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  •  I don't loathe those who game the system. I (0+ / 0-)

    consider it to be expected that there will be a certain percentage of people who will look to find the angle and play someone else in order to avoid doing actual work themselves.  

    I'm pleased that that they are gaming the government system rather than some individual person.  The Gov is a big and can take the gaming; whereas, individuals can be wiped out for life by characterless people.

    It would be nice if there were no people like this, but that's unrealistic.  It's still worth it to me to live in a society that provides a social safety net for anyone who needs it.  To destroy the social safety net in order to tough love the con artists is cruel, ineffectual, and would simply unleash them on individuals.

    But, I don't think this is the conservatives' real motivation anyway.  It's just a fig leaf for their desire to stop anyone else from getting something for nothing.  

    IMO envy is what is actually driving their mean spiritedness.

    Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

    by bkamr on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 10:47:48 AM PST

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    •  You have a good point. (1+ / 0-)
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      To argue that a program of compassion should be erased because a few will take advantage is not only lacking in compassion for the needy, it is inefficient.

      When the point is reached that the cost of weeding out the LAST FEW cheaters is HIGHER than the cost of their cheating, it's time to cut back on the paranoia.

      Like the old joke about the guy whose college kid's credit card was stolen, but he didn't report it; the thief was not spending as much as his kid did!

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