One’s lack of confidence in the likelihood of reform could be excused. An IG’s report is supposed to answer questions. This one, unfortunately, raises many more than it answers. How, for instance, did the Social Security system get so out-of-whack in the first place?
Or, more broadly, what other abuses and oversights lurk in the dark corners of our welfare state? It’s not the only benefits system which seems to be completely dysfunctional.
According to KansasWatchdog.org, a non-profit investigative reporting website, Kansans received over $195,000 in cash public assistance benefits while visiting 38 other states — in March alone. Kansans received an additional $1.9 million in public assistance food benefits — in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The cash payments included $123 on Jan. 4 at 11:19 PM on the Las Vegas Strip, one of six attempted transactions at that location at that time.
More than $69 million in California welfare money, meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on cruise ships sailing from Miami.