The entitlement economy: $2 million lottery winner still collects food stampsSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 09:55
(NaturalNews) Once upon a time in America, people were embarrassed to accept hand-outs, especially from the government. Depression-era heavyweight champion boxer James Braddock, when he finally began earning money again in the ring after a long draught, actually paid back the relief money he was given while he was out of work for a few years.
Not anymore. Nowadays tens of millions of Americans make their living with taxpayer-funded handouts, and unabashedly so. In fact, the entitlement mentality has gotten so bad that a Michigan man actually defended his continuing to receive food stamps even after he had won a $2 million lottery.
Leroy Fick, 59, won the jackpot last month in the state-sponsored television show, "Make Me Rich," a year ago this month. But despite the prize, the state's Department of Human Services said he's still eligible for the benefits - that's according to his attorney, John Wilson.