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The Elephants' Graveyard: A Guide for Getting and Keeping Your Welfare Entitlements Paperback – January 17, 2013
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About the Author
Joseph K. Waltenbaugh worked within the bureaucracy of state government for thirty-two years, beginning at one of the lowest level in a county office and advancing to finish as the director of one of the regional offices in the Bureau of Program Evaluation. He also spent several years adjudicating cases for three state departments as an administrative law judge in the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals. He used his professional and personal insights into the culture of government dependency along with his interaction with some unique individuals and unusual situations to author the book "The Elephants’ Graveyard: A Guide for Getting and Keeping Your Welfare Entitlements." Although the majority of his career was spent working for the government, he also had outside work experience that included: groundskeeper, gravedigger, bartender, power plant laborer, road crew laborer, railroad operator, public school teacher, and small business operations officer. As an author and avid sailor, he now spends his time writing and sailing either on the inland waters around his home or the coastal waters of southwest Florida. His political and creative writing can be read at the website www.waltenbaugh.net. He also shares his sailing knowledge and experience on the website www.bananawind.us. Mr. Waltenbaugh is also the author of "Legend: An OBX Novel" available at www.LegendOBX.com.
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He has stumbled on to the truth that if the Welfare department actually did what it purports to do, it could probably shut down the next day. But it probably will not, as long as the "dopes" are running the asylum. The vast majority of the caseworkers and supervisors in the CAO's are hard working and conscientious, and perform their jobs well despite being hindered by those "dopes" and their ill considered policies. They even manage to be human and show their "customers" (the currently in vogue term for welfare recipients) kindness and understanding on occasion, despite the image the public has of them and which Mr. Waltenbaugh seems to reinforce.
Still, it is an entertaining read, although I am sure it will create a lot of buzz in the DPW. That buzz, however, will be just another fly to the elephant.