Government bureaucrats were caught flat-footed, and the flood of money being rushed out the door in the name of emergency meant more vulnerabilities than ever. It took many states more than six months to add verification requirements and partially stem the flow. Just to use one state as an example, Washington state usually identifies a few dozen fraudsters in a year—now, it has identified more than 122,000 since March.‘It’s Easy Money’: Nigerian Scammer Laughs about Huge Sums Stolen from COVID Welfare Programs in Bombshell Interview – Foundation for Economic Education
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So besides it being a “bad” policy (i.e., sets up a counter productive incentive), it was “wasteful” (i.e., more went to fraud then went to real people).
Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.
So this result shouldn’t surprise anyone.