Gov. Deval Patrick Shirks his Oath to Enforce New EBT Legislation

July 30, 2012 in Constitutional, Economy, MA, Welfare, Welfare Fraud

Gov. Deval Patrick: EBT enforcement ‘not feasible’

Gov. Deval Patrick joins His Comrade in Arms Barack Hussein Obama by similarly shirking his Oath to Support the “Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts… and the Laws” by Refusing to Enforce the Newly Enacted EBT law.

This is nothing new to either Governor Patrick nor President Obama. They are both extreme “Ideologues” that are willing to defy their oaths and their duties as Chief Executives to enforce legislative mandates. The Governor’s lame justification that it’s “not feasible” to ban EBT purchases of frills such as liquor, cigarettes, lottery tickets, tattoos and bail are absurd. Private sector corporations already utilize readily available software to restrict  the use of their corporate cards. When are the majority of sheepeople going to wake up and finally elect leaders that will enforce our State and Federal laws based upon our  Constitutions and not on the whim of  an incumbent seeking favor. 

By John Zaremba
Saturday, July 28, 2012 – Updated 2 days ago
 

A defiant Gov. Deval Patrick finally signed a welfare reform bill into law yesterday — only to say he won’t enforce key parts of the measure, drawing the wrath of lawmakers working to crack down on widespread abuses of the system.

Patrick, in a letter to lawmakers, said it’s “not feasible” to ban EBT purchases of frills such as liquor, cigarettes, lottery tickets and tattoos — and that “this administration will not enforce what cannot be enforced with respect to the use of EBT cards.”

“He’s saying he’s not going to enforce the law. That’s a first for me,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), who is leading the charge for reform.

 

“Just because we don’t have somebody to follow every person around doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have rules in place, or that we shouldn’t tell people they can’t purchase certain items,” O’Connell said.

The bill signing caps weeks of political strife that pitted Patrick against both houses of the Legislature. The governor vetoed the reforms altogether July 8, sending them back to the House and Senate and asking lawmakers to remove the specific-item ban.

Patrick said the independent EBT Card Commission — which was created after a series of Herald stories exposing abuses — ruled out forbidding certain items “for reasons of feasibility, enforceability (and) cost,” and that any lawmaker who thought otherwise was guilty of “political grandstanding.”

That set off a snit between the governor and legislative leaders, who brushed off Patrick’s recommendations and sent the reforms back unchanged.

“The Legislature did not accept the Governor’s sensible changes. He signed the package today in order to protect the measures that can effectively prevent abuse,” Patrick spokeswoman Kimberly Haberlin said.

House Speaker Robert A. Deleo gave half-hearted praise, saying Patrick was right to sign the bill but wrong to take a pass on the item ban. “We applaud the governor for signing the EBT reform legislation into law and expect him to fully enforce it,” DeLeo (D-Winthrop) said in a statement.

The new law also forbids the use of so-called Electronic Benefits Transfer cards at casinos, strip clubs, jewelry shops, nail salons, rental centers and cruise ships. The Patrick administration said it will enforce that part of the law.

“The Governor supports anti-fraud and waste measures that are effective. That’s why he approves banning establishments where EBT cards can be used. Restricting individual purchases is difficult if not impossible to enforce due to a lack of technology and the expense for retailers,” Haberlin said.

Also yesterday, Patrick shot down a bill that would require proof of legal U.S. residency to register a car.

“This bill appears to be aimed at using the RMV to identify and police undocumented people. This is an inappropriate purpose,” Patrick said in his letter to lawmakers. “The recent ruling of the United States Supreme Court, striking down most of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, underscores the importance of states treading lightly in the enforcement of federal immigration rules.”

 
-— john.zaremba@bostonherald.com

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