Archive for April 1st, 2012

I’ve commented on some really nauseating and reprehensible examples of the welfare state running amok, ranging from handouts to terrorists in Europe to disgusting human scum in Florida who wanted to impregnate a child to increase monthly freebies from the state.

And I posted three examples of bizarrely wasteful spending on welfare state programs and asked which was the biggest ripoff.

Now let’s compare two unfathomably grotesque examples of the welfare state. And let’s make it a contest, sort of a “battle of the bums.”

Even better, let’s call it the Klondike Bar Contest, in honor of the a semi-famous jingle for an ice cream treat that asks, “What would you do for a Klondike Bar?”

Our first contestant is from Europe. He was asked, “What would you do to keep mooching off jobless benefits?”

In hopes of winning this battle of the bums contest, Hans Url of Austria took a big step. So to speak.

Here are some excerpts from the Daily Mail.

A scrounger…almost died after cutting his own foot off so he could stay on jobless benefits… Long term unemployed Hans Url, 56, had just been told his hand-outs would stop if he did not accept work found for him by job centre staff. And when his claims that he was too sick and did not like the work were challenged with the offer of a medical, he took drastic measures. …Url, of Mitterlabill, southern Austria, rigged up a mitre saw and sliced off his foot – then put it in the oven for good measure to ensure no surgeon could reattach it. …The police added that the man had almost died from loss of blood before the emergency services arrived and that they had recovered the foot from the oven – but that it had been too badly burned to reattach.

This story is so absurd that I wonder whether it is an April Fool’s prank. But the Daily Mail is a serious newspaper in England, and the story is dated March 27, not April 1. And there are also version of the story on Yahoo and at the Austrian Times. So it appears it might be true.

Not that we should be too surprised, because we also have an American version of the Klondike Bar contest, only this one asks, “What would you do to get a disability check?”

Here’s some of what I wrote last May about Stanley Thornton, a.k.a. Diaper Man, also known as Adult Baby.

The latest outrage is a 30-year old man who pretends to be an infant, and his roommate, who pretends to be his mother. I don’t care that he wears diapers and she changes them. I don’t care that he weighs 350 pounds. I wouldn’t care if I found out that they have sex with turtles and eat horse manure. As a libertarian, I genuinely believe people should be free to do anything that doesn’t infringe on the rights of others. But I care very much that they are scamming taxpayers. In a typical display of government incompetence, both of them have convinced the Social Security Administration to give them disability payments.

By the way, after this scam was exposed, the Social Security Administration investigated and decided that this was a legitimate handout. Isn’t it nice that they are so generous with other people’s money!

What’s really tragic about these examples is that the people involved presumably are mentally ill. Or at least they are very disturbed.

I have no idea if the welfare state made their problems worse, but it’s also a safe assumption to say that handouts didn’t make them better. And they definitely didn’t promote responsibility and good behavior.

In any event, Stanley Thornton and Hans Url are screwed-up people, so we shouldn’t extrapolate from their odd behavior.

But we can look at other examples that show the perils of dependency, including this story from Connecticut, this court case from England, and this display of entitlement mentality from Greece.

And this is what matters most. We have decades of experience showing that redistribution programs create dependency and trap people in lives of despair.

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The Georgia Bulldog softball team, part of the Capital Alumni Network league in the DC area, won yesterday’s preseason tournament featuring teams from the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference.

You may notice the presence of someone who appears to be just a tad bit older than the other players. That is not an April Fool’s example of photoshop. It is yours truly, a crafty veteran.

Anyhow, hopefully this is an omen for Georgia’s 2012 football season.

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