No job? No income? No problem. Massachusetts will give you a car

by editor on May 11, 2009

A few months ago we were appalled by a government program that gives a free cell phone and free minutes to the loosely-defined poor. Well, not to be outdone, Massachusetts is now giving them free cars.

Here’s how the Boston Herald explains the details of this welfare fiasco:

Immensely unpopular Democrat Gov Deval Patrick, may soon qualify for this program because he's going to be unemployed after the next election.

Immensely unpopular Democrat Gov Deval Patrick, may soon qualify for this program because he's going to be unemployed after the next election.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s free wheels for welfare recipients program is revving up despite the stalled economy, as the keys to donated cars loaded with state-funded insurance, repairs and even AAA membership are handed out to get them to work.

But the program – fueled by a funding boost despite the state’s fiscal crash – allows those who end up back on welfare to keep the cars anyway.

“It’s mind-boggling. You’ve got people out there saying, ‘I just lost my job. Hey, can I get a free car, too?’ ” said House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading).

The Herald added:

The state pays for the car’s insurance, inspection, excise tax, title, registration, repairs and a AAA membership for one year at a total cost of roughly $6,000 per car.

The program, which started in 2006, distributes cars donated by non-profit charities such as Good News Garage, a Lutheran charity, which also does the repair work on the car and bills the state.

Free cell phones! Free cars! Free food! Free medical care! Free houses!

Not working is almost as good as getting elected to congress.

Source: BostonHerald.com

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38 Comments on "No job? No income? No problem. Massachusetts will give you a car"

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John
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by the way, with this program there is more money put back into the state if the people did not have the cars. The article forgot to mention that huh?

John
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Yea you all will be complaining until you lose your jobs and find out that you would need hand outs for your family to survive as well. I used to be the same way. I worked at a local hospital,then got laid off and cant find any work. If you paid your taxes when you had a job and was a law abiding citizen there is nothing wrong with asking for help when really needed!

Rob
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IS THIS COUNTRY OUT OF IT’S MIND?! Something Should be done! This kind of stuff has got to be stopped! This was once a great and proud country. Look at what this government is turning it into, a bunch of lazy people who think that hard working people should pay for them to sit around and do nothing, and get everything they want for free!!

Charles Marinelli, Sr.
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Charles Marinelli, Sr.

please explain to me why someone should have to die in a car accidentbe raped,robbed,trappedin a confined space with a limited air suply or even be stuck on the thrown withought S**T PAPER with no way to call for help becuase they are either a single parent who cannot hold a job alone and raise a child properly AND CAN BERELY AFFORD RENT AND UTILITIES THAT THE GOVERMENT DOESNT EVEN GIVE,add it up social security and disability both together is 800. dollars a month in the state of ma. the lowest rent is 500.+ electric is around35-50 if your conservative,then gas is is around 25. in the summer and up too 150 in the winter becuase they go up on gas prices due to usage and higher demand in the winter? then just a regular land line in your home is roughly 35. and if we all have our own computer and fortunate enough not to have to schedule time to go to the local library just to check your e-mail is another 50 to 80 dollars a month for internet ,and if your even fortunate enough to have a car and not have to dish out you childs grocery money for bus fair then you are still left with car insurance and gas…BAM..i have magic jack by the way which is voip its twenty dollars a year but still hooked in to internet fees and if that goes out so dont my phone but its the same thing if your going through comcast,cox or verizon they bundle everything so if you dont pay on one everything gets shut off,point being even people on ssi and disability which is a higher dollar amount then welfare only difference is welfare is designed for newly started unplanned families and in any case NO ONE need not die becuase they cannot call for help rich or poor freeloader or saint,

flashingscotsman
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You sit on a THRONE, not a THROWN, Charles. Go back to HuffPo.

danybhoy
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I was thinking an actual mental institution myself.

Margaret Daley Strano
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Re; free car, AAA, free cell phones…what can we do about this

Mia
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Thanks for clearing that up. Now I have to go amend a blog post…great. Thanks for the link to the application and the information on the tricky wording. I suppose I’m still naieve because I sort of expect people to say what they mean.

BTW, love your web site, and I subscribe to your RSS feed.

Administrator
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Thanks for the info Mia, but I’m not certain that is exactly what it means. Here is the quote from the article you are speaking of:

Kehoe defended the program, saying the state breaks even by cutting welfare payments to the family – about $6,000 a year.

My thought is that it is some tricky wording by Kehoe. The application for the program can be read in the PDF of the application. It outlines the rules and the responsibilities of the recipient. I think Kehow was saying that this program can get people off welfare, the result of which therefore saves them $6,000 a year. If the welfare payments were to be cut, it certainly would say so in the application.

Mia
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I’m certainly not one to defend a liberal Democrat on anything, but you aren’t telling the whole story. From what I’ve read of the program, they give the cars to people who don’t have access to public transportation. They also cut the person’s Welfare by, I believe, $6,000 per year. These are used cars that have been donated.

Granted, I haven’t seen any stories on anyone who has benefitted from the program and actually turned their lives around, AND I don’t think the government should be involved with this – or any other – charity. If there’s a bad side to this story, that would be the angle I would think is most likely to turn up some dirt. What exactly is the relationship between the Gov. and this charity and how do they benefit.

I’m not saying that this program is “good” or without flaws. However, I think when someone reports on something they should lay out all the facts and not just the ones that benefit their spin. That’s why all these liberal rag newspapers and alleged news networks are going in the toilet.

MAS1916
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Well… with release of the new deficit figures this morning, liberals at the national level are going to have to cover a lot of ground. By failing to reign in spending, interest rates and inflation are set to skyrocket – killing off any employment recovery.

So what is being done in MA may be repeated nationally.. the government leader will be proven to be an economic imbecile. And voters realizing it can only be a good thing.

Conservatives need to be optimistic. For a list of ten reasons for optimism, you can hit:
http://firstconservative.com/blog/top-ten/conservative-resurgence

rs
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I love the closing remark.

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