Wed column ping
Gov gets (food) stamp of approval from prez
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
So Gov. Deval Patrick is getting a prime-time speaking slot at the Democratic convention in Charlotte the week after next.
Why shouldnt 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 Assistances own statistics, 482,000 households are grabbing $1.3 billion a year.
Dont worry, though, its federal money. So that means we dont 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, its arduous work, giving away other peoples 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. Thats 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 youre offering a product theres a high demand for free money somehow word always gets around. And in every language, too. But bragging about increasing the welfare rolls isnt 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, shouldnt the welfare department be charged with reducing dependency, not increasing it?
Arent 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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