NY Democrats oppose preventing welfare being spent on alcohol, porn, and other vices

As if I needed yet another reason to dislike Democrats:

(NY Post) — Democratic state lawmakers, led by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, have blocked welfare-reform legislation that would end “sinful spending” by preventing people receiving government benefits from withdrawing taxpayer-funded cash at jiggle and gin joints, The Post has learned.

[…]

The Post yesterday revealed that welfare recipients are using Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to make cash withdrawals at ATMs inside strip joints, porn shops, bars and liquor distributors — even though there were other ATMs nearby that would give them dough.

The reform bill has languished in the Assembly’s Social Services Committee, headed by Michele Titus (D-Queens).

Former Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez — who built a social-services empire in Bushwick — is a senior committee member.

One reform opponent, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D- Manhattan), compared welfare recipients to municipal employees and said the government shouldn’t dictate how the taxpayer-funded checks are spent.

“Last I checked, this is America, and if somebody wants to propose that policemen, firefighters, sanitation workers, state legislators and other people paid with government funds be restricted as to what they use their money for, let them propose it,” Gottfried said.

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A single-person household receives a maximum $200 in monthly food stamps plus $158 in cash assistance. A family of four could get as much as $668 in food stamps and $433 in cash.

The food-stamp program prohibits the purchase of booze, tobacco and lottery tickets with an EBT card. But there is no way to track the cash assistance.

This Democrat seriously can’t distinguish between a public employee and a welfare recipient?  He should be ashamed.  Ashamed to either be that stupid, or that morally bankrupt.

Comments

  1. Every city run by Democrats has huge financial problems as well as crime problems. And this is a perfect example as to why.

  2. “One reform opponent, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D- Manhattan), compared welfare recipients to municipal employees…”

    …removing any doubt that he’s a complete idiot. But then, so are those who put him in office.

  3. sally1137 says:

    Hmm. Maybe New York gun stores should take EBT.

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