I keep having this conversation with co-workers.
Coworker: "All I know is there are too many entitled people out there. I don't want somebody with a cell phone taking my hard earned money to buy themselves video games and then buy steak with food stamps paid for with my taxes." Then inevitably, they go on. "I know all about it. My [cousin/half-sister/niece] is on the dole and she is playing it for all she can get."
Well, sure you have a bad opinion of those on the dole. Of the poor people you know, 100% are gaming the system.
I understand how they feel. 50% of the people I know gamed the system. My brother is still on disability and is truly too unbalanced to work, but my father could have worked all through his ten years of disability. Now, granted, his work fired him because he got cancer, and Mom wasn't on disability, so they might have felt there was a disability credit in their names. I got a semester's Pell Grant out of it too, so there's my complicity.
But, if you average Dave and Dad, I'm from a 50% Welfare Queen family. (I'm a Welfare Duchess.) You'd think I'd be on the fence about fraud, and I might have were it not for the visit Mom took us on to see one of her cases. Brown meat and flies in the refrigerator. They were actual poor people, where the average fraud rate is nine percent. Just nine, not 50 to 100 percent like you see in our middle-class families.