I'm all for honoring the deceased, but this?
A government investigator says 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison.
The Social Security Administration's inspector general said in a report Thursday that $18 million went to 72,000 people who were dead. The report estimates that a little more than half the payments were returned.
Which obviously begs the question, what happened to the rest of it? But that wasn't all:
The report said $4.3 million went to a little more than 17,000 prison inmates.
Ah yes, the incarcerated. Obviously another group of people we want to make sure we stimulate.
Again, what does all this say? Despite the best of intentions, government bureaucracies don't function efficiently or effectively. Their mismanagement is epic, as is evidenced here once again.
Obviously no one would assert that there are people in the administration who actually intend to spend $18 million to stimulate the economic activity of dead people. But it happened because of poor management and clerical errors.
Who then, in their right mind, could possibly think that increasing bureaucracies, government control and regulation is going to be a benefit to our economy, our healthcare, our education.our anything?