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There are lots of ways that the government wastes our money. Food stamp abuse is just one of them. So when we write stories like this, we inevitably hear from the butthurt patrol about how we should be going after big oil for stealing subsidies, or banks, or whoever. But the fact of the matter is we don’t see that sort of abuse in our day to day activities. But we do food stamp abuse. It’s so freaking common it’s not funny. Check out this story from Masslive today:
A Main Street store in Worcester is under investigation for alleged food stamp fraud and selling counterfeit goods, according to a search warrant filed in federal court. The store, identified in federal records as Esther’s Fashion Paradise, has allegedly allowed people to exchange Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits – known as the food stamps program – in exchange for cash. Christopher Robinson, a special agent for the Office of the Inspector General, filed a search warrant affidavit to seize items from Esther’s Fashion Paradise located at 872A Main St. in Worcester.
“The Investigator placed some food items on the counter and handed Acquaye a Massachusetts EBT card,” the special agent wrote. “The Investigator asked for $60 cash and Acquaye nodded her head yes. Acquaye then conducted a SNAP trafficking transaction charging a total of $122, charging the Investigator an estimated $2.00 for the food items brought to the register and $120 in SNAP benefits in exchange for $60 cash. Acquaye provided the Investigator with $60 in cash as well as the EBT card, the food items, and the EBT receipt.”
— WorcesterHerald (@WorcesterHerald) May 17, 2016
LOL. Obviously. Do people like Jim McGovern not realize how common this is? I don’t wanna cut food stamp funding because there are good people who need it for the right reasons. But all I want is for politicians to just ADMIT that lots of people aren’t using them for the right reasons. They’re doing work under the table to get paid, not paying taxes, and still collecting from the government. I would guess at least half are abusing it. But that’s just because I’ve actually lived in Worcester my entire life and I’ve seen it firsthand a million and one times.
Look, I could go out today and and buy TONS of food stamps like this. All I’d have to do is make a couple phone calls and I could get at least three people to sell me $100 worth of food stamps for $50 cash. This is just how things works. Everyone in the hood knows it. You get cash, and then you figure out how you’re gonna eat later on. Tons of kids go to school hungry every day because Mommy cashed in the food stamps so she could go to the club. This is why we need free lunch and free breakfast programs. Because kids shouldn’t be punished for having degenerate parents.
So yea, the fact that some shady place like “Esther’s Fashion Paradise” is engaging in welfare fraud is the least surprising story I’ve ever heard. Take a drive through Main South sometime and actually look at the businesses.
Look at the clientele. You gonna go grab lunch down at the Duck Yao? Things aren’t looking so happy at the Happy Laundromat. And Worcester has no shortage of failed businesses that have been converted into Iglesias. Would you ever go shopping at Esther’s? Of course not. So this is how Esther’s makes money. This is how they pay their rent and stay in business.
And every time politicians try to put some oversight into the SNAP program they always get pushback from our boy Jim McGovern. Here’s what he told the speaker of the house when debating this a couple year’s back:
I fully support rigorous oversight of federal programs. But we shouldn’t single SNAP out for aggressive or unnecessary scrutiny. It already has one of the lowest error rates among all federal programs.
Lowest error rates? Yea moron, because people aren’t getting caught. You don’t become a statistic if you don’t get caught. And he’s right when he says we shouldn’t be singling out SNAP for scrutiny. But it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be scrutinizing them. This is the same excuse they used with Mosaic. They claimed we were singling them out. But the fact of the matter is that you make yourself a target when your abuse is open and flagrant.
A couple years ago Jim MicGovern tried living on food stamps to show how necessary they are, and he tweeted out his shopping list:
— Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) June 12, 2013
Oatmeal? Carrots? Turkey? Onions? Could this guy make it any more obvious that he went to St. John’s? Seriously. If you actually went to South High School like Turtleboy did, then you know damn well that your typical meal on Canterbury Street doesn’t contain any oatmeal or carrots. It contains plenty of Cheetos and McDonald’s though. See this is what pisses me off about this guy. He thinks he knows what it’s like to be poor because he slummed it for a week in order to prove a point. But the fact of the matter is you don’t really know what it’s like until you live it in real life. This is something the McGovern Crime Family will never understand because at the end of the day they are just a bunch of entitled, privileged, wealthy white guys who have spent their entire lives avoiding poor people and minorities.
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