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  • House passes ‘no welfare for weed’ bill

    09/16/2014 8:00:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 9:43 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the “no welfare for weed” bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana. It would also prohibit people from using the cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in those stores. …
  • Getting High on the Taxpayers Dime

    03/10/2014 11:59:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 107 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Morgan Brittany
    You knew it was coming.With the legalization of pot in Colorado and other states, it has been discovered that over the past few months, purchases of marijuana in pot dispensaries have been paid for with cash from welfare benefits. The purchase of marijuana is strictly a cash business so it was obvious that ATM machines should be made available inside the dispensaries for easy access to money.That’s fine except that there is no distinction between a credit/debit card and an EBT card. Taxpayers have given this money to people that are “in need of assistance”, not to people who need...
  • Jon Stewart Attempts to "Slay" Food Stamp Fraud Allegations; Misses Real Point

    03/09/2014 4:37:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    On Tuesday, Jon Stewart attempted to "slay" arguments regarding food stamp fraud on The Daily Show. In the video, Stewart spoke about the supposed hypocrisy of conservatives criticizing food stamp usage using a collection of Fox News videos. When taken at face value, the comments may actually seem quite hypocritical. However, Stewart misses the real point: some items that can be purchased with SNAP ("food stamps") completely lack nutritional value, or are "luxury" foods like lobsters, steak, and organic salmon that don't really present an economically-friendly meal choice for someone who has trouble paying for food without government assistance. Also,...
  • Use of public assistance (EBT) cards OK at pot shops (COLORADO)

    01/16/2014 9:07:51 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    AP/The Pueblo Cheiftan ^ | 01/15/2014 | KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press
    DENVER — Saying some neighborhoods have more pot shops than banks, Colorado Democrats on Wednesday rejected a proposal to ban the use of public assistance cards to obtain cash at marijuana-shop ATMs. The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 3-2 along party lines against a GOP proposal to add marijuana shops to the list of places where recipients of public assistance can’t use their government-issued EBT cards to access cash. ~snip~ “Already we are operating an industry which is not allowed under federal law,” said Marble, one of the chief lawmakers involved with Colorado’s marijuana regulation bills. If...
  • Dealer caught with heroin, EBT card, gets 8 years

    10/29/2013 7:57:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    Salem News ^ | October 29, 2013 | JULIE MANGANIS
    BEVERLY — A Lowell man who was carrying nearly half a pound of heroin, and an EBT card that belonged to a Beverly drug user, was sentenced to eight years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to a drug trafficking charge. Campeo Armando Diaz-Carola, 45, was originally facing a 15-year minimum mandatory term, but under a recent change in the drug laws and a charge reduction by prosecutors, received the eight-year term in a plea agreement accepted by Salem Superior Court Judge David Lowy.
  • The Louisiana Heist (Food-stamp fraudsters should be punished to the full extent of the law.)

    10/15/2013 6:28:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 15, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    On Saturday, Louisiana’s “EBT” system malfunctioned, causing spending limits on users’ food-stamp cards temporarily to be lifted. In two counties at least, recipients noticed the error, spread the word, and set about trying to check out as much as they could fit into shopping carts. At Walmarts in the towns of Springhill and Mansfield, employees called corporate headquarters to ask what they should do. They were instructed to “keep the registers ringing.” This they did — and with a vengeance.By the time that proper limits on the cards had been restored a couple of hours later, the shelves had been...
  • Shelves in Two Lousiana Walmarts Cleared When Welfare Recipients Thought They Were Getting Free Food

    10/14/2013 10:29:37 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 217 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 14, 2013 | Bryan Preston
    Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the employees at Walmart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Walmart was so packed, “It was worse than any black Friday” that he’s ever seen. Lynd explained the cards weren’t showing limits and they called corporate Walmart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway. From 7 to 9 p.m., people were loading up their carts, but when the cards began showing limits again around 9, one woman was detained because she rang up a bill of $700.00 and...
  • Gov: Put fraud in perspective

    05/31/2013 7:07:00 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 31, 2013 | Joe Battenfeld, Hillary Chabot
    SPRINGFIELD — A testy Gov. Deval Patrick, speaking for the first time about a scathing audit showing $2.4 million in taxpayer money going to dead people, defended his embattled administration last night and questioned whether the abuse was that widespread. “Wait a minute. Be real careful. Be real careful,” Patrick told the Herald Truth Squad when asked if he’s downplaying the amount of fraud. “Nobody in this administration, including me, is minimizing the seriousness of this.” But then Patrick proceeded to minimize the findings.
  • Next scandal: Platinum EBT cards

    05/30/2013 10:35:04 AM PDT · by massmike · 34 replies
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 05/30/2013 | Howie Carr
    The next welfare scandal is going to be the huge balances on some of these EBT cards. Wait until the Department of Terrorist Assistance (DTA) finally coughs up how much money is on these cards. And yes, Gov. Deval Patrick, this is another one of those “anecdotes.” Last January a radio listener from Pittsfield sent me a receipt from a local convenience store. Some loafer had run up a tab of $3.28, so he whipped out an EBT card to pay for it. After paying his three bucks, he had $7,066.58 left on the card. I kid you not. Over...
  • EBT Abuse: The Cash-for-Drunkards Program

    01/11/2013 12:59:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    From New York to New Mexico and across the dependent plains, welfare recipients are getting sauced on the public dime. Drunk, besotted, bombed. But while politicians pay lip service to cutting government waste, fraud and abuse, they're doing very little in practice to stop the EBT party excesses. Where's the compassion for taxpayers? You see the signs everywhere: "We accept EBT." Fast-food restaurants do. Clothing retailers do. Auto repair shops, liquor stores and even sushi joints are joining the club. "EBT" stands for the federal government's electronic benefits transfer card, which is intended to provide poor people with food stamps...
  • State EBT panel nixes slew of major reforms

    12/21/2012 5:59:49 AM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 12/21/2012 | Chris Cassidy
    The panel reviewing the EBT system took a pass on major reforms yesterday, but Republicans are promising a fight in the state Legislature in the new year to fix the abuse-ravaged system once and for all. The EBT Cashless Commission’s final report was approved yesterday and called for more education and stricter enforcement but skipped over the toughest proposals. “The recommendations in the report are weak and ineffective, especially considering one of them is already law,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), one of the members of the commission composed of legislators and state advocates. “It was a missed opportunity...
  • ‘Outrage’ over fed EBT push for aliens

    11/20/2012 6:13:57 PM PST · by massmike · 16 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 11/20/2012 | Dave Wedge
    Local lawmakers are fuming over an Obama administration policy promoting welfare and EBT benefits for immigrants, with a “welcome” package and promotional website that encourage new arrivals to take advantage of the nation’s generous government largesse. “I think it’s a complete outrage that we’re encouraging people coming here to get on public assistance,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, a Taunton Republican who has fought for EBT reform. “We should be encouraging people to be self-sufficient. These programs are rampant with fraud and abuse.” The fight over welfare for recent immigrants is unfolding in Washington, where a group of GOP senators...
  • Technical Glitch Knocks Out EBT Cards In Georgia And Nine Other States

    11/18/2012 8:23:08 AM PST · by Gorilla44 · 49 replies
    AP/CBSAtlanta ^ | November 16, 2012
    <p>MIAMI (AP)— Millions of food stamp recipients in 10 states were unable to use their debit cards for about six hours Friday after an outage at JPMorgan Chase.</p> <p>Bank spokesman Mike Fusco apologized for the inconvenience and said the technical glitch was resolved around 1 p.m. Friday, but he declined to discuss details of what exactly went wrong.</p>
  • Baker feels heat for denying EBT users from buying her sweets

    08/15/2012 4:25:02 AM PDT · by massmike · 59 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 08/15/2012 | Chris Cassidy
    A Walpole (Ma) baker — appalled that welfare abuse now seems almost as American as apple pie — is putting her whoopie pies where her mouth is in a dispute with the Braintree Farmers Market, refusing to take EBT cards for her baked treats. “I don’t think American taxpayers should be footing the bill for people’s pie purchases,” said Andrea Taber, proprietor of the Ever So Humble Pie Co. in Walpole, who peddles her wares at the Braintree market on Fridays and now finds herself in the middle of the state’s raging fight over welfare benefits. “To me it’s no...
  • 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,”...
  • Question on EBT cards (or food stamps)

    01/09/2012 8:36:16 AM PST · by shoff · 42 replies
    01/09/2012 | Steven Hoffman
    I went to the local CVS pharmacy and after having to negotiate around someone parking in the fire zone (make-up emergency?) While I was waiting in line some scruffy guy was buying one candy bar with an EBT card and wanted the change after using twenty dollars in benefits from the card. The girl checked if this was OK from another cashier and they said it was. After I made my purchase I was in time to see the scruffy guy jump into the illegally parked car and head to the supermarket with I guess eighteen dollars to buy beer...