Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Republicans Spin Big Government Wheels, propose Redundant New Regulations. Hey, they’re doing something, right?

The following aren't the only redundant bills to make their way into the halls of our freeloading lazy Republican legislature. How hard is it to duplicate existing law? Isn't it time to have a part-time legislature?

Both the no-call list and food stamp trafficking laws need the Walker Authority magic touch:
No-Call List/Robo-calls: Sandy Chalmers, administrator for DATCP’s consumer protection division, told committee members the bill would not prevent the most irritating and dangerous robo-calls from scam artists “Unfortunately, this bill will do nothing to address the millions and millions and millions of fraudulent robo-calls that people are getting,” Chalmers said. Chalmers also noted that Wisconsin, which spends $225,000 a year on its do-not-call program, is one of just 14 states that maintain their own lists; other states with no-call laws use the federal government’s list, which is permanent. She said Wisconsin still could impose restrictions on calls to Wisconsin residents if it switched to using the federal list, which is scrubbed daily.
What, save money that doesn't directly adversely affect the poor? Never.
Food Stamp Trafficking: The Republican-controlled state Assembly passed a bill that would penalize the trafficking of food stamp benefits in Wisconsin. The proposal would make it illegal to buy, sell or transfer food stamp benefits for cash or other unlawful purposes.
But once again our freeloading Republican politicians are just duplicating what is already illegal. To quote a line used often against more gun laws; let’s enforce the laws we currently have on the books:
It is already illegal in Wisconsin to make a fraudulent application for food stamps … The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently ramped up efforts to fight trafficking food stamp benefits by sharing more information with states to track users who seek card replacements more than three times a year. Currently, the USDA is responsible for investigating food stamp fraud by retailers while state agencies are tracking fraud among benefit users.

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