:

“This report highlights the broader problems with the Recovery Act itself,” said Coburn, in a statement. “At a time like now, when nearly $350 billion in waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government annually has been reported and our national debt closing in on $13.5 trillion, these findings represent the epitome of congressional stupidity and a total disregard for accountability.”



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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Bring Out Your Dead … 72,000 Obama Stimulus Payments Went to Dead People”

    1. Miss-Underestimated on October 8th, 2010 12:23 pm

      Oh, hey that was pay backs for the dead who voted for Obama. Thank you Acorn!

    2. Pat in Alabama on October 8th, 2010 10:15 pm

      Gives new meaning to the Grateful Dead!

    3. Grey Fedora on October 9th, 2010 3:14 pm

      This article is completely lacking in common sense.

      There were 52 million checks mailed, of these 89,000 went to dead people or people in prison. Doing some simple math, that’s .17% of the total number of checks mailed. So, 99.83% of the checks went to living people who aren’t in jail. Not bad for a government bureaucracy.

      The checks sent to people who filed tax returns last year. The 72,000 dead people were all alive as of last April 15.

      That’s how the system works, folks. When you die, the mail keeps coming for a while. The estate sorts it out. The article did mention that half of these checks were returned.

      Doing the same math, the 17,000 prisoners who received checks account for .03% of the total recipients.These prisoners also filed tax returns last year, which means they were not in jail at the time. I don’t want to debate whether or not they “deserve” the checks, but up until a few months ago, they had been paying taxes. I guess when you go to jail the mail keeps coming too.

      If you really want to get upset, ask what happened to the $9 billion unaccounted for in the Iraq reconstruction.
      _____________
      SM: Actually we would like to know the acconting of the $787 billion in stimulus money.

      I love your rational, like a typical lib who has no problem with the waste of tax payer dollars. Nice.
      R

    4. Grey Fedora on October 9th, 2010 7:43 pm

      “SM: Actually we would like to know the acconting of the $787 billion in stimulus money.”

      I found out with one Google search:

      http://wiki.answers.com Q/Where_did_the_stimulus_money_go

    5. Grey Fedora on October 9th, 2010 7:46 pm

      “I love your rational, like a typical lib who has no problem with the waste of tax payer dollars. Nice.”

      Waste? That depends. What did you do with your $250?

    6. Dolf on October 15th, 2010 4:01 am

      isn’t this a general administration problem instead of a whitehouse issue?

      or did Obama sign and post those checks?
      ______________
      SM: When you implement a plan which Obama did, you take responsibility for the good and the bad. For a person that says he is against fraud, waste and abuse … he has an interesting way of fixing it dont you think?
      R

    7. Dolf on October 15th, 2010 9:07 am

      oh yeah…and you want your president getting busy on these issues.

      come on.

      The Obama admin thinks up a plan, the civil servants f* it up and now you are implying he is pro fraud, waste and abuse?

      rather easy.

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