Boston Marathon bomber received welfare
The dead suspect reportedly collected public assistance in 2012. Did taxpayers fund part of his radicalization?
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspected mastermind of the Boston Marathon bombings who was killed in a shootout with police, received welfare benefits from the state of Massachusetts -- as did his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter, according to the Boston Herald.
The news is sure to anger many Americans who are already upset about the tragedy that left three dead and injured 260.
Exactly how long Tsarnaev and his family received public assistance wasn't clear. A spokesman for the state's Executive Office of Health and Human Services told the paper that the payments ended in 2012 when the family no longer met eligibility requirements.
Both of Tsarnaev's parents also received assistance when they resided in the U.S., as did Tamerlan and his brother Dzokhar -- his accused partner in crime who is currently hospitalized -- when they were younger.
"Russell Tsarnaev's attorney has claimed Katherine -- who had converted to Islam -- was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home," according to the paper. "The news raises questions over whether Tsarnaev financed his radicalization on taxpayer money."
As in many states, welfare is a touchy enough issue in Massachusetts, even without a suspected terrorist in the equation. Last year, Gov. Deval Patrick (D) angered legislators when he said he wouldn't enforce key parts of a welfare reform bill passed by the Legislature that banned recipients from using their assistance money on frills such as liquor, cigarettes and tattoos, saying it was unenforceable.
In a statement issued earlier this year, Patrick vowed that his administration "will continue to do everything it can to stamp out welfare fraud and abuse." With Wednesday's news about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the state Legislature is bound to press the governor to back up his words with deeds.
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And yet more than half of you idiots still think more gov is the answer.
What the hell does this have to do with anything? By humanizing these monsters, the media is pretty much saying to every angry loser out there he can do it too.
It would be nice to see a "final" article saying, 2 pieces of human garbage bombed our people. We don't know why they did it and we don't care. The first one died last week and second one just took a bullet to the head. Case closed.
VP Biden said it...".These two are twisted, perverted and cowardly knockoff jihadists"---some newspaper cartoonists have already portrayed them as cockroaches that must be exterminated. Food stamp fraud is over $750 million a year--it's doubled since 2006-'08. A USDA study.
Figures Obama would have all the terrorists on government payroll. Seems like you have to be an illegal alien and a terrorist to boot in order to qualify for welfare nowadays.
How many more terrorists is Obama making payments to.
By law this makes Obama a terrorist for supporting a terrorist.
Does this mean the drones will soon have another enemy combatant target??
And I, an American citizen my whole life can't get help from anywhere.
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A basic income policy can actually ensure a decent standard of living for everyone.
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