October 23 2013
Well, let’s see—I’m going on Craigslist to get a new sofa, find somebody to clean my apartment—and, oh, yes buy some bargain-priced food stamps. Here’s a story that will make you angry:
Food stamp recipients are turning the government handouts into quick cash with ads on Craigslist, despite efforts to stem fraud.
The federally-funded grocery assistance coupons -- which are issued by states in the form of debit cards under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- are being sold on the online bulletin board as well as auction sites like eBay. FoxNews.com found several offerings at Craigslist sites around the country, where the sellers offered the welfare benefits at large discounts from face value.
“If you need food. This is not a gimmick or game,” read one posting from Philadelphia. “Please let me know, I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!”
“I have $500 worth and it costs $350 cash. No I will not do half!” read another posting from the Atlanta area. “I don't need to sell. If you would like to get an extra $150 to $175 in grocery and pay no taxes and can see the benefit that you will still be saving then email me or call me and we can arrange the whole deal as soon as you like.”
Those who are desperately hungry are also taking to the website, offering cash for the stamps.
Stop right there. Those who are "desperately hungry" can get food stamps from the government. They don't need to resort to Craigslist. Whoever wrote that "desperately hungry" sentence is either desperately naive or desperately liberal. Come to think of it, they're pretty much the same thing.
But this material is so rich I must quote just a bit more:
“DO YOU NEED SOME QUICK CASH?? -- $100 (atlanta),” read the title of one such post, under which the buyer offered: "If you get Food Stamps and need some extra cash then hit me asap,” reads the post.
In another posting from the Trenton, N.J., area, the seller claims that he will have a $100 EBT card available on Nov. 1 for $60.
There’s a message here: 48 million people are receiving food stamps and many of them obviously aren’t hungry. They prefer using their free food stamps for a scam.
President Obama is eager to pass a farm bill—which, by the way, has little to do with farms and everything to do with expanding the food stamps program. It should be called the food stamps bill so that the public will know what is really going on when it comes before Congress.
If the GOP knew how to frame issues, food stamp abuse, a clear indication that it's not too few but too many people who get food stamps, would be a great cause for them.