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Friday, November 19, 2010

California's Americans for Prosperity has produced this hard hitting video Exposé-- "Common Sense": Around the World on $69 Million in Welfare Funds

It appears Grifters hit pay dirt in California! They get an ATM card with access to the hard-earned cash extorted from taxpayers in the name of for-the-public-good, and they use it in style, on cruise ships, at exotic resorts around the world and living the good life. It beats holding up a bank. A heck of a lot safer and easier.

As long as the politicians who make this possible continue to get the votes they need to stay in power, working people whose money is confiscated in the name of taxes, will remain the schmucks who are left holding the bag, until there is no schmo left to squeeze.

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Gylippus said...

Yea, Martha, there is something so offensive and disheartening when people on charity spend the gift frivously. We have tried paternalistically to direct psending by the poor through food stamps, free education, subsidized school meals, and housing subisdies to ineffective results. It occurs to me that there probably aren't any prohibitions on what a recipient can purchase with welfare money, so I wonder if these purchases are "fraud".

Unfortunately the $67M is chump change compared to the damage done to our fellow citizens by the multi-generational culture of poverty and government entitlement mentality that cripple so many.

Milton Friedman argued for a negative income tax with strong financial incentives for work. Then let the "poor" purchase goods in the market (no government housing projects, etc.) and use work to improve their income.


Martha Montelongo said...

Grifters have no shame. They lie and cheat as a matter of course to get that easy money. The individual who resorts to welfare endures grilling interrogation, and judgmental insinuations. The process a man or woman is subjected to when signing up for welfare is toxic to the soul. It eats a person's character. It reduces an individual to beggar. Free markets, free enterprise and empower entrepreneurs to do what they do well: create jobs. Honest work edifies, preserves and or restores a man's dignity.

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