It has been demonstrated time and again that many people who start a home-based business, or a small business based on "helping people", becomes a license to steal from public funds. But if it has anything to do with the program where we think a child is involved, people tend to look the other way.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has again exposed cases of people who are in the childcare business that are more interested in lining their own pockets the effect been looking out for the children. Again we have cases of multiple people who claim that they are taking care of more children than they actually are, hiring more people than they actually are, in thinking they are smarter than others than they actually are.
Millions of dollars has been stolen from a government program geared at helping poor, underprivileged people. Well, it's only helping one or two people and they are not sharing. Stealing from the government is bad enough, but the response from the government is also quite weak. Although the state has increased its spending by 7% in a recession, and increase taxes at an obscene level in a recession, the state seems very lackluster in its investigation of these tapes of fraud. With large expansions of government programs, fraud like this only gets worse.
The track record of finding fraud like this becomes even more frustrating when it has been reported that the state will only investigate the few cases brought into the limelight by the journal-sentinel. Add that to the dwindling resources of investigative journalism, this could signify that much more fraud is going to take place in less will be known about it.
And what about the states reaction? They seem to be too disinterested in prosecution and restitution. Apparently defrauding the state is okay by them. The state will just continue to raise taxes on people who will pay and can't pay to subsidize the people who won't pay, don't pay, or just flat-out steal from them. With actions like this, and reactions like this, how can we have any sort of trust in the state government?