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EBT Abuse: The Cash-for-Drunkards Program

SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 5:59 PM
Last spring, there was a similar scandal here in Mass. They found that EBT money was being spent on booze, drugs, lap dances, cruises, gambling, and bail. Our governor's answer was to spend $100K on a "task force" that didn't even meet until November. He routinely shrugs off calls to investigate fruad, claiming we have no money for it. Yet, somehow there's money to give in-state tuition to illegals and spend $275K to mail voter registration forms to welfare recipients - conveniently before the elections and conveniently due to a lawsuit filed by Fauxcahontas Warren's daughter liberal group - conveniently involving a law firm who has the governor's wife as a partner. It's disgusting. The big problem is that they're allowed to take the money
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 6:02 PM
... out as cash, so you can put all the restrictions in place that you want, but once they have cash in hand, there's no way to track how it's spent. The solution is simple: remove the cash feature or limit it to a small amount, like $50. Being on welfare is not supposed to be comfortable. The taxpayers deserve accountability in how their money is spent, especially since the government keeps demanding even more from us.

And hey, then we have Obama unilaterally removing the work requirement from welfare (another bit of "convenient" timing, right before the elections). Welfare is supposed to be uncomfortable so people will have incentive to get off of it. But our politicians want to protect their "gimme crowd" voter base by pampering them.
From New York to New Mexico and across the dependent plains, welfare recipients are getting sauced on the public dime. Drunk, besotted, bombed. But while politicians pay lip service to cutting government waste, fraud and abuse, they're doing very little in practice to stop the EBT party excesses. Where's the compassion for taxpayers?

You see the signs everywhere: "We accept EBT." Fast-food restaurants do. Clothing retailers do. Auto repair shops, liquor stores and even sushi joints are joining the club. "EBT" stands for the federal government's electronic benefits transfer card, which is intended to provide poor people with food stamps and cash...