Welfare recipients get cash at bars, strip clubs and porn shops

DSC_5182 Now why would a minor detail like being on welfare stop someone from getting a lap dance, or three, on your taxpayer dollars? According to a New York Post investigation, it hasn’t stopped anyone. Welfare recipients in New York are spending cash like mad on alcohol, strip clubs, gambling- you know – stuff that makes life less miserable for the destitute crowd living in L.B.J.’s “great society.”

The article explained that the food-stamp program doesn’t allow for the purchase of cigarettes, alcohol or lottery tickets, but the cash-assistance program, where cash withdrawals are supposed to go toward living expenses, is where the abuse lies.

According to the Post, Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, cards can be swiped at participating ATM’s for cash, and many of these machines are found inside bars, liquor stores, and adult entertainment establishments, think sex shops. Oh, and to make it so much easier for this abuse, the state agency which oversees the cash assistance program lists these EBT-friendly ATM’s in seedy locations on its website.

“A single-person household could receive a maximum $200 in monthly food stamps plus $158 in cash assistance. A family of four could get as much as $668 in food stamps and $433 in cash,” said the report. That’s a significant amount of cash if you’re looking for low-class love in your lap and the cheap soap you’ll need to wash the sleaze off of you.

The Post investigated millions of EBT transactions from Jan. 2011 through July 2012 and the report showed an example of how a certain “gay dive bar in the East Village had $120 and $60 transactions a minute apart on Jan. 17, 2011. The bar is around the corner from a Bank of America that takes EBT cards.” Lovely.

So, what is the state and federal government doing about it? The federal Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 orders states to ban EBT cash withdrawals in strip clubs, bars, and casinos by 2014 or face a five percent loss in federal welfare funding. According to the Post, that would amount to a $120 million a year loss for New York. The state Senate passed Sen. Tom Libous’s bill that would ban such “sinful spending,” but it doesn’t have any support in the state Assembly. Libous said, “The Assembly typically doesn’t support welfare reform, because its more liberal members think the measures ‘hurt the poor.’

Welcome to the Big Apple…have a drink and a dance on me.

Read the full report from the New York Post.

Money spent on welfare recipients exceeds average U.S. income

 

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Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR
About Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR

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