Date: Dec. 12th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice and original composition !

Recently I have read about how well some people do live in the socialist Seattle, even if they are not as talented and hardworking like you:

Seattle welfare recipient lives in million-dollar home

A Seattle woman who is receiving welfare assistance from Washington state also happens to live in a waterfront house on Lake Washington worth more than a million dollars.

Federal agents raided the home this weekend but have not released the woman or her husband's name because they have not officially been charged with a crime.

However, federal documents obtained by KING 5 News show the couple currently receives more than $1,200 a month in public housing vouchers, plus state and government disability checks and food stamps. They have been receiving the benefits since 2003.

The 2,500 square-foot home, which includes gardens and a boat dock, is valued at $1.2 million. And even though the couple has been receiving the benefits for nearly 10 years, records show that they accurately listed the address of their current home when applying for the state and federal benefits.

A federal official told KING 5 that the couple likely took advantage of a loophole, which allows low-income individuals to receive financial assistance to help them pay their rent and move away from housing projects. However, the law does not require officials to verify what type of home the benefits recipient is living in.

As if the million dollar home weren't enough, the supposedly low-income couple also gave money to various charities and traveled around the world to locales in Turkey, Tel Aviv and resort towns in Mexico, according to court records

Date: Dec. 13th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Bad reporting all the way around. Lots of outrage, but not too many facts.

I wish I knew more about this story, like how they managed to get the house in the first place. Do they own the house or rent? How much is their rent/mortgage? If they are truly disabled, and their rent is low, what does it matter what type of house they live in?

How can you get food stamps when you're getting disability? How can you be on State disability since 2003 and not be on Federal?

That leaves a big chunk of the background out, you know?

Date: Dec. 12th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hooray for free press and potential business increases!

Date: Dec. 12th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can see why, beautiful design and jewelry! Congrats!

Date: Dec. 13th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I'm trying to channel my inner drag queen. ;-)

Date: Dec. 12th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That set is one of your best. Congrats!

Date: Dec. 13th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! Since my shop is pretty well stocked with the basics, I've decided to focus more of my energy on "fine art" jewelry, and even get back to working in 14k gold and gemstones. I'm pretty excited to be doing more than just "a pendant on a chain". :-)

Date: Dec. 13th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, congratulations!

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