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Food Stamp Fraud
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The national section of the Times carries a news article about food stamp fraud. It's nice to see the Times tackle this subject, but from the article, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that the reporter or editors involved in carrying out the assignment did so with considerable reluctance.

The Times reports: "In fact, the black market accounts for just over 1 percent of the total food stamp program, which is far less than fraud in other government programs like Medicare and Medicaid."

Lower down in the article, the Times concedes, "Include erroneous payments to recipients because of errors on the part of the government or outright lying on applications, and the overall loss to the food stamp program is about 4.7 percent, according to the Department of Agriculture."

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