Originally posted at American Thinker blog
President Obama claims to need the debt ceiling raised in order to pay America’s bills. Meanwhile, as Democrats and Republicans quibble, during a routine backup test the EBT system for food stamps crashed,causing a “glitch” in several states where, for a window of time, EBT cards had no limits.
So, in other words, food stamp recipients got to experience what Barack Obama repeatedly demands, which is the ability to spend money that’s not his, and do it with wild abandon and no limits.
In Louisiana, one of the states affected by the backup test power outage that crashed the EBT system, food stamp recipients in Springfield and Mansfield seized the open-ended opportunity at a local Walmart, joining Barack Obama in his quest to steal from Americans by spending above and beyond the limit.
Viewing the “glitch” as having the food stamp threshold raised, and in keeping with the spirit of ‘raise the debt ceiling’ madness, patrons with EBT cards cleared the shelves when corporate Walmart allowed the EBT cards to be used despite the problem.
Talk about “Let’s Move!” Based on the crowds of people who showed up in possession of open-ended SNAP entitlement cards, it’s apparent many of them alerted friends and family using their Obama phones, which explains how word traveled so fast.
Once word got around that the EBT ceiling was raised, voracious fraudulence ensued. So much so that police intervention was required because EBT recipients were clearing the shelves in a “glitch-spurred shopping frenzy.”
Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd says Walmart was so packed, “It was worse than any black Friday” he’d ever seen. For those who don’t know, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when crowds of people all over America stampede each other to death in a mad rush to get a good deal on a flat screen TV.
Meanwhile, back in Louisiana, between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm, shoppers already habituated to getting free stuff loaded up their shopping carts supermarket-sweep style with whatever they could grab off the shelves.
At 9:00 pm when the EBT cards came back online, people no longer able to scam the system just abandoned overflowing carts and exited the store. Police detained one woman who rang up a $700 grocery bill when her EBT card suddenly showed a balance of 49 cents. Oops.
In Mansfield, the shopping free-for-all was so large that police were called in for crowd control and the shelves were cleared out before 9:00. Said one customer, “Just about everything is gone, I’ve never seen it in that condition.”
Corporate spokesperson Kayla Whaling explained that Walmart was “fully engaged and monitoring the situation and transactions during the outage.” Ms. Whaling explained, “We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards (and purchases on WIC and SNAP) during the outage so that they could get food for their families.”
That makes sense. Barack Obama just wants to spend more money than the nation has so he can “level the playing field,” and welfare recipients with 49 cents on their EBT card trying to rush the checkout with $700 worth of food are not stealing, they’re just trying to “get food for their families!”
With government on the verge of exceeding the debt limit and in dire need of more funding for existing debts, the president is setting an excellent example as a leader by demanding Congress vote to take the cap off his $16.7 trillion EBT card, so to speak.
So, as ‘raise the debt ceiling’ madness persists, to drive home the point that there should be no limit on American altruism, maybe Barack Obama can convince his political opponents to remove the limit on all EBT cards indefinitely and pay the bill Walmart shoppers run up when he strong-arms Congress into raising his own credit limit.