Friday, March 07, 2014

Media's a little late to the party on food stamp fraud, but we welcome them now

Four years ago, we pointed out a problem that was only being discussed in whispered tones elsewhere: People buying large amounts of soft drinks with their food stamp benefits (SNAP cards), then reselling those soft drinks for cash, which is most often used to buy drugs.

Four years later, this subject has finally hit the mainstream news. WKYT-TV in Lexington has been reporting on something it calls the "Pop Train," generating all sorts of conversation about the situation.

We're glad to see some news coverage on this subject. It's been a sore spot for a lot of hard-working, tax-paying Kentuckians for a long time. We're also glad to see the state investigating this fraud. We're just not happy that people have been complaining about it for a long time, but those complaints were ignored by state officials until the story became big news.

We welcome this exposure of the fraudulent use of tax dollars. But remember, we told you about it long before the mainstream media did.

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