Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Governor, vetoes a common sense bill that would limit food stamp use. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Massachusetts legislature pass a bill that would ban EBT food stamps from being used for "tattoos, guns, porn, body piercings, jewelry, fines, and bail". (Boston Herald).
The Governor says those that passed this bill are guilty of "political grandstanding".
State Sen. Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth):
“A lot of people in the Legislature, and a lot of taxpayers for that matter, believe there are a lot of problems with our EBT system… Some of us have worked hard to try to address those problems. Some of us actually take our jobs seriously, and to be accused of political grandstanding, I think it’s irresponsible and immature of the governor to speak that way.”
Massachusetts House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-N. Reading):
“He’s accusing us of political grandstanding … Well, I think he’s pandering to a political clientele who are in support of him and he wants to maintain that support.”
Jones is right. When you have such a large percentage of people now dependent on the Government to live and eat, you are going to have a really tough time cutting back on their benefits.
By the way, Deval Patrick is the politician that Obama mirrored his campaign after.