Three Members of the EBT Card Commission going Rogue, Try to Ban EBT Card use for Strip Clubs, Booze, Cigarettes and Scratch Tickets

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 7th, 2012

Week in Review

When it comes to battles between conservatives and liberals the battle lines they draw often concern welfare benefits.  The conservatives want to take away milk for children while liberals want to make sure welfare recipients still have their dignity.  And can enjoy strip clubs, booze, cigarettes and scratch tickets (see Pundit: EBT card overhaul puts Hill bigs ‘in the hot seat’ by Chris Cassidy posted 4/5/2012 on the Boston Herald).

Outraged lawmakers trying to prevent taxpayer-funded EBT card abuse are putting the political screws on House and Senate leaders, who will face election-year pressure to place real reforms on the floor for an up-or-down vote, a GOP pundit told the Herald…

Three members of the state’s EBT Card Commission, formed to clean up the program, yesterday announced details of a bill to crack down on abuses, after last week slamming the commission’s failure to come down hard enough.  The rogue group’s bill would ban the use of EBT cards at such places as strip clubs, rent-a-centers, gyms and gun shops; banning card use outside New England states; and restrict how much cash can be drawn. The reform efforts followed Herald reports of welfare recipients spending benefits on booze, cigarettes and scratch tickets.

This is politics.  And, sadly, politics as usual.  Buying votes versus responsible governing.  For both conservatives and liberals know of these welfare abuses.  The difference is that conservatives want to reform the system to stop the abuses.  And liberals want to allow the abuses for the votes these abuses buy.  For they need those votes as few people will vote to raise their taxes to pay for poorly run welfare programs.  But if you’re the recipient of those welfare programs, well then, that’s a different story.  Your votes are for sale.  Which is why liberals fight to make sure welfare recipients can enjoy strip clubs, booze, cigarettes and scratch tickets.  As long as these people remember who it was that allowed them to enjoy these things in the election booth.

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