ABC News filed this report about how welfare recipients in California are living the good life on the taxpayer dime.
Thousands of documents show tens of millions of welfare dollars have been spent out of state, some at vacation resorts. The discovery is leading to new legislation to prevent welfare abuse. ...
A Los Angeles Times analysis found $69 million was spent outside state lines during a three and a half year period beginning in January 2007 at tourist destinations like Las Vegas, Hawaiian beaches and cruise ships in Florida. Critics call that "taxpayer-funded vacations" at a time when taxpayers can't afford one themselves. ...
Benefits are deposited electronically onto welfare cards that are used like a debit card in stores or to withdraw cash at certain ATMs.
The Times analysis found nearly $12 million was spent in Las Vegas, $1.5 million in Florida, $387,908 in Hawaii, and $16,010 withdrawn from ATMs on cruise ships.
I could not believe that Mike Herald from the Western Center on Law and Poverty had the audacity to say, "When people go on assistance, they're going to have the same kind of life situations come up as anyone else. You're going to visit your sick relative. You're going to go to funerals out-of-state. That's what's going on here".
Yeah - Welfare recipients were visiting their "sick relatives" on cruise ships... Hah!
They were "going to funerals" in Las Vegas
(I guess they are putting the "fun" back in the word "funeral")
What a joke. There is massive fraud going on here and they are making excuses? Hardworking people are paying their taxes, who are themselves finding it hard to pay the rent and feed their families, are supposed to put up with this crap? I think not!
"Taxpayer groups say it's time to move to a voucher system.
"Giving welfare recipients cash is always risk-inherent," says Jon Coupal from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
Another problem is when welfare recipients don't use certain ATMs, taxpayers pick up those extra fees. Last year, the state paid more than $11 million in ATM surcharges, and we'll likely surpass that this year because bank fees have gone up."
The time has come to stop this and many other government abuses.
The government knows who they are.
The offenders should have their benefits taken away from them immediately, and not be reinstated!
End of Story.
Any lawmaker that does not work to stop this fraud and waste should be recalled - or voted out of office - in California and in any other State of the Union.
It's about time we ended the welfare state. Family, friends & charities can help those in need. They would actually make sure money and resources go where they are actually needed. It would eliminate abuse and fraud of government assistance.
Imagine if conditions were attached to receiving assistance! and where is the insistence that recipients take steps to get back on their feet?
But we all know that the real purpose of the current welfare system is to make people permanently dependent on the government, because more welfare recipients equals more votes, more funding, and more job security, for government power hungry legislators.
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." -Alexis de Tocqueville