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Honor System Fails to Stop Cheating on Back-to-School Spending

by on August 19, 2009

Two hundred dollars can buy a lot of protractors. On the other hand, it can also be used to acquire digital cameras, Rock Band controllers, Blu-ray titles, and lots of other fun junk that the cash-holder desires. Unfortunately, some of our wayward neighbors spent money intended to help them get through back-to-school time on whatever they pleased. Oh, and stimulus money largely paid for the splurging.

To the surprise of only hope n’ change believers, a recent governmental program that gave people two Franklins worth of legal tender to buy school supplies led to misuse:

Further, nothing — except the state’s wish that people do the right thing — blocks recipients from spending their grants on video games or any other frill unrelated to school.

Asking them to pretty please spend it on school supplies apparently didn’t work well, with the result being that a large chunk of the infusion was undoubtedly spent on whatever the recipients wanted. Basically, the delinquents were left in study hall without a teacher; the resulting bedlam was inevitable.

Regrettably, those responsible for enacting the plan just couldn’t trust private charities, where those who genuinely need help could have gotten notebooks and pens for their kids. Conversely, the parasites would stay away if they learned that the assistance didn’t consist of currency.

Instead, we cope with a state that didn’t have enough sense to buy the actual supplies for needy kids. Plus, the jolt of government-induced spending bolsters the economy in the most bogus manner possible: true recovery comes from people getting to keep, and then spend, money they earn. Checks from above simply lead to dependence here below.

With that in mind, most people won’t be happy about who furnished 80 percent of the initiative:

Philanthropist George Soros and the Open Society Institute donated $35 million, which allowed New York to draw $140 million in federal economic stimulus money.

For the record, the entity that funded most of a scheme to, with zero conditions, give 200 bucks to individuals is the same one that soon could be controlling both your health care and energy use. Meanwhile, the subsidy’s intermediary couldn’t even distribute Crayola products correctly.

The supply fiasco amounts to nothing more than taking money from one group and handing it to another, whether through taxing the affluent in the present or passing along taxing debt to those in the future. Depending on the case, the redistribution will either fail to help at all or at least not as much as it should.

Some miserable humans will inevitably take underhanded advantage of programs like this, while honest people in need are best served by asking the Salvation Army or a church for a little help. Maybe next time. Once again, we can feel pride for showing the nation why “wasteful government spending” is redundant, no matter how good the intentions.


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