Skip to comments.Your Money at Work: Welfare Cash Spent on Strippers, Booze and Porn Shops
Posted on 01/07/2013 6:26:17 AM PST by Kaslin
If you earn a middle class paycheck like a lot of Americans do, you saw your Social Security taxes increase last week thanks to the so called fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Considering the system is totally broke, losing that extra cash to the government "lock box" makes you think about where that money, and the rest of your tax dollars are actually going. The New York Post has discovered through an investigation that welfare recipients using EBT cards (which work like debit cards filled with taxpayer money, just swipe and buy) pulled out cash to use at strip bars, to buy alcohol and to use at porn shops.
They’re on the dole — and watching the pole.
Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs — where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers, a Post investigation found.
A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs inside Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lounge; the Patriot Saloon in TriBeCa; and Drinks Galore, a liquor distributor in The Bronx.
The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), which oversees the “cash assistance program,” even lists some of these welfare-ready ATMs on its Web site.
One EBT machine is stationed inside Club Eleven, an infamous Hunts Point jiggle joint known as much for its violent history as its girls in pink thongs.
Club Heat, another Bronx strip club that dispenses EBT cash, is also no stranger to violence. A 33-year-old woman was fatally shot in the head outside the club in December 2011.
Welfare recipients receive food stamps and cash assistance under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Both benefits are accessed through an EBT card, but only cash assistance — meant for housing, utilities and household necessities — can be accessed at ATMs.
The fact that welfare ATMs even exist is insane. Giving out cash with zero oversight? Really? And the idea that some of these ATMs are actually located inside strip clubs is ludicrous.
This investigation comes just one month after we found a record $168 per day is being spent in taxpayer money on welfare services per household living below the poverty line and that welfare was the single largest budget item of 2011.
For fiscal year 2011, CRS identified roughly 80 overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs that together represented the single largest budget item in 2011—more than the nation spends on Social Security, Medicare, or national defense. The total amount spent on these federal programs, when taken together with approximately $280 billion in state contributions, amounted to roughly $1 trillion. Nearly 95 percent of these costs come from four categories of spending: medical assistance, cash assistance, food assistance, and social / housing assistance. Under the President’s FY13 budget proposal, means-tested spending would increase an additional 30 percent over the next four years.
FLASHBACK: Obama guts work requirement in welfare reform.
Today the Obama Administration issued a new directive stating that the traditional TANF work requirements can be waived or overridden by a legal device called the section 1115 waiver authority under the Social Security law (42 U.S.C. 1315).
Section 1115 states that “the Secretary may waive compliance with any of the requirements” of specified parts of various laws. But this is not an open-ended authority: Any provision of law that can be waived under section 1115 must be listed in section 1115 itself. The work provisions of the TANF program are contained in section 407 (entitled, appropriately, “mandatory work requirements”). Critically, this section, as well as most other TANF requirements, are deliberately not listed in section 1115; they are not waiveable.
In establishing TANF, Congress deliberately exempted or shielded nearly all of the TANF program from the section 1115 waiver authority. They did not want the law to be rewritten at the whim of Health and Human Services (HHS) bureaucrats. Of the roughly 35 sections of the TANF law, only one is listed as waiveable under section 1115. This is section 402.
Section 402 describes state plans—reports that state governments must file to HHS describing the actions they will undertake to comply with the many requirements established in the other sections of the TANF law. The authority to waive section 402 provides the option to waive state reporting requirements only, not to overturn the core requirements of the TANF program contained in the other sections of the TANF law.
The new Obama dictate asserts that because the work requirements, established in section 407, are mentioned as an item that state governments must report about in section 402, all the work requirements can be waived. This removes the core of the TANF program; TANF becomes a blank slate that HHS bureaucrats and liberal state bureaucrats can rewrite at will.
As I always say, keep working America....
No, there’s nothing to cut from the blooted government. We just need higher taxes. The one increase in guver’ment spending I would go along with would be an increase in welfare fraud police. And larger prisons for the perps.
I think there’s a way that citizens who report Medicare fraud can get the difference (or some monetary reward anyway).
We need to have the same thing with welfare. People who report welfare fraud can get the difference. We need to designate welfare money only for specific things (such as rent and food), and anything else that the person buys with welfare money is fraud which anybody else can report/sue over and the court will force the fraudster to pay the person who reported them.
Insanity. no other word for it... well maybe self-extermination.
You can draw cash on these cards? I thought they were for food only.
I live in a VERY small town and a couple of years ago some of us sat around and asked who is on SSDI, welfare or unemployment who is working under the table? We named 40 people who fell into these categories and one, who works under the table for a railroad who makes over $40,000 a year. If I turned every one of these people in, I’d never see a cent because I’d be dead before the fifteen years the government would take to act on this. Not to mention the family members who would kill me. Actually kill me, not in a literal sense.
And the rest was wasted on feeding another generation of Obama voters. LOL
The Right never complains about corporate welfare - the billions spent to subsidize companies that don’t really need federal handouts.
Its difficult to abolish handouts for the very rich. But to single out the poorest people in this country just because a handful abuse the system is a low blow.
If we want to eliminate socialistic abuses, let’s begin by ending assistance to those who don’t really need it in the first place.
No - you can’t withdraw cash from the card in most states. You can swipe the card to pay for food at the grocery store like with a debit card.
There’s not a great deal of abuse. People use them to buy the necessities of life. People struggling in a tough economy, its not their fault good-paying jobs are a thing of the past.
And stories like are a disservice to the country.
Tell that to the Libs who spread a DWI on an intern to a Republican all across the major networks for days on end. Or a nasty divorce of a staff member of a Republican at the county level for weeks and even bring it back up a year later. Or repeating the same story for 14 days in a row about a Republican primary candidate who was caught slashing the tires of his opponent.
"What is good for the goose is good for the gander." "Don't do what I say, do what I do".
I wonder how many of them didn't vote for 0bama in the last election?
A better question might be, I wonder how many of them only voted once for 0bama in the last election?
So you believe that people who tell the truth about the enormous amount of fraud and abuse in the welfare system are “doing a disservice to their country". You probably believe people who are sponging off honest, hardworking taxpayers are great Americans.
Who do you think pays for these billions of dollars in handouts and abuse? It is not your money, it is not Obama’s money. It is money taken from hardworking taxpayers or borrowed to create an unsustainable debt for our children.
The Federal government has over $16 trillion in debt and no way to repay it. The Federal government is running up additional debt of almost $2 trillion per year. You and your parasite friends who leech off taxpayers may think that telling the truth is a disservice to the country. I for one am sick of having money taken from me and my family to pay for these parasites.
So the lawlessness comes right down to every town and family.
There is no hope for America.
Give them a sack of rice, a sack of beans, and a sack of potatoes, along with a one-page photocopied recipe sheet on how to cook them. If they want more variety in their diets...OR to go to strip clubs...let them get jobs.
I wish her eyes moved.
Absolutely. ‘Don’t Get Between A Taker And His Paycheck’, Somebody will kill you.
Might be closer. :-)
The day the EBT cards stop working will be the day the Second Amendment becomes more widely acceptable to liberals, either to keep their stuff or to try to take ours!
This is vote buying, pure and simple.
Let’s get over the illusion that it’s a problem of innocent waste and mismanagement.
I retired years early this past year because it pissed me off so much. I’ll exercise, read, and pursue my interests. I won’t earn a dime for this degeneracy. Galt had it right.
And we STUPID workers allow this to continue.
Let the riots begin!
No food stamps.
A building in every block that is a restaurant.
Welfare folks man it and run it.
The fare is nutrious but simple.
KP is mandatory.