After working in a government assistance office for a year, I think there is more abuse than anyone realizes. And it's not only abuse, it's learning to work the system, and it's that the whole system is broken! Case in point, talking to my friend yesterday who has her two grandkids living with her because her son is a drug addict. My friend's income is six figures yet she gets food stamps, free medical care and free meals for the kids (not to mention the son who is getting welfare, food stamps, apartment and utility assistance). She said "I feel guilty talking money from the government to raise my own grandkids but hey if they want to give it, I'll take it."