Monday, January 26, 2009

I'm not feeling very charitable

From Raquel Rutledge's MJS article on the Wisconsin Shares taxpayer ripoff program.

The two-story house on 17th St. looks typical of the working-class homes on Racine's west side. Three bedrooms, one bath. Assessed by the city at $122,000.

Yet inside, a young woman has tapped into a home-based money-making operation that netted her and her three sisters more than half a million in taxpayer dollars since 2006.

And they did it with the blessing of the state.

All four had been in-home child-care providers. Collectively they have 17 children. For years, the government has paid them to stay home and care for each other's children.

Nothing illegal about it under the rules of Wisconsin Shares, the decade-old child-care assistance program designed alongside Wisconsin's welfare-to-work program.

With Wisconsin handing out deals like this, there is no reason anyone in this state would need help from private charities.

Screw 'em all. I'll waste that money on the lottery instead this year.

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