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"Better Off On Benefits"

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There is "no point" earning less in a minimum wage job is how Leanna Broderick - 20-year-old mother of two - justifies the benefits she claims adding that "she is better off on benefits" and would not get a job unless she could continue her luxury lifestyle, which includes designer outfits, holidays abroad, clubbing, lunches out and expensive gifts for her daughters Zelekah, two, and Zakirah, one. The UK's Daily Mail reports that Leanna saved GBP2,500 (~USD4,000) last year while living on GBP15,480 (~USD25,000) which she intends to spend on iPads and gold earrings for her kids - adding that "This way, taxpayers know I'm raising two well-brought-up kids." However, all is not rosy in Leanna's house as she fears next year may not be so lavish because of Government benefits cuts. "I'm not against the cuts, but only if the Government helps me find a job," she said, "In the meantime, I’ll stay on benefits and get as much as I can out of it."


Via The Daily Mail:

While many families are worrying about how to afford Christmas this year, one jobless single mother has revealed she receives so much in benefits she has £2,000 to spend on designer gifts, clothes and partying.


Mother-of-two Leanna Broderick plans to buy 20 presents for each of her children, including Burberry and Ralph Lauren outfits, iPads and gold jewellery.


The 20-year-old, who has never worked, claims nearly £15,500 a year in state handouts.




She claims she is better off on benefits and would not get a job unless she could continue her luxury lifestyle, which includes designer outfits, holidays abroad, clubbing, lunches out and expensive gifts for her daughters Zelekah, two, and Zakirah, one.


‘Last year, I saved £2,500 and my kids had 50 presents each, including Burberry and Ralph Lauren clothes and dolls, DVDs and CDs.


This year, I’ve saved £2,000 and they’ll get 20 presents each, including iPads and a new Disney-themed bedroom to share, with designer wall art and bed linen,’ she said.


She is also buying gold earrings for Zelekah, who has pierced ears, and keeping £300 for the sales and £150 for a New Year’s Eve outing.


Miss Broderick, who left school at 16 with no GCSEs, said: ‘I don’t care if people get annoyed. I don’t take advantage, I just choose to save – it’s smart.’


She said there was ‘no point’ earning less in a minimum wage job and having to pay for childcare on top.


After becoming pregnant at 17 with her on-off 23-year-old boyfriend, Miss Broderick was allocated a temporary three-bed council house.


When Zelekah was eight months old she considered working in care, but then became pregnant again by the same man.


Now split from the girls’ father, she has a new two-bedroom council flat in Croydon, South London, with a garden, which is paid for by her £111 weekly housing benefit – part of £1,290 a month total claim.


She said: ‘I didn’t want to miss out on my kids’ childhoods or have someone else raise them. I’m not one of those girls who gets pregnant for the benefits.’


The money for Christmas comes from the £250 she saves each month, which she said shows she is ‘really responsible’.


She adds: ‘Anyone who thinks people on benefits don’t deserve nice things is talking rubbish. I work 24/7 as a mother.


This way, taxpayers know I’m raising two well-brought-up kids.’


But she admits Christmas might not be so lavish next year because of the Government’s benefit cuts.


‘I’m not against the cuts, but only if the Government helps me find a job,’ she said.


In the meantime, I’ll stay on benefits and get as much as I can out of it.’

The full feature appears in Closer Christmas issue, on sale now or go to www.closeronline.co.uk

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Wed, 12/12/2012 - 00:19 | 3054697 CPL
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"I can't believe you like money too. We should hang out."

- Frito, the upwardly mobile lawyer that likes money.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 08:40 | 3055179 Let them all fail
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I junked you because that movie is awesome

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 07:49 | 3055123 eclectic syncretist
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She's become so morally bankrupt her mentality and life philosophy has devolved into that of the bankster; parasitism of others hard work as a way to free load through life.  The only difference is she isn't good enough at it to be able to buy politicians, propaganda, ect., to make it look as if she actually provides a service by doing it.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 07:49 | 3055124 Voltaire
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@Sat 800: Spot on. It's all part of the Rotschilds grand plan for all of us. A divided multi ethnic society without collective will=easy to dominate and presents no threat to international capital and it's economic hegemony. 

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 08:44 | 3055187 Let them all fail
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SAT 800 - No reason to think this person is human trash, not a great example for her kids but she is making the completely logical choice given her situation. If she didn't have the benefits there is no doubt she would be out working some crappy min wage job but she doesn't have to.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 08:55 | 3055211 CaptainObvious
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"she doesn't have to"

That's the problem right there.  If I could turn back the clock 300 years, this bit of vermin would be doing something to earn her keep, or she'd be dead or in debtor's prison.  She's making a logical choice, sure, but that doesn't mean it's the right choice.  I'd rather work six jobs all at once than accept the first penny of charity.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:39 | 3055332 swamp
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And men have no responsibility for birth control I see.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:39 | 3055333 swamp
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And men have no responsibility for birth control I see.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:39 | 3055334 swamp
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And men have no responsibility for birth control I see.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:14 | 3055467 traderjoe
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There's a certain bit of irony to your triple post.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:56 | 3055391 jwoop66
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It ain't darwinism when you interfere.   Has to be natural to be darwinism.   We keep feeding the dodo.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 01:13 | 3061946 Larry Dallas
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Agreed. Well put.

Societies dont become great by nurturing the slow and helpless.

The good part happens when the Hunger Games comes to a town near her, her odds of her and her offspring surviving and procreating are very slim.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:51 | 3053912 SAT 800
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Abraham Lincoln didn't want to free any slaves; he wanted to round them up and ship them back to Africa; it's amazing how close you can come to the right answer, and still miss.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:33 | 3054144 Cursive
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@SAT 800

Yeah, but he's Steven Speilberg's favorite president, so we get treated to more Lincoln hagiography.  Seriously, the guy was an evil, tyrannical ass who trampled on the constitution.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:42 | 3054185 SAT 800
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I don't know who Steven Seilberg is; I don't participate in popular culture. But I am properly educated vis a vis Mr. Lincoln.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 22:59 | 3054485 H E D G E H O G
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Them litlins' look alot like Strauss-Kahn don't they? Global Vote Bloc Buying at it's grandest. WTF...............

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 06:54 | 3055093 moriarty
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Wed, 12/12/2012 - 07:15 | 3055104 Taint Boil
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The Obama Phone:

I posted this the other day  ….. I just can’t help throwing some gas on the fire.

<snicker, snicker>


The Obama phone story is an urban myth. Once again the unsophisticated sheeple are fooled by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Drudge, etc, etc.


I am not an Obama fan at all. I thought Zero Hedge was a mile above all the MSM bullshit and lies.


There is a program started under George Bush was called SafeLink.




The federal "Lifeline" program was created during the Reagan Administration. Lifeline is a federal program created by the Reagan era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1984. The program was enhanced under Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was supported on a broadly bipartisan basis in Congress. The FCC’s Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates. Lifeline support reduces eligible low-income consumers' monthly charges for basic telephone service.




Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:40 | 3053852 Chuck Walla
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Obama is salivating at the thought of the collectivist wonders he will bestow on an ignorant voter base provided by tax donkeys bred for the purpose.





In politics, few talents are as richly rewarded as the ability to convince parasites that they are victims. ... generosity is seen as an admission of guilt, and the reparations as inadequate compensation for injustices – leading to worsening behavior by the recipients.


~ Thomas Sowell 


Wed, 12/12/2012 - 04:45 | 3055002 Hobbleknee
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This story os about my ex wife.  The other side of the story is me, paying 70% tax so she can live in luxury.

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:00 | 3055410 jwoop66
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when are you gonna start paying your fair share?

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:20 | 3053779 spastic_colon
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just have your mom declare you as an unfit mother and allow her to take care of the kids, she can then claim money for each child and you can pretend to be mad.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:27 | 3053802 Tippoo Sultan
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Rule Britannia.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:32 | 3053827 boogerbently
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It's the same over here!

Welfare costs more than Soc. Sec., Medicare or the Defense. (budgets)

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 22:06 | 3054304 blunderdog
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Where'd you get that figure?

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 23:14 | 3054541 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Social programs including SS and Medicare/Medicade cost more than defense.



Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:48 | 3055641 blunderdog
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Obviously, but that's not what he said, is it?

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 13:06 | 3056224 CrockettAlmanac.com
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If he had been right I wouldn't have had to correct the error.

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 05:59 | 3055117 Supernova Born
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Yet Kate Middleton is struggling to produce an heir to the throne.

Britain should just run a national lottery for the next monarch.

Great Britain has demonstrated itself so hopelessly, pathetically wrong-headed and flat f'in stupid it will reverberate through the universe for all eternity.

Maybe extraterrestrials can learn from the lower than whale shit example of Great Britain.

How is that SAS hero doing in prison for possessing a handgun (you fucking pussy-whipped, cross-dressing, ultimate has-beens of planet Earth)?

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:20 | 3053780 vast-dom
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all of this is chump change when you factor in global printing easing and other financial crime fuckery. 

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:36 | 3053836 vast-dom
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"why would you say no to free money?" Jamie Dimon et. al certainly don't say no, so don't be hating on Tamika and let her get some money and enjoy life. Fuck it, it's all good as it's all printed up from thin air....

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:46 | 3053878 Oquities
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so 2 wrongs do make a right, by your cockamamie philosophy!

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:53 | 3053918 vast-dom
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how do you infer from my above 2 wrongs? i said give homegirl the money! and i say now give Dimon a nice vacation in max secutiry pen. 

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:10 | 3054008 Oquities
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it must be too simple for your huge intellect -  both Dimon and the "homegirl" are parasites.  you suggest the welfare mom should leech because Dimon does - 2 wrongs.   ain't right, comprende?

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:14 | 3054036 vast-dom
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nah man i never said. you did.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:18 | 3054062 Oquities
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then what did "don't be hating on tamika" for taking freebies mean, if it wasn't in contrast to your Dimon reference, you fucking incoherent loon?

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:22 | 3054073 vast-dom
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'xactly what i wrote is what it means: don't be hating, hater hater!


'xpand that sub 80 IQ mind of yours -- you know the brain does have a level of cognitive plasticity, right? 

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:28 | 3054118 SAT 800
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Perhaps you could write an in depth treatment of "cognitive plasticity" and get it published in the Journal of American Psychology; I'm sure it would be most enlightening.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:35 | 3054151 vast-dom
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i'm having more fun chewing my gov cheese and shitting on all of you haters. 

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:33 | 3054145 Oquities
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schizophrenia diagnosis was tough for you to deal with i bet.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:45 | 3054153 vast-dom
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YO I LOVE MYSELF!  And tonight after i get my dick sucked at the strip club i'm gonna tip with my EBT card while your hateful asses go to bed alone or lie beside your fat wrinkly women with busted grills. I'M ENJOYING MYSELF!


Man O' Manischewitz!

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 22:00 | 3054267 akak
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Shut up and eat your Thanksgiving turkey.


PS: Merry Christmas!  I hope you get lots and LOTS of greeting cards.  And don't forget to watch all the holiday football games --- it's the 'american' thing to do.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 22:03 | 3054289 vast-dom
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drool drool rah rah rah. dumb amerikan shit extra dumb on the 25th. who woulda thought christ's death would kick off such a fucktarded celebration of sheeple shit.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 22:43 | 3054441 ZeroAvatar
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Tried out some different Choom tonite, vast?

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 00:15 | 3054684 Chuck Walla
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Man O' Manischewitz!

Upped you one for that!


Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:21 | 3053782 tooriskytoinvest
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World’s Most Prestigious Financial Agency Warns of Bursting Bubble, Small Business Optimism Collapses, Condition Worsen Than After Lehman Brothers Collapse, Leader Harry Reid Said 'NO DEAL FOR CHRISTMAS'!


Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:23 | 3053786 HelluvaEngineer
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You reap what you sow

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 21:29 | 3054127 SAT 800
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Reality is a bitch.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 20:24 | 3053787 Insideher Trading
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get dat perm nigga! At leest taxpayerz don hav ta look at sum nappy azz nigga weav on dey way ta werk. Deyz tax paya niggaz iz da winna wen dey dont gotta smeel my B.O

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