- During a mass mailing (about 500,000 letters) to all Massachusetts welfare recipients explaining how they could register to vote (another long, ridiculous scandal) , 19,000 of the recipients could not even be located. However, I bet the checks were still being cashed!
- Governor Patrick has vet the state legislature’s attempt to ban the use of EBT cards to purchase tattoos, porn, jewelry, and bail. Now to be fair, his argument was it would be very difficult to enforce bans on specific purchases. Agreed. However, the little known secret of EBT cards is that you can withdraw a portion of benefits in cash. Ostensibly, this is used for things like cab fare to job interviews (snicker), but in reality it is used for all the aforementioned ridiculousness.
- Market Basket (a local area Supermarket chain) employees report that EBT wielding customers are irate that they cannot buy cooked lobsters (as EBT benefits can't be used for prepared foods) and instead must settle for uncooked lobsters.
- Reports of folks with huge ($7,000 ) balances on EBT cards that carry over indefinitely. If you need assistance.... why is it piling up into the thousands of dollars?
While at the airport last month, I was a little suprised to see a new TSA cartoon sign aimed at children. No sense in targeting all TSA propaganda at adults... might as well start convincing the kids that unconstitutional and intrusive searches are perfectly acceptable... at least according to Officer Smith.I have been made aware of a the future of this particular propaganda campaign with Officer Smith..... These might be coming to an airport near you soon. Time to wake up people! Or we are going to get stripped searched just going to the mall!