The Boston Herald broke this shocking story recently that was completely ignored by the liberal-leaning Boston Globe.
During the Herald’s investigation, state agencies “flatly refused” to provide detailed information regarding the taxpayer-funded lifestyle of the Tsarnaev brothers (aka the Boston Bombers). However the state welfare department did let it be known that the Tamerlan Tsarnaev along with his wife and family did receive benefits that ended in 2012. For all we know, he purchased the pressure cookers with his EBT card. Did he use his “Obama-phone” to detonate the explosion? It appears that Governor Patrick doesn’t want you to find out.
This is just another scandal in the ridiculously corrupt Massachusetts benefits system. I don’t understand why the people of Massachusetts continue to tolerate the rampant abuse and corruption in the state/federal benefits programs. Other issues that have surfaced as of late:
- 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?
Governor Patrick continues to downplay these issues by crying: “I’m not going to do anything that makes vulnerable people beg for their benefits. This notion of humiliating poor people has got to be separated from how we make a program, and frankly separated and disposed of, from how we make a program work and work well.”
I fail to see how preventing my tax money from being used in casinos or to purchase firearms constitutes “making people beg.” Apparently the majority of Massachusetts residents agree with the Governor as they continue to re-elect him. Maybe now they will think twice since their tax money may now actually be funding terrorists.