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O/T California Welfare used at Strip Clubs

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by 391 shooter, Jul 1, 2010.

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  1. 391 shooter

    391 shooter Well-Known Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    For us folks in California, wondering where all the money goes, well here is a prime example of total useless spend and tax government, plus gov. employees asleep at the wheel.
    When I hire someone they have to pass a drug screen, when you go on relief, unemployment or any other gimmme program from the Gov. for free money from us, well, no you don't have to do sh*t, just get the money and run.


    Reporting from Sacramento — California welfare recipients have been able to get taxpayer cash — meant to feed and clothe their children — from ATMs at strip clubs across the state, including some well-known gentlemen's cabarets in Los Angeles.

    More than $12,000 from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was dispensed between the start of 2007 and the end of 2009 at clubs, including Sam's Hofbrau, Star Strip and Seventh Veil, according to officials at the state Department of Social Services.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered the department to remove the clubs from the official list of businesses where welfare recipients can withdraw benefits using state-issued ATM cards.
  2. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    391 shooter:

    The little dust up you posted involves cash advances from debit cards issued to California welfare recipients. It's a follow up to a gaggle of reports a week or two ago reporting the same California welfare recipients could get advances from California's casino atms. It wasn't known at the time how many recipients had actually received advances from casino atms or the total dollars involved.

    It all makes for interesting reading but there's a bigger picture...

    California's debit cards are funded by the feds via the 1997 TANF program. TANF is "Temporary Assistance to Needy Families" and is just one of the Health and Human Services agency's (HHS) mega dollar programs.

    TANF is a block grant which works like this: the feds confiscate tax dollars from responsible working adults which are in turn redistributed (there's obumble's favorite word again) to states, territories, and tribal agencies. The states in turn administer the dollars locally. Anyone with a tolerance for bureaucratic b*llsh!t can read all about TANF and other block grants on the HHS website. FWIW, the funding of lap dances and black jack was not listed among the TANF program goals.

    The various articles seem to imply the abuse is limited to California. There's also an implicit suggestion that eliminating cash advances at casinos and t!ttie bars will end said abuse. However, TANF cash advances are a legal, recognized, and INTENDED part of the program. Cash advances from ANY atm at ANY location in any state where TANF debit cards are issued can be used to gamble, stuff G-strings, buy dope or 40 ouncers or a carton of cigarettes. The fundamental problem of course, is that there is no ACCOUNTABILITY on how the dollars get spent.

    Can anyone expain how irresponsible spending and the lack of financial accountability would distinguish a welfare slacker from obumble and the lib dems in Congress??"

  3. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Green Bay Wisconsin
    They used to give out surplus food commodities. This of course, meant that the recipient had to prepare the food.

    That archaic approach has long since been abandoned in favor of the card system (even for food stamps) so the banker boyz can make a little money on processing fees.

    The older I get, the scarcer common sense seems.

    There will be a reckoning some day, and I hope to be around for it.

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