"Please don’t ask why the state is supporting a guy who has 10 convictions at age 28, not to mention 52 citations on his CORI record. His welfare records are sealed, you understand. Alemany has his rights, after all. If you work for the state or the city, your salary is public record. If you live off the state, nobody can find out how much you’re collecting, unless you get lugged selling your EBT card.
"Not everyone with an EBT card is a criminal, but it appears that every criminal has an EBT card."
"His neighbors in the projects said Alemany wasn’t a bad guy. Of course nobody seemed to recall him ever working, but Aunt Zeituni never broke a sweat either, did she? He just went fishing with his child (by a girlfriend, naturally, as opposed to a wife) and drank beer. But wait, you can’t buy alcohol with an EBT card anymore, can you?
"No, you have to go to an ATM, get some cash and then walk back to the package store. The card he sold (for $100), of course, was just good for food. How much do you want to bet that he also had an EBT cash card? That’s where his beer money came from. That, and the muggings.
"Just yesterday, the guy who sent me the $7,000 EBT card receipt that started Rep. Shaunna O’Connell’s campaign emailed me two more from the same store in Pittsfield.
"One of the receipts, dated July 27, showed a balance of $5,993.81.
“I guess this means the holder will be getting a call from the DTA,” O’Connell said with a laugh when I showed her the bill. Remember, under the latest “reforms,” the DTA calls anyone with a balance over $5,000. Doesn’t take the card away or zero it out, just calls the layabout and gives them a heads-up.
"One last thing. If Alemany called the welfare department last October to get his new EBT card, he didn’t have to pay a replacement fee. Everything is free in America."
Real people in need are the victims of this welfare state atrocity.
It has to be deliberate, no one could come up with a system more screwed up, soul killing, and subject to abuse....oh, forgot about SS disability, that is actually worse.
The heartless GOP in Washington dares to want to reform this wonderful efficient targeted program which has a track record of leading people out of poverty (LOL), and which, heck, has only doubled under Obama, from 24 to to 48 million and counting.... and heck, there are only "anecdotal" instances of abuse per Gov Deval Patrick ...
"That’s $40 billion worth of cuts in total over ten years, out of a program that is projected to spend $770 billion over 10 years...that amounts to about a 5 percent cut...
and could include steps such as mandatory drug tests and employment rules.
"Democrats are going to be having the obvious hissyfits about how Republicans don’t care about poor people and want to gut a program whose enrollment has grown by 70 percent in less than five years, the horror, and the White House will almost certainly issue their usual veto threat on anything that makes even the slightest attempt at reforming our broken welfare state. I can see Harry Reid now, with all of the moral outrage of one fighting a completely fictitious evil demon: “Youuuuuuuuu! Shall not! Paaaaaaaaass!”