"I have no choice but to game the system"
Start your own business, why don't you?
Start a lawn mowing business.
I saw an old couple, man and wife, must have been in their '70s, just the other day, hard at work in somebody else's front yard, the wife pushing the mower, the husband doing the edging.
Here in the southwest, I could start a pool cleaning business tomorrow.
Get off your duff.