You heard about the EBT (food stamp) fiasco down in Louisiana? The Walmart in two cities decided, when the network that verifies and validates EBT funds crashed this past weekend, to allow buyers to basically put unlimited purchases onto EBT cards…and that was followed by a mad rush of hundreds of EBT users literally EMPTYING the entire grocery and meat section of the store.
Walmart managers called corporate, and corp said “ring’em up” at those two stores, who are now being told that WALMART will be held libel for any overages not covered by EBT. And, each EBT user’s purchases WERE recorded via the system, so the feds know WHO got how much over. 16 other states were affected in this EBT crash, yet only Louisiana got smashed and grabbed.
Here’s the thing…there was a panic, when the EBT cards did not work. We, the people that actually PAY the taxes that gets forwarded to actually pay for these EBT debts, saw in TWO HOURS what happens when the food stamp system crashes.
Now..think about the government shutdown. The USDA is offline due to the congressional shit storm over paying for government costs (shuttered because Reid and Obama … the two largest assholes in the world … WON’T accept ANYTHING that does NOT fund Obamacare).
That shutdown is creating the NEXT crisis…the USDA funds the food stamp program, and there are movements in the direction of NOT being able to FUND EBT cards for November.
Now, think of Louisiana…gone NATIONAL. Breakdowns of civil life and society in grocery stores all over the nation. Riots. Looting. Stealing. Homicide? Murder? Where does it stop?
Why do I bring these things up?
Because of this….
“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue operations and eligible households will still receive monthly benefits for October. The authority to make October benefit payments comes from the Recovery Act, through which Congress provided “such sums as are necessary” to finance the SNAP benefit provided for in the Recovery Act. In addition, about $2 billion in contingency funding will be available and could be used to support State Administrative activities essential to continue the program and issue and process benefits. These contingency funds were provided in the FY 2013 appropriation and do not expire until the end of FY 2014.”
Dates on each plan, listed by agency, on what is going to happen.
Agency Contingency Plans | The White House
Foodstamp Program Shutdown Imminent? | Zero Hedge
Read this….(the currently shuttered agency that administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) memo obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center in Utah carries in it a very disturbing warning for the 46+ million Americans currently on foodstamps.
To wit: “understanding the operational issues and constraints that States face, and in the interest of preserving maximum flexibility, we are directing States to hold their November issuance files and delay transmission to State electronic benefit transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice.” In other words, as Fox13News summarizes, “States across the country are being told to stop the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the month of November, pending further notice.”
It’s right here…directly from our government. What is there left to say?