When that does not work are we then going to insist that they prove they eat right? Many poor people suffer from vitamin deficiencies because they do not understand the value of a proper diet and use food as an indulgence, because it is the only one they can afford.
Then, if that does not work, maybe we can pry a little more and a little more until we have cameras in their homes making sure they are up on time, don't stay up too late, eat right, don't use drugs, feed their mind the "proper" sorts of entertainment, etc..
Either do away with it altogether or live with the realities of the system. If the government or anybody else is handing out money you can bet there will be some graft and abuse. That's human nature. We can go after the big fish who are doing it so carelessly that they are easy to catch, but at some point trying to squeeze out abuse will become fiscally or morally (assuming you ascribe to some theory of human rights) prohibitive.
Our government bailed out Wall Street and now threaten to try to recover that money by stealing from our countries senior citizens, this is what I say GET the Money some where else, cut some where else, increase revenues by creating some jobs for AMERICANS. There are lots of ways to tackle the deficit that should be addressed before we allow any party to steal from our seniors or any other program
Also, here you are whining that I am not nice to old welfare recipients. Kind of funny since I am the one arguing that we should not assume all welfare recipients are degenerate drug users or treat them as livestock that we have the right to test, prod and monitor without limit. The difference is that I am not feeding into the delusions of the "Keep the Government out of Medicare" idiots. Someone needs to abuse them of their entitlement mentality. They have not earned the enslavement of their grandchildren. If they persist, it is going to get ugly for them because it is going to get so bad that there will likely be a violent backlash. The current system is unsustainable.
BUT, eventually, the SS program has to die of old age, or at least face major surgery so we can cut out the wasteful parts of it.
The fraud alone is a huge number. My elderly neighbor is crippled and can get a scooter for $1500 out of her pocket, but the vendor gets $2500 if the govt pays for it. Why can't the govt get the scooter at the same price the vendor is offering to the citizen?
Oracle of Utah
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