Yo, Anyone Got Food Stamps For Sale?

So, I saw this story: Record High Enrollment for Food Stamps: 46,681,833 Million

Breitbart is also running a story on Food Stamps: Report: Illegal Underground Food Stamp Market Thrives Online

I thought to myself, wow that’s really getting up there. How crazy is this? Removing that work requirement makes it all that more enticing, no?

I mentioned these stories to Mr. Liberty, who told me to go on Twitter and do a search for “Food Stamps For Sale”.  So I did.

 

Wow. Yeah. Loads of people on Twitter looking to buy Food Stamps. Now try entering “EBT for Sale“.  A bunch pop up on that search too like this one:

How lovely.

Somehow these folks can afford a computer or smart phone in order to tweet for buying Food Stamps. Maybe they’re using their Obama Phone.

Twitter looks like the latest stop for illegal buying and selling of Food Stamps. It’s already happened on Craigslist and E-Bay, despite it being prohibited by those sites. Here’s an example of one off Craigslist from 2011:

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One Albuquerque woman tried to sell “food stamps” on Craigslist, saying you could buy “twice the food for half the price.”

The woman tried to sell $400 worth of food on her EBT card in exchange for $200 in cash, or $250 worth of food for $125 in cash.

News 13 contacted the woman, who didn’t deny selling the food stamps. She said she was selling the benefits for a friend who needed help paying bills. The ad has since been taken down off Craigslist.

Here’s one from 10-13-12 in Bakersfield:

Date: 2012-10-13, 11:21AM PDT
jrbrj-3336556567@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

If interested in buying my extra food stamps……….pay half price….I currently have $800…..so only cost u $400

Dont pass up this great deal….

Call 6613463584

  • Location: NW
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 3336556567

Yeah, don’t pass up that great deal defrauding tax payers.

Another from Atlanta:

Date: 2012-10-13, 8:07AM EDT
jvrvx-3335770596@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

I have 70 dollars Worth Of food stamps for sale for 40 dollars please do not try to negotiate or ask me to change the price because the price is firm again price is firm 70 dollars worth of food stamps for sale for 40 dollars email this ad and we will go from there

  • Location: Atlanta-southside
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 3335770596

 

All of this activity and fraud costs the parties involved nothing. It costs the taxpayers billions. Heritage reported in 2011:

According to fiscal year 2010 data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maryland and Virginia distributed about $130 million in food stamps to individuals who were not eligible. For every $100 in benefits, those two states doled out $6.11 and $5.04, respectively, to those not eligible. The national average for that time was $3.05.

Inefficiency in the food stamp program spending is costing taxpayers billions. Of the $64.7 billion spent on the program last year (a record high that is only slated to increase), an overall $2.5 billion was spent on improper food stamp payments.

Flashback to 2009, Cato has this fairly frightening chart:

Food stamp price tag rising

Also in 2009, there was an article done on Food Subsidies.  Some of the numbers were staggering:

The food stamp program cost federal taxpayers $56 billion in fiscal 2009, triple the $18 billion cost in fiscal 2000.5 The number of food stamp recipients fell during the 1990s but has risen sharply in recent years from 17 million in 2000 to 28 million in 2009.6

The first food stamp program was temporary, running from 1939 to 1943.7 The program issued stamps that could be used to purchase food that the USDA deemed surplus. After the temporary program ended, there were numerous attempts to reestablish a federal food stamp program in subsequent years.

Congress passed legislation authorizing food stamps in 1959, but the Eisenhower administration did not implement a program. The Kennedy administration initiated temporary food stamp pilot programs. President Lyndon Johnson proposed making food stamps permanent, and Congress followed through with the Food Stamp Act of 1964. The new program had the dual goals of “improved levels of nutrition” and “strengthening the agricultural economy.”8

In 1974 the food stamp program was expanded nationwide and the number of recipients soared to 15 million.9 The Food Stamp Act of 1977 expanded program benefits in a number of ways, but it also included provisions to try to curb abuse.

Some restraints were added to the food stamp program in the 1980s in an effort to control rising spending. In addition, President Ronald Reagan, as a strong believer in federalism, proposed that the financing and management of the welfare and food stamp programs be transferred to the states, but those reforms were not enacted.

In 1993 Congress expanded the food stamp program under the Mickey Leland Childhood Hunger Relief Act. In 1996 Congress reformed the nation’s main welfare program (now called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) by turning it into a block grant program. The food stamp program was not substantially changed by the 1996 law, but the number of food stamp recipients fell as a side effect of declining welfare caseloads.

The 2002 farm bill reversed course and increased the costs of the food stamp program. It expanded eligibility to noncitizens, increased benefits for large families, and made administrative changes that made it easier to claim benefits.

*SNIP*

Further down:

The food stamp program has spawned a black market as recipients exchange their food benefits for cash. Law-breaking retailers have typically offered 50 cents on the dollar for food stamps. Today, food stamps are issued in the form of electronic debit cards, and that has reduced fraud, but more sophisticated forms of electronic fraud appear to be arising.14 The government says that the program’s rate of erroneous and fraudulent benefit overpayments is 4.5 percent, which costs taxpayers more than $1 billion annually.15

Rampant fraud. Yeah. No kidding. I encourage you to read the whole thing.

In September 2012, Cato puts a dollar tag on a similar chart:

Good Lord. Yo, Anyone selling Food Stamps?

 

 

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