Manipulating Finances to Qualify for Welfare
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 6 January 2013, Question 1
I answered a question on manipulating finances to qualify for welfare on Philosophy in Action Radio on 6 January 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is it wrong to manipulate your finances to qualify for welfare? An acquaintance of mine – who is moderately wealthy – feels justified in manipulating her finances to get government aid whenever possible on the grounds that it is "getting back" some of what she has paid. For example, she had her elderly mother buy a new car for her own use, in order to have her mother deplete her savings faster and qualify for Medicaid. However, while she had paid much in tax, her mother collects more in social security every month than she ever paid in taxes. Is it rational to view this as "getting back" money that was taken inappropriately, or is it actually immoral and self-destructive?
My Answer, In Brief: It's wrong and destructive to game the welfare system. To do that is different in its essence from seeking to maximize tax breaks or attending a state university.
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