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Amanda Clayton Michigan story shouldn’t be used to deny food help for those in need

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Conservatives must have had a field day with the story of Amanda Clayton, a Michigan $1 million lottery winner who was still allegedly collecting $200/month in food assistance.

“Welfare queens” come true, conservatives would likely cry. But they miss the point.

Michigan has been limiting food assistance help to people who legitimately need it. New restrictions easily forcing people to sell their cars to get food assistance. Without the cars, getting a job will be rather difficult, especially in Michigan.

This doesn’t excuse what Clayton allegedly did. But you only know the story because she got caught, unlike most of the fraud among the 1%

For more details, check out this column from our sister blog,


Written by democracysoup

March 12, 2012 at 7:40 am

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