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Why People on Welfare assistance should be drug tested.

Posted by on Jan. 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM
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http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2014/01/carr_alleged_dealer_accepts_ebt

Last night’s snowstorm postponed the snow job that is Deval Patrick’s State of the State address. But don’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. That’s right, 13 EBT cards.

So governor, how’s that crackdown on welfare fraud coming along?

“Sounds to me like she’s selling drugs and taking their EBT cards for payment,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), who’s been leading the fight for reform of the fraud-ridden program.

You know how Deval would describe Kelly Jean Gagnon. She’s an “anecdote.”

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 “we will take action to close cases and impose additional penalties, including disqualification, where warranted.”

Disqualification — that means taking away the junkies’ EBT cards. I’ll believe it when I see it. The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said yesterday that “multiple” EBT cards recovered were in Gagnon’s name. Another question: How did she have “multiple” EBT cards?

Other unanswered questions last night: Do the cops now know the names of the “rightful” card holders who gave them to the alleged heroin dealer? What was the total amount of cash on the cards? Hello … hello … is anybody home?

A guy texted me last night: “I used to be a heroin addict, I’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, it’s drugs every time.”

O’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 — 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 … anecdotes. In Maine, an ongoing expose has revealed the use of EBT cards in Hawaii and Disney World.

O’Connell said, “This is another argument for drug-testing recipients.”

Good luck with that one. A federal judge in Florida threw out that state’s drug-testing for welfare recipients last month. Apparently, it’s constitutional to test someone who works for a living, but unconstitutional to test bums who refuse to work.

I’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.

by on Jan. 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM
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JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM
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I don't think drug testing welfare recipients is a good thing. 

VooDooB
by Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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My husband drug tests all his employees before they can work for him. I don't see how drug testing welfare is any different.

Quoting JoJoBean8:

I don't think drug testing welfare recipients is a good thing. 


JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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The cost is going to be to high for the amount of people it is going to catch. 

Quoting VooDooB:

My husband drug tests all his employees before they can work for him. I don't see how drug testing welfare is any different.

Quoting JoJoBean8:

I don't think drug testing welfare recipients is a good thing. 



JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM
What will happen to those people if they fail the drug test?
VooDooB
by Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM
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Then perhaps costs should be cut in other ways to cover it. I'm sure we can think of a few government programs we could do without.

Quoting JoJoBean8:

The cost is going to be to high for the amount of people it is going to catch. 

Quoting VooDooB:

My husband drug tests all his employees before they can work for him. I don't see how drug testing welfare is any different.

Quoting JoJoBean8:

I don't think drug testing welfare recipients is a good thing. 




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by 2HotTacoTini on Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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It's been proven to be a waste of money. Although I do think we should be drug testing congress. Seriously..

VooDooB
by Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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Then they don't get assistance. If people really need assistance, they'll get off the meth and other illegal drugs. If they quit the drugs, there will be less robberies, less crime to pay for the drugs. Less crime, less shooting. Less shooting, less guns. If they quit the drugs, they'll start thinking straight. Maybe get back into the work force. Back to school to make a better lives for themselves. 

People in this country are entitled and feel like they deserve handouts for some reason. People need to be held accountable if they get handouts. This includes drug testing and a quota for amount of jobs applied to...things like that. Responsibiliy and accountability - It all seems like a win win to me. 

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA: What will happen to those people if they fail the drug test?


IandLoveandYou
by Penny Lane on Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM
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It's already been shown, time and again, to be a huge money waster.

Perhaps with the money we generate from legalizing marijuana, we can provide rehabilitation and counseling for those who are addicted to hard drugs like heroin, meth, crack..etc.

IandLoveandYou
by Penny Lane on Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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Except the the thousands of dollars lost, because most people who receive assistance are not using drugs.

Quoting VooDooB:

Then they don't get assistance. If people really need assistance, they'll get off the meth and other illegal drugs. If they quit the drugs, there will be less robberies, less crime to pay for the drugs. Less crime, less shooting. Less shooting, less guns. If they quit the drugs, they'll start thinking straight. Maybe get back into the work force. Back to school to make a better lives for themselves. 

People in this country are entitled and feel like they deserve handouts for some reason. People need to be held accountable if they get handouts. This includes drug testing and a quota for amount of jobs applied to...things like that. Responsibiliy and accountability - It all seems like a win win to me. 

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA: What will happen to those people if they fail the drug test?



JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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So we should cut other programs to catch a small percentage of drug users? 

Quoting VooDooB:

Then perhaps costs should be cut in other ways to cover it. I'm sure we can think of a few government programs we could do without.

Quoting JoJoBean8:

The cost is going to be to high for the amount of people it is going to catch. 

Quoting VooDooB:

My husband drug tests all his employees before they can work for him. I don't see how drug testing welfare is any different.

Quoting JoJoBean8:

I don't think drug testing welfare recipients is a good thing. 





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