Oy... My Tolerance Level is at a New Low or Conservatives to the Poor - You Can't Have Any Money Till You Clean Your Room

Friday, March 18, 2011
As Susie Madrak says over at Crook and Liars, "They're not just crazy, they're evil". When I mention crazy, I usually rant about Sarah Palin or Michele Bachman. I am beginning to think Ms. Bachman's particular brand of crazy is either very calculated or congenital. I am leaning towards congenital or something in the water in Minnesota. From the genius Republicans on the Welfare Rights Committee comes this doozy:
Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month. This represents a change from their initial proposal, which banned them from having any money at all.
Yes, that's right, they want to impose an allowance on poor people. Further they want to control all the money they give people on welfare:
House File 171 would make it so that families on MFIP - and disabled single adults on General Assistance and Minnesota Supplemental Aid - could not have their cash grants in cash or put into a checking account. Rather, they could only use a state-issued debit card at special terminals in certain businesses that are set up to accept the card. 
The bill also calls for unconstitutional residency requirements, not allowing the debit card to be used across state lines and other provisions that the Welfare Rights Committee and others consider unacceptable.
I suppose there are those people who abuse the system, but treating the poor like children, in effect, shaming them, assumes that people want to be poor. We have discussed this here before, but if we keep idiots like this in place our country is sure to fail.

Like Mick and Joe wrote in Know Your Rights off of Combat Rock:
And Number 2
You have the right to food money
Providing of course you
Don't mind a little
Investigation, humiliation
And if you cross your fingers
The Clash... always know how to put it into perspective.

Hat Tip to Suzie Madrak @ Crooks & Liars


  1. That's just horrible and absurd suggestions they come with! Shocked and since they want old times with slavery or serfdom back I want witchhunt back and..scream, witches, they are witches, burn them!
    Wait, I just insulted witches with dirtying them with such, just though payback with own medicine. like witches I better say.


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