Wrong. On. So. Many. Levels.

Not the least of which is that it angered me enough to do that funky punctuation thing.

But seriously: being poor is not a crime. If you have problems with the consequences of the welfare state, then you might want to take a hard look at the welfare state, rather than seeking to punish those who use it. You can’t humiliate people out of being poor any more than you can legally force them not to be poor. Going after the individual for the sins of society is useless at best. Or, to put it more bluntly, if you don’t think welfare ought to exist, get rid of it instead of fucking around with deciding who’s deserving. Either it’s ok for the government to take your money and give it to somebody else, or it isn’t. Once you stipulate that it is, and hand it over, you’ve lost control of it.

Even more seriously: this is only a start. Don’t you understand? It’s not going to stop there. It NEVER stops there. What is done today to the people who you think deserve it will be done to you tomorrow. And by the time it does, you’ll have forgotten that we were ever outraged by outrageous behavior.

Just you wait.

NYT

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