But the issue had already been around for decades—on the campaign trail in 1976, Ronald Reagan bemoaned the scourge of welfare fraud, citing the example of a Chicago woman the local media had dubbed the "welfare queen" who made 0,000 a year and used multiple aliases to bilk the government. It was actually pretty simple: He hadn't filed his taxes yet.When Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress in 1994, they demanded tougher reforms than what Clinton had proposed, including stricter time limits for remaining on the welfare rolls. As Buddha Monk writes: "Dirty's style of rap was unique. "He was still collecting welfare based on his income from the previous year," Buddha Monk writes. ODB, he writes, had wanted to show that there was no shame in being on welfare. " and then addresses Clinton directly: "To the president, you say I'm a welfare fraud/You motherfucking right! The first to claim space that night were some Team USA track and field fellas."The next morning," Lakatos says, "swear to God, the entire women's 4x100 relay team of some Scandinavian-looking country walks out of the house, followed by boys from our side.And I'm just going, 'Holy crap, we'd watched these girls run the night before.'"And on it went for eight days as scores of Olympians, male and female, trickled into the shooter's house -- and that's what everyone called it, Shooters' House -- at all hours, stopping by an Oakley duffel bag overflowing with condoms procured from the village's helpful medical clinic.
Summer always ends too soon, so why not enjoy one last night at the Zoo before the kids go back to school? The entire Zoo will be open with scheduled animal demos and keeper talks. Enjoy using the FREE gear while you wander throughout the Zoo (regular Zoo admission applies for entry) and capture your best shots of the local inhabitants. It’ll be all treats and no tricks for your little pirates and princesses at this year’s Boo at the Zoo, the region’s most unique Halloween event. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families with young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans!was proud to be on welfare," writes Buddha Monk, his childhood friend and hype man, in a new biography co-written with the hip-hop scholar Mickey Hess.Clinton had made welfare reform a centerpiece of his 1992 presidential campaign, vowing to break what he called a cycle of dependency on government payments to the poor. —which at one stroke put him over the maximum income to stay on welfare—as well as a cut of the Wu-Tang Clan's best-selling debut album, which had gone platinum the year before.His rhyme style ranged from drunkenly slurred to growled, crooned, and warbled to shouted, grunted, and screamed—often all within the same verse." His Clan-mate Method Man said the nickname—one of several Jones used throughout his career, including Big Baby Jesus, Osiris, and Dirt Mc Girt—had been born from the realization that "there ain't no father to his style."Around the time of the release of , ODB invited an MTV film crew to hang out with him—including a trip, via limousine, to the welfare office, where he cashed a 5 welfare check and picked up food stamps. " he asked the camera in part of a segment MTV aired on March 30, under the title "Ol' Dirty Bastard Gets Paid." The people that want to cut off the welfare, man, I think that's terrible. "People in the hood understood what Dirty was doing," Buddha Monk writes, "but to welfare's critics he'd just reinforced the stereotype of the welfare cheat that they were using as a platform to try to get rid of the system."When, in the summer of 1996, Clinton announced his intention to sign welfare reform into law after having vetoed two previous bills, he said welfare should represent "a second chance, not a way of life." And he boasted that due in part to his efforts, "there are 1.3 million fewer people on welfare today than there were when I took office."By then, ODB was one of them—his caseworker cut him off after he saw the MTV segment. He responded in a verse on Wu-Tang Clan's "Diesel" that's alternately deeply paranoid and brashly confrontational, in which he accuses the government of having killed the rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, repeats "Someone help me! You know how hard it is for people to live without nothin'?