photo by Mills Baker
There was an article in the LA Times the other day explaining that welfare recipients in California will have tighter restrictions in where they can use their benefits debit card:
California welfare recipients will no longer be able to use their state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics, massage parlors and many other businesses whose services have been deemed “inconsistent” with the goals of the program.
I really can’t believe that some people had the boldness to use these cards at these places! People were actually taking money from hardworking taxpayers and going to buy marijuana and psychic readings?
Governor Schwarzenegger sent out a letter notifying county welfare directors of the removal of these business from the network that allowed their ATMs and point-of-sale (POS) card readers to accept the state’s Electronic Benefits Transfer cards:
The letter said the cards, which allow access to cash meant to help families pay rent and clothe their children, also will no longer work at bail bond establishments, bingo halls, gun shops, bars, race tracks, smoking shops, tattoo parlors and on cruise ships.
Okay, so not only are they visiting Miss Cleo (“KAWL MEH NAH”) with public dollars, but they are also getting drunk, buying guns, aiding criminals, and getting tattoos, all while taking cruises! And that’s not all:
In June, Schwarzenegger eliminated casinos and poker rooms from the network after The Times reported that more than half of the licensed gambling establishments in California had ATMs that accepted the cards.
Last month, Schwarzenegger ordered casinos outside of California removed from the network after The Times reported more than $69 million in welfare benefits had been accessed from machines outside of the state since 2007, including nearly $12 million in Las Vegas.
So, almost $12 million of California State welfare benefits were withdrawn in Las Vegas?!?!?! Remember, these are the same people who are crying because they can’t feed their family, and complaining because the government isn’t doing more to help them!
They are gambling with money that the public is giving to them to pay their rent and afford the necessities of life!
I remember growing up and seeing so many people on welfare in my community. Some of them were trying as hard as possible to get an education, and make the best of their life. They made smart decisions, and tried to help others even in the middle of their own hardships!
However, I also remember the drunkards and drug addicts who would trade their food stamps for fifty cents on the dollar so they could buy alcohol and drugs! They would steal and sell anything that they could – even selling their claim to their own children during tax season. They would have no food to feed their children, but dress in the best clothing! The city/state would set them up with affordable housing where they paid $12/month in rent – and they still would be 6 months behind!!!
For many, these people grew to represent welfare recipients as a whole!
I bring this up to remind myself (and whoever is reading this) that everyone is different and these people in California who are getting drunk with their welfare money don’t represent everyone who needs a temporary hand.
However, they are the reason why those who actually need welfare are seen in such a negative light.
I guess the real lesson would be that we all have to be faithful stewards with whatever money we have – no matter what the perceived source!
- Do you think the Governor did the right thing?
- Does this change your view of those on welfare?
- Do you think there should be more strict limitations on these benefits?
- Do you think our government can/should do more to help these people?