From the “blind squirrel finding a nut” files: liberal demands unwittingly uncover welfare fraud…
…but instruct future fraudsters at the same time.
Alternate title: The Missing Poor – is Welfare to Blame?
Red-faced state officials admitted last night they are trying to find as many as 19,000 missing welfare recipients — after the controversial taxpayer-funded voter registration pitches the state mailed to their addresses last summer were sent back marked “Return to sender, address unknown.”
Nineteen thousand people, apparently still receiving welfare checks, whom the state couldn’t find when they tried!
And we owe this discovery to a liberal activist group:
The Department of Transitional Assistance contacted 477,000 welfare recipients who were on their books from June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012, after settling a voter-rights lawsuit brought by Democratic-leaning activist groups that demanded an aggressive voter information effort by the state. That $274,000 push by DTA resulted in 31,000 new voter registrations — but revealed an alarming number of welfare recipients whose residency in Massachusetts can’t be confirmed.
See, if it weren’t for the instinctive liberal disdain for the poor – they can’t do for themselves; they’ll vote like sheep if we can find them; they only care about the money – Massachusetts might never have found out about this!
Now, as for what they’re doing about it:
DTA spokesman Alec Loftus said he did not know how many clients left forwarding addresses, and could not say what the state is doing to locate those who did not leave forwarding addresses, while their benefits continued to be paid through direct deposit to bank accounts.
Can’t find ‘em, still paying ‘em!
Those recipients who did leave forwarding addresses but failed to respond to subsequent letters seeking confirmation were stripped of their benefits, Loftus said.
Lesson to welfare recipients in neighboring states: apply, get accepted, go home, and don’t leave a forwarding address!