Debt Default Could Spark Food Stamp Riots
EBT card glitch led to “mini-riots” and looting after just hours on Saturday
Paul Joseph Watson
October 14, 2013
Food stamps, unemployment benefits and social security payments could be delayed for days if the US suffers a debt default, an alarming prospect given that an EBT card outage which lasted for just hours on Saturday caused mini-riots and looting at several Walmart stores.
Should the US enter a post-debt ceiling economy on Friday, “payments to Medicare and Medicaid providers, unemployment benefits, Social Security checks and tax refunds would be postponed for one to four days,” reports the Washington Post, citing a Bipartisan Policy Center report.
This means that food stamps set to be distributed on October 25 would be delayed until at least October 30, and nearly $60 billion in Social Security checks could be delayed by two weeks.
Judging by the reaction to Saturday’s EBT card glitch, which prompted “mini-riots” and looting after just hours, a food stamp freeze lasting for days would threaten even more widespread unrest.