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Sheila Jackson Lee wants to change word 'welfare' to 'transitional living fund'

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Remember man-caused disasters? How about kinetic military action? If you enjoyed those examples of the Obama administration’s reliance on Newspeak, you’ll love the latest coinage. Its creator is the lovely and talented Sheila Jackson Lee. CNSNews writes:

In a brief speech on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) hailed the war on poverty, endorsed government welfare programs, and said the ‘safety net has to be something for all of us.’

‘Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of, “a transitional living fund.” For that is what it is — for people to be able to live,’ she said.

And live they do! In December of 2011, the feds raided a $1.2 million home in a wealthy lakefront community near Seattle whose owner had been the recipient of more than $1,200 per month in public housing vouchers, federal and state disability stipends, and food stamps, according to station KING. Granted that case is the exception rather than the rule, but examples of welfare fraud are rampant. TV station WMC in Memphis reported in July 2012 that taxpayer dollars were being spent on everything from booze to hair to concert tickets. Justin Owen, who represents a consumer watchdog group in Nashville, told reporters:

We looked at Memphis in particular and over a three month period we surveyed $140,000 different transactions and found some very interesting expenditures.

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When you're taking taxpayer money to go on a tour of Graceland, that tells you there's something wrong with our welfare system.

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You can literally walk into a liquor store for instance, swipe the card, get cash back and then purchase whatever you want, including liquor.

Read the rest of the story and watch the video of Jackson Lee's statement here.

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