The Elephants' Graveyard: A Guide for Getting and Keeping Your Welfare Entitlements

The Elephants' Graveyard: A Guide for Getting and Keeping Your Welfare Entitlements

by Joseph K. Waltenbaugh


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Exposing the dark secrets of welfare abuse ... or a handbook for living on the dole?An insider's look at the inherent flaws of the American welfare system. Written as an irreverent critique in the form of a "how-to" or "self-help" guide, it lays bare the techniques and motivations of the entitlement subculture, and it skewers all the sacred welfare cows ... and elephants. No preaching, just some disturbing truths sandwiched in among the humorous stories and unique characters written by someone with thirty-two years of experience in the field of public welfare. "The Department of Public Welfare is like an enormous elephant lumbering along step by step. It moves at its own pace and goes where it wants to go, slowing plodding straight ahead or veering left or right on a whim. It is ugly and grotesque, and no one likes it. Everyone wants something done about it, but no one can slow it down; it is simply too big. No one can change its course or make it go where it doesn't want it to go. And, most assuredly, no one can stop it."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481865555
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/17/2013
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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 He also shares his sailing knowledge and experience on the website

Mr. Waltenbaugh is also the author of "Legend: An OBX Novel" available at

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