In the light of day..

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Preface…

If you’ve logged on to my website this morning (on purpose, and/or, ..simply by chance?) You need to know that today’s offering, ..or more correctly, ..today’s thoughts, ..and advice (cannot) be adequately conveyed in one article.

As my fundamental purpose (is) and has always (been) to simply make people (think) for themselves, instead of blindly (accepting) the thoughts and ideologies of others.

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..and yes, ..I’m fully aware that (you) are the “one person” on this planet that doesn’t fall into that category.

Nevertheless, as a personal favor, ..I would appreciate your continuing participation.

Soon after injecting myself into the world of “blogalogy” I had a conversation with one of my brothers who is less than an avid reader, during which, my brother informed me that my offerings contained words that he didn’t understand.

Consequently, alluding to my God-given common sense, I immediately, (if not sooner) adopted the (unorthodox) format of defining my words any time and every time I used a word that I believed my brother might not understand.

..and with the exception of one individual, (my friend David), I received hundreds of comments praising my (timeouts), my (Sidebars) and my (FYI’s), defining those words via Merriam-Webster definitions.

Which of course has not only allowed me to continue using pretentious, grandiose and interesting words, it has inspired me to use them.

Question: Does a word have to be pretentious and grandiose to be interesting?

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Case in point…

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When Bill Clinton audaciously replied to Congress; “It would depend on what “your” definition of is, ..is?

Question: Can a single word have more than one meaning?

An example off the top of my head: Shakespeare’s infinitely quoted; “To be or not to be.” 

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 ..(to), ..(too), ..and, ..(two), ..and, ..(be), ..and, ..(bee)?

Question: What do you think? 

Question: Can you give any other example of confusion in the English language?

Question: “Like are there any (single) words in the English language that depict (present, past, and future)?

Honestly, (as a disdained by society high school dropout) I’m not sure. However, if you hang in there with me and continue reading, ..and once you’ve (read) what I’ve written, ..and you pass on what I have written to a few of your friends to (read) maybe we can all put our heads together and figure it out?

Question: Have you read Barack Obama’s book, “Dreams from my Father?

Reply: No, however I intend to read it next week.

Statement: Actually, I would prefer that you read it today.

According to Webster: con·fus·ing, To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; throw off.

Question: Why on earth would any (Homo sapien), ..and/or, (Human being), ..purposely want to confuse, ..and/or, ..throw someone off?

Question: Aren’t we all “brothers and sisters,” ..and don’t all “brothers and sisters” love each other?

According to Webster: “love,” (in context) A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.

According to Webster: “in·ef·fa·ble,” Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable.

According to Webster: “so·lic·i·tude,” (in context) The state of being solicitous; care or concern, as for the well-being of another.

Question: How many of you reading this are growing weary of the box stock (off-the-shelf) rhetoric I’ve provided so far?

(GOOD) 

So let’s get down to business, ..and what business would that be he and she asked?

Why the business that matters to every working man and woman in America of course, ..the business of who’s been stealing and spending your money for the last 100 years.

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Question: How many of you (with common sense) “American citizens ” currently reading this offering, ..(whether or not you own a business) ..would keep an “individual” in your employ, who you pay (four hundred thousand dollars) a year, ..when he (literally) spends “more time and energy” hitting golf balls, taking vacations, ..and promoting his (personal agenda) than he does providing the duty and service you hired him to perform?

Question: Have dead people ever voted in a U.S. election?

Answer…

Absolutely! Dead people have voted in U.S. elections for more than 200 years.

Question: Does the U.S. government reward dead people with remunerations?

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 According to Dustin Hearst/watchdog.org…

The federal government sends an awful lot of cash to people who are six feet underground.

That is the key finding of a Government Accountability Office report released this week that revealed the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent more than $36 million in taxpayer cash to farmers who, because they lack of a pulse, can’t actually farm or participate in federal conservation programs.

The federal department sent the money, farm subsidies, conservation payments or crop insurance dollars, between 2008 and 2012, the report reveals.

But, even these numbers could be off. As noted by Bloomberg, the Risk Management Agency, which handles crop insurance, handed out more than $22 million to 3,400 dead farmers in the four-year people, but the GAO couldn’t verify that factoid.

“The GAO said the agency’s record-keeping wasn’t up to standards used by the government to prevent the three-headed hydra of waste, fraud and abuse, so it isn’t really clear who got all that money,” Bloomberg’s James Greiff wrote Thursday.

To recap, the federal government thinks it’s paying dead farmers, but can’t really say how many corpses might be receiving cash due to the agency’s sloppy record keeping.

Tad DeHaven, a policy analyst with the Cato Institute, a free-market think tank based in Washington, D.C., told Watchdog.org the payments are only a symptom of a government grown far too big.

“This is what happens when you have a massive government cutting millions of checks to people each month,” DeHaven said, decrying America’s ever-growing welfare state.

To fix the problem, governments could spend more money on verifying payments, DeHaven said, or could go the fiscally sane route and cut welfare programs like crop subsidies.

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In DeHaven’s opinion “Waste and abuse go with government programs like fries and a Coke go with a burger,”

Throughout the years, several governments across the country have provided evidence for DeHaven’s assertion.

Here are six more examples of governments handing out taxpayer cash to the dead.

BayState bodies…

A report released earlier this year by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump showed her state paid out welfare benefits to residents from six to 27 months after they’d kicked the bucket.

The report details more than $2.3 million dollars in improper payments to the deceased. Because nature abhors a vacuum, friends or family members of the deceased stepped up to use the benefits. The report noted that several EBT cards originally issued to the deceased were still in use long after the funeral was over.

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The audit knocked the state for issuing blank EBT cards, arguing that they lacked sufficient security to protect valuable resources.

Stimulate this, Social Security…

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, detailed in an October 2010 report how the federal government sent more than $18 million in stimulus funds to 71,688 deceased Americans. Coburn also revealed $40.3 million in “questionable benefit payments” to 1,760 dead people.

“In some cases, these payments quietly gather in a dormant bank account,” Coburn wrote in the document. “In many others, however, they land in the pockets of still-living people, who are defrauding the system by collecting benefits meant for a now-deceased relative.

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In the underworld, there’s no heating – or cooling – needed

Here’s another gem from Coburn’s report: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, you know, the federal agency tasked with overhauling one-sixth of the American economy, sent 11,000 dead people $3.9 million to pay heating and cooling costs.

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While bookkeeping errors are blamed for much of this, as DeHaven notes, these programs are ripe for abuse.

Coburn’s report details how an Illinois women lacked sufficient household members in relation to income to qualify for heating assistance. “She realized she still had the Social Security cards for her dead mother and brother and simply added them to her application,” the report says.

Nearly 50 years of improper payments…

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The federal government spends a lot of money each year, so it will commit a lot of errors, right?

(Sidebar):

Question: have you ever heard a stupider question in your entire life?

I also spend a lot of money every year, ..and with America’s system of credit, (admittedly) I spend more money every year that I have.

Question: So what’s the difference, ..(if any), ..between me and the government?

Simple; ..correction, ..monumentally simple! The government has infinite access to the U.S. Treasury, ..I do not!

Of course, when it comes to access to the U.S. Treasury, the government and I do have something in common. Neither of us has direct access to the U.S. Treasury.

Question: what the hell do you mean by that?

I’ll explain later, ..because right now.

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But nearly 50 years’ worth of mistaken payments? That’s quite a feat.

A September 2011 report exposed the federal government’s Civil Service and Retirement Program improperly paid more than $120 million in improper benefits over a five-year span.

Those improper payments included one man, whose father died in 2007, who continued receiving payments until his own death in 2008, as reported by the Huffington Post.

Those checks cost taxpayers $515,000.

Texas-sized abuse…

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We’re pretty sure SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, doesn’t cover embalming fluid. That didn’t stop Texas from paying out food money to dead people, though.

An audit of the state’s welfare program reported 4,096 recipients were dead, using a deceased person’s Social Security number, receiving duplicate benefits in Texas, double-dipping by simultaneously receiving food stamps from Texas and another state or previously disqualified from the program.

The improper payments, the Star Telegram reported, amounted to more than $500,000 a month, or about $6 million annually.

History repeats itself, even when bureaucrats promise it won’t

This 1998 newspaper clip revealed that four states, including Texas and Florida, paid out food stamps to more than 25,000 corpses, which cost taxpayers $8.5 million in 1995 and 1996.

In Florida, the state said it installed a program in 1996 to check food stamp recipients against death and jail records, which would weed out abuse.

Perhaps that didn’t go far enough.

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In a 2012 report, Coburn noted that a Florida exotic dancer earned more than $85,000 a year in tips while also collecting $1,000 a month in food stamp payments. During that time, she also spent $9,000 on “cosmetic enhancements,” though she claimed the procedures were gifted her by men she met in clubs.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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