We've all heard the story by now about how a computer glitch at the Walmart in Springhill and Mansfield, Louisiana, removed the limitation on EBT card expenditures which resulted in a mob of card holders clearing the shelves. Americanthinker.com tells the story, but KSLA.com gives some on-the-scene details of just what people did.
It's hard to get judgmental about the people who did this. When you condition people to be dependent on the government it generates a reflex to get all they can when the opportunity arises. And that desire overrides any moral code that might have otherwise held them back.
The people who created the dependency are the ones who should get the blame.
There have been share the wealth proponents since at least the 1930s. And there has always been a large segment of our population who would eagerly vote to take money away from another segment of the population to give to themselves. There shouldn't be much doubt about for whom the Walmart raiders voted in the last presidential election. Democrats woo those votes in the only way that works. Remember Obamaphones?
Welfare reform of the 1990s worked. But there has been a continuous erosion of that reform, and it takes constant diligence and uninterrupted effort to battle that erosion. Maybe someday we'll have elected officials who will endeavor to do that.
If you don't have an EBT card but want one, you're out of luck. The USDA site is shut down because of the Obama government shutdown.
Aside: The store shelves shown in the photos at the above linked KSLA.com site look like they would during a natural disaster. It's a good reminder for the rest of us to stock up ahead of time in the event we get hit with some calamity, another EBT computer glitch, for example.