An interesting idea.
...Some have ruefully remarked that it would be far more efficient to hand
out the entirety of the government dole as cash money, reducing (but of
course not eliminating) the vast government welfare bureaucracy in favor
of simple, direct wealth transfer via monthly check. There are all
sorts of reasons that’s not going to happen. The government welfare
bureaucracy does not want to be reduced; the public would react with
outrage at the size of those monthly checks, since Food Stamp Nation’s
benefits are often worth more than a middle-class salary; the power of
government to control its dependents would be dissipated; and the
architects of Food Stamp Nation do not trust their dependents to spend
cash money wisely. --ColdFury quoting Hayward
There are other reasons. The phone companies who are the REAL beneficiaries of ObozoPhones, and the debit-card processors who are the REAL beneficiaries of the 'non-cash' benefit payment systems have hired very expensive lobbyists and the finest legislators money can buy (yes, I know that pond-scum is not usually expensive, but...)
Carney oughta spend a day with Hayward. It could be dynamite.
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