When I was a kid coming up in Baltimore the local legend was the welfare queens would drive up to get their checks .. It was nonsense then and the right wings tales are today... Are there cheats , of course their are , is it possible that one person could draw 5 checks Yeah I guess so, but they would have to commit several felonies to do it.. Which indicates a lot of enforcement is inadequate.
HERE ARE THE REAL STATS FOR 2012
The gist of that report are this:
Total number of American’s on welfare 15,000,000
Percent of the US population on welfare 4.1 %
Total government spending on welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment) $131.9 billion
Percent of recipients who are white 38.8 %
Percent of recipients who are black 39.8 %
Percent of recipients who are hispanic 15.7 %
Percent of recipients who are Asian 2.4 %
Percent of recipients who are Other 3.3 %
Yep a whopping 4%
2009 stats say that out of all the welfare cases there were 129000 cases of fraud reported.. Of that only 1486 lead to prosecution. Hardly an epidemic.
Total monies involved $2.9 billion of which 900 million was recovered leaving a total cost to taxpayers about 2 billion..
Percent of fraud .0086%
So keep on talking about welfare cheats it plays well for your side, but it is another fallacy like Iraq's weapons of mass destruction .