Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Your tax dollars at work — at strip clubs

Welfare recipients get their taxpayer-provided cash from ATM machines. The LA Times reports today that thousands of welfare dollars are dispensed at ATM machines in California strip clubs:
California welfare recipients have been able to get taxpayer cash -- meant to feed and clothe needy families -- from ATM machines 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 from the start of 2007 to the end of 2009 at clubs including Sam’s Hofbrau, Seventh Veil and Star Strip, according to officials at the 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.

If the government is going to pay young males not to work, why is anyone surprised that the beneficiaries of the taxpayer's largesse choose to spend their non-working time at strip clubs? Does anyone really think that moving their ATM access out of strip clubs is going to change that behavior?

PREVIOUSLY on government handouts:
Poster child hypocrisy
Environmentalists and corporate welfare
Providing for the welfare of ex-politicians

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