The Government can’t keep the Fraud out of the Food Stamp Program but they’ll run Obamacare Efficiently

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 21st, 2013

Week in Review

We’re supposed to trust the federal government taking over one-sixth of the U.S. economy.  Our health care system.  Because they are so good at running vast complex bureaucracies.  Like the food stamp program (see NY food stamp recipients are shipping welfare-funded groceries to relatives in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti by KATE BRIQUELET and ISABEL VINCENT posted 7/21/2013 on the New York Post).

Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.

The practice is so common that hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon cardboard and plastic barrels line the walls of supermarkets in almost every Caribbean corner of the city.

The feds say the moveable feasts go against the intent of the $86 billion welfare program for impoverished Americans…

“Everybody does it,” said a worker at an Associated Supermarket in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. “They pay for it any way they can. A lot of people pay with EBT…”

Workers at the Pioneer Supermarket on Parkside Avenue and the Key Food on Flatbush Avenue confirmed the practice.

They said food-stamp recipients typically take home their barrels and fill them gradually over time with food bought with EBT cards.

Everyone does it.  Everyone knows it.  And yet nobody stops it.  Even though all they have to do is look at who is buying the big blue barrels.  It just can’t get easier than that.  This is our government at its finest.  Is it any wonder that government at every level is inefficient and incompetent?  And rife with corruption?  For if everyone knows that people are committing fraud and one of the everyone—the government—doesn’t do anything to stop it then they must be corrupt.

Why does the government look the other way?  Because from the government’s perspective the program is a smashing success.  Because people committing fraud will vote for the political party that makes it easier to commit fraud.  And it doesn’t get any easier when they look the other way.  New York City is a Democrat-controlled city.  The Democrats shower the city with an easy-to-fraud welfare system.  And they don’t lose elections.  Is there a causality here?  Perhaps.

Now the Democrats will be in charge of one-sixth of the U.S. economy.  Thanks to Obamacare.  Which will control far, far more money than the food stamp program.  Which they’ve proven themselves to be incompetent to control.  Just imagine the job they’ll do running Obamacare.

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