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4/12/2012

Your Tax Money (Almost) Going for This Dude’s Bail

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:53 pm



When it comes to fixing the budget, we can’t do it without raising taxes. Because otherwise, how could guys like this use welfare money to try to bail out of jail?

A convicted drug dealer — who cops said wanted to use cash from his taxpayer-funded EBT card to post bail — is the new face of welfare abuse, according to tough-minded lawmakers who are pushing the reform-resistant Patrick administration for a crackdown.

Kimball Clark, 45, was locked up Friday on drug-dealing charges — again — when he was overheard using his one phone call to ask the person on the other end of the line to “get my EBT card and go to the ATM and get the money to bail me out, get me outa here tonight,” according to a Boston police report.

Thank God we did welfare reform, huh?

Just Google “EBT and ATM” and poke around to see all the ways you can cash in (literally) on government handouts.

To spend on bail, or whatever your little heart desires. Maybe some drugs for you? In 2007, I wondered how much tax money goes for drugs:

[Y]our tax dollars, some of them anyway, are being spent on drugs.

Crack, heroin, PCP . . . you’re buying it all. From your pocket, to the government’s pocket, to the addict’s pocket — to the pusher’s pocket.

I’d like to see someone do a study that estimates how much tax money is being spent on drugs.

The results might be as eye-opening as the line of meth you just bought someone on Hollywood Boulevard.

This is the kind of stuff Americans have in mind when they resist paying more in taxes.

Four more years!

18 Responses to “Your Tax Money (Almost) Going for This Dude’s Bail”

  1. Ann Romney doesn’t understand this guy’s hardships.

    Patterico (feda6b)

  2. And here I am buying drugs with my own money like a sucker…

    Ghost (6f9de7)

  3. Those EBT cards are used for things that aren’t normally considered welfare, like unemployment insurance — something that’s been going around lately. Besides, money is fungible.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  4. Kimball Clark was someone’s wee little baby once just a lil gigglebox with a bright smile and an even brighter future

    and then something somewheres went awry at some point

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  5. Government wants to regulate everything these days:

    “Strip clubs, tattoo parlors, nail salons, gun shops and casinos would be banned from accepting taxpayer-funded EBT cards under a blue-ribbon panel’s report slated to be unveiled today — but Republicans warn the so-called reforms will hardly put a dent in rampant abuse of the taxpayer-funded system.

    “The report is woefully inadequate to address any of the problems we were charged with addressing,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), who originally called for the commission’s creation.

    “It’s probably the least reform we could do and say that something got done.”

    An eight-member special state commission — made up of lawmakers, the inspector general, the head of the state welfare program and representatives from the retail industry and an advocacy group — is expected to approve the report’s recommendations at its final meeting today. Members were impaneled after a series of Herald exposes found some welfare recipients using EBT cards to buy booze, smokes, scratch tickets and flat-screen TVs…………………”

    http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20220329gop_blasts_inadequate_ebt_reform

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  6. Why does he need EBT cards?

    should he not have enough money from his career?

    Michael Ejercito (64388b)

  7. This isn’t a Welfare Reform problem. This is a Drug War problem. If there wasn’t a Drug War, this clown’s business would be legal, he wouldn’t BE on welfare, and he wouldn’t be in jail needing bail.

    C. S. P. Schofield (6bcc3e)

  8. They took away food stamps cos they didn’t want the little darlings to be embarrassed at the check-out. Like these welfare queens can feel shame. Now they get credit card-looking thingies so they can hold their heads up. We truly are boned…

    Gazzer (75ef82)

  9. This isn’t a Welfare Reform problem. This is a Drug War problem. If there wasn’t a Drug War, this clown’s business would be legal, he wouldn’t BE on welfare, and he wouldn’t be in jail needing bail.
    Comment by C. S. P. Schofield — 4/12/2012 @ 11:18 pm

    — Now that ^^^ is good satire!

    Icy (5f4a78)

  10. In Mass. they now get total refund when their card is stolen. Nothing beats a two for one deal. We suck, as a nation of misfits control the future.

    sickofrinos (44de53)

  11. Yup. There’s no price low enough for addicts. They don’t work, they don’t make money. They sleep in a chemical dream. If a nickel bag were $.50, they’d still rob, steal, and burglarize. Are there still free methadone clinics?

    nk (52d02a)

  12. eenie meanie miney moe
    catch a junkie by the toe
    if he holler let ‘im go
    if he don’t, he do the loose booty

    Colonel Haiku (5cc82a)

  13. This isn’t a Welfare Reform problem. This is a Drug War problem. If there wasn’t a Drug War, this clown’s business would be legal, he wouldn’t BE on welfare, and he wouldn’t be in jail needing bail.

    If drugs were legal, a higher caliber of dealer would be conducting the transactions. Hell, it would probably take an MBA to get an entry-level job in the drug trade. In any case, this dipstick would surely still find himself jobless and on welfare.

    JVW (4d72aa)

  14. Greetings:

    The illustrious and oft mentioned “welfare reform” has much in common with a cancerous tumor when it begins to metastasize. Instead of being contained, welfare has been spread about to the point where almost any piece of legislation has a component deep in its back pages or footnotes. Yesterday’s welfare-takers have been reformed into todays “students”.

    11B40 (96b3d3)

  15. As much as I agree that the drug war is a problem, it’s not the problem in this story. The problem is that we allow people to be comfortable in poverty. This guy probably isn’t smart enough to think, “I’ll use my government money to get out of jail!” he was probably thinking “I’ve got money left on my card, I’ll just use that.”

    I would be perfectly happy with mandatory drug and alcohol tests for anyone getting government assistance. In my opinion, that’s the only time it’s anyone’s buisness what you put in your body (when someone else is paying for it).

    Ghost (6f9de7)

  16. Did Barry Downgrayedd just raise taxes and screw ‘working’ folks of $800?
    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2012/04/larwyns-linx-obama-campaign-website.html
    Am I missing something here?

    Barry touted his Payroll “taxcut” as a way to pay for the higher gas prices he caused, but he and his Media sycophants conveniently forgot to mention that this PR gimmick that will de-fund Social security was meant to replace the “Making Work Pay” tax credit that has just expired.

    The ‘voting present’ President told us that it would add about $40 – but the discontinuation of the “Making Work Pay” will take away $800/Year of that.

    Our dear liar wanted to leave the vague impression that this social security de-funding gimmick would mean $40 ‘a paycheck’. But is that $40 per week, every 2 weeks or every month?

    As was stated in this posting:

    Obama’s Big Deception: $40 Per Paycheck from the Payroll Tax Cut
    http://thevirtuousrepublic.com/?p=9770

    Okay, now stay with me here. I know some people get payed monthly. Others, biweekly, but a majority of working people get payed weekly, and quite frankly, that is what the White House was banking on. Most people, would assume, that this tax cut was putting $40 per week into their pockets.

    You will notice that the White House does nothing to dispel that impression. In fact, it says, the typical family earning $50,000 would see an extra $40 a paycheck. They don’t say a 2% cut in taxes or X dollars a week, but in fact, leave you with the impression, that on a weekly basis, one would see $40 more in their pay and over 52 weeks, that is $2080.

    Kiplinger.com has a handy Social Security tax cut calculator that shows the reality for a family earning $50,000 a year.

    As an example, if the husband makes $25,000, he gets an extra $10.42 a week in his paycheck.

    So for some “working folks” the social security de-funding gimmick “Gave” them $521 and the ending of the “Making Work Pay” gimmick took away $800. Essentially raising taxes in some cases by $279

    As I said: Am I missing something here? Or did Downgrayedd just raise taxes and screw ‘working’ folks of $800?

    Signe Cecilie (59a4a0)

  17. A convicted drug dealer — who cops said wanted to use cash from his taxpayer-funded EBT card to post bail — is the new face of welfare abuse, according to tough-minded lawmakers who are pushing the reform-resistant Patrick administration for a crackdown.

    The war on drugs is anti-freedom and immoral (and stupid), and if he wanted to use some of the government’s (people’s) money to defend himself against the government’s (people’s) charges — in the country that imprisons more people per capita in its criminal justice system than any on Earth — I don’t blame him.

    Not one iota.

    Random (fba0b1)

  18. Random getting his Nor Luap on

    Icy (877540)


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