Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard reports of the chaos in two Wal-Mart superstores this past weekend. It was a story of EBT (food stamp) cards gone wild. I guess, more like food stamp recipients gone wild, and “wild” being the key word.
For those who didn’t hear or see, for a few hours last Saturday in Louisiana, EBT cards had literally no spending limit. In just those few hours both stores were picked clean.
CBS news affiliate KSLA reported that the police were dispatched to the Wal-Mart locations, one in Spring Hill and the other in Mansfield to help maintain order as shoppers (thieves) swept through the aisles and bought (stole) as much as they could carry. It was pandemonium.
KSLA reported that the EBT system suffered a temporary “glitch” during a routine maintenance test. “Glitch” has become a rather common word in the past few weeks.
The Spring Hill police chief said, “It was worse than any black Friday.”
One man, O. J. Evans, who took a video of the aftermath, expressed to KSLA that it was just “human reaction” to stock up, given the opportunity. Another man, Stan Garcia, said it was just “plain theft. That’s stealing, that’s all I’ve got to say about it.”
Well, Stan is right. These “shoppers” no doubt all have a sense of entitlement. This wasn’t a “human reaction.” It was an animal reaction, although maybe the food stamp recipients simply thought the money came from Obama’s stash. To them it was free money for free stuff.
These are the same types of people that, after a natural disaster occurs, would think nothing of looting that same Wal-Mart. Remember the video of looters from New Orleans after Katrina?
And how did so many find out about the “glitch” so quickly? My guess is that calls went out immediately from inside the stores, probably on ObamaPhones.
As more and more people end up on food stamps either by necessity or through government solicitation – don’t be surprised to hear more of these “glitch” stories.
These are the types of things that will occur as ObamaCare is eventually forced down our throats, I guarantee it. Just look at all the glitches that have already occurred. People without insurance trying to log on to government websites to obtain it only to be frozen out and told the information it took hours and sometimes days to input is no longer available or no longer exists.
The larger a government program is or becomes, the more unmanageable it is. Imagine if the entire social security or welfare system were to be rolled out en masse today. The only reason they function at all is they started small and grew over decades.
Now imagine you are a father or mother of a child who falls ill over a holiday weekend. You take your sick child in to see his or her government-mandated physician, assuming they will have weekend hours. After hours upon hours of waiting the doctor sees you but explains that due to a “glitch” your child has been dropped from the system.
The doctor explains that the government will not allow him to treat your child and to come back when the glitch is fixed. What do you do? Who can you call? Like an insurance company, will the government have a 24-hour hotline? Do we really think that government hacks will be manning the phones all hours of the day, nights and weekends?
You’d be better off looting some medicine from your local Wal-Mart.