It appears that the financial capital of the world, New York City, is not immune to the ignorance of most of government in understanding where true priorities lie. While Mayer Bloomberg spends time and taxpayer money going after individuals who want to drink a large coca-cola, he and the rest of the city are turning a blind eye to welfare recipients who are spending even more taxpayer money on booze, strippers, and gay club nights out.
In a new investigation by the New York Post on Jan. 6, numbers of food stamp and EBT card users were found to have spent their free government money not on food and diapers, but on booze, strippers, bars and even x-rated video shops.
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. - NY Post via Zerohedge
As Congress and President Obama continue to fight over saving a few nickels and dimes from a nearly $4 trillion Federal budget, and Mayor Bloomberg decries on national television that the country should pay for Hurricane Sandy cleanup, the bottom line is that when it comes to holding voters, err welfare recipients responsible for their government money, it is much easier to scream class division than it is to enforce fiscal responsibility on those who do not work, and have no inention of doing more than milk the system.