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House Votes to Ban EBT Purchases In Strip Clubs, Liquor Stores, and Casinos

| On 21, Feb 2012

You will NOT have a night at the strip club with your EBT card, if the U.S. House of Reps. has its way. (Photo credit unknown)

If you collect government assistance and think you’re going to make it rain in the strip club or other “sin” establishments anytime soon … then think again!

The U.S. House of Representatives voted earlier this month to stop welfare recipients from using their public funds in strip clubs, liquor stores, and casinos. The bill was passed by a margin of 395-27 on February 1.

The idea was to combat government waste by limiting where recipients can spend their money. Lawmakers want to keep people from withdrawing cash and/or using the debit privileges on the government-issued cards at “sin” establishments.

What the House passed still has to make it through the Senate and be signed into law by the president. So, the bill is just sitting in Congress with no teeth. Go figure.

I agree with the idea of limiting where public funds can be spent. It’s only fair that when people ask for assistance that they use it in the right way. Tipping strippers, buying liquor, and playing blackjack instead of feeding your family raises more than a few eyebrows around here.

My fear, however, is that welfare recipients will continue to be the scapegoats for the larger problem of government waste that exceeds welfare benefits. In an election year, it becomes easy to point the finger at exaggerations of “spending.”

Meanwhile back at the ranch, no one says anything about “corporate welfare” spending abuses and overlaps in government services that cost millions per year. But, we won’t even go there today…..



Should additional establishments be included on the government’s “no spend” list for welfare clients?

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