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Posted on 10/17/2013 5:08:57 AM PDT by Kaslin
Lost in the news shuffle of the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate this week was the story progressives are quite happy you likely missed. But the story is important to note now, especially since we are on the verge of a massive expansion of the welfare state.
The Electronic Benefits Transfer system went down for a couple of days.
The EBT system replaced food stamps with a debit card to remove the stigma attached to using food stamps and is reloaded with a recipients government allotment once per month. When the money is gone, its gone, until the next month.
Never mind that removing the stigma of food stamps for a credit-looking card was a mistake because a little stigma attached to suckling the government teat might inspire some to do something crazy like, you know, get a job. But that horse left the barn a long time ago.
EBT users know how much they get from taxpayers every month and are generally acutely aware of how much they have left at any given time its printed on the receipt they received when they last used it. But because they know their balance doesnt mean anyone else does.
Enter the system breakdown.
EBT cards are run like credit cards to ensure the stores get paid, recipients dont purchase restricted items such as alcohol and tobacco and they stay within their monthly limit.
When the system went down there was no way for stores to ensure theyd be paid for their goods, so they stopped accepting the cards for a few days. That meant EBT users either had to go without shopping for a couple of days or gasp use their own money for food purchases.
Two Walmart locations in Louisiana decided to be good community members and accept EBT cards without limits, essentially on the honor system, to help users in a time of need. Thats right, Walmart. The company routinely attacked by the Left for their greed, their pay and simply existing in a way they hate offered to help people (NOTE: They regularly help people, you dont hear about it because it doesnt fit the left-wing narrative.) That was a mistake.
Under normal circumstance, human beings wouldnt abuse anyone willing to help them, be they a neighbor or a company. But the entitlement mentality is not a normal circumstance.
Word quickly spread throughout the community and EBT users flocked to the stores. With no limits on how much someone could get using an EBT card, those Walmart stores quickly began to resemble a zombie apocalypse.
Shoppers filled shopping carts with literally every item on the shelves of the grocery section of the store freezers, refrigerators, canned goods, boxes, anything the stores looked as if they had been looted. And, for all practical purposes, it had been.
After a couple of hours of this frenzy the EBT system came back on-line. This meant the store would be able to check to see if these shoppers actually had the ability to pay for their purchases.
Carts overflowing with food were simply abandoned in the aisles; left to rot, left to thaw, just left. The people who filled them like they were contestants on Supermarket Sweep knew they didnt have the money on their EBT cards to pay for all that food, but they didnt care. They saw free stuff in their minds because thats what EBT represents FREE STUFF!
They cared when the system designed to help them survive started to work again, and they ran.
One woman who didnt run because she didnt know the system was working again was caught trying to purchase $700 worth of food when she had only $.49 on her EBT card. She knew what she was doing, and she didnt care. She is entitled.
This is what the entitlement culture creates a lack of dignity and basic decency.
When youre used to getting things for free, conditioned and trained to believe this is an acceptable way to live, taking advantage of that is hardly unthinkable.
If you depend on something other than yourself for your subsistence, and by extension your existence, why not exploit an opportunity that presents itself? The government teat gives you enough to get by but not to thrive. Couple that with a political party telling you that if youre born into poverty the system is stacked against you and youll never get ahead, you start to think youve earned what youre given. That you deserve it.
If people think they deserve something for simply existing, something someone else earned, why not take more? Just some faceless company is being hurt, not a real person. Never mind that the company was trying to help EBT users that hand was bitten.
The mentality exhibited by those EBT users would be replicated anywhere any company would allow it. Race, age, gender none of these variants would make a lick of difference. Its the entitlement mentality. Most EBT users would not march into someones house and steal money from them, but they basically live that way only with the government as the middleman entering peoples houses for them. They dont see it that way; theyre conditioned to not see it that way. But thats how it is.
The EBT system is set up to help, to be a safety net for Americans in need. For far too many people that safety net has become a hammock, a way of life. Living off the labor of others, having their existence dependent upon others, perverts basic humanity.
With no requirements or expectations placed on welfare recipients to receive taxpayer money, an entitlement monster gets created. It was unleashed on Walmarts in Louisiana this week by a small segment of the population. If Republicans cant figure out how to message the importance and virtues of self-reliance and rugged individualism again, the things that made this country great, our very American Spirit, may well end up being the next thing looted.
That's one way of looking at it. Another way would be, some irresponsible bonehead up the corporate ladder of W-M called it for the moochers and looters.
Here in my little county, 17% are on food stamps....almost 6000 of them. They get $134 per person - a ‘family’ that has two kids, lies about income (not really checked anymore) can get almost $600/month of free money.
The further south you go, towards DeKalb and Fulton Counties that percentage gets much higher....there are some black-controlled cities/counties that reach upwards of 40-45%.
When all this goes south because of one reason or another, those counties with 30-40% are in for some real civil strife - IOW Obama’s children riots.
Well whoever called it will be using those EBT cards him/herself. At least if it was a just world they would.
But during that outage, I read/heard (don't recall where, maybe here) that when one individual's EBT card didn't work, she pulled out a second, then a third. When they didn't work she pulled out a "wad of cash that would choke a horse" and paid that way. There is no record of her leaving in an Escalade, but it wouldn't surprise me.
We can't make grocery clerks responsible for law enforcement, but that incident should get the attention of the police. Unless, of course, investigating it would somehow be deemed "RACIST"!
Yes, many of them would .... if the EBT quits working altogether for any length of time .... couple of days, a week. They'll steal money, food, anything they can get their hands on. The Louisiana situation was a 'flash MOB' in a heartbeat ... just let them think/find out the EBT is worthless one of these days. Obama doesn't need a brownshirt brigade, all he needs are EBT mobs, then turn the EBT spigot back on when they've done his dirty work for him and he needs them back under control.
Another way of looking at it—It was the smart thing to do to protect the Wal-Mart employees from the wrath of the EBT card holders. The employees aren’t paid enough to tell the ~entitled~ they’re limited to $50 a day.
Sorry, WalMart, but an honor system requires the involvement of honorable people.
What planet is he on? Self reliance and rugged individualism are no part of the Republican program of big government and government reliance and enhancing Democrat election chances. The best possible interpretation of Republican performance in Washington is that there are NO principles involved anywhere in the game. It is purely a tug of war between two groups of oligarchs to be the recipients of America's wealth. Us vs Them and they all wear the same suits.
GOP vs Dems in Washington - who gets to spend your money.
I think the person who made the call saved lives and prevented the destruction of the store. Gibsmedats don’t like being told no.
There are plenty of EBT customers in the Walmarts in our area, where the stores set a $100 limit. Nobody wrought havoc.
May I ask the demographics of those customers?
Wouldn't that be just awful.
17% here in Douglas County too... :( but only about 30% black :(
The excess charges should be treated as an over draft and future funds deposited credited against the over draft until it is completely reduced. There sil of course be no overdraft charges applied however.
Well, I’ve never claimed that EBT in whatever form is a black phenomenon. My county is 96% white, 1 % black, 3% other (illegal Mexicans).....
I will say this, though, the increases above 17-20% are due to the abnormal representation in those areas by black residents.
worse yet... a 300% increase in 10 years!
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