February 2, 2012 by admncc
Today I’m going to shamelessly steal on of my blog-friend’s ideas (just for the day of course). Jen over at Hope Studios has a “Feedback Friday” segment which is extremely popular. And I thought one of yesterday’s news stories was a perfect fit for such a segment. So enjoy this one-time edition of “Feedback Friday” here at The Constant Complainer.
I know that everyone has their own opinion of welfare. And this isn’t a knock against those individuals who receive benefits. But over the years, there has been increased scrutiny regarding the payout of these benefits, who should receive them and what the funds can be used for. There has even been talk of drug testing the unemployed and denying benefits for those who do not have high school diplomas.
Interestingly, Congress took action on these thoughts yesterday. They passed H.R. 3657 – “To amend title IV of the Social Security Act to require States to implement policies to prevent assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program from being used in strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores.”
So basically, those individuals receiving welfare monies would not be able to use their welfare cards to withdrawal funds from an ATM at casinos, strip clubs and liquor establishments. The vote overwhelmingly passed 395-27. My question is…what in the heck took so long!
Some people may argue that we shouldn’t be policing these monies. Others would say that these are taxpayer dollars and we absolutely have every right to dictate where they can be withdrawn and what they can be spent on.
Working in HR, I think my views tend to be skewed. I see people spending more time worrying about trying to collect unemployment benefits than trying to find a job. And I see State systems allowing this behavior and not even enforcing their own stipulations for how people can qualify for any of these types of benefits. And I would easily support drug testing of the unemployed and those on welfare. But the question is…what do you think?
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