Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Congress has banned using EBT (i.e., food stamp debit cards) at casinos, strip clubs, and liquor stores!

Rep Gwen Moore asked, “What stops people from going to Whole Foods and using their EBT card there and then going to the casino?” during debate.  I would assume she was arguing on the "they're going to do it anyway, so why not make it easy for them?" mode of thought that floods our schools with free condoms and rides to abortion clinics without notifying parents first.

I have an easy but painful truth to answer her with: most people (not all by far, but most) that are on welfare do not have the ability to plan their actions ahead.  Nor are they interested in cultivating that ability.  They also do not like to be inconvenienced, so likely will just get angry that they can't gamble/get lap dances/buy booze, scream at management, then go home. 


  1. It baffles me they even allow cash withdrawal at all. If it's for food, you go to the grocery store that takes the card and use it. No need for cash. They're right back where they started with people buying little things to cash their food stamps and using the cash for things that piss the rest of us off.

  2. most people (not all by far, but most) that are on welfare do not have the ability to plan their actions ahead. Nor are they interested in cultivating that ability............

    The millions of unemployed folks
    thru no fault of their own, appreciate your thoughts........

  3. 45er--I know exactly what you mean. I talked about how I'd reform the food stamp program in the SNAP post, a week ago Monday. I'd do similar for the Welfare system, if I could--rent, utilities, and bare, basic necessities only. Franklin said it best: the best way to do good for the poor is to make them uncomfortable in their poverty, and encourage them and help them in their climb out. Welfare is enabling.

    OCM--the "millions of unemployed folks" are on unemployment, not welfare, and I think there'd be far fewer if the benefits didn't last for nearly two years. I have personally heard, at my local Wal-Mart, people talking about how they won't take jobs that pay less than their unemployment, and can't find any that don't.

    Odysseus is delivering pizzas, right now. A lot of people who are unwilling to let the government rape the taxpayers to take care of them are working two or three part-time jobs to make ends meet, or starting their own businesses.

    I was not referring to these individuals. I was referring to the generationally government dependent.

  4. Kind of like the weather, everybody bitches about it but nobody does a damn thing about it!

    We can bitch about it as long as we offer a viable solution to the problem.