With regard to welfare recipients and other so-called entitlements, I have never heard a critic able to back up thier myth-assertions with actual facts and true figures. It’s always the same value judgment, ‘I am a better American’ attitude citing the “food stamp queen” buying six-packsm cigarettes and steaks. It boils the blood.
True ‘gaming’ of that system does occur, but the numbers are all but statistically insignificant in relation to GDP.
What’s so much worse is the vast cover-up of how Defense Contractors truly ‘gamed’ the system to the tune of literally hundreds and hundreds of Billions of tax dollars. Nightline (Hue Dobbs?) was one of many investigative reports on what crimes, fraud, over charging, ‘cost-plus’ purchasing and all manner of legal stealing occurred in Iraq alone.
But the system is set on ‘Mute’ and taxpayers stand little chance of ever learning the truth because of the Revolving Door by and between The White House / Congress / The Pentagon / and the CEO’s and Board of Directors at these mega-companies buying and selling Defense Contracts at staggering sums of tax dollars.
Nightline (or one similar report) gave a simple example (among so very many!) of a $175,000 Mercedes Truck that was literally abandoned (to ‘deny the enemy’) because of a blown head gasket. The Contractors had zero incentive, actually ‘opposing’ incentive, because they purchased the truck using Cost-Plus: if the real cost of the truck was $125,000 the Contractor was paid $175,000 to make the purchase.
If and when it breaks down, they are given huge incentives to abandon and/or destroy it because then they get to buy another one for equal profit as the first! Another example among hundreds was the story of Haliburton hired to provide clean water for those troops risking their lives – they failed so miserably that a sample of shower water indicated levels of dangerous pathogens so egregious it was likened to the worst of a given 3rd world African country using well water downstream from open sewers.
It goes on and on and no one has ever tried to recoup that stolen money – charging troops $25 for a six pack of Coke (made locally, as most all Coke is, at a real cost of less than $5 a six pack); troops forced to submit a tiny bag of laundry (they were prohibited from doing own wash, even though do-it-yourself was far more effective) and Uncle Sam was charged a huge amount PER BAG (they were very small mesh bags which were dumped as-is into washer).
So when I hear some pontificating buffoon asserting that Welfare Queens are having babies on purpose for the extra $325 per month (HUH!?!) and selling food stamps for pennies on the dollar so they can ‘get their drink on’ and all manner of infuriating, patronizing, bigoted MYTH, I challenge them to name the dollar amount spent on Defense Contractors and what America received for each dollar.
Amazingly, they most often go ‘straight to accusation’ as in “don’t you support the troops!?!” as though Fraud against America is tantamount to Patriotism. I wish I had recorded that Nightline episode and the many similar investigative reporting on the subject.
Obviously, it’s a real peeve of mine and I cannot abide the notion that Voters believe such egregious lies and choose to not only ignore, but actually SUPPORT the Defense firms egregious and fraudulent behavior to the tune of hundreds of Billions of tax dollars per year.
Just don’t get me started…