In yet another instance of poor-bashing, the city of Boston has decided to prevent its welfare recipients from spending their hardly-earned money on alcohol, cigarettes, strippers, and tattoos.
Without so much as a do-you-mind?, authorities have been passing regulations that outlaw the use of a recipient’s EBT card in bars, tattoo parlors, and racing venues. Other states are reprogramming the ATM’s in certain businesses so that they will not accept the EBT’s(electronic benefit transfer cards) at all.
Now I ask you, with this fresh wind of oppression blowing in our face, how long will it be before this trend whips up a perfect storm of forbidden items? Are X-boxes far behind? High-dollar pedicures? Nike Air Jordan Silvers?
Those in favor of the trend say it won’t hurt those who are seriously trying to do right with the money that they receive, because they aren’t doing these things anyway. Isn’t that the same thing as the police saying that searching your car for contraband shouldn’t bother you, if you have no contraband? And isn’t that against the Constitution?
Some of these so-called welfare abusers are trying hard to make money, you know. Which is why they go to the betting parlor in the first place and, before buying the baby’s formula, attempt to parlay their benefit into something worthwhile. Isn’t that the American way? Are we going to sit by while millions of Americans are denied the right to place a bet on Lady Sally to win in the fourth?
This goes beyond the poor. Tattoo artists and strippers will be impacted, their earning power reduced, and I can see America spiraling into a depression, all because some bluenoses harumph at the idea of people having a good time, completely forgetting that we all have a right to the pursuit of happiness, which should not be infringed.
Speaking of infringement, Colorado and Indiana have passed laws barring benefit money from being used to purchase guns! 2nd Amendment! 2nd Amendment! The NRA needs to get behind this, and fast!
I will let Christopher Borges, who’s attempt to buy smokes with his EBT card was refused by a subsequently-fired cashier, have the last word…
“Why do people who are sick or unemployed need to justify their spending habits, simply because they are in receipt of support from their community (transferred via the government in the form of cash)?”
Yes, can someone please give Mr. Borges an answer?