Our desperate poor

Welfare scum can use their taxpayer-paid debit cards at casinos, and they do!

Reporting from Sacramento — California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash on gaming floors in more than half of the casinos in the state, a Los Angeles Times review of records found.

The cards, provided by the Department of Social Services to help recipients feed and clothe their families, work in automated teller machines at 32 of 58 tribal casinos and 47 of 90 state-licensed poker rooms, the review found.

Schwarzenegger had already threatened to eliminate the state welfare program in his May budget proposal, and that was before he and his Republican allies in the Legislature knew that the cash could be accessed by people strolling from poker games to blackjack tables.

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  1. just_looking

    1. “Indian” nation is B.S.. If the “indian tribes” were a separate nation (and they are not) then they would have boarders like canada and mexico, passports would be required, etc.
    2. Lottery and gambling has always been a self tax on stupidity and we have plenty of that in this country.
    3. Welfare has always been used improperly, well before debit cards. No one cares. Welfare, like other gov’t programs are people that give away money that is not theirs to feel important. Results are irrelevant.

  2. Anonymous

    It’s also corporate welfare for the tourism, gaming, entertainment and credit industries

    And if taxpayers didn’t subsidize these dubious industries, their zero-skill workers would end up on public welfare…or working for government or some union…just other forms of costly shakedown payments for social stability

  3. OLI is spot on. Free $ makes idiots out of most. Just wait and watch when BP hands out wads for restitution. More than one will get a flat sceen and a new Dodge than put it back into the business they might have lost due to the spill.

  4. not so anonymous

    I was left with 4 kids to raise by myself.. deadbeat dad, no help at all. I was on welfare for years, and I took in other peoples children to care for in my home with my own to make ends meet and so there would be SOMEONE to parent them. I got off aid as soon as I could. My kids are grown, one is a PHD candidate in EE, one is a succesful film maker, one is a professional classical musician and one is widowed and raising a beautiful child. Three have married, one on the road to, I have 5 amazing grandchildren I am deeply grateful to the taxpayers who helped me get my children up and running. It was a daunting and sometimes frightening task but I could not have done it with out your help, again thank you.

  5. not so anonymous

    Yeah, I know, but sometimes, in some circles, all you hear is how wasteful and wicked welfare mom’s are. And, I’ve seen it too, but there are many success stories that I figure folks would be relieved to know about… : )
    Have you ever heard Michael Medved on the subject? Yikes!