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  • Over 100 Million Now Receiving Federal Welfare

    08/08/2012 11:59:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 08-08-2012 | Daniel Halper
    A new chart set to be released later today by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee details a startling statistic: "Over 100 Million People in U.S. Now Receiving Some Form Of Federal Welfare." "The federal government administers nearly 80 different overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs," the Senate Budget Committee notes. However, the committee states, the figures used in the chart do not include those who are only benefiting from Social Security and/or Medicare. Food stamps and Medicaid make up a large--and growing--chunk of the more than 100 million recipients. "Among the major means tested welfare programs, since 2000...
  • Allen West: 'It's not a farm bill, it's an electronic benefits transfer bill'

    08/03/2012 6:52:12 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 8 replies ^ | August 2, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    While Congress’ divided Republican leadership has managed to hold off the vote on the five-year farm bill by not bringing it to the House floor before the upcoming break, it is still discussing how best to offer relief to U.S. farmers facing some of the worst droughts in years. Livestock producers stand to get help from a proposed $383 million stand-alone drought relief bill. The five-year farm bill was approved by the House Agriculture Committee, but has not been able to gather enough support by Congress to make it a reality. West said the bill is not really a farm...
  • Working at Kroger: The Need for EBT Reform

    07/26/2012 4:42:06 AM PDT · by RealTeen · 90 replies ^ | 7-26-12 | Justin Higgins
    Working at a large chain grocery store, you get used to dealing with EBT, WIC and other forms of welfare. Sometimes it is painfully obvious the person does need some sort of help. Other times, too often I believe, someone abusing their government benefits just makes you cringe and doubt the entire system. I find myself echoing an article from a former Wal-Mart employee at College Conservative, who says it’s time for serious welfare reform. Here are some of my ideas for reform and why I believe it: Make EBT Recipients Ineligible for Large Lottery Payouts There were several customers...
  • Howie Carr thread week of July 15, 2012

    07/15/2012 4:02:42 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 15 replies ^ | 7/15/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column
  • LEVIATHAN GOVERNMENT: The new American food-stamp plantation

    07/14/2012 5:34:20 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | July 13, 2012 | Star Parker
    Star Parker reveals high rate of growth in program feds claim isn't 'welfare' The House Agriculture Committee has reported out its version of a new farm bill that will cut $16.5 billion over 10 years from funding of SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – the program once known as food stamps. The cuts in the House bill exceed those in the Senate bill by $12 billion. Sixteen and a half billion dollars amounts to a whopping 2 percent cut in SNAP program expenditures. At a time when we are running trillion-dollar annual federal budget deficits, it’s hard to see...
  • USDA uses Spanish soap operas to push food stamps among non-citizens, citizens [AUDIO]

    07/13/2012 8:37:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 12, 2012 | Caroline May
    The government has been targeting Spanish speakers with radio “novelas” promoting food stamp usage as part of a stated mission to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. Each novela, comprising a 10-part series called “PARQUE ALEGRIA,” or “HAPPINESS PARK,” presents a semi-dramatic scenario involving characters convincing others to get on food stamps, or explaining how much healthier it is to be on food stamps. The majority of the episodes end with the announcer encouraging the listener to tune in again to see if the skeptic applies for benefits or learns to understand the importance...
  • Mass. House strikes down gov's proposals

    07/11/2012 4:21:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2012 | Shannon Young
    BOSTON—Massachusetts lawmakers are rejecting Gov. Deval Patrick's proposals to scale back their efforts to restrict welfare benefits, close a state psychiatric hospital, and block a requirement for residents to prove they're in the country legally when they register a vehicle.
  • Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick vetoes ban on purchasing tattoos, manicures, porn with EBT

    07/09/2012 1:16:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7-9-12 | Caroline May
    Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick has vetoed the state legislature’s attempt to ban the use of EBT cards — or food stamps — to purchase items such as tattoos, porn and jewelry. Patrick vetoed the reforms Sunday while signing the state’s $32.5 billion budget. According to the Boston Herald, which first reported the veto, the governor berated the legislature’s stab at banning the purchase of specific items like manicures, tattoos, guns, porn, body piercings, jewelry, and bail by saying the move was “political grandstanding” at a time when such reforms are already on track elsewhere. “I’m not going to do...
  • TX/Mex Border Residents: Violence, Kidnappings, Food Stamp Fraud & Drug Cartel/Sheriff Corruption

    07/03/2012 6:59:35 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 4 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 7/3/2012 | David Bellow
    I spent the last few days down on the Texas/Mexico Border. One of my brothers got married to a Hispanic woman down here so we all came down for the wedding. We had a great time down here and I got to talk to a bunch of new family members. Some of the small talk we had of course wandered into the topic of border violence and life on the border. I have written many articles about this topic because I am very worried about the situation down there. I always love hearing stories from people who actually live...
  • Free ObamaDollars: The EBT Card for Cigarettes and Alcohol

    07/03/2012 6:00:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | July 3, 2012 | Ann-Marie Murell
    My son called me, furious.  “I was just in line at the grocery store, and the girl in front of me had all this food and paid for it with an EBT card,” he told me.  “Okay,” I said, trying to calm him down.  “You’ve lived here all your life--you know that’s normal in L.A.”  “Yeah, but her boyfriend was in line right behind her and he had beer and all kinds of alcohol and then he got cigarettes and they paid for it with their EBT cash card after they got all their food!” he yelled.  “I saved all...
  • National spotlight finds NH woman fired for refusing to accept EBT card for cigarettes

    07/01/2012 10:49:03 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 46 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | June 28, 2012 | Unattributed
    A convenience store clerk who was fired recently for refusing to sell cigarettes to a customer trying to pay for them with state welfare benefits has been fired, but her story has gained traction in local and national media. According to press reports, Jackie Whiton was working at a C.N. Brown Big Apple convenience store recently when a man in his 20s attempted to purchase cigarettes using an electronic benefit transfer card, which is issued to families in New Hampshire and Maine who are on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF program. Whiton, a six-year employee of the...
  • Clerk loses job over stand (Must accept EBT for cigarettes)

    06/27/2012 3:09:50 PM PDT · by magellan · 31 replies
    New Hampshire Sentinel Source ^ | June 27, 2012 | Garrett Brnger
    PETERBOROUGH — Jackie R. Whiton of Antrim had been a six-year employee at the Big Apple convenience store in Peterborough until a single transaction sent her job up in smoke. The store clerk was fired after she refused to take a customer's Electronic Balance Transfer card to pay for cigarettes. Whiton said a young man came in to the store to buy two packs or cigarettes on May 29. When she asked him for his ID, he handed her his EBT card. EBT cards are used for both food and cash assistance programs. There are two types of cards: one...
  • Clerk says she was fired over EBT cards

    06/27/2012 2:56:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    Jackie Whiton, a six-year employee of the Big Apple, said she was fired after a dispute with her boss over accepting EBT cards as payment for cigarettes. I gave two weeks' notice and tried to bow out gracefully," said Whiton, of Antrim. "But the next day, I was fired." Whiton said she declined to accept an EBT card as payment for a package of cigarettes. The Electronic Benefit Transfer cards are used by state benefits departments to issue cash to recipients, and they can be used like debit cards. Whiton said her boss told her she can't refuse to sell...
  • Firing squad ends clerk’s EBT stand

    06/27/2012 6:12:04 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 109 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 27 June 2012 | Howie Carr
    Jackie Whiton, age 65, had worked as a cashier at the Big Apple convenience store in Peterborough, N.H., for years. But then a couple of weeks ago she committed a firing offense. She refused to allow a welfare recipient to use his EBT card to buy a pack of smokes. How dare a taxpayer say no to a member of the non-working class? This is verboten in ObamaÂ’s America. So she was fired. ThatÂ’ll teach her. The gimme guy was a young man, about 20, and when he asked for cigarettes, Jackie Whiton handed them to him but asked for...
  • Study: More Than Half a Trillion Dollars Spent on Welfare But Poverty Levels Unaffected

    06/25/2012 12:01:45 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 26 replies
    CNS ^ | June 25, 2012 | Matt Cover
    “The vast majority of current programs are focused on making poverty more comfortable … rather than giving people the tools that will help them escape poverty.” ( – The federal government is not making much headway reducing poverty despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a study by the libertarian Cato Institute. Despite an unprecedented increase in federal anti-poverty spending, the national poverty rate has not declined, the study finds. “[S]ince President Obama took office [in January 2009], federal welfare spending has increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion per year,” the study says. Federal welfare spending...
  • Approving Billions in Cuts to Social Services, California Reaches Budget Deal (unions safe for now)

    06/21/2012 10:02:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 21, 2012 | Jennifer Medina
    Just 10 days before the start of the new fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-controlled Legislature reached a budget deal on Thursday to close a nearly $16 billion budget gap. The agreement came after days of negotiations, with legislative leaders reluctant to make the cuts that Governor Brown said were urgently needed. That the budget met its deadline for only the third time in the last two decades was seen as a cause for celebration, though the spending plan hardly contained good news. And even more cuts loom on the horizon if voters do not approve Governor Brown’s...
  • Food Stamp Fiasco:The Senate refuses to cut $20 billion out of $770 billion.

    06/20/2012 5:07:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-19-12 | WSJ
    The next time someone moans about Washington "austerity," tell them about the Senate's food stamp votes on Tuesday. Democrats and a few Republicans united to block even modest reform in a welfare program that has exploded in the last decade and is set to spend $770 billion in the next 10 years. Yes, $770 billion on a single program. And you wonder why the U.S. had its credit-rating downgraded?
  • Your EBT Card Has Been Denied... At The Spearmint Rhino

    06/19/2012 10:23:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 6/19/12 | yler Durden
    America's welfare state is about to suffer a double whammy of epic proportions. On one hand, extended unemployment benefits are now running out at a pace of 100,000+ per week, as more and more American's lose eligibility for Komrade Samov's 99-week sponsored vacation, meaning millions of Americans heretofore sitting comfortably on their couch playing Call of Duty and collecting $400 a week will now start having to think for a change - never a good thing for any regime that relies on its electorate to be docile as drunk and fat Hindu cows. And now this: "New York would prohibit...
  • Bruno's grocery store has "EBT Approved" on fried chicken.

    06/15/2012 9:59:10 AM PDT · by MrPiper · 33 replies ^ | 6.15.12 | Me
    Bruno's grocery store (in the south) has orange "EBT Approved" stickers on their fried chicken boxes and ready made foot long sandwiches in Mobile Al. I called 1 877 247 4440 to complain.
  • Man who fathered 30 kids says he needs a break—on child support

    05/20/2012 9:57:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-18-12 | Pueng Vongs
    And you thought Octomom had her hands full—a Tennessee man who has fathered 30 children is asking the courts for a break on child support. Desmond Hatchett, 33, of Knoxville has children with 11 different women, reports WREG-TV. The state already takes half his paycheck and divides it up, which doesn't amount to much when Hatchett is making only minimum wage. Some of the moms receive as little as $1.49 a month. The oldest child is 14 years old. Hatchett explains how he reached such a critical mass: He had four kids in the same year. Twice.
  • Aldi Customer Who Shot Armed Robber Sues for Return of His Gun(WI)

    04/16/2012 8:05:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies ^ | 16 April, 2012 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    An Aldi customer in Milwaukee who shot and wounded an armed robber is suing police for the return of his gun. Nazir Al-Mujaahid had a concealed weapons permit to carry the gun, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog Proof & Hearsay. In February, prosecutors said Al-Mujaahid was within his legal rights when he shot the man who pointed a shotgun at a cashier and then at Al-Mujaahid, according to a prior Journal Sentinel story. But police are keeping Al-Mujaahid’s gun as evidence in the case against two men accused in the robbery. Wisconsin Carry Inc., a gun rights group,...
  • Deval Patrick holds steady on EBT abuse

    04/24/2012 11:29:56 AM PDT · by massmike · 11 replies ^ | 04/24/2012 | Chris Cassidy
    Gov. Deval Patrick, who was first briefed on a long-running EBT-abuse investigation only hours before last week’s raids, defended the taxpayer-funded program again yesterday. Questioned about whether last week’s 53 arrests had changed his view of the program’s problems, Patrick responded: “This is a really important program. I think most people know that it provides modest benefits that help people with their housing, their employment, their education needs and obviously when that’s abused, that’s concerning to me, as it is to anyone else.” In recent weeks, Patrick had dismissed the Herald’s coverage of the welfare card issue as “the Herald...
  • Police: Drug suspect had man's EBT card

    04/24/2012 9:08:16 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 15 replies
    Salem (MA) News ^ | 4/24/12 | Julie Manganis
    BEVERLY — A Lowell man arrested Friday with nearly a half-pound of heroin was also carrying an EBT card belonging to a known drug user — a card that may have been collateral for a drug debt, police and prosecutors believe. Campeo A. Diaz-Carela, 43, is facing a minimum mandatory 15 years in prison if found guilty of trafficking heroin over 200 grams, the charge he was arraigned on yesterday in Salem District Court. Diaz-Carela was also arraigned on charges of giving police a false name, after initially producing identification that showed him as Abisay Montanez, 36. Among the documents...
  • Obama’s Welfare Nation – EBT Cards Now Being Used For Bail Money

    04/24/2012 8:48:01 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-24-12 | Curt
    Welfare spending overall has increased 41%, food stamp enrollment has gone up by 70% since Obama has been in office, 5.4 million people have signed up for Social Security Disability payments. Tack on the massive abuse of EBT cards like this heroin dealer: Kimball Clark, 45, was locked up Friday on drug-dealing charges — again — when he was overheard using his one phone call to ask the person on the other end of the line to “get my EBT card and go to the ATM and get the money to bail me out, get me outa here tonight,”...
  • Boston Police Raid Chinatown Stores In EBT Card Crackdown

    04/19/2012 12:39:19 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 11 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 4/19/12 | CBS Boston
    CHINATOWN (CBS) – Boston police raided five stores in Chinatown Thursday morning in a crackdown on welfare fraud. The businesses were suspected of misusing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Some are suspected of paying cash for the food assistance cards, which are limited in how they are used. Last year, the Legislature voted to prohibit the use of EBT cards to buy alcohol, tobacco or lottery tickets. Just last month, a special state commission recommended expanding those restrictions to include a ban on using the cards in nail salons, tattoo parlors, strip clubs and casinos.
  • Holmes finds EBT has elementary problems

    04/15/2012 8:25:42 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 31 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/15/12 | Chris Cassidy
    Several days after state Rep. Russell E. Holmes (D-Boston) pleaded for EBT card reform at a State House press conference last week, he was hit with another reminder of the deep flaws in the system. Holmes was at the Roxbury Stop & Shop by Grove Hall last Sunday when someone approached him asking if he wanted to buy the man’s EBT card. “His price was 50 cents on the dollar,” Holmes said. “It’s not a surprise to me.” Holmes has spent the last few months on an EBT card commission trying to reform the system. “It’s something that’s prevalent,” Holmes...
  • It's Free Swipe Yo EBT (Explicit)

    04/15/2012 7:13:30 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | chaptersworldtv
    Keywanda is having the time of her life. Her job is raising her family of 10 children while dealing with the drama and stress of the children's fathers. Thanks to the great state of California, Keywanda can support her lifestyle of having fun, getting "Turnt Up" and the kids can even get to eat from time to time.
  • ANOTHER EBT horror story!

    04/10/2012 11:27:57 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 20 replies ^ | 4/11/12 | Howie Carr
    Check out this Boston Police Department report from last Friday that you won't believe -- on second thought, you probably will believe it. A convicted heroin dealer in Roxbury used his one phone call to reach out to someone and demand that they use his EBT card at the ATM machine to get some cash to bail him out. Read my column about this in the Wednesday Herald. We'll also have Kimball Clark's mugshot and his rap sheet. And guess what we'll be talking about at 3:08 on the radio. (Column(s) to follow in thread)
  • Alabama nightclub sponsors “Food Stamp Friday” party

    03/30/2012 11:46:18 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 28 replies
    HotAir ^ | March 30, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    Flaunting food stamps almost seems to be a trend. First, Mr. EBT released his now-infamous rap. Shortly thereafter, girls followed suit with their own version. Now, a night club in Montgomery, Ala., is hosting its very own “Food Stamp Friday” party. On April 6, the Rose Supper Club in North Montgomery will offer a discounted cover charge — and free shots — to any patron who flashes a food stamp card at the door. Not surprisingly, some Montgomery residents aren’t happy about the way the party seems to glamorize a life on government assistance.
  • Rumored: EBTs To Stop Working, Obama Blame Republicans

    03/10/2012 4:39:20 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 60 replies
    Confidential Source
    Heard: high-level workers inside the USDA's SNAP program are planning a false-flag operation to ensure Obama's re-election. The plan, as I heard it from my source, is to hack or otherwise tamper with EBT accounts such that on 12:01 AM on the first day of the month (in states that fill accounts then) the welfare recipients will not have any more money on their EBT than they did. I understand that EBT recipients line up at midnight at the stores on the 1st so they can start buying. Then, when massive numbers of EBT holders are freaking out, the perps...
  • Pat Robertson Backs Legalizing Marijuana

    03/08/2012 8:30:25 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 277 replies
    Clem Britt/AP ^ | Jesse McKinley
    Of the many roles Pat Robertson has assumed over his five-decade-long career as an evangelical leader - including presidential candidate and provocative voice of the right wing - his newest guise may perhaps surprise his followers the most: marijuana legalization advocate. "I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol," Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. "I've never used marijuana and I don't intend to, but it's just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn't succeeded."
  • Where are the numbers?

    01/31/2012 1:08:01 PM PST · by shoff · 4 replies
    01/31/2011 | Steven Hoffman
    I saw an article a little while ago that I believe said the state of Maine had more people on the dole than there were taxpayers. I have been trying to figure out how many of the 19,378,102 persons living in New York are pulling the cart verse riding. I have tried all sorts of searches and all sorts of sites but I can’t seem to get the numbers for my state (New York). I am sure these numbers were figured on the last census and I have searched the census site and can’t seem to get up to date...
  • Outrageous! Free Cell Phones And Free Cell Phone Minutes To Welfare Recipients

    01/29/2012 8:56:46 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    TEC ^ | 1-29-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Outrageous! The Government Is Giving Out Free Cell Phones And Free Cell Phone Minutes To Welfare RecipientsMichael SnyderJanuary 29, 2012 Did you know that the federal government is giving out free cell phones and free cell phone minutes to welfare recipients? It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Right now, there are companies that are running advertisements specifically targeted at low income Americans informing them of the fact that all they have to do is sign up and they can get a free cell phone and hundreds of free cell phone minutes every single month and it...
  • Lynn woman charged for bizarre can scheme

    01/27/2012 9:00:33 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 24 replies
    Lynn (MA) Item ^ | 1/24/12 | Taylor Provost
    LYNN — Police arrested a woman at a Lynn Stop & Shop Saturday after she allegedly stole $64 worth of soda cans from the store and attempted to feed them into a digital can return machine in exchange for money, according to a Lynn Police incident report. According to the report, Officer Craig Fountain was watching loss prevention video while on detail at the grocery store, located at 35 Washington St., around 8:45 p.m. when he observed 36-year-old Tina Cafarelli purchase 18 12-packs of assorted soda and pay with a state-issued electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, which she allegedly also...
  • I Got Food Stamps and So Can You!

    01/16/2012 7:02:07 AM PST · by Sopater · 46 replies
    The College Conservative ^ | January 16, 2012 | Sydney Phillips
    My recent excursion into the welfare system has left me scratching my head. Prior to writing and researching this project, my only impression of food stamps and similar welfare programs was that the credit only worked for certain items at certain stores and that an individual had to be in a particularly dire financial situation to receive such aid. I was wrong. An EBT card works and looks like a debit card, but instead of the user withdrawing money from a checking account, the government prepays an amount of money it deems necessary for the user’s food expenditures. Several of...
  • Pols demand overhaul after EBT(food stamps) bust(MA)

    12/14/2011 6:40:40 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 14, 2011 | Dave Wedge and O’Ryan Johnson
    Beacon Hill Republicans are calling for a massive overhaul of the state’s welfare system after a crew of alleged Lynn grifters was charged with scamming thousands from taxpayer-funded EBT cards — including some who allegedly took the public money as payment for crack. “I want to see major reform here in Massachusetts,” fumed state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, a Taunton Republican heading a legislative panel reviewing the EBT program. “You can spend that money on anything you want. There’s no oversight.”
  • Feds, cops launch EBT card raid

    12/13/2011 12:03:19 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/13/11 | Dave Wedge
    Federal, state and Lynn cops busted up a welfare fraud ring at a pair of convenience stores today, arresting several people for allegedly ripping off taxpayers with government-issued EBT cards, the Herald has learned. Agents from the federal Department of Agriculture, state troopers assigned to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office and Lynn police raided two downtown stores this morning and arrested at least six people on fraud-related charges, sources told the Herald. The investigation focused on allegations that people with EBT cards — which are issued to the needy to purchase food — were being misused. Officers were still...
  • Parisites are Devouring the Host Culture

    11/25/2011 12:48:15 PM PST · by Outlaw Woman · 38 replies
    FlickR From Yahoo ^ | October/November 2011 | Unknown
    Why work in America?
  • California EBT: Life is good if you don't like to work! ("...what the taxpayers are paying for")

    11/08/2011 2:24:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/04/11
    California EBT: Life is good in California if you don't like to work!
  • Parasite Devouring the Host; What Occupy Wall Street is All About

    If you want to know what the Occupy Wall Street movement is about; this is it! The American Taxpayer has awakened from its slumber and come to the realization that we can no longer afford all of these “pie in the sky” welfare programs. We’ve saddled future generations with nearly $15 trillion in debt and what do we have to show for it. The parasitic scum who live off these welfare programs now face the grim reality that they are actually going to have to work to subsist. When you back a foul and loathsome creature into a corner it...
  • Ripped by conservatives, rapper 'Mr. EBT' defends video as parody of welfare abuses

    09/24/2011 7:59:13 PM PDT · by Comparative Advantage · 25 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | September 24th 2011 | Matthew Lysiak
    A Brooklyn rapper is drawing heat from conservative bloggers upset over a YouTube video of him rhyming about trying to use his sister's food-stamps card to buy weed and beer. Stanley Lafleur, 24, has been called "lazy," a "leech" and the epitome of someone pimping the system since his video went viral. In the video, Lafleur, in a leather jacket and Yankee cap, struts from a bodega to a fast-food joint swiping a government-issued Electronic Benefit Transfer card to pay for mostly candy and chips. Rapping to a heavy beat, he even tries to used the EBT card to buy...
  • Life's Good On EBT Street (Welfare money for trips to Hawaii)

    09/22/2011 5:25:52 AM PDT · by suspects · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 22, 2011 | Michael Graham
    “I just swipe my EBT .. . Every day I get my ‘swipe’ on . . . I mean who cares? It’s the EBT it’s not food stamps.” — YouTube rap song, “My EBT.” Welcome to EBT Nation! Gone are the days of food stamps and social embarrassment. Forget using taxpayer benefits for government cheese and day-old bread. When you’re “EBT’n’ ” (like the cool kids call it), you’re livin’ large! Walk through Downtown Crossing, for example, and you’ll see signs at Tello’s for hip jeans, tops and lingerie. You’ll also see another sign: “We Accept EBT!” Now nobody’s going to confuse Tello’s with...
  • Raw Video " MY EBT " by @MREBT (Should be Official Democrat Campaign Song)

    09/20/2011 4:25:15 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 23, 2011 | @MREBT
    VIDEOWARNING: Strong language
  • It's Free Swipe your EBT

    09/19/2011 7:37:03 PM PDT · by detective · 36 replies · 2+ views
    youtube ^ | August 19, 2011 | Chapter
    It's free swipe your EBT
  • Raw Video " MY EBT " by @MREBT ( OFFICAL VIDEO )

    09/19/2011 4:49:35 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 9 replies
    Youtube via Drudge ^ | 4/23/2011 | Mr. EBT
  • Raw Video " MY EBT " by @MREBT ( OFFICAL VIDEO )

    09/19/2011 4:44:02 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 22 replies
    You Tube ^ | Apr 23, 2011 | MREBT
    Click to the video.
  • What is wrong with this picture?

    09/19/2011 8:31:05 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 102 replies
    Found on the ground in the parking lot.
  • Fast Food Chains Getting Into the Food Stamp Act

    09/07/2011 3:34:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sep 7, 2011 | Nina Terrero
    In an ever-growing number of states, if you crave a taco or fried chicken from a fast-food restaurant, you can pay for it with food stamps. Food stamps - known more formally as the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - have been in use for grocery staples, such as bread and milk, since 1934, but now, for the first time, they can be used for fast food in four states across the country. The number of businesses – including convenience and discount stores, gas stations and pharmacies – that have been approved to accept food stamps has increased by a...
  • Food Stamps Welcomed At Restaurants in California

    12/07/2010 7:48:12 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 33 replies ^ | 11/23/10 | Katy Grimes
    Food Stamps Welcomed At Restaurants NOV. 23, 2010 By KATY GRIMES We’ve known for some time that there are abuses of electronic welfare benefit (EBT) cards in California. The EBTs are accepted nearly anywhere that sells food — grocery markets, convenience stores and even restaurants. Costco does not accept food stamps or EBT cards, but Trader Joe’s does. The cards also have a cash component; they come loaded with cash allowances in addition to the electronic benefits. What most people don’t know is that the government doesn’t keep a record of what is purchased with the cards. In the “Frequently...
  • Governator Schwarzenegger Halts Welfare Card Use At Casinos

    06/25/2010 5:30:18 PM PDT · by Justaham · 28 replies · 2+ views ^ | 6-25-10
    Spurred by a newspaper's report that California's welfare debit cards can be used to withdraw cash in more than half the casinos in the state, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday issued an immediate ban on state-provided cash assistance at ATMs in gambling establishments. The Los Angeles Times disclosed that Electronic Benefit Transfer cards work in automated teller machines at 32 of 58 tribal casinos and 47 of 90 state-licensed poker rooms. The report also found the state Department of Social Services published a list of useable ATMs where the EBT cards that work like debit cards could be cashed. That...