Does the federal government like IDs or not?

The feds demand you have a photo ID to get into a federal courthouse and many other federal buildings. They demand you have a photo ID to get on an airplane or travel outside the United States. They support requiring drivers to have photo IDs and that a photo ID must be showed to purchase a beer or cigar.

They feel just as strongly that an ID never be required to vote or to use food stamps, however.

Witness.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage blasted the United States Department of Agriculture for denying his request for a waiver to allow the state to require food stamp recipients to provide photo identification when using their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards as way to cut down on fraud.

“[USDA] denied our request, saying that the use of photo ID would be ineffective in reducing fraud and abuse,” he said during his weekly radio address over the weekend. “This is a shocking statement.”

So, when a food stamp recipient uses cash he saved by having his neighbors buy his food to buy a bottle of Colt 45 and a pack of Kools, does he have to show an ID? I am confused.

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3 Responses to Does the federal government like IDs or not?

  1. jacksonsdad says:

    “So, when a food stamp recipient uses cash he saved by having his neighbors buy his food to buy a bottle of Colt 45 and a pack of Kools, does he have to show an ID? I am confused.”

    Well said RD. You can’t, however, blame the USDA for not seeing the potential for abuse. After all it’s a complicated scheme turning those stamps into cash ;o)

  2. JJ says:

    I have to show ID just to get decongestants over the counter that work when allergies flare up.

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