LOS ANGELES – Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneger says welfare recipients can no longer use state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics and other businesses whose services have been deemed "inconsistent with the intent" of the program.Soooo, taxpayer dollars were used to visit psychics, casinos, tattoo parlors, and they WONDER why the state is broke?
The Los Angeles Times reports that Schwarzenegger sent a letter to county welfare directors Monday announcing that ATMS and point-of-sale card readers in such businesses will be removed from the network that accepts California's Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.
Other businesses affected by the ban include bail bond establishments, bingo halls, cruise ships and tattoo parlors.
In June, Schwarzenegger barred welfare cards at casino ATMs following a Times report that CalWORKS cards were being used to withdraw cash in more than half the casinos in the state.
Ya know, Im' not a monster. I really have no problem with welfare as it was INTENDED to be used. If someone needs a helping hand temporarily because of circumstances beyond their control, I don't have a problem with that. I have several friends who used the welfare system as it was intended. But the fraud that has been perpetuated with so many entitlement programs has gotten so out of control that I find myself thinking it's time to get rid of ALL of them.
It's too bad that the ungrateful scheming dregs of society ruin it for those who are really trying to better themselves.