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Jan 18 2012

What It Takes to Get Someone Else to Pay for Your Groceries

In case you’re wondering what it takes to qualify for free food at someone else’s expense these days, Sydney Phillips went undercover and discovered the answer: a pulse.

Sydney applied for a get-your-food-free EBT card on an investigative basis. First the Department of Human Services informed her that she had not provided sufficient employment verification. She let it go there. But then a month later she received another letter from our Nanny State overlords.

I opened it up to find an EBT card with my name on it, instructions on how to activate and use the card, and the amount I could access on it per month — 200 dollars. Nothing followed-up my interview, other than the evidently pointless letter I received during the previous month. No one ever asked for a copy of my birth certificate or Social Security card, nor for my student identification card.

The potential for mass parasitism and fraud is obvious.

[T]here has been a dramatic increase in the number of people using food stamps over the past 40 years, and it would be hard to argue that they are all that destitute. Over that same time period, an estimated $753 million per year has been spent fraudulently by welfare recipients. Moreover, the government’s own accounting has cost taxpayers billions of dollars per year as food stamp programs routinely overpay their recipients; last year, that figure alone totaled $2.5 billion.

None of this is a problem for bureaucrats or their liberal media enablers, because the objective is to corrupt America into surrendering freedom in exchange for socialism. As for the skyrocketing cost, when the “1%” has been bled dry, our rulers can always borrow more from communist China or print monopoly money, incrementally reducing our savings to worthlessness.


On a tip from GoY.

16 Responses to “What It Takes to Get Someone Else to Pay for Your Groceries”

  1. Artfldgr says:

    If she was male it would have been much harder…
    but as a female, marrying the state is a way to be ‘free’

  2. hiram says:

    “…or print monopoly money, incrementally reducing our savings to worthlessness.”

    Heh. C’mon Dave, you don’t actually think we’re saving our money in anything denominated in a fiat currency, do you?

  3. kiplingsburdens says:

    The real winners in the Degenerate Lottery are the fake Disability pensioners. You know, like The fake World Trade Center Survivor, the alcoholic who marries a junky and doesn’t feel like working anymore and the degenerate panhandling Junky who marries the alcoholic..

    It’s funny, even when these people are reported, the government keeps handing out the loot – why would they upset the apple cart with a little thing like prosecuting fraud? Lord knows I wrote Social Security, The Justice Department, Every pertinent District Attorney and so on..

    If you aren’t on the dole you are a fool.. We have to stop being so foolish.

  4. Bob Roberts says:

    Now I can already predict lao will claim I’m going “off topic” here, but clearly, if you can think in other than one dimensional terms (unfortunately lao cannot), you will understand I’m right on topic here.

    The lunatic liberal left holds Europe up as the “gold standard” in how we should treat the less fortunate.

    They also blame the fact that there is at least a perceived racial disparity on some nebulous claim that the disparity is deliberate and perpetuated by a society that treats some as second class citizens.

    As far as they’re concerned it’s true – they do actively call for treating some different than others – they not only encourage it, they insist on it! But I digress.

    Tying together my two points, there is also a well documented disparity in Europe – that is to say, particularly with respect to eastern Europe v. western Europe, there is a clear line drawn where western Europeans are generally better off and eastern Europeans are not so well off. What’s missing is the color line – the race difference. What’s notable is that this disparity has existed for a long, long time and nothing seems to be able to change that despite the blatant socialism that’s existed in Europe for some time.

    Here, Civil Rights laws and forced discrimination against the successful in favor of those who were unable, or apparently unwilling, based on decades of data, to pull themselves up have had plenty of time to work the magic the left promised would result if we would only institutionalize discrimination.

    It’s about time to admit the experiment is a complete failure.

    For once, we should have actually looked to Europe for inspiration. For the economic disparity that exists there is far greater than the disparity between whites and “people of color” here in the U.S. and it has lasted for centuries despite all the left’s promises it would be eradicated if only the populace would embrace socialism.

    So I’m going to say yes, in this case, we should look to Europe, accept that making people dependent does not work and TRY SOMETHING ELSE. Like maybe giving them a hand up, not a hand out? And putting an end to this nonsense that present and future discrimination is the answer to long past discrimination. How about a level playing field and one set of rules for everyone. Isn’t it time we stopped giving some population an excuse for future complaints and lawsuits?

  5. Bob Roberts says:

    Oh, and when I went to the grocery store yesterday I was approached by a woman who asked if I would let her pay for my groceries with her EBT card and give her the cash. She apparently needed a bottle, or a fix, pretty bad. I asked her if she was hungry, if I could maybe get her some food to eat, but she was having none of that – she just wanted money for drugs or booze.

  6. Bill T says:

    obama phones have a new program!

    100 SafeLink bonus minutes will be sent to your phone on your next monthly delivery for each friend who gets qualified for Lifeline services.

    Your friends who get qualified for Lifeline services will receive 30 bonus minutes on their monthly delivery too!

  7. Mickey Shea says:

    I uses mine fo Newports and malt likka at the bodega yo…

  8. Festivus says:

    kiplingsburdens says: January 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Don’t forget workers’ compensation claims. The system here is rife with abuse and fraud.

  9. Bill T says:

    Will “prosecutorial discretion” result in food stamps going to illegal aliens?

    Remittances to Mexico are rebounding
    Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. sent an estimated 8% more money back to relatives last year compared with 2010, thanks to an improving U.S. job market.,0,6700884.story

  10. kiplingsburdens says:

    Festivus says:
    Don’t forget workers’ compensation claims. The system here is rife with abuse and fraud.

    No kidding… there is a Russian down the block who is “disabled,” gets a terrific pension and does work out routines in the local gym that have everyone in amazement. Called disability on him too.. I think they gave him a raise, he now drives an Escalade.

    Funny, you can report all of this fraud and no one will do anything, report robbery to the police and you are lucky if they take a report – Report an unlicensed gun owned by a respectable citizen and the SWAT Team is breaking down doors with the DA ready to dole out 15 years like it was Halloween Candy for taking the Constitution literally…

    Talk about priorities..

  11. kiplingsburdens says:

    I have a line from A Bronx Tale bouncing around in my head from reading all of this, regarding getting “Two Educations: One from the Street and one from School.”

    As we devolve further into a failed state like Italy in the 19th Century where everyone holds the government with suspicion if not all out contempt, having the “two educations” the lessons we are to learn in school and the lessons from the street; the lessons we learn when we see how corrupt everything is, the lessons in what is “justice” and how to circumvent and remain outside of the corrupt government are what is becoming increasingly necessary to survive.

    Ask any Russian how they were able to survive Communism, and the answer is invariably by becoming a criminal. We are already walking that path.

  12. Jeff says:

    Bob Roberts
    As an add on to your comments, I highly recommend the book; Life at the Bottom (the worldview that makes the underclass) by Theodore Dalrymple. This guy shares his first hand accounts with the underclass. Those who look to Europe as their model, are in my opinion, living in a fantasy world totally divorced from reality. It is not a pretty picture of what socialism/progressivism/liberalism has done to that once great nation.

  13. Spider says:

    Hey, why not be like fat-ass Michelle Obummer and live like an uptown pimp, and all on Whitey’s money!

  14. kiplingsburdens says:

    At: Jeff

    Ever read Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London? Pretty depressing observations on early 20th Century lower class life in those two model Socialist dystopias. You’ll never want to eat in a French restaurant..

    It juxtaposes with de Tocqueville’s observations of America and the ability to pull oneself up by their boot straps, Orwell painted a picture where the poor trod through life from one menial job and a soup line to another, hoping to scrounge enough tobacco from cigarette butts on the ground each day to make up a single smoke after their gruel of a supper if they were lucky.. Orwell contracted Tuberculosis from living amongst the poor in his research for this book. It what would kill him as he set out to work on the follow up to 1984.

  15. TrickleUpPolitics says:

    I read Down and Out in Paris and London years ago. It was horrifying. Then I went to France.

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