You Mean They Were Stealing, Right? by Karl Denninger

It’s never theft when you receive money from the government, right? From Karl Denninger at

Isn’t it funny how when the government actually expects you to work for your handout, or at least be working toward being able to work, there are suddenly a lot fewer people who “need” help?

Alabama began 2017 by requiring able-bodied adults without children in 13 counties to either find a job or participate in work training as a condition for continuing to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

According to, the number of those recipients declined from 5,538 to 831 between Jan. 1 and the beginning of May – an 85 percent drop.

So 85% of the people who were getting SNAP (food stamps) didn’t need them or weren’t willing to either work or try to learn some useful skill in order to keep the benefits?

That would mean they didn’t need them, by the way.

Think this is a one-off?  Nope.  George saw a 58% reduction in one block of counties and a 62% in another block.

Let this sink in folks: Somewhere between half and more than 80% of the people getting SNAP either did so fraudulently in the first place because they didn’t need it or they’re unwilling to do anything productive to keep them.

Whatever you reward you get more of.

Reward people sitting on their ass….. and they will.


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