Taxpayers have once again been victimized by the “welfare state” created by Democrats. Social support systems were intended to give people a hand-up during difficult times. However, thanks to liberal policies dating back to the Johnson administration, welfare has become a generational way of life to millions.
It certainly provided an extra layer of financial comfort for Arlington, VA resident Helen Agbapuruonwu–who was recently indicted for scamming the system. Agbapuruonwu wasn’t in need of help because her husband was making $1.5 million a year as a lawyer at a prominent D.C. law firm.
Fidelis Agbapuruonwu worked at the office of Mayer Brown, and at the same time, his wife was receiving Medicaid and food stamps for herself and the couple’s four children. She has been receiving public aid for six years.
A lawyer at the firm confirmed to NBC that Fidelis no longer works there. In addition, while authorities suspect he was complicit in the fraud, he hasn’t been charged. Why? Because the Nigerian immigrant has fled the country and is believed to be “somewhere in Africa.” This case is just one of thousands that taxpayers rarely hear about, even though they are the ones…
Footing the Bill
The Agbapuruonwu family had a well-above-average income and very little debt. Fidelis’ law school education was paid through a grant from the late Paul Soros–the older brother of anti-Trump agitator George Soros. Yet they still managed to collect more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded benefits before being caught.
The system is painfully dysfunctional. A decade ago, the federal government spent almost $500 billion on anti-poverty programs. That number doesn’t include amounts spent by state and local governments. Even worse, that figure is sizably larger today, thanks to the increasing numbers of illegal immigrants and refugees entering the country.
The programs do absolutely nothing to reduce the level of poverty according to the Cato Institute, who has declared that:
“Despite nearly $9 trillion in total welfare spending since Lyndon Johnson declared War on Poverty in 1964, the poverty rate is perilously close to where it was when we began, more than 50 years ago.”