Bad News, Impoverished Sinners: Lawmakers Want To Ban Buying Cigs And Booze With Welfare Money

Categories: Common Sense
foodstamcig.jpg
www.scoopit.com

As un-fucking-believable as it may sound, welfare recipients in New York currently are allowed to spend public-assistance money on things like cigarettes, booze, and strippers -- but hopefully not for long.

A bill has been introduced in the state Senate that would ban welfare recipients from using public coin to fund the bad habits that often times land them in hospitals -- where more taxpayer money often is spent to keep them alive.

The bill, sponsored by Republican state Senator Thomas Libous, also would ban using welfare money on gambling.


"Public assistance is designed to help needy families provide for their children until they can transition back to the workforce and become self-sufficient," Libous, the deputy majority leader, tells the New York Post.

Libous goes on to say that "this common-sense legislation would protect hardworking taxpayers from abuse while ensuring that individuals receiving welfare benefits continue to get the temporary assistance they need and deserve."

If Libous' bill doesn't become law, New York stands to lose about $120 million in federal welfare funding -- turns out the feds find public money going towards things like cigarettes and strippers is as ludicrous as Libous does.

Thanks to the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, states that don't prohibit welfare money from going towards "sin activities" by 2014 will lose five percent of their federal welfare funding.

If the bill becomes law, anyone busted using welfare money for "sin activities" will lose their benefits for a month. A second offense will cost welfare recipients three months of benefits. Strike three will permanently ban a recipient from the program.

My Voice Nation Help
7 comments
Anon.
Anon.

I tend to agree with you; the government is permitted to make rules for money given to charitable and non-profits, and in many ways this is no different. I'd like to think that laws like this would make people use welfare money to pay for things that are more likely to make their lives better and make them less likely to need assistance. Are people allowed to use welfare that to purchase condoms or other forms of birth control (medication, etc)? Is it possible that the category of "sin activities" could be expanded to exclude those items if a socially conservative state wanted to? It may not be an issue, those things may be covered separately by medicaid, but again, just thinking out loud. Thanks for your response!

Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller

Great, just another way of treating the poor like animals. Be sure to keep them on a leash so that they don't go off and get high or buy rims and Gliant Slurpees or whatever it is the wealthy think proles do.

Ak
Ak

how about we just stop welfare altogether not to catergorize people or anything most of them live in projects how about they provide food program for them and only let them eat twice a day.. too much?? just saying maybe it wont be a bad thing or how about just making the laws more strict for people on welfare/food stamps done deal..

Bub
Bub

Bodegas outside the yuppie areas sell loosies (single cigarettes), that can be charged to the EBT with a little sleight of hand, law or no law. You might realistically be able to keep public funds from buying strippers for poor people. Not for rich people though, that bailout money makes it rain! Maybe publicly-funded breast implant programs could divert low-wage strippers to the higher tax-bracket welfare recipients.

James King
James King

Good question. Here's the way I see it -- and I'm about as Libertarian as it gets (a.k.a. I don't like the government telling anyone what to do): we absolutely have the right to tell them what they may or may not purchase with the money society GIVES them. If they want to buy soda and junk food, they can get a job and buy all the Snickers bars they want. However, Bloomy's big-boy soda ban is absolute bullshit. The difference is he's trying to tell us what to do with the money we work for. When you start living on handouts, take what you can get and don't complain. Or get yourself out of that situation and buy whatever the hell you want. That, of course, is my humble opinion.

Anon.
Anon.

I don't disagree with the proposed law at all, but it does make me wonder... how far could it eventually go? I hate seeing people using food stamps to buy nothing but soda, candy, and junk food, but do we have the right to tell them what they may or may not eat? Maybe that's not a bad thing... if food stamps can only be used to buy healthy foods, maybe that will motivate people not to keep using them as a crutch for so long? Just thinking out loud, but what are your thoughts?

Jayman
Jayman

Makes sense to me. New Jersey already has a "sin activities" type law.

Now Trending

New York Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...