Our Glitchy Government

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard reports of the chaos in two Walmart superstores this past weekend. It was a story of EBT (food stamp) cards gone wild. I guess, more like food stamp recipients gone wild, and wild being the key word.

 For those who didn’t hear or see, for a few hours last Saturday in Louisiana, EBT cards had literally no spending limit. In just those few hours both stores were picked clean.

 CBS news affiliate KSLA reported that the police were dispatched to the Walmart locations, one in Spring Hill and the other in Mansfield Louisiana to help maintain order as shoppers (thieves) swept through the aisles and bought (stole) as much as they could carry. It was pandemonium.

 KSLA reported that the EBT system suffered a temporary “glitch” during a routine maintenance test. Glitch huh. That’s become a rather common word in the past few weeks.

 The Spring Hill police chief said, “it was worse than any black Friday”.

 One man, OJ Evans, who took a video of the aftermath expressed to KSLA that it was just “human reaction” to stock up, given the opportunity. Another man, Stan Garcia, said it was just “plain theft. That’s stealing, that’s all I’ve got to say about it”.

 Well, Stan is right. These “shoppers” no doubt all have a sense of entitlement. This wasn’t a “human reaction”. It was an animal reaction, although maybe the food stamp recipients simply thought the money came from Obama’s stash. To them it was free money for free stuff.

 These are the same types of people that, after a natural disaster occurs, would think nothing of looting that same Walmart. Remember the video of looters from New Orleans after Katrina?

 And how did so many find out about the “glitch” so quickly? My guess is that calls went out immediately from inside the stores, probably on Obamaphones.

 As more and more people end up on food stamps either by necessity or through government solicitation – don’t be surprised to hear more of these “glitch” stories.

 These are the types of things that will occur as Obamacare is eventually forced down our throats, I guarantee it. Just look at all the glitches that have already occurred. People without insurance trying to logon to government websites to obtain it only to be frozen out and told the information it took hours and sometimes days to input is no longer available or no longer exists.

 The larger a government program is or becomes, the more unmanageable it is. Imagine if the entire social security or welfare system were to be rolled out en masse today. The only reason they function at all is they started small and grew over decades.

 Now imagine you are a father or mother of a child who falls ill over a holiday weekend. You take your sick child in to see his or her government-mandated physician, assuming they will have weekend hours. After hours upon hours of waiting the doctor sees you but explains that due to a “glitch” your child has been dropped from the system. The doctor explains that the government will not allow him to treat your child and to come back when the glitch is fixed. What do you do? Who can you call? Like an insurance company, will the government have a 24-hour hotline? Do we really think that government hacks will be manning the phones all hours of the day, nights and weekends?

 You’d be better off looting some medicine from your local Walmart.

Profiting From Food Stamps

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

When one thinks of the poor in America, one might think of the welfare system, or government (section 8) housing, or maybe the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You know, food stamps.

 

Actually, it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen anyone at the grocery store pull out a paper “food stamp”. Now it’s the EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. You’ve seen it, even if you haven’t realized. The EBT card mimics a standard credit card.

 

So that’s what may come to mind when reflecting on America’s less fortunate. It certainly wouldn’t be J.P. Morgan, Xerox or eFunds Corporation.

 

Now why in the world would anyone think of these three large corporations in relation to the poor?

 

Well, you see, the federal government pays for the food stamp program, but it does not administer it.

 

Have you ever heard the term public/private partnership? Well, this is a classic example of its real-world application. It also sounds better than what it is; crony capitalism.

 

These three corporations hold the EBT contracts for the various states. J.P. Morgan has 24 state contracts alone. In other words, the government pays J.P. Morgan as the administrator of SNAP funds in almost half the states.

 

Have you heard that dopey saying, mostly uttered by socialists and other leftists: “they’re getting rich on the backs of the poor”?

 

Logically, that’s an impossibility except in this case, where corporate executives and investors are doing just that. It’s an ingenious scam and here’s how it works.

 

J.P. Morgan wins state EBT contracts. It in turn lobbies Congress and the White House. It pays particular attention to those of the Department of Agriculture and members of Congress that oversee the department’s budget.

 

Maybe Morgan might donate money to a politician’s election or reelection campaign, similar to the almost $1 million in donated in 2008 to the Obama presidential campaign. It’s just coincidental that shortly after taking office in 2009 Obama signed the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”. Buried in the Bill was a 13% increase in EBT benefits and also broadened acceptance into the program. In other words, allowing many more to enroll in SNAP.

 

My guess, you like me have heard the ads promoting food stamp enrollment. As more and more unfortunate Americans are forced into the EBT program, J.P. Morgan’s profit increases and investors reap the benefits. Investors such as Obama, which has invested upwards of $1 million.

 

They are the number 3 campaign contributor to Senate Agriculture chair Debbie Stabenow.  Sen. Jay Rockefeller has invested over $50 million in J.P. Morgan.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for investment profits. Just not rigged profits. And that’s what they are. Companies like J.P. Morgan reap huge profits and increased stock value by manipulating political hacks. At the same time these political hacks reap profits by investing in the same companies they promote. That’s crony capitalism.

 

And with more and more people enrolling and the addition of the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program into the EBT system, the circle of profits and corruption will continue unabated.