I’ve never been on welfare before. I’ve been on unemployment a couple of times. While it’s not exactly the same thing it’s still no picnic. I think most people would prefer a decent job to a pittance from the government every other week. Yeah, there are some assholes on welfare. There are also assholes in the church, the government and at most companies.

The Republican controlled House of Representatives, on the other hand, are of the opinion that being on public assistance is just a little too much fun. Like the relative who lends you money but then wants to control how you use it the party of limited government is once again minding your business for you.

“The House last week overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require states to ban the ability to access government benefits at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos.

The benefit program in question is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), formerly known as welfare. TANF provides cash assistance to working poor families — often through an electronic benefit transfer card that can be used like a debit card. The money is meant to be spent on food, rent and other necessities.

Some recipients’ use of their TANF benefits were called into question after media reports found the cards were being swiped at ATMs in strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. Some recipients were also accessing their benefits out of state, including in Las Vegas casinos, at shops in Hawaii and on cruise ships, according to the reports.” – CNNMoney

Of course, strippers and bartenders need to get paid too I guess. They, in turn, need to spend their money on food and labia waxings. Thus is the circle of life in economics. Which is why you should be able to spend your benefits anywhere you want. Frankly, it does teach you some level of responsibility because if you blow all your money on tits and beer then you have nothing left for food or rent or child support. Call it economic natural selection.

Obviously, this is not a problem for the people using their benefit payments on cruise ships or Hawaiian getaways. If you ask me (and kindly stop not doing that) we should make sure that we’re not giving these benefits to people who really don’t need them to begin with. If you also ask me, I’ll tell you that I think laws regarding public masturbation should be null and void on nude beaches. Come on. What am I supposed to do? My penis doesn’t care about your non-sexualized recreational nudity.



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