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DSHS: Don’t buy into Carrell’s political class-baiting

Letter by Bernice I. Larsen, Puyallup on Feb. 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm | 14 Comments »
February 7, 2011 1:23 pm

I remind people that Mike Carrell’s Viewpoint on welfare fraud and abuse (TNT, 2-6) is just that – an opinion, despite his assumption of fact. With the middle class struggling how easy it is to turn that frustration and anger on the poor instead of the movers and shakers of our monetary system.

Using welfare money at adult-oriented locations, tattoo parlors, gun shops and liquor stores needs to be stopped, but Bill 5327 needs to have the fine print checked over. Moving the Fraud Early Detection investigators to the auditor’s office, indicating DSHS is not doing its work, is political gaming. Makes me wonder what else is in Bill 5327.

Even with budget cuts, more is required of DSHS workers with the depression, employment probably being over 20 percent in reality and now even children are living on the streets. Carrell’s attack on DSHS workers is unwarranted and politically motivated.

The poor do not have the market cornered on fraud and abuse. The higher income levels have as much and in greater monetary amounts. Bernie Madoff is just one example that got caught.

People who have critical thinking skills will not buy into Carrell’s political class-baiting.

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