Do you ever stop and wonder what became of all those poor, helpless Katrina victims? Yeah, me neither. I'm too busy earning a living, paying taxes and bills, and raising a family. Well, here it is three years after Katrina and there are still sponges leftover from Katrina, sucking at the generous taxpayer teat. Who knew?
(BILOXI, MS) June 3 -- What are people who receive FEMA assistance doing to help themselves? Turns out, very little.
The scorching heat puts many at the Quality Inn poolside, but for Gwenester Malone, she chooses to beat the heat by setting her thermostat to sixty degrees. Malone's room for the past three months, along with three meals daily, have all been paid for by taxpayers.
"Do you work?" asked NBC 15's Andrea Ramey.
"No. I'm not working right now," said Malone.
Malone says she can't drive and it's too hot outside to find work within walking distance. "Since the storm, I haven't had any energy or pep to go get a job, but when push comes to shove, I will," said Malone.
Just a few blocks away, Kelley Christian also stays at a hotel for free. She says she's not taking advantage of her situation, but admits it's easy to do. "It's too easy. You know, once you're there, you don't have to pay rent," said Christian. "I kept putting it off and putting it off and now, I'm tired of putting it off."
Push came to shove for Christian when police found a meth lab in a hotel room directly below her.
Taxpayers also paid for that meth lab. The men police arrested were receiving FEMA assistance. The hotel owner says he'll now have to spend $5,000 to clean out the room.
As for Malone, she says she's not seeing any drug activity at her hotel. It's too nice she says. Why would she want to leave?
Why indeed, Gwenester, why indeed? Hanging with your peeps poolside, kickin' it in your 60degree, cable TV hotel room, and eating three free meals every day...all thanks to the generosity of us taxpayers. Probably the best three years of your miserable life.
Well, I have an idea why you might want to leave Gwenester: how about exhibiting some personal responsibility for your own life. Where is your shame for sponging off the hard work of other Americans for three years? If you had a shred of dignity, six weeks after Katrina, you'd have found a job or two...and a cheap apartment the week after that. If you had an ounce of self respect you'd have gotten back on your feet like most everybody else did within a month or two of the storm. How about showing some integrity and getting off the taxpayer dole for a change?
Americans are about hard work, self determination, and self reliance, not dependence, sloth, and degeneracy....at least most Americans are. I guess we know what kind of American you are.