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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/01/california-welfare-recipients-withdraw-strip-club-atms/ said:
Strip clubs are known for doling out risque entertainment -- but welfare benefits?

That has been the case in California, where more than $12,000 in welfare cash was dispensed from strip club ATMs from 2007 to 2009 as part of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the Los Angeles Times reported. It turns out that those needy families weren't prohibited from using their state-issued ATM cards there, and some took advantage.

The report comes on the heals of an earlier Times report on $4.8 million in welfare cash withdrawn since 2007 from ATMs at casinos and poker rooms. But the days of access to welfare benefits at casinos and strip clubs likely are numbered.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered the department overseeing the program to remove casino and strip club ATMs from the list of permitted welfare disbursement sites.

"We'll take a wide-ranging look and apply some common sense to the list of outlets where cash assistance should not be withdrawn," Department of Social Services spokeswoman Lizelda Lopez wrote in an e-mail to The Times, announcing that her department had "taken steps to deactivate ATMs in adult entertainment clubs."

Strip clubs say they have no way of telling that welfare benefits can be accessed from their ATMs. Managers say most machines are provided by third parties.

After the Times' report a week ago on the casino cash, Schwarzenegger directed the Department of Social Services to produce a plan to reduce "waste, fraud and abuse" in the welfare program.

Schwarzenegger has proposed scrapping the CalWorks program under which the ATM cards are issued, but advocates for the poor warn against further reducing the state's social safety net, even if it means withdrawing cash at gambling establishments.

"Casinos in some rural places have become like little hubs of the community," Michael Herald, a lobbyist for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, told the Times.

Click here for more on this story from the Los Angeles Times.
This is halarious yet pissed me off at the same time.
 

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Leave it to California! Johnny needs a new pair of shoes, but sorry kid, daddy needs a thrill..........:shutme
 

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Hopefully it gets fixed.

Another thing that pissed me off was this girl that was kidnapped for many years is getting $20 milion dollars:eek: Where in the hell is that money coming from and why:mad: I love this state for its geography but the people suck.
 

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Move to California! No job no problem! Life's more appealing without one! The US needs to get rid of welfare all together. If someone can't get a job they aren't trying hard enough. If someone has 38 kids that they can't afford to support it's not my problem. "If you can't feed em don't breed em." Assistance is killing this country. It is just way to appealing to be lazy and get paid than to work for your money.
 

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The program has good intentions and people do need temp help at times, I do belive that... but it doesn't work when it isn't monitered and regulated.
 

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Well the first thing that needs to go is getting more assistance for each additional child. That would be at least a step in the right direction.
 

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Hopefully it gets fixed.

Another thing that pissed me off was this girl that was kidnapped for many years is getting $20 milion dollars:eek: Where in the hell is that money coming from and why:mad: I love this state for its geography but the people suck.
Actually that's cheap. If I understand correctly, she was in the back yard of a known sex offender who was investigated several times for violations and this girl was never found at any of them. Clearly someone in the state was not doing their job and she fell through the cracks. Had it gone to a regular trial, the settlement would have been alot higher. If I'm wrong here, please correct me.
 

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Move to California! No job no problem! Life's more appealing without one! The US needs to get rid of welfare all together. If someone can't get a job they aren't trying hard enough. If someone has 38 kids that they can't afford to support it's not my problem. "If you can't feed em don't breed em." Assistance is killing this country. It is just way to appealing to be lazy and get paid than to work for your money.
Get rid of it??? HELL the FEDS are expanding it! They are promoting entitlements. Making us dependent on them is expanding the welfare state. Wait until government healthcare kicks in, you aint seen welfare yet until that starts.
 

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I think I'd rather spend my welfare on some of that Cannibis Cup weed they sell in the vending machines out there, personally...

Though I've always been one to advocate skin mags over the titty bar.
 

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Get rid of it??? HELL the FEDS are expanding it! They are promoting entitlements. Making us dependent on them is expanding the welfare state. Wait until government healthcare kicks in, you aint seen welfare yet until that starts.
Yep, there's continually going to be more government control than less..... The writing is on the wall, the back of my hand, everywhere you look....
 

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The program has good intentions and people do need temp help at times, I do belive that... but it doesn't work when it isn't monitered and regulated.
:agree

Actually that's cheap. If I understand correctly, she was in the back yard of a known sex offender who was investigated several times for violations and this girl was never found at any of them. Clearly someone in the state was not doing their job and she fell through the cracks. Had it gone to a regular trial, the settlement would have been alot higher. If I'm wrong here, please correct me.
The settlement is stupid regardless of how much it is. The state is broke and I hate for my taxes to just be given away like that. Then that means we should be giving handouts to folks that have been wrongfully accused in jail for 20+ years after DNA technology have proven their innocence. These peoples lives have been ruined just like ole girl. For my brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces we/our families don't even get paid nearly as much if we get hurt or killed defending our country. Alot of them get kicked to the curb, whats wrong with that picture. The goverment is quick to give money away to the wrong people ie illegals.

They need to redue the walfare system, its been abused for many, many years. Some people need it for temp assistance, I know speaking from experiance. My dad had a stroke and couldn't work, so how else is he suppose to take care of two boys? Disability is not enough. You don't know everyones situation, so unless you have better ideas of how to fix it.
 

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I think a social safety net is a good thing. Probelm is now we have a social safety mattress and we are getting screwed on it pretty bad.

Easy fix.

Welfare lasts for a total of 5 years. If you can't get your life together after 5 years you aren't trying.

Everyone runs into hard times. Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. I have no issues with helping some one out.

I do have an issue with the system we have. A lady that lived across the street from me had 5 kids. Only 3 lived with her. Her mother adopted the other two because she was too old to have kids and was in danger of losing her benefits.

This lady that lived across from me had cots in her garage. Her kids slept in there. She then rented her 2 other bedrooms out so she could have an income.

I called HUD and CYS and was told by both that they inspected the house and the living conditions were acceptable and that they couldn't control what guests she chose to have in her home.

She finally moved away. She got pregnant again and needed a 4 bedroom house with as many kids as she had. I'm sure she is thankful that I work so hard for her though and that almost makes it wothwhile.

Lady behind me has a boyfriend that lives with her and they have been together for a little over 10 years. They don't marry because she will lose her assistance.

The median price for houses in my neighborhood is $124,000. 3 years ago it was $230,000. It's not the hood that I live in, it's a new subdivision with above average homes. Median home price in my area is $118,000 and Central Florida including Orlando where prices are higher averages 134,000.

About a half mile from me is a plan with 80-100,000 homes. no section 8 in there. we wouldn't want to stigmatize government assistance so we only put them in better neighborhoods.
 

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It's going to take a complete breakdown of programs before change comes. You can't just fix welfare, because those people just scam onto SSI.

We need to change to a system where everyone votes on everything - using computers. Those elected are just there to propose actions and make sure what's voted on gets done.
 
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