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House Bans EBTs At Strip Clubs, Senate Won’t

First we had this earlier report, via US News and World Report:


House Set to Ban Welfare Payments at Strip Clubs

GOP moves forward on bill to halt welfare payments at strip clubs, casinos.

By Alex M. Parker
January 31, 2012

… The [House] chamber will again vote Wednesday on a bill which would ensure that electronic withdrawals of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families dollars aren’t allowed to be withdrawn from ATMs at strip clubs, casinos or liquor stores…

The measure, sponsored by Louisiana Republican Rep. Charles Boustany, had originally been approved by the House in December as part of a larger funding measure for welfare programs, but it was dropped from the final law

“The abuse of EBT [electronic benefits transfer] cards must stop,” Boustany said when the measure was first proposed in December…

In 2010, then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger blocked the use of welfare ATM cards at casinos and strip clubs, after it was reported that $5 million in TANF dollars were spent at casinos over three years. This bill would implement that ban nationwide.

While supporters claim that the bill is necessary to safeguard taxpayer dollars, critics claim it is stigmatizing those hit with hard times to score political points. Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore, claimed that the bill would “humiliate and marginalize” poor people

Absolutely! Who are we to deny the poor their ‘sexual rights’?

Anyway, there was never anything to worry about. As we learn from this update from CBS News:

House bans welfare recipients’ money from strip clubs, liquor stores

Leigh Ann Caldwell
February 1, 2012

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that prohibits welfare recipients from using their government subsidy in strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos.

The measure easily received the necessary support of two-thirds of House members, with 395 voting in favor and only 27 opposing.

So this was a very bi-partisan vote. Funny how CBS doesn’t use the word. But we thought bi-partisanship was wonderful.

House Republicans introduced and promoted the proposal as a way to eliminate government wasteful spending. It has passed the House before, and they re-introduced it again hoping it will become part of a bill to extend the payroll tax credit, which both the House and Senate is expected to debate this month.

The Senate has not agreed to take up the measure.

Whew!

Still, this just shows that Mitt Romney was right, after all. The government is already looking out for ‘the poor.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “House Bans EBTs At Strip Clubs, Senate Won’t”

  1. “critics claim it is stigmatizing those hit with hard times”. How exactly does telling a welfare recipient that we refuse to pay for his booze and lap dances “stigmatizing? What disgrace does the undersexed welfare junkie suffer?What stigma is the poor lap dance deprived man showing. Is there a scarlet breast painted on his forehead, or do people just call him a boob? (sorry, I had to)

    stig·ma·tize   [stig-muh-tahyz]

    verb (used with object), -tized, -tiz·ing.
    1. to set some mark of disgrace or infamy upon: The crime of the father stigmatized the whole family.
    2. To mark with a stigma or brand.
    3. to produce stigmata, marks, spots, or the like, on.

  2. mr_bill

    Anybody using an EBT card at a casino, strip club, bar, or any place other than a grocery store ought to be stigmatized. They ought to be branded as losers on their foreheads and have their “free” money revoked as well.

    It wasn’t that long ago that Americans were ashamed of taking somebody else’s money for doing nothing. Bring back shame! Resurrect stigma. It’s a good way to counter the left’s continual erosion of societal values.

  3. tranquil.night

    Now you’re cutting into Dingy Harry’s bread and butter constituency, you evil wingnuts. You just can’t stop crossin’ zee line in an election year, huh!

  4. proreason

    A Keynesian economist would say that lab dances paid for by EBT cards are just as stimulating as ones paid for with earned money.

  5. beautyofreason

    I see the Democrats’ point; they didn’t even want to “humiliate” Barney Frank when he had a male prostitution ring in his basement. Shame is an unknown thing to these people. Boozers and losers are good at supporting their enablers, by votes if needed. Of course the liberals frame this issue with group politics; no we must not “marginalize” any person who gives tax dollars to strippers.

  6. Anonymoose

    Well you just never know when someone with an EBT will need to withdraw cash for rice and macaroni, and the only place they can find within walking distance is Ernie’s Stag Bar and Lounge….




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