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Republicans go after the poor

Posted: December 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

I read that Supervisor Antonovich is again raising concerns about welfare fraud in L.A. County. This is typical of Republicans to go after the poor and by implication “them” — brown- and black-skinned people.

According to the Labor Department, welfare fraud in 2012 was prevalent in 2.67 percent of welfare cases.

This has remained the approximate rate for nearly 40 years when Reagan went after the fictional Chicago Welfare Queen.

I always find it interesting that the Republicans never go after white-collar crime, which includes asset forfeiture/money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, corporate fraud, financial institution fraud and failure, health care fraud, hedge fund fraud, insurance fraud, mass marketing fraud, mortgage fraud, piracy/intellectual property theft, securities and commodities fraud — to name a few.

I don’t see Antonovich wringing his hands about the banksters and corporate crooks who have stolen trillions of dollars, caused the collapse of the economy and have corrupted our political system with their “money equals speech” scam.

The FBI states that 9.05 percent of reported crimes fall into the white-collar category. However, at least 50 percent of these crimes are not reported, meaning the incidents are closer to 20 percent.

Fraud and abuse costs U.S. organizations more than $400 billion annually. One in four households has been victimized by white-collar crime.

Seventy percent believe white-collar crime contributed to the current economic crisis, and nearly half said the government isn’t doing enough to fight white-collar crime.

So take that into consideration, Mr. Antonovich, when you start persecuting poor people for a crime that hardly exists.



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