Tuesday, 15 October 2013 14:00
Walmart's Saturday Night EBT card special symbolizes Obama's stamp on US
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ebtLast Saturday night, it was truly crazy at several  Walmart stores. It seems the entire population of two Louisiana cities, Springhill and Mansfield, were at Walmart shopping on their “no limit” EBT card.


 Due to a glitch in the system, shoppers were given a two hour window to shop like there was  . Walmart decided to allow shoppers to buy with no limits, so they stopped no one.

After two hours, the EBT system was restored and plenty of shoppers just abandoned their full shopping carts in the aisle and exited the store. At the time the system was restored, one shopper was in line trying to buy $700 worth of groceries on a card with a whopping 49 cents in the account.

These “no limit” shoppers were in effect stealing.  According to officials with the State of Louisiana, Walmart will be responsible for covering these costs, not the taxpayers who usually fund this program.  This makes sense for Walmart is ultimately response. Managers could have closed the store or prevented the use of EBT cards while the system was down.

 Congratulations to the people who refused to scam the system during this fiasco. Nevertheless, the whole incident indicates that our country is in deep trouble. We have over 47 million Americans on food stamps, an increase of 50% since Barack Obama became President. The program is growing so rapidly that 75 new food stamp recipients are added to the rolls for every new job created during the Obama administration. 

This shows what kind of troubled economy we have in this country. Under Obama, food stamp rolls have ballooned at the same time that the national debt has expanded by 70%. With the economic policies of Barack Obama, the possibility for a financial disaster is very real.   

With more food stamp recipients, the EBT system will most likely continue to face challenges. Not only are there concerns about computer systems and unreliable vendors, but there is a real concern about financial default. At some point, our country will not be able to financially sustain an ever expanding universe of food stamp recipients. 

The next time there is a glitch; there could be additional problems with outraged recipients who are prevented from shopping. Some social scientists are worried that the next time there is a problem with the food stamp system, there could be civil unrest such as riots in urban areas with a high concentration of EBT card usage. 

Let’s hope and pray this worst case scenario does not incur. The United States of America is already beset with too many problems. We don’t need another set of issues to deal with as there is only so much stress our country can withstand before it explodes.

Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at Ringside Politics.

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