What is hard to understand here? Our country has been over run by no good dirty rotten cheating thieving takers. Welfare and Food Stamps are only a
small part of our problem. If anyone had the balls to actually clean up all the fraud in this country, there would be PLENTY to go around in
Welfare/Food Stamps ...
There's a lot of truth in this - look at the frauds perpetrated on the IRS in
fraudulent tax refunds
s - some estimate the losses in Medicaid to fraud and waste
exceed 50% of outlays - virtually every government spending program is riddled with waste, fraud, and abuse. And of course, plenty of examples of EBT
waste, like this
We could easily afford universal health care and a comprehensive safety net for those that need it, if it weren't for the waste and fraud - but the
problem is, the government sees little benefit in eliminating fraud - they spend what they spend, and if they run out of money, they just get more.
And unfortunately, many of those who get entitlements they're not "entitled" to don't see anything wrong with it - the government's handing out free
money, so why shouldn't they take it?
Unfortunately, we can't change people. The only ways are to emplace stronger controls (though the current trend is the opposite) - there's no reason
things like this
should happen. Simple, commonsense controls over payment processing would
prevent things like this, yet this has been going on for years, and every year the IG documents more.
Second, far stronger, more visible law enforcement - on the very rare occasion someone is found "cheating", they're simply removed from whatever
program they were on - HCV, SNAP, disability, etc. If you prosecuted and punished them, things would change. There comes a point where, if you
catch and prosecute enough, many more won't be tempted to take their chances. Example: Credit card and ID theft are absolutely rampant, because
everyone knows no one ever gets prosecuted for it. Catch and prosecute 10 or 20 percent, I'll bet the rate drops by more than half.
Personally, that's why I voted for Romney - but not for the reasons most people allege (that I'm a racist, or an Angry White Male or that I see Black
Helicopters at night) - but because as a businessman, he'd understand the concept of "controls." And so that maybe if the government didn't lose half
the money we send them, we could afford to take care of people who really need it, without bankrupting ourselves in the process.
edit on 3-12-2013 by squittles because: (no reason given)