when playing, Brett Favre Endlessly NFL media members called him “gunslinger,” a description that was celebrated, and took him off the hook for his many objections and follies. Somewhere along the way, as Favre’s never-say-die attitude on the football field was repeatedly excused as he was often able to get his teams out of the holes he put them in, he probably realized he could succeed off the field, too.
Favre is now a face Mississippi luxury scandalwith pages of old documents and text messages showing how he got millions of federal dollars earmarked for the state’s poorest people for his own use, a man who made 140 million dollars During his playing career alone, he has treated money for people having their worst days as his own piggy bank.
He wasn’t the only one. Heck, Favre isn’t the only one Mississippi was born Athlete Into the scandal, according to a report from Mississippi Today. According to a state lawsuit, former professional wrestler Ted DiBiase, known as the “Million Dollar Man” during his days in the WWF, and his two sons, Teddy Jr and Brett, earned more than $5 million together; Marcus Dupree, a former contestant, received about $400,000 for “motivational letter” engagements he had never made; Former Canadian Football League midfielder Paul Lacoste earned $1.3 million to run three “fitness camps” in Mississippi.
From what we know thanks to Mississippi Today and Mississippi Free Press reports, Favre was allegedly the most greedy, receiving about $8 million — the bulk of it for his alma mater, University of Southern Mississippi volleyball arena, and the rest for Biomed’s company, Prevacus, which was an early investor. In which. According to his never-before-said soccer ethic, The Associated Press reported that Favre tried to get more, including for indoor soccer facility in USM.
He’s totally in his own hole. It doesn’t look like he’ll be able to get out of it anytime soon. However, Favre is only the latest individual who will not pay for something with his own money if the public’s money is available, especially if it includes money for the most vulnerable among us.
earlier this month, The US Department of Justice has indicted 48 people for allegedly stealing $250 million in funds intended to feed children in Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group, which is linked to a non-profit organization called Feeding Our Futures, said it provides meals to thousands of children, but prosecutors say only a fraction of the money went to feed the children. Cartoonly enough, someone allegedly accused Use the site “listofrandomnames.com” to generate names to put on documents, and to create kids claiming to help in order to make free money.
In the world of sports, Pegulas, Terry and Kim didn’t need to fake spreadsheets or face scrutiny from prosecutors or state auditors to get their excess earnings from public money. The couple, who has a net worth of $6.7 billion, didn’t have to think about it! – They make their own dough to build a much-needed new playground for the Buffalo Bills. They pulled the old threat to move the team, and Governor Kathy Hochhol was too happy to cave in to their deception.
Hochul agreed to give them $600 million To go towards a new facility, unrestricted public assistance to two of the richest people in the country who don’t even connect to New York in their home state.
Where did Hoechul get that huge amount of money? Probably no coincidence, I cut $800 million from the New York Office of Children and Family Services. That comes from the same state budget that has earmarked more than half a billion dollars for a building that will be used perhaps 20 times a year by a small portion of New Yorkers.
Seeing a pattern?
Time and time again, Americans living in poverty are asked to work a little more. Get a better education. Learn how to spend money wisely.
The federal minimum wage (and minimum wage in 20 states, including Mississippi) at $7.25 an hour for more than 13 years is rarely discussed, and we rarely discuss how college costs have risen nearly 170% since 1980 while Salaries stagnantis seldom an admission that the sad truth is that no one knows how to budget better than a person living in extreme poverty, whose whole life is a series of desperate decisions about what few dollars to spend, and how much they can pay for utilities to maintain Lighting and heating the apartment, how often they can get rid of them by washing their work pants in the sink again to avoid having to go to the sink.
There is only shame and ridicule, including of elected officials. Believing they are lazy or unambitious. And most amazing: all they’re looking for is charity. The reason is a little complicated, but much of it is rooted in racism and misogyny.
Many of the losers are single mothers, and some are escaping domestic violence. Some potential recipients are relatives such as grandparents who receive children rather than see them become guardians of the state. Single mothers in particular work full time if not more than 40 hours a week, but wages in Mississippi are so low that they are still below the poverty line.
But who in Mississippi got handouts? They were certainly not the people for whom Temporary Assistance to Families in Need (or TANF) was intended. One in five Mississippi residents lives in poverty, and that number is higher for the state’s black residents. However, the number of people who needed this money for basic human needs such as shelter is very small — as is the case in less than 1 percent of applicants, according to the most recent data, says Matt Williams, director of research at Mississippi Low- Child Care Income Initiative (MLICCI).
Williams said there are more than 350,000 adults in his state who live in poverty; An average of 222 adults receive TANF funds per month. Only 2,650 children receive the money.
Those lucky few who are approved are eligible $260 a month For a family of three, it’s a recent increase of $170 a month as it has been for years. This is it.
“Even with that increase, it would take the average family of three 352 years to get the full benefit they deserve to get what Favre got with one check,” Williams said. Using the $1.1 million that Favre received From Nancy New, whose community education center in Mississippi received millions in sub-grants from TANF.
Favre earned $1.1 million for public service ads and appearances, and allegedly would have put them in the now infamous volleyball arena at Southern Miss.
“While this is an absurd and extreme example, it really does reflect the way the state leadership has dealt with the use of TANF in the past,” Williams said. “They’d rather see her go into it than roll up their sleeves and create a successful cash assistance program.”
The numbers in Mississippi are particularly grim, adding to the anger that the people who need it most are not only being ignored, but willfully being neglected. Recent data show that 44.5 percent of Mississippi’s population They are still behind on their rent or mortgage and they are about to evict or foreclose, but current Governor Tate Reeves recently returned federal funds earmarked to help with rent assistance related to COVID-19.
There is very little chance of experiencing upward economic mobility, as Williams said data shows that children born in the Mississippi Delta have a 0 percent chance of growing up to outpace their parents.
In New York, where Almost two thirds of the population — and 82 percent of Buffalo-area residents — disapprove of Hochul’s financial gift to Pegulas, advocates for the Office of Child and Family Services say Cannes Already struggling To keep up with the caseload it has and will now attempt to operate on a budget that is approximately 20 percent lower than last fiscal year.
It is alleged that 48 people in Minnesota stole alms.
Brett Favre has reportedly asked for and received several handouts.
The state accuses the Debias, Marcos Dupre and Paul Lacoste of receiving aid.
Pegulas are getting the biggest public distributions in the long and total history of sports teams that conquer cities, counties (Erie County also earns $250 million) and states to pay their bills to them while reaping the lion’s share of the profits.
Favre is the face of the Mississippi welfare scandal — the queen of luxury, if you will — but he’s far from the only wealthy person who realizes that letting go of the poor is a tried-and-true American way to enrich yourself.