Abuse - Here, There, and
By Lurita Doan
Obama and other Democrat
leaders in Washington are spending their time trying to figure out ways
continue expanding entitlement benefits.
They tell us that these benefits are needed to
provide a myriad of
services to an ever-growing percentage of the population that could not
on their own. Republicans,
point out that the nation can no longer afford ever-expanding largess
borrows 40 cents of every dollar to pay for a too-generous welfare and
dirty little secret that almost no
one in Washington is willing to discuss is the rampant fraud that is
in the entitlement system. Democrats,
led by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, never discuss the high percentage of
payments in entitlement programs.
Instead, they continue the mantra that
entitlement spending must be
preserved even in the face of exploding national debt, and regardless
disturbing signs of rampant fraud.
we hear jaw dropping
stories of abuse and fraud that should force our leaders in Washington
the issue of fraud and abuse within the entitlement system formally on
table. Just last
week we learned of the
case of the “Adult Baby” , the 30-year old guy, that lives in a diaper,
by bottle and thus
somehow entitled to
taxpayer-supplied, social security disability for his condition. Strangely, this is the
system that Obama and Democrats not only insist that we preserve, but
anxious to expand.
case of the “adult baby” is a sad
indicator of just how much fraud is already embedded into our rich
system and how easy it has become for hucksters and fakes to gain
taxpayer provided benefits.
there are almost 2,000 federal subsidy / entitlement programs, and we
GAO reports and from anecdotal reporting that fraud is rampant.
two decades of topping
government lists (GAO) for waste, fraud and abuse, Medicare, Medicaid,
assistance, Food Stamps (SNAP) and several other entitlement programs
to expand even as reports of fraud plague the system.
mindlessly push for further
expansion of benefits, as the number of those eligible for Food stamps
nearly doubled in during the Obama Administration, costing some $77
billion. Worse yet,
Democrats see no
urgency, and might very well be completely comfortable, with the
news that food stamps are now being routinely resold at deep discounts
the glimpses we do get from what
lurks behind the curtain, it is becoming increasingly clear that fraud
entitlement system is likely a trillion dollar problem.
Not long ago, we learned that in West
Virginia, a Social Security Administrative judge approves virtually all
applicants seeking Social Security disability claims. Moreover, this
almost certainly not alone in granting benefits to non-deserving frauds
real ambition is to gain taxpayer money for fictitious disability
do not expect Democrats or Team
Obama to conduct a real inquiry to discover, much less prevent , fraud
entitlement system They
do not want
Americans to know just how corrupt and easy it is for duplicitous
to gain benefits and taxpayer support
which they are not entitled. If
Americans were to understand fully rampant entitlement cheating has
debate would quickly turn to fixing the corrupt system, and rooting out
frauds and hucksters that are bilking American taxpayers.
to get a glimpse of just
how rampant fraud has become, conduct your own experiment. Just go to your
local grocery store or
shopping center and take a look at the number of healthy and vigorous
that use the special parking places reserved for handicapped parking. I did, and quickly
discovered that over 50%
of the people using those special parking places reserved for
people looked healthy and moved vigorously.
Few had any noticeable disability.
One 30 year-old man, pulled up in a
convertible, jumped out and went on
his way, comfortable in the fact that a blue Handicapped tag hung from
mirror in his car.
parking was a good and
humane idea that has become a victim of seemingly widespread abuse. The
point is that if fraud exists in something as simple as parking, with
benefit being one of convenience, then how much more fraud might there
be in entitlements
that carry financial gain? (Think
trillions of dollars).
budget debate in Washington, and
Team Obama’s insistence, that entitlements must be preserved ignores 22
of GAO fraud reports. Once
have conducted an informal “Handicapped Parking Experiment”, they are
become convinced that instead of expanding entitlements, more effort
be made towards uncovering the fraud now embedded within the system.
the issue of entitlement
fraud and eliminating entitlement scams could well be the quickest and
short-term solution with long-term results that the government could
Obamacare or Medicaid, Food Stamps, home mortgage loan insurance or
SSI, at a
minimum, perhaps it’s time for our government to do an honest audit of
receiving the benefits
any further expansion of
entitlements, the government needs to prove to the American taxpayer
dollars are being spent wisely and as intended, before trying to bilk
for even more funds for these flawed programs.
it with links at Townhall