There’s always a reason why poor people are poor and often, though not nearly always, that reason is that the people in question make poor choices and have priorities that prevent them from ever being anything better then parasites on society as a whole.
Even when they’re given largess from the public’s coffers in the form of welfare and food stamps via EBT in order for them to feed themselves, they seem to have different priorities for its use.
It seems some number of them prefer to spend the money that government took from Americans and gave to them as a hand-out on: liquor, pornography, hookah use, and strippers.
They’re on the dole — and watching the pole.
Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs — where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers, a Post investigation found.
A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs inside Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lounge; the Patriot Saloon in TriBeCa; and Drinks Galore, a liquor distributor in The Bronx.
The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), which oversees the “cash assistance program,” even lists some of these welfare-ready ATMs on its Web site.
One EBT machine is stationed inside Club Eleven, an infamous Hunts Point jiggle joint known as much for its violent history as its girls in pink thongs.
NOTE: Before I go any further I must say that Fox News’ article has one huge and glaring flaw, most likely of deliberate origin. There are NO EBT MACHINES! EBT cards work in any ATM, which are what is installed in the locations mentioned. OK, technically they just reprinted an excerpt from an NY Post article but, especially considering the nature of their sister company, that’s no real excuse for either poor fact-checking or willfully ignoring errors.
By way of probably long overdue full disclosure, since it hasn’t mattered in close to two years, I worked for a Newscorp business as a senior technical executive (ISO) for 5 long years.
I know the people all the way to the top and I know what the companies’ real goals are and they’re not political in the least.
I like the various Newscorp businesses for what they are – a lone counterweight to the Leftists’ MSM complex. I can’t and don’t try to delude myself about their own agenda and methodology though, and I don’t see where anyone else should either.
Still…Strip Clubs? These grifters and failures prefer to use hands-outs meant for their food, housing, utilities, and sundry household necessities to watch some slut jiggle and show off the sum total of her worth as an animal? Tell me again why we’re keeping these creatures alive.
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I could almost understand the occasional splurge on a six-pack, a bottle of spirits, or nice bowl out of hookah, or a civilized drink or two at a bar. People do need to maintain some semblance of normalcy and pleasure irrespective of their poverty; that’s part of the aim of these welfare programs. But strippers?!?
As an interesting side-note, the NYC Green Markets accept EBT but ONLY issue coupons that are only good at the green market. They even add extra, in the form of $2 extra for every $5 spent.
Many would say that the welfare system is flawed and that this is proof of it. To be fair though, the federal government did recognize this problem and the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, which Obama actually signed into law, included provisions that requires states to prohibit sinful welfare spending by 2014. If they don’t, they’ll forfeit federal cash. Yet those state legislatures which are controlled by Liberals, including New York’s, don’t seem to believe that they need to address this because doing so would “hurt the poor.”
For myself, I wouldn’t say that the system is flawed and I have no idea how to stop this sinful spending of other people’s money without returning to old voucher system which was determined to be both needlessly and prohibitively expense to run. In other words, what they’re losing in misuse is probably less than they were losing in overhead before.
What I would say is that entire concept is flawed. Clinton, under American pressure in his 2nd term, reformed Welfare to some extent but we’ve never gone far enough. We’re still keeping habitual parasites and failure alive instead of implementing caps and cut-offs to limit how long they can live at our expense.
Then again, since only very recent dates were mentioned, it may just come down to who are the new poor and who’s been now allowed these entitlements. That would point to a systemic failure but not to a failure of the specific system delivery largess to the our society’s dregs and temporarily – we hope but do not count on with Obama’s reelection – impoverished.