Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sham On You!

Sham On You!

When I was young, a common admonition from parents to their kids when they did something wrong was SHAME ON YOU! You don't hear that much these days.

The title of this story is Sham On You, yes it is S-H-A-M instead of S-H-A-M-E.

Well, let me tell you.

It seems that there is no shame any more.
Let's look up the word shame:


sheym]  Show IPA noun, verb, shamed,sham·ing.
the painful feeling arising from the consciousness ofsomething dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done byoneself or another: She was overcome with shame.
susceptibility to this feeling: to be without shame.
disgrace; ignominy: His actions brought shame upon his parents.
a fact or circumstance bringing disgrace or regret: The bankruptcy of the business was a shame. It was a shame youcouldn't come with us.


Now, let's look up the word sham:


[sham]  Show IPA noun, adjective, verb,shammed, sham·ming.
1.     something that is not what it purports to be; a spuriousimitation; fraud or hoax.
2.     a person who shams; shammer.
3.     a cover or the like for giving a thing a different outwardappearance: a pillow sham.


So what do these have to do with each other?
Recently, I came across this picture of a grocery receipt:

So I posted it on Facebook and lots of people commented on how disgusting it is for people on food stamps to go out and buy lobster and steak (and Diet Mountain Dew!) on our dime. A few shared their own stories about what they've seen.

My wife read it and said she had seen it herself and wanted to say something to the woman who was buying lobsters with an EBT card. (An EBT card is an Electronic Benefit Transfer card or as WRKO Radio host Howie Carr calls them Everyone But Taxpayers cards)

Anyway, my wife's point was they should be ashamed to be buying luxury foods when you're on public assistance but we, the idiots who pay for these leeches to buy this stuff, never say anything.

There is where the shame comes in. I doubt many of these folks who go to the market and buy lobsters, porterhouse steaks, cigarettes and beer give much of a rat's patootie what we think about them or what they're buying.


There's no stigma attached to doing this. Let me be clear here: I am NOT bashing those who are on public assistance who need it, who use it properly, who play by the rules and who try and better themselves to GET OFF these programs and live a good life like we all CAN if we work for it. There are too many layabouts who have been given a free pass to take public benefits and given no incentives to GET OFF THE PROGRAMS.

Liberals will tell you that what I just said was mean spirited. I say it's common sense. I bet the reality is that a small percentage of people on public assistance are legit and playing by the rules. We all know about these baby makers who have kids just to qualify.

Abuse is rampant with the EBT program across the nation: 

Part 2 of this video can be found here

Here in Massachusetts there are several cases:

And Here

And even in good old New Hampshire. You know the Live Free or Die state. Kinda gives new meaning to that motto, eh?

This is a must read from a former Walmart cashier in Maine!

So what does Massachusetts state government propose to do about all this fraud?

Why let's spend MORE taxpayer money to fix the problem:
A proposed state budget unveiled Wednesday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee would spend $750,000 to create a new state police unit responsible for investigating benefits fraud in Massachusetts.
In case you're not familiar with what you can do with an EBT card, here's a little background. You can use your EBT card in an ATM. That's right, an ATM which dispenses CASH. And CASH is not traceable. So you can spend your benefit money ANYWHERE! Now that's progress!!

Why the State of Connecticut is kind enough to provide instructions on how to use your EBT card at an ATM!

It's been well documented that EBT card abuse is rampant. In Massachusetts, the lawmakers continue to throw more money at the problem and enact toothless laws that will do little to curb the abuse.

This is not what these programs were intended to produce, but this is what it has produced. We now have generations of "families" who are on assistance and will never leave these programs.

A friend of mine suggested that EBT cards should only be used to purchase goods at military PX stores  as it is a government funded program. Good idea, but I suspect there would be a great hue and cry about limited access and having to travel great distances for those who do not live near a military base.

If they can differentiate between what is FSA eligible with a flex spending card, why not do the same with EBT?

There is no shame to this sham. And don't get me started on health care...

1 comment:

  1. Well to comment on your post about me seeing this young lady. She was about 25ish with her 6 to 8 year old son buying $43.00 worth of lobsters and two weeks prior saw another young mother with her young child buying lobsters. I will say the first young women only bought one bag. As Gomer Pyle would say for shame for sham for shame...