Skip to comments.Maine begins issuing photo ID welfare cards
Posted on 04/28/2014 9:37:30 AM PDT by george76
Maine is starting to issue welfare benefit cards with photos on them despite a request from the federal government to wait.
the U.S. Department of Agriculture asked Maine to delay its plan, saying that it risks a loss of federal funding or litigation if it violates regulations in the program.
But DHHS said it will move forward with its plan designed to combat fraud and abuse in the program.
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fraud and abuse in welfare. Who knew?
The Federal Government has become the ENEMY OF AMERICA.
Wish it would be done in Mississipi!
“the U.S. Department of Agriculture asked Maine to delay its plan,”
An educated electorate would ask why? Our current electorate will scream racism.
You just now noticed this (I've had the same tagline for years)
This must be LePage. Maine has a great governor. He began his life running away from home at age 12. He never went back. And now he’s the governor. Interestingly, he has a brother on welfare. Apparently, they don’t get along. (Heard on the Howie Carr Show.)
Surprised but happy to hear it
If americans really understood the depth and width of welfare fraud that goes on every single day, they would be hanging their congressman from lamp posts....
I would estimate at minimum 50 % of these receiving entitlements actually don’t qualify. ..
Yes, that’s our Gov.
It will be rolled out in a small area first.
I attended a few if the committee hearings about abuse in the system.
The career bureaucrats are dragging their feet about ANY kind of welfare reform.
They will figure out a way to sabotage this effort.
Voter ID ping!
Eligibility for food stamps is difficult to lose, and last I knew wasn’t permitted as sanctions when a client receives too much aid in some other area, or in that one. For example, they get food stamps and medicaid for three kids, but two of the kids wind up spending the summer with an aunt out of state, and the mother doesn’t report the change. When (that is, if) it is discovered, or reported later (that does happen), one or more grants get reduced by more than that amount in order to recoup the difference. Food stamps just goes down to the level that is appropriate at the time (based on mouths to feed), but the overage is never repaid.
And I would be willing to bet that the vast majority of those on welfare in Maine are white.
You see, welfare and welfare fraud are not race issues.
Laz made no reference to race whatsoever in the post you’re replying to.
I hope that was meant as sarcasm, by the way.
Notice that it says so far the cards have been voluntary.
This will cost the state Maine some money. And it will take some cooperation on the part of retailers. Remember that a lot of EBT food fraud happens when crooked retailers conspire with recipients.( We had a big shocking case of this a couple of months ago here in Everett. Other types of crime were also part if it.) The state issues the card but the retailer has to ask for it, just like asking for an ID to buy liquor. Maybe Maine doesn’t use EBT cards yet. When WA used to use the paper food stamps, there was a requirement for users to show a picture ID at the grocery check-out, but they almost never did. When the people use a cash benefit card at an ATM, I’m not sure how that works. With technology what it is, this could probably be developed. But an ATM where people are using regular cards doesn’t ID people. There are cameras of course. If people are getting benefits because they are lying about assets, unreported incomes, dependents, the usual stuff people lie about to get benefits, the picture ID will just be another layer of fraud. One of the biggest frauds can be getting subsidized housing, then doing illegal things in it, for example. Many times I have related the case of some guys running a brothel out of subsidized housing in Bellevue WA.(To add insult to injury, some of the parties were illegal aliens, but not from Mexico or anywhere near Mexico) But picture ID is shown many times during the process of getting housing assistance, just like its shown during the hiring process nowadays.
One thing about it—I guess that a certain segment of the population in Maine will no longer be able to complain about ID for voting.
Yes, this is a popular type of fraud—lying about dependents and where they live and also your own living situation and other sources of help you might already be getting.