This sort of thing happens in government employee-land all the time.
As this video points out there are people who legitimately need help. There are others who unfortunately take advantage of the system.
Insiders have known about this for a long time, but now it is documented.
Shocked! Shocked I tells ya!
In 1996 Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act. It has long been hailed as an example where Republicans and Democrats came together and actually got something very worthwhile done.
The Act deeply reformed welfare in America, and limited its benefits. It moved the administration to the states to a large degree and funding went to the states via “block grants.”
The most important provision of welfare reform is that it limits eligibility to 60 months of the lifetime of the recipient.