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Gov gets (food) stamp of approval from prez
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | | Columnists

So Gov. Deval Patrick is getting a prime-time speaking slot at the Democratic convention in Charlotte the week after next.

Why shouldn’t he? If Barack Obama is the food-stamp president, as Newt Gingrich called him, then Deval Patrick is the food-stamp governor.

In May 2007, 238,032 households in Massachusetts were on the food-stamp dole for $450 million a year.

Now, according to the Department of Transitional Assistance’s own statistics, 482,000 households are grabbing $1.3 billion a year.

Don’t worry, though, it’s federal money. So that means “we” don’t pay for it, right? No wonder U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said last week that the Department of Agriculture should be renamed the Department of Food Stamps.

This remarkable success of the Patrick administration in increasing dependence among the citizens (and even more so among noncitizens) came to my attention when someone sent me the farewell address of DTA Commissioner Julia Kehoe in November.

She was leaving her $137,000 job for a new $141,100 slot at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

“Every day,” she began, “I am humbled by your Herculean efforts to assist Massachusetts’ lowest income residents meet their basic needs, increase their incomes and improve their quality of life.”

Yeah, it’s arduous work, giving away other people’s money.

“Your work is ... inspirational during the worst recession in generations.”

What the heck was Kehoe talking about? I thought the private sector was doing fine. That’s what Barack Obama says, and he never lies.

“In just a few short years together, we increased the amount of SNAP benefits coming into Massachusetts by more than $70 million per month and continued to manage a caseload that has more than doubled.”

Luckily, when you’re offering a product there’s a high demand for — free money — somehow word always gets around. And in every language, too. But bragging about increasing the welfare rolls — isn’t that like the police captain in charge of the burglary unit boasting about a record number of break-ins on his watch?

In a sane world, shouldn’t the welfare department be charged with reducing dependency, not increasing it?

Aren’t we supposed to have a low unemployment rate here in the Bay State? Surely Gov. Patrick will mention that in his prime-time speech. Doubling the food-stamp rolls and tripling payouts to the indolent — that may end up on the cutting room floor.
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"vmorrison", who sounds like a moonbat, posted the following on's Boston board: "Well you will not be hearing Greg Vine doing news on Howie's show anytime soon. Carr claimed that Vine included to many Pro Obama stories in his newscast and Carr only wants Pro Romney stories during his show. Entercom brought Grand Pa Carr complaints to Metro which BTW way is now owned by Clear Channel which in part is owned by Bain Capital. Vine is off saucier is in. Carr is always fair and balanced just like Fox news."
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