That said, I despise fraud -- but hopefully, we can agree that a Bernie Madoff is a bigger evil and deserves a greater punishment than a woman who finds some crooked doctor to certify her kids as "disabled" so she can get SSI for them and not "have" to work.
I voted that scamming welfare is a greater evil -- in fact, I see nothing wrong with financial success if it is honestly earned. But I was a regulatory lawyer in a financial services industry for many years, and I can tell you, we do a terrible job of catching crooks in suits. We could do far better even without a single new law, and the people that steal millions of dollars from the public should be hated on far more than some guy who malingers on workers comp.
It astounds me that this is not so for many people.