In an election year tactic and sucker punch reminiscent of deceased FOX political tactical strategist, Andrew Breitbart, huge crowds of people were lured to a Bronx tax service office with promises of "free Obama money" on a debit card.
If you recall, they pulled this off in Michigan in 2008, as well.
People were easily deceived into believing that they would receive "free government giveaway" money just for showing up. It is about the same as watching the riddler-joker-suited guy, Matthew Lesko, on late night infomercials who screams over and over again that the federal government will even give you money to pay your water bill and fix your leaking roof. Ain't gonna happen. But he's making money deceiving people into believing it's true.
Considering Rick Santorum's "hit-and-run" jab at President Obama as a "government n-word," and considering the GOP's history of vote-buying, voter supression, and stealth attacks on any and every entity in the country that supports minority voting rights, this is not surprising in the least.
In their attack on ACORN, Breitbart and his pimped out partner in the Halloween pimp costume, James O'Keefe, used paid fake prostitutes to pretend that ACORN was a front operation for illicit activities.
Nobody knows if all the people in line in the New York or in Michigan in 2008 were "Democrats." It is more likely that plenty of them don't vote at all; however, the racial divining rod of GOP hype has been applied once again - and these people keep falling for it for reasons unknown to me.
They don't even realize the welfare that the GOP thinks they think they're all entitled to isn't free, either.
During the 2008 elections, these operatives also bought up tons of debit cards of this nature to make untraceable donations to the Obama campaign. They then 'reported' that the Obama campaign was taking "donations from foreign donors" and "terrorists" with debit cards where the source of the donees could not be tracked. It turned out they were the ones buying the debit cards and infiltrating the Obama campaign with them in a desperate last-minute attempt to defile the campaign's integrity on legal and legitimate donations.
It didn't work in 2008, and one can only hope that this most recent attempt to smear President Obama's re-election bid by using a tax office in New York to "prove" that only ignorant poor minorities who are waiting on free hand-outs vote for Obama backfires on them in a tremendous surge of pro-democracy voter turnout in November 2012. And for mid-terms 2014.
The only way to end it is to vote them out of office. We can only hope they're getting all of their tricks and jokes off their chests and having fun at these people's expense, especially since they seem to think women, children, minorities, gays, and anyone else who doesn't agree with them are so fuuuunnnyyy.
And the one thing people must keep in mind is that the federal government has never given away free money to anyone to pay rent and utilities or buy cars, groceries or anything else ... unless that person qualifies for one of the other programs for low to no-income people that everyone already knows about. You don't need to pay Lesko or anyone else for that information, it's public knowledge and has been for a very long time.
NOTE: There is not now, and never has been, any such thing as a "free ride" in America. Someone is always working for it, or has already worked for it, one way or the other.
In the meantime, the loons at the bogus tax office have these people's legitimate social security numbers and their picture identities. It's called "ID Theft" and they're going to see their names and pictures again, attached to something criminal that they did not do.