Why Work When You Can Get Lap Dances for Free
I don’t even know where to start. It is days like this where I feel I wasn’t born with nearly enough middle fingers to full express my annoyance. I’m sincerely at least four middle fingers shy.
I just read a couple of articles. The first is from the New York Post. It bugged, bugged, bugged me, but not a “New York Times” kind of bug. After reading almost any article from the “Times” I feel like I just threw up in reverse. This “Post” article just really ticked me off.
Apparently the New York Post, though the Freedom of Information Act received a data base of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) records from January 2011 to July 2012 and found dozens of cases were the Welfare recipients accessed their tax payer funded EBT cards for such lifesaving purchases as “liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs.”
Oh yeah, you read that correctly. People are using their EBT cards in Strip Clubs. Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the CATO Institute was quoted as saying, “This is morally scandalous.” He continued, “I have nothing against strip clubs, but that’s not what benefits are for. I don’t blame [recipients]. If you are poor, it’s a crummy life and you want to have a drink or see a naked woman. I blame the people who are in charge of this.”
Now as a rule I do not judge other people (unless, of course, they’re stupid, ugly, smell bad, wear shoes with individual toes, listen to crappy music, or drive a smart car), but I sincerely think that unless you are physically or mentally unable to work, and you knowingly and willfully shift the burden of supporting your worthless ass to someone else and spend the taxpayers’ money on things like, oh I dunno, STRIPPERS and stuff, you’re a piece of crap. I don’t want to necessarily quote myself, because it comes across as cocky and arrogant, but several months ago I wrote what can only be described as a brilliant article that touched on welfare abuse and government waste. You can access the brilliant article HERE.
According to the article (the one from the Post), “Welfare recipients receive food stamps and cash assistance under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Both benefits are accessed through an EBT card, but only cash assistance — meant for housing, utilities and household necessities — can be accessed at ATMs.”
In a COMPLETELY unrelated article from the “Wall Street Journal” Speaker of the House John Boehner said that at one point when he was talking to the President about the Fiscal Cliff the President said, “We don’t have a spending problem.”
Apparently the President believes the country just doesn’t have enough revenue (read taxes) coming in. It makes me wonder who paid the bills in the Obama household before he became President.
Several months ago a Facebook friend of mine said this “I think the mistake most conservatives make is in thinking that austerity has ever worked once. It never has, the great depression was lengthened by austerity.” It confused me at the time, because it went contrary to what I thought the word “austerity” meant. I did a quick Wikipedia search and it turns out I did know what it means. “In economics, austerity refers to a policy of deficit-cutting by lowering spending via a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided. Austerity policies are often used by governments to try to reduce their deficit spending and are sometimes coupled with increases in taxes to demonstrate long-term fiscal solvency to creditors.” My question is in the last several years have we, the United States, ever tried deficit cutting? I’m going to go out on a limb and say NO.
Here is food for thought: in a time where it is clearly acceptable for a news agency to post things like a map of law abiding gun owners imagine the uproar if a news agency did the same thing to welfare recipients? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see the names, amounts and locations of the funds being spent?
I think raising taxes is a mistake. But it happened. Why aren’t the Democrats even trying to come to the table with entitlement reform? Every year the number of Americans who receive government assistance increases. President Obama is the “Food Stamp President.” But we are told we are in the middle of an economic recovery. So why the increase in assistance? Could it be to mask the pain? If everyone has assistance and is able to “get by” wouldn’t they be less inclined to notice pesky things like food prices? I don’t have a problem with a “hand up.” I don’t have a problem with a safety net, I just don’t think it should be a hammock.
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