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Mass. EBT cardholders spent $50M out of state
Boston Herald ^ | June 14, 2014 | Erin Smith

Posted on 06/14/2014 6:23:10 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Bay State EBT card carriers spent nearly $50 million in welfare cash out of the state last year — including destinations as far away as the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, officials said yesterday.

A total of nearly 27,000 welfare recipients used their state benefits elsewhere between July 2013, and this past April, the Department of Transitional Assistance reported.

The DTA reported 2,741 food stamp accounts were shut off in the past year after the recipients spent more than 90 days out of state. Another 246 cash assistance accounts were also closed during the same time period after recipients lived outside Massachusetts for more than 60 days, according to DTA Commissioner Stacey Monahan in a letter to state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton).

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: ebt; massachusetts; welfare; welfarestate
It is hard to compete against Santa Claus.
1 posted on 06/14/2014 6:23:10 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

One comment was good;
“A lib is some one that will give you the shirt from SOMEONE else’s back”


2 posted on 06/14/2014 6:27:53 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: ConservativeStatement

The report says it all. It’s amazing how many EBTers I see driving brand new vehicles, in designer clothes who seem to shop a lot (used to see them often at an outlet mall when I used to earn a decent living before The One appeared)


3 posted on 06/14/2014 6:28:35 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: ConservativeStatement

4 posted on 06/14/2014 6:29:28 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: jsanders2001

My little county of 30K has 20% people on Food Stamps, SIX THOUSAND OF THEM!

If you go into WalMart after 11AM (it upsets them to get up before then), you see them everywhere - in PJs, flip-flops, shorts, sweatshirts and some in designer clothes.

They always choose check out register #11 because that’s the one with a dedicated cashier, and where the cigarettes are. They present their WICs certificates, buy their hamburger and steaks I can’t afford now, and Ding-dongs and chips, snacks - whatever strikes their fancy.

Two piles....one for EBT, and the other for cash (if they just have to pay cash), and then its the cigarettes, beer and wine they always have cash for.

Outside, their cars and truck are better than mine. Effing leeches.


5 posted on 06/14/2014 6:35:58 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: ConservativeStatement

Well I guess that’s good if you’re a business owner in New York or Connecticut.


6 posted on 06/14/2014 6:38:07 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Travis McGee
Bingo!
7 posted on 06/14/2014 6:40:02 AM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: ConservativeStatement
There is no reason to keep giving people things past 6 months.
Since many will not make more than minimum it makes no sense to pay them more through hand outs.

In addition, these kinds of people often work gray markets making income that is never reported so they can stay on the dole and get the freebies.

At some point we need to stop giving the hand outs and we also need to quit paying 300% salaries in government for jobs you can train monkeys to do.

8 posted on 06/14/2014 6:41:51 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Probably a lot of trips to Nebraska.
Buy Omaha Steaks at the source. Think of the money they save on shipping! :^)


9 posted on 06/14/2014 6:41:57 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: ConservativeStatement
..and the cold rain/snow; FLORIDUH!/ALABAMA!, HERE! I A'COMIN'!

10 posted on 06/14/2014 6:42:18 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: Travis McGee
Hey Travis, Good to have you back ashore and among us landlubbers again. We missed you and your great memes.

Looking at your EBT meme, I think I just had an "epiphany." If food, housing, air fare, hotels, vacations, golfing is free for Obama, why can't it be free for everyone in the good 'ol USSA (including those yet to cross our borders)? Let's really spread the wealth around.

"Hey world, lot's of free stuff in America, come and get it! You can thank me when you get here. And don't forget, "you didn't make that," I gave it to you."
Signed: Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama


11 posted on 06/14/2014 6:51:21 AM PDT by Perseverando (Obamanation: It's ALL about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: CGASMIA68

Ive used that line many times myself, “a liberal is a very charitable, generous, good hearted person who would gladly give you the shirt...

...off of someone elses back.”


12 posted on 06/14/2014 6:52:54 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Gaffer

Welfare has been mainstreamed, and it was the state that did it. Welfare used to be managed in Massachusetts by the individual town, so it was your neighbors supporting you (and they knew it), not the faceless state government. And to avoid using that terrible word “welfare”, they came up with the EBT acronym and call them “benefits”. Instead of the recipient having to present food stamps, they swipe a card so other customers assume it is just another credit card. They advertise on the radio and I believe you can sign up for welfare online in Massachusetts.

My blood boils whenever I see the “We Accept EBT” signs in store windows (and I see them a lot more it seems). The shame has been removed and that is only increasing the welfare rolls.

I too am sick of seeing these overweight, bad-attitude-wielding parasites with their carts filled with food I don’t have the budget to buy, swiping their welfare card charged up with my tax dollars while I fumble through my envelope of coupons.


13 posted on 06/14/2014 6:53:53 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Gaffer

And never go to Walmart for several days at the beginning of the month when they get the new money infusion onto their EBT cards. Walmart will be 3 times more crowded than it normally is. You can easily tell which shoppers are using EBT. Their carts are full and they are filled mainly with junk and process foods, and often more expensive cuts of meat.

Also, at the beginning of the month I always see a host of abandoned shopping carts around town. The welfare and food stamp crowd push the carts home then shove them into the streets or onto the sidewalks. And they are living in decent neighborhoods as well because our government gives them money to live there through Section 8.


14 posted on 06/14/2014 6:59:29 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: ConservativeStatement
and they function out of state... because???
15 posted on 06/14/2014 7:08:11 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The Massachusetts 47% brought to you in part by Mitt Romney.


16 posted on 06/14/2014 7:21:36 AM PDT by Citizen Zed ("Freedom costs a buck o five" - Gary Johnston, TAWP)
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To: Perseverando

How true....shouldn’t everyone get to go on vacation and/or send their EBT card wherever home is??!!

D.C. is SO out of touch with Realville.


17 posted on 06/14/2014 7:28:00 AM PDT by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: YouGoTexasGirl

It comes from various angles...

Newspapers in El Salvador and Honduras are promoting policies by the Obama administration that defer deportation to minors brought to the United States as children by their parents — known as “Dreamers” — and those that are housing illegal children at military bases in the South and West.

“Almost all agree that a child who crossed the border illegally with their parents, or in search of a father or a better life, was not making an adult choice to break our laws, and should be treated differently than adult violators of the law,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is quoted in a story about a new two-year extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy published by Diario El Mundo in El Salvador.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/central-america-illegal-children-newspapers/2014/06/10/id/576257#ixzz34ckPhhFH


18 posted on 06/14/2014 7:29:37 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Chode

Better yet, they only work at locations within a certain radius of their address.


19 posted on 06/14/2014 7:46:27 AM PDT by matt04
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To: Travis McGee

Yes, that will happen, but 6 months later?

A bunch of bodies of starved thugs lying in the streets.


20 posted on 06/14/2014 7:54:20 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: Chode

I think the EBT cards function just as credit cards or debit cards, and that they don’t have restrictions on where they can be used. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

There was a report in California a couple of years ago, showing EBT use at Disney Land, strip joints, and Las Vegas casinos. My guess is that the powers that be decided not to put restrictions on how these cards are used.


21 posted on 06/14/2014 7:58:08 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Travis McGee
It is only a matter of time but that day is coming ......... some_text
22 posted on 06/14/2014 7:59:32 AM PDT by boycott
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To: ConservativeStatement

Believe it or not, about 40% of Mass residents are conservative. We also have a balanced budget amendment. Of course, the government spends as fast as it comes in. And the Republican LEADERSHIP in the legislature won’t force a quorum, so we can at least get the Democrap votes on record. Sound familiar?


23 posted on 06/14/2014 8:05:36 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
they should be restricted to only food stores with a 20 miles radius from their address of record, it's not that hard to do
24 posted on 06/14/2014 8:08:24 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: jsanders2001

Well, they don’t have a LOT of money and shop in lower-cost, lower tax states. I salute them for their frugality!

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25 posted on 06/14/2014 8:19:02 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: A CA Guy
At some point we need to stop giving the hand outs and we also need to quit paying 300% salaries in government for jobs you can train monkeys to do.

The only way that will happen if there is a sudden and complete economic collapse.

Can you imagine the screams if we tried to cut back the benefits by only 10%.

see my tag line.

26 posted on 06/14/2014 8:24:35 AM PDT by sand88 (We can never legislate ourselves back to Liberty)
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To: sand88

That is the point, why do we allow government dependense to grow our tax liability and worsen our lives through welfare, government employment or outrageous pay, benefits or retirement?

I’m for a 90% government employee tax on all pay, benefits and retirement funds if need be.


27 posted on 06/14/2014 8:26:50 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Believe it or not, about 40% of Mass residents are conservative. We also have a balanced budget amendment. Of course, the government spends as fast as it comes in. And the Republican LEADERSHIP in the legislature won’t force a quorum, so we can at least get the Democrap votes on record. Sound familiar?

Yes. The only way the Republican rulers can get the big government they desire is to spread the myth that their policies must be in lockstep with liberal Democrats in order to be elected. The fact is conservatives outnumber liberals by a wide margin in the country as a whole and in almost every state. They even outnumber liberals in California by about three percent.

The only place where liberals outnumber conservatives by a large margin is in DC.

28 posted on 06/14/2014 8:44:19 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Gaffer
My little county of 30K has 20% people on Food Stamps, SIX THOUSAND OF THEM! If you go into WalMart after 11AM (it upsets them to get up before then), you see them everywhere - in PJs, flip-flops, shorts, sweatshirts and some in designer clothes. They always choose check out register #11 because that’s the one with a dedicated cashier, and where the cigarettes are. They present their WICs certificates, buy their hamburger and steaks I can’t afford now, and Ding-dongs and chips, snacks - whatever strikes their fancy. Two piles....one for EBT, and the other for cash (if they just have to pay cash), and then its the cigarettes, beer and wine they always have cash for. Outside, their cars and truck are better than mine. Effing leeches.
Your experience mirrors mine. I see a certain breed of them pull up in Escalades with their hair and nails freshly done in designer clothes going into outlet malls with out of state plates ALL the time whenever I can afford to go over there. You don't have to be a genius to know they don't work and have EBT cards in their wallets; you can tell it from their very demeanor. My wife used to say I was just being judgmental until I told her to follow me in line a few times to make a point in Walmart (one of the things I do is read people as part of my job description). I think after observing a few million people over my lifetime and having to use discernment on how to approach and interview the different personality types my observation skills are honed pretty well...lol
29 posted on 06/14/2014 8:52:13 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Different topic but do you (or others) notice an editorial flaw in the second paragraph?

http://bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/2014/06/boston_looks_to_next_generation_leaders_to_improve_city

Hub teens have some million-dollar ideas to improve the city — and Mayor Martin J. Walsh is all ears.

Boston is poised to set aside $1 million of the city’s capital budget, ask kids ages 12-25 for ideas on how to use it, and then empower them to vote for which projects to fund, starting today and ending Friday.


30 posted on 06/14/2014 10:21:46 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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