It’s not terribly surprising to learn that the Boston bombers, and their parents, were beneficiaries of our lavish welfare system. Welfare dependency didn’t keep Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder terrorist, from driving a flashy silver Mercedes and dressing in designer clothes.

His mother thanked America for its generosity by allegedly trying to steal $1600 in expensive clothes from a department store, blowing off her court date, and fleeing the country. From her current digs in Dagestan, she howled that her sons are the victims of a government conspiracy, and topped it off with a cry of “Allahu Akbar” for good measure.

To put it mildly, this family doesn’t seem to have “assimilated” to American life very well. The generosity of our super-State didn’t win them over. In fact, every element of Big Government failed throughout the saga of the Boston bombers: gun control, immigration, the welfare state, academia, Homeland Security…

Somehow the bomber brothers, particularly big brother Tamerlan, skipped across a sea of government agencies without raising enough red flags to trigger deportation, or at least enhanced surveillance. There is much consternation over how closely our national security apparatus should have been watching Tamerlan Tsarnaev. How could they have lost track of him?

 The welfare office knew where he was.

— John Hayward