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July 2, 2013 - 8:29 am

But don’t worry, it’s not for voting. Just for accessing welfare benefits. And Gov. Deval Patrick is uneasy even with that.

Photo identification would be required on electronic benefit transfer cards for most Massachusetts welfare recipients under a provision backed by state legislators Monday.

The measure was attached to a supplemental spending bill for the state fiscal year that ended Sunday. The House and Senate approved the bill on unanimous votes.

Unanimous? It’s going to be difficult for the overwhelmingly Democrat state to explain this one away.

Another provision would create a task force on welfare verification and eligibility that would include the state attorney general, state treasurer and inspector general, among others.

“It’s not my position to hurt poor people. That’s not what this is about,” House Speaker Robert DeLeo told reporters after leaving a House Democratic caucus. “What this is about is to stamp out fraud and abuse.”

What? A blue state machine that’s interested in stamping out fraud and waste in government spending? Don’t they know that’s going to hurt their ability to buy votes?

Maybe they think they’ve bought enough votes. I’m just at a loss to explain this.

Gov. Patrick is playing the Romney card to push back.

Gov. Deval Patrick, who disputed the scope of the auditor’s report, has said he would be open to requiring photos on the cards. But he also noted that former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney’s administration nixed the idea of photos when the cards were introduced in 2004 after determining that the benefits of photo IDs did not justify the expense involved in implementing the system.

Technology has changed nearly as much as Mitt Romney has in the intervening decade.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Hey, they actually listened to us Massachusetts Conservatives. All 27 of us.

/sarc
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"What? A blue state machine that’s interested in stamping out fraud and waste in government spending? Don’t they know that’s going to hurt their ability to buy votes?"

As a lifelong Masshole who is usually dismayed at our election selections (Ed Markey, E.G.) I am always amazed that we do not share the tax-and-spend largesse of our more dysfunctional blue-state cousins like NY, CA and IL. And even with the parade of House speakers who keep ending up in jail (every one of Mr. DeLeo's predecessors going back about 30 years) and an embarrassing history of official corruption on Beacon Hill we have kept taxation to a moderate level on a nationwide comparison and our deficit problems have been relatively minor. The "Taxachusetts" moniker was valid for relatively brief period in the late '70s and '80s but is largely forgotten now.

Well, give us credit for gettign SOMETHING right here!
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