Cartoon photo of cemetery with dead protester demanding entitlements
Dead people are doing very well in this economy. Besides voting, they receive Social Security benefits, retiree pay and their A/C and heating bills are paid if they want them.
In the past few years:
- Social Security paid $133 million to beneficiaries who were deceased.
- The federal employee retirement system paid more than $400 million to retirees who had passed away.
- And an aid program spent $3.9 million in federal money to pay heating and air-conditioning bills for more than 11,000 of the dead.
Apparently the system is outdated and has received patches as opposed to repairs – something like healthcare.gov – so they can’t tell the living from the dead.
There is one group of people who are alive in federal records, if not in life, so the benefits keep coming. One man stole his dead father’s benefits for 26 years.
Another group are the living Americans who are counted as dead. They don’t fare as well as the dead people. One ‘live’ man counted as dead showed up in the Social Security office and the clerk told him to write on a piece of paper, ‘I am alive.’ Now that’s evidence for you! There is no word on whether the clerk was tipsy at the time.
In 2011 alone, auditors found Medicare paid $23 million for services “provided” to dead people. From 2009 to 2011, it spent $8.2 million on medical equipment “prescribed” by doctors who had been dead for at least a year. The causes seemed to include poor record-keeping, sometimes exploited by fraudsters, according to The Washington Post.
What a sick society we have. Aside from it being fraud, theft, and immoral, it’s bad Karma to take money in a dead person’s name. The creeps who collect illicitly are stealing money that should go to someone in need. It’s like taking money from the church poor box.