What is fraud and how can it be legal?
I have discussed this before & maybe I am beating a dead horse here but with all I have been seeing in the news in the latest of the political ads for one person over another for this political seat or another. I would like to take this opportunity to look at what is listed as the true definition of the word Fraud;
1. Deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.
2. A particular instance of such deceit or trickery: mail fraud; election frauds.
3. Any deception, trickery, or humbug: That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time.
4. A person who makes deceitful pretenses; sham; poseur.
Ok with that definition let’s look at legalized fraud, there are many that say that phrase is an oxymoron, but look at the definition and look at the things our governments do to us and be mindful we allow this to happen.
Healthcare, Social Security, child care fraud, medical fraud, all when they are associated with the government can and are legalized fraud by the government.
Look at your local regulations on persons and businesses, within the last week I have heard reports of persons with gardens being fined for sharing their garden produce, when has been being neighborly and sharing your good fortune become against the law?
Our politicians are mostly lawyers, this makes me suspect them for the most part but to really look at them you can see that are our to get whatever they can legally get away with, and if there is a law against it they write a regulation or law that makes it legal for them to really take us to the cleaners.
We have States using our money to further their own interests without considering what they are doing and how this will affect the people that elected them.
I believe that since we have to tighten our belts they should do the same, every agency and every politician that thinks about raising our taxes for cost of living or any other reason they seem to think is reasonable.
The only difference between the politicians and Bernie Madoff and other fraudsters is that the politicians are elected and think that this is what they were elected to do, live high on our tax dollars.
Perfect example is the healthcare debacle, most persons in WI didn’t want it yet our Senator’s voted for it.
I am not saying that healthcare on a whole needed some reform, but I am leery of a politician saying that we needed to have this voted in before we could know what was in it, that is like buying a house and not reading the fine print, or not being allowed to know that in the fine print that you are agreeing to a landfill being put next door to your new home.
In WI we have different agencies that use their huge budgets to waste on pet projects, like our DNR spending millions to not eradicate CWD, and also not showing how this is spreading in only select counties, so some counties can bait and others due to CWD can not. Due to their mismanagement of our deer herd you can only shoot bucks in 18 of our counties, who in the DNR can not count? And why do they still have a job and millions to spend when they cant seem to know what is going on with one animal under their management.
How is it feasible to use baiting in the northern half of the state to pull deer out of the big woods so the hunters can be successful, yet urban/suburban hunters can’t bait in order to get the deer onto their small and tiny properties so that they can also have success, they always point to CWD, but yet the state will use snipers in some areas to kill an over abundance of deer on State or university property and not allow for the hunters in the same area to have a chance at these deer that are in protected areas of the lower half of the state, FYI deer are not dumb, they know where they are safe, and they will stay there unless they have a reason to come out i.e. food.
Why not have a public archery draw for people that have paid for a State license and have this be open to disabled hunters and even youth hunters. Look at the revenue that the local economies are missing out on due to the State being run by a bunch of politicians that only care about how they can spend our money, not improve the function of our state as a whole.
I don’t know how often you have had dealings with government offices, but they are not known for their efficiency or expediency.
When we have to tighten our belts they continue in their spending ways, it has been a running joke that if you want job security become a teacher or a government worker, even the worst are not fired unless they commit a crime that the public finds out about.
These positions are like the weatherman on TV, they are wrong 50% of the time yet gets a full paycheck; I give the weathermen props because Mother Nature is not easy to predict.
Personal responsibility seems to be too old school to be a good thing in our nation, to hold these elected officials to what they say, seems to be to blasé for the populace of this nation, at least that seemed to be the norm for a while, not anymore it seems people are waking up and that they need to pay attention, hold them responsible.
One more thing to keep in mind, those in glass houses ought not to throw stones, in other words if you are not being responsible for your own life, you can not be expecting the politicians to be any different.