Tsarnaev family received at least $100,000 in public assistance
Thanks to the Boston Herald, Americans are learning about the cornucopia of benefits enjoyed by the Tsarnaev family as "asylum" seekers in the United States, and the information is enough to make many taxpayers' blood boil. Chris Cassidy writes:
The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance - a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned.
"The breadth of the benefits the family was receiving was stunning," said a person with knowledge of documents handed over to a legislative committee today.
The state has handed over more than 500 documents to the 11-member House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, which today met for the first time and plans to call in officials from the Department of Transitional Assistance to testify.
Close Obama ally Governor Deval Patrick's attempts to clamp down on release of information about the public assistance received by the Tsarnaev family are not working, apparently. Members of the state legislature of his own party want to know. This bombing has angered Bostonians and all Bay Staters, and the governor's assertions of a right to privacy for the late Tamerlan are not persuasive.
Progressives face Tsarnaev case nightmare, for it sheds negative light on several pet initiatives of the left:
1. Welfare. Many taxpaying Americans think it is far too easy to get free phones, food stamps, rent subsidies (Section 8), and other forms of cash provided by people who work for a living. The fact that able-bodied non-Americans were able to help themselves to a six figure extent - and then use these funds to plot murder against us adds to political pressure to tighten eligibility. The fact that the United States is currently helping Mexico explain to its citizens how they can receive food stamps is particularly inconvenient for the left
2. Immigration. The strategic push of the Democratic Party is to legalize 11 million (or more) illegal aliens and allow them to vote, and thus ensure permanent political control for the left. The Tsarnaev family saga illustrates how dangerous it is to let just anybody in, and how immigrants can soak up the taxes paid by Americans to finance their lifestyles.
3. National security. The failure of the FBI to adequately investigate Tamerlan on the basis of a tip from Russian security, and potentially to have prevented the Marathon carnage might well be related to the purging of references to jihad and Islam from FBI training materials. Political correctness has been proven to be deadly, once again.
As more facts slowly leak out about the Tsarnaev family, progressives face a harmonic convergence of political embarrassment, as the consequences of their favorite policies become evident. The case is too big and too emotional for the MSM to sweep it under the rug.