Ben, as you well remember, that was the corrupt system in place then. Now we just have a new corrupt system.
For every Ben opposing corruption today, there is a new Ben out there figuring out new schemes. Examples are plentiful, but not all those folks getting assistance are undeserving or corrupt or lazy or less of a human being than you are now.
"It works like this: Once a month, the debit-card accounts of those receiving what we still call food stamps are credited with a few hundred dollars about $500 for a family of four, on average which are immediately converted into a unit of exchange, in this case cases of soda. On the day when accounts are credited, local establishments accepting EBT cardsare swamped with locals using their public benefits to buy cases and cases reports put the number at 30 to 40 cases for some buyers of soda. Those cases of soda then either go on to another retailer, who buys them at 50 cents on the dollar, in effect laundering those $500 in monthly benefits into $250 in cash a considerably worse rate than your typical organized-crime money launderer offers or else they go into the local black-market economy, where they can be used as currency in such ventures as the dealing of unauthorized prescription painkillers by "pillbillies," as they are known at the sympathetic establishments in Florida that do so much business with Kentucky and West Virginia that the relevant interstate bus service is nicknamed the "OxyContin Express." No, there is no welfare fraud.