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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

There will be mass rioting and looting in the United States if the food stamp program stops functioning

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Currently there are roughly around 50 million people in America on food stamps. This program is officially referred to as the politically correct sounding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. This federal program provides people with low or no income the ability to purchase food with Electronic Transfer Benefit or EBT cards. For years many have warned that since so many people are now dependent upon this program, ending it would result in widespread riots, looting and violence. 

Considering that the federal government is on an unsustainable fiscal path as the world's largest debtor nation it is quite possible that it will soon become impossible for this program to continue. Interestingly enough we got a taste of what could happen when the system that processes EBT cards went down for a short period of time over the weekend. 

Officially a systems glitch is being blamed for the outage after a test of the EBT backup system resulted in a system failure. The outage affected at least 17 states including Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. The outage lasted throughout Saturday until the systems were restored later that evening. Even though the system was only down for a matter of hours, panic immediately ensued. One Massachusetts grocery store reported having to turn away roughly 50 percent of their customers due to their inability to process EBT cards. In Maine carts filled with groceries were left behind by shoppers at different stores. At a Mississippi Wal-Mart customers rioted upon finding out that they could not accept their EBT cards forcing the store to close. Similar situations occurred across the country with reports on social networking sites indicating that many folks were ready to riot

During the course of the outage at least two Wal-Mart stores in Louisiana began processing EBT cards with no purchase limit. Immediately EBT card holders began filling up their carts with as much as they would hold to take advantage of the glitch. This resulted in chaos with police finally called in to restore order. Photos and videos have emerged showing bare shelves and an endless amount of abandoned grocery carts filled with huge quantities of food. Even though Wal-Mart as a company sucks, one has to question the morality of these people that rushed at the chance to take advantage of the broken system. 

It is unbelievable that we saw such widespread civil disturbances with the system only going down for half a day. The amount of rioting and looting we would see if the system were to go down for any extended length of time would be unimaginable. With approximately 50 million people or about 15% of the country unable to eat there is little doubt that such a huge amount of hungry people would be a dangerous force to reckon with. Although some people on food stamps are genuinely in need of assistance, many others are just lazy or immoral people mooching off the system. The story in the previous paragraph is anecdotal evidence proving that there are many people on food stamps who fit this description. These individuals will create an incredibly chaotic situation across America if the government is no longer able to finance the food stamp program. 

Considering the economic problems America faces with the out of control debt, the enormous deficits, a declining currency and a myriad of other problems, the chances of the government being unable to sustain the food stamp program is becoming a much greater concern. EBT cards are nothing more than the modern day version of the soup and bread lines we saw during the Great Depression of the 1930s. In fact the widespread use of EBT cards has helped reinforce the propaganda claiming that we are in the midst of an economic recovery when we are obviously not. People with their EBT cards look as if they are purchasing groceries just like everyone else so the true economic impact of what is happening is not nearly as visible as it was during the 1930s. 

It is truly sad that we have such a large dependency class in America but it is a reality that must be accepted. The food stamp program really should be phased out over a lengthy period of time as this like other government assistance programs is ripe with abuse and fraud. Not to mention, private charity groups have historically done a much more efficient job at taking care of the poor versus the government. 

Unfortunately if this program gets cut off cold turkey we will see madness unleashed and this is proven based off of what we saw this weekend. Some have argued that this outage may have been deliberately engineered to see what would happen if they had to suspend the program. This could be debated either way, but what cannot be debated is what will happen when close to 50 million people are suddenly unable to feed themselves. This group of people will be incredibly dangerous and unpredictable. Let's just hope that when this occurs they will lash out at the party responsible for this awful mess and not average Americans. The federal government is clearly to blame for this terrible situation and that's where their anger should be directed. It is sad to say that there is a very good chance that this will not happen and many Americans who had nothing to do with this will be victimized by mobs of hungry and desperate people in the process.



Lee Rogers
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