Everyone has an opinion on welfare.
It doesn’t matter if you are poor, rich or somewhere in between.
It doesn’t matter if you are white, black, or brown.
The opinion is there.
Government assistance is needed for some to survive and doesn’t deserve the stigma that it receives.
Welfare fraud, however, does.
The abuse of a system designed to lift a family up or keep a family off the streets should be guarded and kept from being tainted by the hands of the greedy. It should be monitored with the same scrutiny of a pharmacist that watches over prescription drugs.
Had the system that gives millions of families the ability to put food on the table, childcare so they could work and health insurance for the part-time employee been safeguarded all along certain things would not have happened.
For example, a Minnesota couple who allege to be Scottish aristocrats are on the run after being accused of accepting public assistance benefits while living on their $1.2 million yacht and driving a Lexus.
Andrea Chisholm and Colin Chisholm III allegedly collected more than $167,000 in welfare, food stamps and medical assistance for more than seven years, according to reports from ABC News.
The Chisholms’ have been missing for about a month after an investigation was launched into their fraudulent behavior. At one point, benefits were being claimed in both Minnesota and Florida at the same time.
Sad that the fraud had been going on since 2005 and they did not get caught until 2014. Sad that the money that was taken could have been allocated to families in need.
Most of all, sad that they were able to get away with it every time they renewed for assistance. In a system of checks and balances, both parties have to do their parts.
Clearly, nothing was checked and things were unbalanced.
While I am all for those in need receiving assistance, those in charge should be sure that they actually need assistance.
I’m just saying.