Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Rosa Parks of Welfare Scammers

When I read letters like one written by Jennifer Dragseth (MJS letter to editor) I fear for this country. Dragseth was responding to a series of articles in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that exposed welfare fraud in Wisconsin.

"The real scammers are those who pay so little that the state must subsidize them... Reform that will stop the cycle of poverty is to ensure that all workers are paid a living wage... Mothers who choose to stay home with their babies rather than work for a minimum and unliveable wage are not the problem with society: indeed, this civil disobedience might be the solution."

So women who defraud the taxpayers of the state by claiming fictitious jobs and racking up fictitious child-care expenses are not the problem. The problem is people like me, who own businesses and pay people a mutually agreeable wage, because we are not paying enough. The solution, according to Dragseth, is for more women to engage in criminal fraud. Only then, I suppose, will money magically appear in my bank account such that I can then offer my employees a liveable wage.

18 comments:

Nemo said...

Nancy, Harry, and The Barry seem to have come up with a variation of rock-paper-scissors: Producer-Moocher-Looter.

Moochers beat Producers because tax breaks and tears beat an honest days work.

Looters beat Moochers because guns beat tears

Producers never win and should be punished.

After playing this game for over 2 years we are left with 2 questions:

1)Why would anyone ever choose Producer?

2)Why is the economy getting worse and worse?

Mixter said...

Sorry, Nemo, I just don't buy that. I don't think you can blame the Democratic leadership for a complete wackadoo like this woman.

Mixter

Denis Navratil said...

Mixter, in my view, some variation of this woman's viewpoint, though perhaps not so explicitly stated, is behind the policies in this area that are becoming increasingly hostile to business/private enterprise.

Mixter said...

Well, I have an idea. It's pretty radical, but hang in there with me. Let's set apart a part of the tax revenue so "moochers" can live their moochy ways. Just let 'em have it. They don't need to live high on the hog, just have their basic needs covered. "Producers" can pay a FLAT TAX (I'm a so-called progressive who is all for a fair flat tax system, with NO loopholes for ANYONE) in order to help take care of the moochers. Those who aren't truly moochers, but who are willing to do what they have to do to become producers get extra help (job training, child care assistance, etc.) via the moocher maintenance program. Moochers who make no move to improve their moochy ways only receive a small slice of the pie, those down--but-not-yet-outers get a larger slice of the pie, in the form of assistance.

Let's then do the same thing for the banks, the automakers, etc. Why are they deserving of handouts? In my humble opinion, they're not. But, we're screwed if we don't bail them out. Similarly, we are ethically screwed if we don't help the moochers and the moocher-don't-wannabes.

Damn. Now I have this craving for pie again. Seriously, someone has to invent a freakin' celery chart.

I truly think that conservatives overplay the role of the moochers in society. Let us not forget the frigging corporate moochers, and what they've done to us, shall we? It's the guys and gals like us who get screwed from people cheating programs designed to help the down-and-out AND those who benefit from corporate welfare.

Mixter

Nemo said...

Mixter, I don't see much of a distinction between corporate or individual mooching. They are both guilty of moochery. I do feel a bit for corporations and people that become victims of odious legislation as did the credit unions with the 1986 tax deal or the banks with the CRA, but ultimately the CEO's should have the vision and foresight to avoid, or at least limit, the damage of bad laws.

I think this woman, Jennifer Drafseth, and her letter are the product of progressive talking points. The "ensure that all workers are paid a living wage" phrase means to me that Jenny is tired of mooching and is coming to believe that looting is where the real swag is. Sadly, she might be correct. Have you seen some of the items in the 100% progressive porkulus bill? Yeesh.

Mixter said...

I'm glad we both agree that moochery, be it on the individual level or the corporate level, is not a good thing. But, I also think that we sometimes have to overlook some of it. Is it right? Probably not. But to help those who truly need it (people and companies) sometimes moochers are going to mooch. It's just the way it is, so we need to build a "mooch factor" into our spending, I guess.

I take a bit of offense to their use of the word "progressive." I'm no conservative, but it seems I'm going to have to make up a new word to describe my political leanings, as the liberals and progressives are killing me! Infrastructure spending will fix a lot of broken "stuff" and provide jobs. Aren't we supposed to be creating jobs? $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts????? Heck, I'll draw some stick figures! ~O>-< That'll be $1 million, please!

Mixter

Anonymous said...

My God, the best and the brightest as trained at H and U. of Chicago busines schools have totalled the worlds economy and you have the cajones to write this?

YOU people ARE the problem.arvard

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