Living the High Life … On Welfare
Jenny EriksonIt seems that President Obama isn't the only one taking too many distasteful vacations in these economically trying times. Some welfare recipients have been living it up in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Miami, and other vacation hot spots.
The California Department of social services has recently determined that more than $69 million in California welfare money has been used in hotels, shops, restaurants, ATMs, and other places in trendy vacation locations.
As a highly taxed Californian, I can't help but be hurt at the callousness of people that claim to need a little extra help paying their bills, then spend my money on vacation. I can't help but feel betrayed by a government that takes my hard-earned money and gives it to someone else for the common good, but then doesn't track where that cash is spent.
Is human decency dead? Who are these people that demand financial assistance for "living expenses" and then spend it on plane tickets and hotels and restaurants? Does everyone deserve a little getaway? Where did this sense of entitlement come from?
Welfare recipients do not deserve a vacation. They deserve the same thing as anyone else in America -- respect and opportunity regardless of race, gender, age, socio-economic background, or anything else in the other category. Vacations? Those are niceties, not necessities.
Stories like this show why the tea party movement is so popular. Average Americans are Taxed Enough Already, and know that the answer to our economic woes is not to raise taxes. There is already enough money in the system; it's just being taken advantage of and going unchecked by the authorities.
A state audit last year found that none of California's 58 counties was adequately following up on information that could help root out fraud, including monthly computer matches that list clients who are receiving duplicate aid from other states, those who are ineligible because they're in prison, and others who have died.
We don't need to pay more taxes, we don't need more government programs, and we certainly don't need any new regulations. Let's start enforcing the systems we already have in place. I find it hard to believe that California can give me a ticket for talking on my cell phone while driving, but can't get a handle on welfare abuse.
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