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Doug Ross

An Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card resembles a typical credit or debit card. The EBT system is used to deliver “public assistance benefits”, like the old food stamp program. It’s ostensibly designed to simplify the delivery of benefits and reduce the stigma associated with using food stamps, but it is rife with fraud and abuse.

In Massachusetts, for example, nearly 90 percent of EBT benefits are withdrawn as cash.

Does it make any difference for the state to ban the use of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards at tattoo parlors, strip joints or package stores if beneficiaries can use them to get cash from an ATM?

What difference does any kind of control on the use of the actual cards make if the benefit can accessed in cash?

…According to that EBT Commission report, 85% of EBT benefits, or $77 Million in a three month period between October and Dec. 2011, were translated into cash at ATMs.

So what difference does a ban on EBT cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and nail salons make if you can withdraw benefits in the form of cash? If the latest info on Twitter is any indication,  none.






  1. Catricia

    December 26th, 2012

    you cannot withdraw food stamp benefits as cash, why dont you try living from day to day like a lot of us do then you would appreciate a little help now and then

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  2. Xavier

    December 26th, 2012


    Why don’t you try living within your income?

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  3. Anonymous

    December 26th, 2012

    @Catricia, where were you when we needed help with that problem Communist in the WH ?

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  4. Diann

    December 26th, 2012

    I do live day today on the money I EARN. I have a weekly budget for how much money I can spend on groceries. I have strict budget restrictions so that I can live within my means. I do not go to grocery stores and purchase soda, chips, cookies, snack foods or anything of the like. Why? Because I am paying for my groceries with my own money and I must MUST stay within my budget. I do this because it is MY RESPONSIBILITY to take care of myself.

    Quit your bitching and whining. You aren’t a victim. You clearly are well off enough to afford the internet, so don’t cry to me about your lifestyle.

    I pay for my food, my home, my utilities, my cell phone service. I pay for it with money I earn working (please feel free to look up the words “earn” and “working” if you are unclear).

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  5. B. Hussein Obama

    December 26th, 2012

    It’s only fair to take money from the greedy earners and give it to the lazy, worthless, parasites … like bums, hobos, lawyers, politicians, judges, bureaucrats, union slobs, and other assorted freaks of nature … as long as they donate to me and my socialist, butt-sniffing Demonrats.

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  6. Noodengr

    December 26th, 2012

    So what if there is a stigma of food stamps? We would be far better off as a country if folks were not proud that they lived on the dole.
    Eliminate the entire program, allow private groups the flexibility to actually help the truly needed with real food staples. Private groups
    can do a much better job of screening out the cheats.
    I will always maintain if are not working you have plenty of time to make a real meal from basic food staples and not have convienent low nutrional junk food handed to you to stick in your microwave.

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  7. conservative cowgirl

    December 26th, 2012

    @B. Hussein Obama,

    You’re just sore because you are cutting your vacation short ;) :


    Poor Babybama.

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  8. Anonymous

    December 26th, 2012

    hey cowgirl, maybe Boner had a plan that would ruin Bambam’s beach break. I doubt it, but if he did, good on him.

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  9. B. Hussein Obama

    December 26th, 2012

    It’s JUST NOT FAIR to cut a multi-million dollar golf outing for some ol stupid gov’t stuff that I don’t understand, anyway!

    I can’t leave you damned peasants alone for a week!

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  10. Dagny

    December 26th, 2012

    Hey BFO,

    Why doncha start a religion? And is it true what they say about FEMA camps and FEMA corps?

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  11. Czar of Defenestration

    December 26th, 2012

    Yesterday, the Czarina and I went for a Christmas stroll along the beach. Lots of cars, lots of parking spots. As we passed one of the payment posts (put in your parking spot number and pay), I noticed a big, fat, multi-chinned swine of a woman paying with her EBT Card.

    *said in Charlie Brown voice*

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