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Food Stamp Error Provides Informative Beta Test


By: David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, August 24, 2011

ATLANTA, Georgia—An error that caused fifty-four food stamp recipients in Clayton County, Georgia to not receive their food stamp credits on their EBT cards provided an interesting Beta test into how the U.S. society will react in response to the welfare system ceasing to make payments, or hyperinflation causing the money that is dispersed to not be able to buy anything.

Dozens of angry and frustrated families showed up at the county’s Department of Social Services office last week, demanding to have their food stamp money disbursed immediately.

Terry Clark told Atlanta’s FOX 5 that she stood in line for six hours because food stamp help for her six children suddenly ended. “There’s no telling my kids that we can’t eat,” said Clark. “I’m not taking no, because my babies don’t deserve that. Nobody’s kids should go hungry down here in Georgia.

“Me and my kids haven’t eaten since this morning,” said Destiny Lavender. “I was supposed to get my food stamps yesterday and I didn’t get nothin’.”

A state spokesman said they weren’t sure what went wrong, or what caused the glitch, but they are working on it to determine the cause. “We have both State and County staff working to understand the cause of the problem today. We are working to ensure people receive their food stamps as soon as possible,” said Lisa Marie Shekell, from the Georgia Department of Human Services.

In today’s economic depression, the literal soup lines of yesteryear have been turned into “digital soup lines” with EBT cards allowing recipients to shop at local stores along with everyone else. This helps government mask the problems associated with an economic depression and at the same time quell dissent amongst those who would otherwise not have any food.

In this country’s last depression of the 1930’s, nearly 75 percent of the population was self-sufficient and had the ability to provide their own food on their own farm. Today, that number has been reduced to less than 5 percent of the population still involved in family-run, self-sufficient farming. Curiously, the federal government is discouraging farming by stepping up its antagonism of the family farmer with increased regulations, fines and fees.

The food stamp error in Georgia shows clearly what will happen in society should the food stamp program be unable to continue dispensing benefits after an economic collapse. The U.S. government, as well as State and local police forces are gearing up with police and military training and equipment to deal with the millions of angry, hungry mobs when the Federal Reserve’s frail money system does ultimately collapse.

This writer recommends readers log onto  and watch the video “Meltup” for a greater understanding of our economic woes today.


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