DENVER (AP) – A bill to ban the use of public assistance cards at strip club ATMs got initial approval from lawmakers but not before a light-hearted debate.

House Democrats offered several amendments to the Rep. Dan Pabon’s bill Monday, including naming the legislation “The Dan Pabon Valentine’s Day Strip Club Public Assistance Act of 2011.”

Another amendment said the law should not be in effect at any time at Rep. Mark Waller’s “place of residence.”

The cards, similar to ATM cards, give recipients access to food stamps and other public assistance.

The House approved the bill on second reading, without the amendments, and faces another vote before going to the Senate.

The law already prohibits people from using their public assistance cards at ATMs in casinos, racetracks, and liquor stores.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (139)
  1. Nancy Wright says:

    I firmly believe if they are on the Assistance Program, use it for what they are intended for. Not to have us taxpayers pay for their entertainment, if they want entertainment, get a job!!!

    1. Texasinfidel says:

      Come on now, they need to be able use the money there as business expenses, to earn their unreported income selling drugs at these establishments.

      Be reasonable people! LOL

    2. Charlie says:

      I think the gov’t should send the taxpayers a card that they can use for entertainment & liquor….and the occasional lap dance!!!

      1. Justin P. Cox says:

        Very true….we are simply encouraging entrepreneurship.

      2. Brittany George says:

        So what they need to do is get cash from an “approved” ATM and then go to the strip club. LOL. This doesn’t solve the problem at all. :/

    3. Connie says:

      Exactly. I read this article and had to laugh. It reminds me of the money cards given to people after Hurricane Katrina – used at gun shops, strip clubs, and all assortment of places not really necessary. I would have thought that some stop gaps would have been put into place BEFORE these things happened, not after.

    4. casey mcconnaughy says:

      Here is how you fix the problem.

      1. Nicademus says:

        I’m with you!! NO MORE WELFARE.

      2. Justin P. Cox says:

        Agreed. It is not the governments place to provide for us.

    5. steve says:

      typical democrat way of about this…let them use their card where ever they want,the race track, porn shops, strip joints,casino’s, or anywhere else that the card is not intended for use,track the individual down, and CUT THEM OFF!!! OF ANY,AND ALL,GOV. ASSISTANCE. ty

    6. Jordan says:

      Who cares? It’s a waste of money either way. If your going to give away free money then YOU are the problem. At that point it doesn’t matter how it’s spent. At least the stripper is working for it.

    7. Ghost says:

      Who said this is a problem? Where are the numbers that say this is even an issue?

    8. Cistar says:

      Who said that these people on welfare don’t have jobs? Not everyone on welfare is jobless. Please don’t generalize all people, including people who actually need help, with a small minority of ignorant people. And last time I checked, people on welfare pay taxes too.

    9. Cistar says:

      Who said that these people on welfare don’t have jobs? Not everyone on welfare is jobless. Please don’t generalize all people, including people who actually need help, with a small minority of ignorant people. And last time I checked, people on welfare pay taxes too.

      1. tcallaway says:

        thanks.. obviously people don’t understand that just because you may have been approved for welfare does not mean you don’t pay taxes, have a job, or even have it easy. If they really want to be technical you can only be approved for so much money depending on what your income is. I think that these people sound very uneducated saying these things as if they are losing sleep because somebody else is recieving welfare.

  2. Rainbow Mary says:

    If caught using card for unintended purposes they should be banned from getting any assistance of any kind. ENOUGH ALREADY!

    1. rixie says:

      I agree. While the worker bees have to plan and budget for their trips, liquor, and entertainment these yahoos just spend and play at will. When the entitled get these ATM cards they should sign that if they abuse them one time they are off the rolls permenently – forever….

    2. So why do any of them deserve a nickel of our money? If they have so much free time that they can go to a strip club or anywhere else, for that matter, then they should be working.

      1. Thavia Solitaire says:

        You all assume that every person that uses assistance is not in need and lazy. There are a number of college students that are on welfare to help provide since they can not work or can not work full time. Better education, theoretically, equals better jobs and a better economy. There are a few bad apples but they are not the only ones in the basket.

      2. tcallaway says:

        you would be paying taxes reguarless.. the government uses the money for alot of things including building weapons to go overseas and bomb other countries killing innocent people. So don’t make it seem like that the fact that your money is going somewhere else to help somebody in YOUR country is bad.. when part of it is going to another country to KILL innocent people.

    3. Kim Estrada says:

      No they shouldn’t. They should enjoy their lives. Sorry you don’t enjoy life. I do.

      1. ccb says:

        Kim Estrada is a moron. All of her money should go to the “poor” so they can “enjoy life”.

      2. Enjoy? What, I have to work 16 hour days and 6 days a week, pay $60,000.00 a year in income tax, $10,000.00 in property tax who know how much in sales tax, gas tax etc, etc…. so some bum can “enjoy” their lives. Maybe you are willing to subsidize some lazy leach, I am not, that is unless you are one of them.

      3. David Needham says:

        I don’t have time to enjoy my life because I’m busy working so I can pay taxes that pay you to…

      4. Nick says:

        Kim Estrada is probably one of those welfare brood mothers. She probably has a dozen kids so she can leach off the rest of us without having to work. This is your democrat party.

      5. Doug says:

        Right. A dozen kids by 10 different fathers. The mother of a future crime wave.

      6. past_lights_out says:

        You are so right Kim. The negative replies are from people who think that there is dignity in paying for their own stuff. Everyone should enjoy the freedom of living off of Obama’s stash.

    4. Ghost says:

      Where are the numbers that say this is even an issue? I could create a bill to stop the sale of firearms to extraterrestrial chipmunks but it doesn’t make them real or a problem.

  3. porchhound says:

    Where is the LOVE!!!!

    1. FedUp says:

      you are a moron

      1. Prdparent says:

        Lighten up Francis!

    2. Justin P. Cox says:

      I would love it many of them would choose to work.

  4. PsychoLoco says:

    Does Colorado State Representative Mark Waller want people using public assistance ATM cards at his place of residence for any type of transaction, or does he just want people paying the strippers at his house with public assistance ATM cards?

    1. Foghorn Leghorn says:

      It’s a joke son, don’tcha get it? PsychoLoco made a funny, and you ain’t laughing!

    2. Kim Estrada says:

      Mr. Waller helps people enjoy life. Sorry about you. His wife supports him why can’t you?

      1. FanofEstrada'sSacrcasm says:

        Kim Estrada is funny

  5. Ross R says:

    Impeach Obama because of the things that his predecessors did…. Only 1 of your violations (all of which are accurate, btw) started during Obama’s presidency.

    1. Ann Archy says:

      How does it feel to be does in that bunker?

      Barry Soetoro has continued and escalated the 2 illegal wars. More soldiers in Afghanistan and more private contractors in Iraq.

      The torture goes on at the black site prisons.

      The invasion of of personal lives has increased and they have more coming.

      These degenerates want to force you to buy health insurance, probably a mandatory Chevy isn’t far off.

      You are a typical delusional statist that thinks giving your team the weapons, power and money is the right thing to do.

      Ipso Facto … you are a cult member.

    2. RetiredArmyRanger says:

      When it started does not absolve the President from putting a stop to it when he was elected. If you accept it and don’t fix it then you bought it.

      1. Jim says:

        @RetiredArmyRanger – first accepting that you are a Retired Army Ranger, thank you for your service to your country. I try to say that to anyone in uniform I see.

        Second, I suppose I’m a liberal, but agree this needs to be stopped. Having said that, however, no one can fix everything at once. So I’m skeptical of blaming Obama for not stopping it sooner. And thanks again for your service.

  6. ragu4u says:

    A person needs what a person needs to get by. For some, it’s a nice rack of lamb. For others, just a nice rack.

    1. idiotmitten says:

      This is the BEST response to this asinine story. HEY, folks, money is fungible.

    2. Paco says:

      And don’t forget, it stimulates the economy too!!

      1. didgeridoo says:

        Paco, if it doesn’t stimulate the economy I am sure it will stimulate another thing!

  7. TallBaldDude says:

    Hey strippers need money too. This is just the way poeple on assistance help stimulate…….the economy. Now they are going to have to go down the street and get the money from the bank’s ATM. How discriminitory!

    1. Wrong kind of stimulus, I think we are talking about stimulating the economy not, well you know what I am talking about.

  8. Grapost says:

    DUH! It took them all this time to do this. Why wasn’t it done in the first place? I guess it will be another 20 years before they get around to making sure they can;t be used to pay for “escort” services on the internat.

  9.   says:

    The problem is not that the cards are being used at strip clubs. The problem is that the cards exist. Because they exist, the gov’t now feels empowered to tell another group of people what they can and cannot do. Which is why they exist in the first place. Not to ‘help’ someone in need, but to control (eventually) everyone. This is just another nail in the coffin: FREEDOM: RIP

    1. past_lights_out says:

      They already tell me that half my workday belongs to them.

  10. Ross R says:

    Seems to me that it would be better to avoid these idiotic easy to get around laws, and just change how we deal with our poor in this country. We should improve their ability to support themselves, rather than just throw money at them. All this law will do is make it less convenient for people to use welfare to pay for things at strip clubs. They simply have to get the money from a separate ATM. And don’t get me started on food stamps and how they support people eating poorly….

    1. nygrump says:

      You are right – the supermarkets are full of aisles of pseudo-food – but the corporations would engineer a coup if Congress tried to ban sugary foods from foodstamp recipients.

  11. Lee Reynolds says:

    How about a bill to do away with welfare cards?

    When good people who work for a living are forced by the state to pay the bills of useless idiots who don’t work, everyone suffers.

    1. Now there is a novel idea! It’s a shame they don’t ask you. I guess that you are just to filled with hate for disallowing their pursuit of happiness.

  12. Bill Gates says:

    Hi wats up this is the funnest thing ever man!

  13. NVRAT says:

    Ross R, are you kidding the Liberal Democrats need those votes. They have spent 50 yrs developing this system of govt dependent citizens.

  14. colonelbob says:

    It is time to bring back public shame on the recipients of public welfare. We have made it too easy and too invisible. Let the welfare people get on the bus and report to the welfare office, stand in line and be inconvenienced like those of us who have to go to work everyday.

    1. past_lights_out says:

      What is more shameful than spending your medical marijuana money in a stripclub

  15. denverVet says:

    You are kidding right? What the heck is a person on welfare doing spending my money in a strip club! Jerks.

  16. DJH says:

    So let me get this straight – something that should have been considered originally and is common sense to MOST AMERICANS was meant with jokes and pokes by CO Dems offering ammendments with the sole intention of embarrassing the persoin offering the legislation?
    And the people of CO keep voting for these morons when they clearly don’t take the state of your State seriously????


    1. Disgusted says:

      What bothers me more than the atm’s being used at strip clubs is that amendments like this were offered . Keep on fiddling legislators, states are broke and the federal deficit is now at 100% of GDP. It is real funny isn’t it?

      This kind of attitude is why gov’t budgets grow more every year, they just don’t take it seriously.

  17. Brian says:

    I’m in the military. If I have to take a drug test to work my butt off, then people should have to take a drug test to get welfare.

    1. John says:

      Amen to that !!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. David Needham says:

      Thank you for your service, Brian. And I whole heartedly agree!

    3. Thavia Solitaire says:

      I definitely agree with that.

    4. beserious says:

      whatever! if you test positive for drus the most they do is bust your rank and maybe even switch your job, you still stay gainfully employed. drug test or not uncle sam is not letting you go… be serious…

  18. jnsesq says:

    This is 45 years of liberalism. Howzat workin’ for ya, he asked, looking at America’s once-great cities.

    Mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients, be it housing, AFDC, whatever. You want public money? Behave responsibly. No more “convenient” money transfers. I have to work to earn a livng. Let these stay-at-homes get off the couch to go get what so many of them call their “paycheck.”

    Idleness should be neither rewarded nor encouraged. I am one who is tired of paying for two.

  19. Jeffy says:

    Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you can’t serve your country. For example, you could stop reproducing. That would be a good first step in reducing your burden on society.

  20. Skep41 says:

    Lighten up puritans! Being on welfare is stressful and demeaning. What lifts a depressed and demeaned guy’s spirits more than a good lap dance? It does more good than any phony federal job training program, that’s for sure! The fact of the matter is that the money is paid out already and having the Nanny State telling these hopeless benefit slaves how to spend it isnt going to do anybody any good. Welfare has always been a swindle; maybe a quarter of the people who get it are truly unable to take care of themselves. If you vote for any Democrat for any office you’re saying handing out free money to all and sundry is OK with you. Dont take out your frustration from being overtaxed and abused by the liberals you vote for by punishing the hapless boobs who are enslaved by the Compassionate Ones and the lap-dancers who love them.

    1. Elisha says:

      Well said. Once you give your tax money to the Government, It is no longer yours. Maybe you should vote into office people that take less of your money instead of unrealistically thinking that you still own it. Who knows, maybe someone goes to the strip club and gets your daughters through college.

  21. wayne says:

    And tell me how this will prevent the problem?

  22. J Ruben Kincaid says:

    Get rid of the cards completely and give them something that when they use it, its apparent to everyone around that its welfare. There should be a stigma attached to public assistance.

  23. Phil says:

    Do you really think you cna control the use of the free money? That’s really funny.

  24. Bunga Bunga says:

    Dancers gotta eat too. How will they get their tips?

  25. tea party vik says:

    Why simply ban it?!?! Make it clear that if you use it for non essentials then we know you dont need it and it will be cut off immediately.

    1. WelfareHornDog says:

      But I NEED a lap dance!

  26. Kevin says:

    Bring back the PAPER stamps. Of course that is too offensive for the average nanny-state loving moocher….

  27. Roman Gregori says:

    Since my comment was censored, allow me to rephrase: What is a name of astute Democrat politician who offered ““The Dan Pabon Valentine’s Day Strip Club Public Assistance Act of 2011” amendment? Anybody knows?

  28. Phil says:

    Look you either limit assistance to goods and services or you accept they will use the money where they like. This is some really silly political theater here.

  29. LibsAreCommies says:

    Notice how anything having to do with values or addressing wasteful public funds on system suckers is treated as a big joke by the Dems.

  30. Phil says:

    I hope you’re not thinking I’m a Democrat.

    Do you actually think this is useful time spent?

  31. ohiojack says:

    Maybe this is why we have so many welfare babies, the old man goes to a strip club and gets all hot and then goes home and bangs mommy.

  32. Lee says:

    How about this. How about a bill to limit their use to GROCERY STORES ONLY? Huh? How about that?? And that infestation in the White House wants to dictate what, when, probably where and certainly how much we eat, how about she starts with these non producers and we limit the cards to purchases of decent, healthy foods? Yeah, that’ll happen, not. Not as long as they can vote it won’t.

    1. HusYourDaddy says:

      Coming soon, lap dances in aisle 23 of your favorite grocery store, EBT cards cheerfully accepted.

    2. How about the bums sweep the 16th Street Mall or clean the trash out of the Cherry Creek? Then give them a pay check that they can do what ever they want with it.

    3. Reply to Lee says:

      Howzabout we just give them FOOD instead? Let Michelle O choose the foods.

  33. censor me says:

    Lap dancers need to eat, How will they get their tips?

  34. David says:

    How about this, if they use it at a strip club, they get less money. So the recipient would get $200 for food or $100 for use at strip club. If they use it at a strip club, the taxpayers save money.

  35. suzie says:

    Welfare recipients should get VOUCHERS ONLY for all the basics. Food, shelter, clothing. No cable, no internet, no cell phones. They want the “dignity” of spending money? That comes with the dignity of having a job!

  36. yeziam12 says:

    I”m guessing this is just a way for those on welfare to contribute to stimulus spending.

  37. Glenn Cohen says:

    Wow, way to put your foot down Colorado (sarcasm)! My belief is that if you are on assistance, you should only go to government stores to buy the essentials. Judgemental? You bet! You don’t give cash to irresponsible people. When you keep making bad life choices, whether in your control or not, I don’t think it is for the taxpayers to have to bail you out forever. We still have generational folks on welfare and it has got to stop! This is not a lifestyle and there should be some accountability when you are taking tax dollars.

  38. robert m says:

    They should never give cash ever. for any reason. the needy should be given commodities. stuff that needs preparation. you would see the welfare bill drop by 75% and no one would go hungry.

  39. Atlas says:

    There should be no way to get cash, period. Restaraunts, especially fast food, should not be allowed to accept any form of Gov’t money. They should only be allowed basice staples (and the cheapest form of those), and they should be drug tested randomly just like I am at my job. You hear politicians talking about cutting spending, but you never hear mention of of cutting entitlements because they are scared they will be voted out. Thereofore, it is clear to see that those on public assistance are biased and self serving and thus should not be allowed to vote.

  40. jeffsd says:

    oh well, if these woman were’nt stripping they would be receiving welfare. so lets call this trickle down.

  41. Regulas says:

    What idiot politicians pass a bill and not think about stuff like this. Welfare/Food Stamps needs strict control on what can be bought. I see the slugs come in and buy lobster and shrimp at the beginning of each month while talking on cell phones to their buddies. Total BS, taking the tax payers for a ride, all enabled by liberals.

    1. GAlanJag says:

      I see the same thing also. But then they’ll have beer, wine, and cigs on the ramp for the cashier. One woman in front of me was told that her foodstamps could not be used for alchohol or cigs. She reached into her purse and pulled out a huge wad of 20’s to pay for those items. Does anyone really think she had to have those foodstamps in order to feed her kids?

  42. RetiredArmyRanger says:

    If there is enough money on these account cards that they can afford to use it at strip clubs and casinos maybe we should cut the funding for this. I have always said that it was a waste of taxpayer money. If they are drawing this money and have kids then child neglect charges should be brought against them as well.

  43. DigitalBob says:

    If I have to take a drug test to get a job, why don’t people have to take a drug test to get public assistance?

  44. Gordon Corey says:

    Some kind of discrimination, eh?

  45. Metoo says:

    This is a very clever & truly fantasitc political maneuver. It may well however be a classic strawman play. If you need a bill to fix something – it must be broken right? Well, only perhaps. But, either way, it’s great to everybody in a tizzy about it.

    So, is this actually happening, have their been any studies that can show us that someone is abusing the system to such a level it needs a bill to specifically address it? I hope there is because this would really help the position that the ATM cards are an inappropriate form of assistance for some percentage of receipients.

    1. Studies? says:

      “… have their been any studies that can show us…”
      It’s bogus “studies” that get us into messes like this. We need common sense — NOT studies.

  46. CommonCents says:

    Here’s a better idea…

    Issue the cards with the caveat that the recipient cannot use the funds for “inappropriate” purposes, then make these strip-club ATM machines ‘eat’ (keep) the card… do the same at any other location where these cards should not be used.

    Once it’s confiscated at an ‘inappropriate’ vendor, too bad… you’re out. No more.

  47. Texasbil says:

    Any assistance programs should be just that. They should only be used for food and nothing else.

  48. get a job says:

    if we absolutely have to give any public assistance, why not a bag of rice every month. that will keep a person alive (for what i dont know). if you want something else go out and get a job like the rest of us. oops! now you dont need welfare anymore! welcome to being a grown-up.

  49. Kim Estrada says:

    I love getting some stink from a sexy woman. My nose is right there the minute it’s available.

  50. FedUp says:

    The day is coming in this country when we will HAVE to look at public assistance programs in general and decide how to proceed. The “need” for this part of our entitlement programs is starting to outweigh the tax dollars hard working individuals pay, and I for one am sick and tired of paying for those who make no positive contribution to this society. I’m all for paying my share, but I can’t afford to pay someone else’s share, and neither can the United States! LIMIT WELFARE NOW FOR THE ABLE BODIED!

  51. Kim Estrada says:

    My Husband loves to make love to me. Is that wrong?

  52. FreeHealthCareBill says:

    Colorado said that welfare was banned since the 90’s. This is a surprise to most including me.

  53. Jack Roberston says:

    The right wing just wants the legal right to off the poverty out of the United States and the other side wants to off most of the rich for similar results.

  54. ra44mr2 says:

    Wow, the saddest part of this is that we HAVE to make a law regarding it. I mean REALLY??!!! You are so broke you are going to the govt but you will be damned if you are giving up your stripper time eh?

  55. Witty Moniker says:

    Have you seen the ATM fees at those places?! Robbery! The polititians are just being fiscally responsible.

  56. Taxpayer says:

    OBAMA”S PLAN for a welfare country

  57. JWS says:

    Leave it to democrats to mock even a “no-duh” bill like this.

  58. DMc says:

    Another Rhoades Scholar decision! I’d be ashamed to say the damn things were in this type of establishment in the first place!

  59. Bob G. says:

    It’s time for REAL welfare reform. There are hundreds of military bases that have been closed over the years because of cutbacks. Instead of Section 8 housing, why not let the welfare recipients live in the barracks? If the barracks are good enough for our fighting men and women, they should be good enough for our parasites. The bases also have mess halls – no more need for food stamps. The bases also have facilities that can easily be set up for day care and the “guests” can take turns working there. Think of the money saved!

    1. Bob G. says:

      Oh… and drug testing. Just like our military personnel (and I) have to submit to. I submit to drug tests at work to make the money that “takes care” of these folks. They should take drug tests to receive it.

  60. Rajfahneen says:

    Everyone on public assistance (hint…welfare) should have to take random drug screens and if positive, surrender benefits for life. The working people have to abide by the rules, why not the people that are dragging this once great country into ruin. They say social security is going broke, drug test all the SSID bums and there would be plenty of money for the retired people that worked their whole lives. Same with Medicaid, this would free up enought to balance the budget. Test the poliiticians and boom….pay off the dept. Why Not?

  61. Sully says:

    Let me think about what I would do if I was poor and hungery and there was no help/welfare assistance for me to get food. I would probably break into your nice house and rob you. Worse case scenario I go to jail and they feed me in jail.

  62. Harlan says:

    Unless eating a woman’s holy of holies is considered a food, I don’t see how a bill preventing the use of food stamp cards in a strip club is going to actually save a penny.

  63. Frank says:

    How about they pass a law that says where they can use these cards like a grocery store and thats it, then they wont to pass another law to ban the cards from being used to purchase guns, internet porn, legal CO Pot, airline tickets, etc.

  64. Hunched Over in Pain says:

    Somethings never change, I always felt like I was being kicked in the groin when I worked as a cashier, customers would come in pay for food with foodstamps, then use cash to buy tobacco and alcohol. There never has been a serious attempt to fix the system, it has always been a socialist tool for buying votes!

  65. dispolitico says:

    This destroys black liberation theology socialism. Money is transfered from mostly well off whites to mostly welfare blacks and back to whites, mostly white female strippers. But I could be wrong, most of these white strippers probably have black boyfriends so the money goes back to blacks. I hope I’m joking, but maybe not.

  66. Petr Buben says:

    i firmly believe that persons stripped off their livelihood by exporting industries to China, by investing anywhere but in the USA, should be able to use money however they want.
    I believe minimum wage for bigger companies should be raised by 30%, and globalized corporations should start paying all taxes due.

  67. DaveInNM says:

    Our definition of what constitutes “poverty” is seriously skewed. When our “poor” or chronically obese, own televisions with cable service, cell phones, and other such luxuries, it’s time to re-examine the line that constitutes “poverty”.

    They should issue ration cards similar to those issued in WWII, (including the penalties involved for misuse,) to welfare recipients instead of cash.

  68. Stuart says:

    I don’t get why you people think they shouldn’t use OUR money for such purposes. It’s not our money…it’s China’s.

  69. Mr. Wee Wee says:

    Mr. Wee Wee sez yOu gO girl and STAND FIRM BEHIND Barack!

  70. Greg4422 says:

    Silly people.. the article doesn’t say anyone was using a EBT card at a strip club. it says some idiot decided to make this an issue and want to ban it. People make sh#t up all the time.

  71. tina says:

    how about cut this free money and let’s see what they will do.. They need their own island called ‘we are lazy’!!

  72. Justin P. Cox says:

    Ridiculous. My tax dollars should only be used for the essentials. Many people on welfare make an effort to stay on it. Some truly need it, yet many don’t deserve it.

    Besides, it is not the governments role to provide for us. The more people rely on the government the more control they have over us.

  73. Justin P. Cox says:

    I have had countless people either turn down jobs I have offered them or simply not show up.
    An old friend of mine just went over 12 months collecting unemployment because he chose not to take a job he didn’t feel like doing.
    I was very disappointed. I even offered unlimited hours at my house for yard work, housework, etc..

  74. phatgal says:

    they are right that card is for families to be able to take care of themselves not to go to the stripclub and bars. that money is coming from tax payers that goes to work everyday and work hard for their money.

  75. Kimberly Wyche says:

    First off let me say, not everyone is abusing the system. and not everyone who is getting assistance is lazy. I’m on assistance because some young kids decided to go about setting fires and my house was one of those. I had to jump two stories down, I broke both my ankles, shattered my heels, suffered from hip and back injuries. I am on the waiting list for social security as I am unable to walk and wheelchair bound. So until I am approved for social security which could take up to 2 years to get approved, The state of Michigan is giving me cash to help make it in society. I’m not married, I don’t have any kids, it’s Just me, so next time people say things like cut welfare off, really haven’t been put in a position where everything was taken from them and had to rely on the state!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. Dizzay says:

    What a dumb law. What the hell made them even wake up and think we have to ban ebt cards at strip clubs. Who cares we have more important things to worry about.

  77. Rsm says:

    Lolz well california had to ban ebt at casinos b/c it was revealed some percentage of ebt was redeemed at casino atms. Cali also has had problems w/ppl using ebt in hawaii. Imo ppl prolly tradin their ebt 4 cash/contraband anyway sorry gov’t u cant control everything

  78. joy says:

    You guys are heartless!! How dare you say that the government should discontinue public assistance!! There are people that need it and use it until they are able to provide for themselves. We know that there are small portions of people that misuse anything whether it is lying on tax forms or health insurance. Its not right but luckily a few people do it. So PLEASE let’s be realistic and stop being PIGHEADS

  79. self made says:

    public assistance should be given out as a loan. short term help and then they garnish your wages over say 10 years. students can obtain loans for living expenses as well as tuition. this is old news. kimberly wyched jumped 2 stories in a fire. sounds dramatic. in reality, stupid. no one jumps 2 stories. any adult with common sense would hang out the window and drop at most 8-10 feet. even so, kim, you are not unable to work. were you a brick layer, mechanic, carpenter, etc. most other careers are quite sedentary.

  80. Regina Harris- Wilson says:

    This is so crazy how people abuse the system like that. You rather give your money to a bunch of nude people then to take care of your children? Some people just shouldn’t be allowed to have kids.

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