Thursday, October 02, 2014

Color me shocked. Program that gives free stuff away is rife with fraud

Who would have expected that a New York City program that gives disabled people free rides on city buses and subways would ever be abused?

Free MetroCard program has led to rampant abuse: report

You know, when I was rolling around in a wheelchair waiting for what's left of my leg to heal and a new plastic one to get made, it never occurred to me even once that other people--complete strangers--owed me rides to places that I might want to go.
I guess that I was the fool for asking family and friends and for learning to drive again on my own. Gee, what an idiot I was. I could have just sold my car, dropped my insurance and gone to New York to rip taxpayers off every day instead.

Heck, I'm probably an idiot just for not getting me a Maryland mailing address and grabbing up a few Obamaphones like everyone else there seems to be doing now:

Obamaphone use grew 100-fold in 3 years in Md. to twice the number eligible.

This just goes to show--again--that if you let government bureaucrats run a program, they'll decide that it's in their interest to get as many people into it as they can, actual need notwithstanding. And if they can partner with a few corrupt corporations that realize a profit from for everyone, except the taxpayers, of course.

So can we just get government out of the charity business altogether now and give it back to the churches to handle?


  1. No...As Glenn Reynolds is wont to say "Not enough opportunity for graft".

  2. +1 on Juvat... sigh

  3. Hey Murphy,

    When you have a record number of people filing for SSDI and other things because it has been made easier. You have no idea how many physically able people I have seen with "cripple tags" on their car and these people are a core democrat constituency.

  4. Anonymous7:04 PM

    +1 MrGarabaldi