Why People on Welfare assistance should be drug tested.
Last nightâ€™s snowstorm postponed the snow job that is Deval Patrickâ€™s State of the State address. But donâ€™t worry, I can sum up the State of the State in three words: Kelly Jean Gagnon.
Age 37, she was arrested in Taunton last week and charged with possession of 19 grams of heroin.
And 13 EBT cards. Thatâ€™s right, 13 EBT cards.
So governor, howâ€™s that crackdown on welfare fraud coming along?
â€śSounds to me like sheâ€™s selling drugs and taking their EBT cards for payment,â€ť said state Rep. Shaunna Oâ€™Connell (R-Taunton), whoâ€™s been leading the fight for reform of the fraud-ridden program.
You know how Deval would describe Kelly Jean Gagnon. Sheâ€™s an â€śanecdote.â€ť
An anecdote who, according to the cops, had the 19 grams of heroin stashed in her bra.
The Department of Transitional Assistance issued a statement yesterday saying they were aware of the Gagnon case and â€śwe will take action to close cases and impose additional penalties, including disqualification, where warranted.â€ť
Disqualification â€” that means taking away the junkiesâ€™ EBT cards. Iâ€™ll believe it when I see it. The Bristol County District Attorneyâ€™s Office said yesterday that â€śmultipleâ€ť EBT cards recovered were in Gagnonâ€™s name. Another question: How did she have â€śmultipleâ€ť EBT cards?
Other unanswered questions last night: Do the cops now know the names of the â€śrightfulâ€ť card holders who gave them to the alleged heroin dealer? What was the total amount of cash on the cards? Hello â€¦ hello â€¦ is anybody home?
A guy texted me last night: â€śI used to be a heroin addict, Iâ€™m five years clean. I can tell you, every junkie trades his card for drugs or money. Every single one. If it comes down to drugs or money, itâ€™s drugs every time.â€ť
Oâ€™Connell, with the rest of the House Republicans and a handful of Democrats, have been trying to turn off the cash spigot on the EBT cards, which is known as TANF â€” Temporary Aid to Needy Families.
Deval and the rest of the enablers agreed to stop allowing the use of EBT cards in places like package stores. Now you have to walk across the street to an ATM machine to get the cash for your next 40-ouncer. Some reform.
Of course the moonbats insist that these are all â€¦ anecdotes. In Maine, an ongoing expose has revealed the use of EBT cards in Hawaii and Disney World.
Oâ€™Connell said, â€śThis is another argument for drug-testing recipients.â€ť
Good luck with that one. A federal judge in Florida threw out that stateâ€™s drug-testing for welfare recipients last month. Apparently, itâ€™s constitutional to test someone who works for a living, but unconstitutional to test bums who refuse to work.
Iâ€™m sure Gov. Patrick will give us all an update on this latest EBT scandal when he finally delivers his State of the State address.