Gaudy Baubles and Fartworms: An Insider’s Guide to Welfare

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“Terry Smith has spent twenty-six years serving the citizenry, and in this book, he tells it like it is from inside that service. Drawing from decades of compassionate, efficient and effective service, he provides relevant insight and suggestions on how to support and uplift people through the system. He walks us through the history of welfare, from its original beginnings to where it is today; as well as the challenges/bumps it has undergone through the years. He also points out its shortcomings in meeting its mission. If you want to know how a program works, listen to the people implementing it at the grassroots level; and not just to individuals who think they know what is best for the people.” – Nancy Stiles, Former New Hampshire Senator.


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Many states ignore federal work requirements for welfare parents. At the same time children on welfare face eviction and hunger every month. Quality child care is outside the price reach of low income children. Food Stamps is throwing billions down the outhouse floor that don’t lead to feeding hungry Americans and—insult to injury—some states are falsifying data in order to win federal high performance money. Whether you are politically conservative, liberal, or independent… or are a taxpayer or recipient of services… all of you are eating from cake that was dropped on a dirty floor. If you want to understand the current welfare system in America, and what could be done to make the system both efficient and beneficial, this book is the complete insider’s guide and analysis you need.

“Terry Smith has spent twenty-six years serving the citizenry, and in this book, he tells it like it is from inside that service. Drawing from decades of compassionate, efficient and effective service, he provides relevant insight and suggestions on how to support and uplift people through the system. He walks us through the history of welfare, from its original beginnings to where it is today; as well as the challenges/bumps it has undergone through the years. He also points out its shortcomings in meeting its mission. If you want to know how a program works, listen to the people implementing it at the grassroots level; and not just to individuals who think they know what is best for the people.” – Nancy Stiles, Former New Hampshire Senator.

“Having worked on the Quality Control side of public assistance programs for more than thirty years I developed a crust of cynicism. Mr. Smith’s detailing of the fraudulent gaming of the Food Stamp Program is on target. This is by far the most outrageous fraud I witnessed in a long career. And Terry Smith may be understating it. The factors that allowed this to be spawned were and are the arcane complexities of the program, the political pressures for state program managers to show acceptable performance and the status of getting financial bonus awards. Probably more than a couple of the “Osnes states” had state human services commissioners on contract without an inkling of what was going on in their state. When these human services CEO’s eventually caught on it was too late. Imagine how difficult it would be to change course after achieving the acclaim, financial award, and recognition of being a “high performing” state. Furthermore, all this is in a political environment at both the state and federal level. If the states were compromised, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service was similarly compromised and was in so deep there seemed no way out. Certainly some FNS [USDA Food and Nutrition Service] professionals breathed a sigh of relief that they had moved on to a new job or retired before the scandal hit. The program is in need of fundamental reforms but it won’t come easily.” —George Cummings, former Director, Office of Quality Control, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

“This book provides a rare opportunity to hear a candid presentation from one of the most skilled administrators in the field of public welfare….My best advice – read the book. You will not be bored.” —Jim MacKay, PhD, MSW, active New Hampshire State Representative and Former chairman and current member, NH House Committee on Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Terry Smith’s first job was four years in the US Navy during Vietnam. Later, he taught high school and college English before taking a master’s degree in human services administration. He spent 26 years with New Hampshire’s Health and Human Services directing poverty programs and is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on welfare. He lives with his wife Elise amid thirty-eight acres of New Hampshire forest.

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