By John F. Di Leo -
Reflections on the release of the HUD watchdog's report on wasteful public housing assistance...
The watchdog for the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report.
Some 25,000 families, only about 3% of the system, depending on how you look at it, receive federal housing assistance despite having earnings well above the income limits required to qualify for such subsidies.
Major publications on both sides of the argument – such as the Daily Caller on the right and the Washington Post on the left – immediately seized on the issue and rightly blasted it. How dare the government provide welfare state programs to people who don’t qualify for them? It’s outrageous!
From the left’s perspective: this displaces housing dollars that should have gone to needy people on wait-lists. From the right’s perspective: this wastes tax dollars that were therefore wrongly confiscated from taxpayers.