Welfare shouldn't support booze or strip clubs in Mich.

Some people call it "steak on the state" because of the many ways that people use and abuse welfare and food stamps.
May 14, 2013

But few, we suspect, ever knew that the Bridge cards meant to purchase milk and peanut butter for hungry children were actually feeding the liquor and adult entertainment industry.

Yup, you've got it. Abusers could withdraw money from their welfare cards to get spending cash for liquor, strippers and slot machines.

An untold amount of our tax dollars went to line the g-strings and pockets of the seedier side of humanity.

This is beyond concerning.

Luckily, the federal government spotted this loophole in the human services laws. The feds are mandating that all states put an end to this misuse of government funds.

State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, is doing just that. He has introduced a bill to stop the use of Bridge cards in gentlemen's clubs and liquor stores. He sponsored similar legislation last year regarding Bridge card use in casinos.

Jones said that he was shocked to learn about the loophole, and said that "booze and strip clubs need to be off limits to welfare money."

Sorry, liquor store owners and strippers everywhere, but we agree wholeheartedly with what Jones had to say.

We urge our legislators to tie off this loophole without delay.

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Comments

truthhurts

No surprise here. There should be no such thing as welfare, rather a donation/charity pot for the less fortunate. Bad choices lead to bad situations…don’t make bad choices in life and you will do fine and won’t need to leach off everyone else that made good decisions. However, with the current system, there needs to be drug, alcohol, and tobacco screening and required community service for financial help in return. And WTF is up with OJ getting fat in jail??? They should be feeding criminals PB&J and get the bare minimum nutrition. No wonder we are broke as a joke…and the joke is on the American people for being suckers.

Vladtheimp

Prediction: O.J. will sue the State of Nevada for feeding him unhealthy foods that made him gain weight, which will hinder his ability to run down the real killers of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman after he gets out. It also hurts his golf swing and he can't fit into the Bronco. Verdict: $1 million.

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