The First Dope had a photo op yesterday to celebrate the signing of a bill that was “intended to slash by $50 BILLION the taxpayer money improperly paid to dead people, fugitives and those in jail who shouldn’t be getting benefits”.
A few comments:
The intent of the bill seems to indicate that some part of the taxpayer money that goes to dead people, fugitives and those in jail is actually properly paid to them.
Slashing the amount by $50 BILLION is presumably a good thing but the (probably underestimated) guess is that there are $110 BILLION of such payments to dead people, fugitives and those in jail.
If they are 100% successful in meting their goal, more than ½ of the money that is now paid to dead people, fugitives and those in jail will continue unimpeded. (Aiming for the stars being a forgotten concept)
If they are going to redistribute income, at least redistribute it only to people who are still breathing. The dead are very poor consumers and will not help the economy that much.
They are passing a bill that declares that the government is not doing a good job but are going to fix that by passing a bill making the government do a good job.
The First Dope’s loyal media is celebrating this like it makes sense.