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Letter: The great American ripoff

Letter: The great American ripoff

6:48 PM, Jun. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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In the past, the people of Wisconsin were proud of the products they made and the craftsmanship that made those items. The work ethic of Wisconsinites was well known, and for that reason alone, Wisconsin folks were hired before those from other states.

However, now there appears to be a different kind of pride in our state; namely, who can get on the most programs through welfare or Social Security disability and not work!

I believe we must take care of those among us who are in true need, but things are out of control, and those still working are picking up the tab for those fraudulently collecting benefits.

People get more food stamps than they need so they sell them for cash. Others folks live together, one with a post office box and the other using the home address so each can get fuel assistance. People move to Wisconsin because it is easier to get on a welfare or disability program here than in other states.

Those on welfare programs get cell phones when working folks don't have them, have tattoos and piercings, smoke cigarettes and marijuana, drink alcohol, have cash in their pockets, some drive collector vehicles and they have pets.

Now I don't have a problem with any of these things as long as they are legal and folks pay for them with their OWN money. However, I do have problems when we are paying for their luxuries or habits with taxpayer money.

It is unbelievable that employers who pay their employees wages can require the employees to get random drug tests, yet program recipients who the taxpayers pay through welfare checks cannot require welfare recipients to be randomly drug tested.

A local ripoff is the price of gasoline at the pumps. Strange how outside of Rapids and Point gas prices are lower.

Wayne Pankratz

Wisconsin Rapids

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