Just in time to thwart Dollar Bill’s Christmas feast

Thidwick's revenge

Government promises to cut down on Food Stamp fraud

“SNAP has never been more important, as hardworking families [sic] turn to the program for assistance while they get back on their feet,” Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, said Tuesday, unveiling a host of efforts the department is undertaking to ensure that food benefits will be used as intended.

Mr. Cocannon, by the way, claims that of the $54 billion spent on this program  annually, only 1% is lost to fraud. If you believe that any government program is 99% free from fraud, I have a Pentagon budget I’d like to sell you.

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  1. Walt

    Dude –
    Lets see if Dollar Bill can understand this.

    An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

    The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

    After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

    The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

    When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

    As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

    To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
    It could not be any simpler than that.

    A trueism. And not deniable.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  2. Libertarian Advocate

    Walt, true story or not, it illustrates your point perfectly.

  3. burningmadolf

    A little of topic, but near enough:
    Here is a sure-fire way to make yourself miserably unhappy in your twenties.

    First, enroll in a college that you cannot afford, and rely on large student loans to make up the difference.

    Second, spend the next four years having as good a time as possible: hang out, hook up, and above all, take plenty of “awesome” courses.

    Third, find teachers and role models who will encourage you to develop an attitude of enlightened contempt for ordinary American middle class life, the world of business, and such bourgeois virtues as self-reliance, thrift, accountability and self-discipline. Specialize in sarcasm and snark.

    Fourth, avoid all courses with tough requirements, taking only the minimum required number of classes in science, math and foreign languages.

    Fifth, never think about acquiring marketable skills.

    Sixth, when you graduate and discover that you have to repay the loans and cannot get a job that pays enough to live comfortably while servicing your debts, be surprised. Blame society. Demand that the government or your parents or evil corporations bail you out.

    Seventh, expect anyone (except for other clueless losers who’ve been as stupid and wasteful as you) to sympathize with your plight, or to treat you with anything but an infuriating mixture of sorrow, pity and contempt.

    From: http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2011/12/07/how-to-ruin-your-life/

  4. Cos Cobber

    CF, on your advise i picked up thidwick last spring and added it to the kids nightly reading rotation. thanks for the tip.