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More Punishing the Poor



Above: Receiver of almost endless government benefits

The Massachusetts House passed an amendment last week ordering the state welfare office to conduct a study about using biometrics in order to crack down on welfare fraud. Now I have no theoretical problem with governments attempting to run programs efficiently, but once again, this is something intended to target the poor. While I don’t doubt that some welfare fraud exists, the amount of money involved in almost certainly small. Why not combine this with measures to ensure that corporations are also targeted to stop fraud and waste in their welfare programs? This is of course a rhetorical question–obviously the answer is power. The rich can abuse corporate welfare, pocketing tax breaks and then moving jobs away for instance, but the poor have to be punished to get their block of government cheese, Even in Massachusetts, the focus is on the latter form of welfare than the former, despite the former costing everyday people much more.

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