The simple solution is to disenfranchise the welfare recipient. If you collect welfare in the prior 4 years then you loose your voting rights. Once disenfranchised the political will to waste this money will be gone.
It also should apply to those working for government. For example, you can’t vote in elections at the level of government that taxes to pay for your compensation. So state employees sit out state elections, municipals sit out city elections, and feds can sit out the national elections. That way the people getting the bite can decide how much they are willing to be bled and government employees can vote with their feet if they feel their talents are not being adequately rewarded in a given position. It brings market forces back to government with the people deciding what services are worth. Yeah, nice dream. I know.
I couldn't agree more.
My post was a sarcastic devil's advocate post. If I were Obama, I'd try to disguise community organizing as workfare to harness the leeches for political gain. How about bus old folks to the polls for minimum wage credit added to your welfare account? Or, participate in political actions sponsored by "community groups?" I'm surprised they haven't tried something like this yet.