Food Stamp Shut Down a Sign of Bad Things to Come

“The people are about to riot” is not what you want to hear at the grocery store. Not only is the ObamaCare website a computer disaster, but there was a hiccup in the EBT computer system over the weekend.

Reports are coming in that “shoppers left carts of groceries behind at a packed Market Basket grocery store in Biddeford, Maine, because they couldn’t get their benefits . . . The manager put up a sign saying the EBT system was not in use.”

Comments from non-EBT shoppers are a little scary:

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We’ve been “assured” that the breakdown in food welfare payments was not related to the shutdown. That means it could breakdown anytime, and it could happen again.It didn’t take too long to get the system up and running again. But what do you think would have happen if the system goes done for a week or more?

My mother receives her Social Security funds via bank transfer, as does everybody else. The money is directly deposited into her account. If her money is not deposited, my brother and I would be able to make up the shortfall. With most families, the disruption would be disastrous.

Government dependency is becoming a problem in the computer age, especially when food and other basic necessities are dependent on predictable funding.

When the “checks” stop coming and panic hits the streets, the inner cities will be the first to collapse and people marauding neighborhoods looking for food and anything else they can get their hands on.

It will all be gone in a few hours. Then what? We have a glimpse into the future by what happened at a Wal-Mart store:

“Walmart and local police in Springhill and Mansfield confirmed to CBS affiliate KSLA that officers were called into the stores to help maintain order Saturday as shoppers swept through the aisles at two stores and bought as much as they could carry.”

Government dependency is a curse on all of us. Better to be prepared. A two-week supply of food and water and other necessities are a start. Better to be prepared months and even years in advance then try to be prepared five minutes after a crisis begins.