Woman Sent to Federal Prison for Food Stamp Fraud; Bankers Remain Free Amid Rampant Bank Fraud

18 Nov


by Yvette Carnell

Whenever it occurs to you to open your mouth, or peck at your keyboard, and question my antipathy for both the Obama administration and the Wall St. elite, think about this: Last week a woman was sent to federal prison for food stamp fraud. The woman, who had previous drug convictions, lied about them so she’d be eligible to receive food stamps. The total amount of her fraud was $4, 367 and even though she repaid every penny of the money, she’ll still be doing hard time in federal pen for her offense.

What has this to do with Obama and Wall Street you ask? Well, just name for me one Wall St. hot shot whose gone to jail for engineering the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression? These scoundrels wiped out the 401ks of a giant swath of the middle class and left thousands of others homeless and what did they get in return? Bonuses. Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and their similarly situated cohorts were allowed to scam the entire financial system, not just one agency, and got bailed out as a consequence.

I know it’s easy to compartmentalize the corruption on Wall Street and discuss it in the abstract, as if political problems aren’t kitchen table problems, but Anita McLemore is a flesh and blood woman whose kids will be without a mother for three years while she’s in lockup. Just the same, those Wall Street bastards are flesh and blood, hoggish cretins who, in a country where justice was distributed fairly and without consideration for privilege, would be in jail. Problem is, you and I don’t live in such a country.

The bigger issue still isn’t, as some argue, the gap between the income of the top one percent and the 99 percent; that’s only a symptom. The real issue is what the income gap emotes: Some lives are worth billions, and thus, must be spared regardless of the damage done, while other lives are worth far less than $4, 367.

And since President Obama is far more concerned with navigating white paranoia than he is grappling with the entrenched inequalities that threaten to turn America’s promise into vaudevillian tripe,  then he’s an obstacle, a man who we must contend with as opposed to, say, an ally.

I’m not vilifying Obama, far from it. I’m dealing with things as they are as opposed to how I wish they were. While many people are hoping, fingers crossed, that a second Obama term will be far better than his tepid first, I am dealing with the ramifications of Obama’s inaction. But I don’t wish the President any ill will.  Just like everyone else, I’d love to see the economy begin to recover and the unemployment rate go down as businesses begin hiring. Too bad Anita McLemore won’t be around to enjoy the uptick.

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2 Responses to “Woman Sent to Federal Prison for Food Stamp Fraud; Bankers Remain Free Amid Rampant Bank Fraud”

  1. giftnappyabyss December 7, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    If evil had a blood type it would be capitalism and if villany wore no mask it would look like pure greed. Decadence and elitsm is all over the blood drenched hands of this countries figureheads and even though we have a black president whom we love because he represents our castigation from the American way, he is not excempt from bearing responsibility for allowing this sexist crime to go unchecked. Patricia Hill Collins talks about the “Matrix of Domination” and says that it has become a belief system of society to denegrate women as sub human lesser thans because the civil rights bill doesn’t recognize gender within the race context, thus women are dominated based off of patriarchy given priority even in oppression. Black women will continue to go to jail for ludicrious crimes like food stamp fraud as long as President’s wives are referred to as first ladies. What will we call the the husband of the first female president? Surely not a first lady. Sexism is woven into the fabric of the constitution just like racism is, so much so, that a black male president fails to see this injustice as heinous because to most men, women and food stamps are analogous to men and libido pills. They are an article that indicates gender dominnace or inferiority.

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