$100 Billion in Improper Welfare Payments Uncovered || by Bob Adelmann



Recent news that the federal government spent $100 billion improperly caused barely a ripple in light of the government’s enormous budget and the continuous flow of revelations of such waste and corruption that have provided journalists with full-time careers in tracking them down and writing about them.

One hundred billion dollars is less than three percent of the federal government’s annual budget, and most observers are probably happy that the misspending isn’t any worse than that.

The $100 billion waste was discovered by two such journalists at National Review when they uncovered an unheralded report from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that tracked “high-error” programs — those that waste at least $750 million a year — and discovered that just these 13 programs waste more than $100 billion every year.

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Has Obama Gone Bulworth on Alien Smuggling? ||By David Martin | Courtesy Christina Martin

Via comment by Christina  on NC: Vass firm charged in worker visa fraud scheme

For a quarter of a century the “largest farm labor contractor in the country,” described by an internal state memo in North Carolina as the impresario of “the largest alien smuggling ring in our nation’s history” according to Mother Jones magazine, has operated with impunity.
He has done it right out in the open with state and federal government approval.  His scheme has been successful during the first Bush administration, the Clinton administration, the second Bush administration, and during Barack Obama’s entire first term.
Now, after an extended investigation of its own, Obama’s Department of Justice has, at long last, come down on him like a ton of bricks.
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Prison time and cash rewards: FL welfare bill offers a little of each | By William Patrick

FRAUD BILL: A plan to crack down on public assistance fraud has taxpayers footing the bill for cash rewards, expanding the state government and the high costs of long-term incarceration.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida welfare fraudsters beware. A bipartisan legislative effort designed to clobber public assistance abuse may soon send welfare perps to prison for a long time.

Ripping off Medicaid, food stamps or taxpayer-funded cash assistance programs for more than$100,000 could mean 30 years in prison,  the sentencing equivalent of seriously hurting a law officer.

Wrongfully receiving or seeking public assistance in the amount of $20,000 could carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

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