• House Republicans Solve Non-Existent Strip Club Problem

    Everyone knows that people on government assistance are just big welfare queens who go around having babies for fun and spending their taxpayer-funded income on gambling, booze and sex.

    Oh, wait. That's just a racist, classist myth perpetuated by conservatives to deny the working poor a minimum standard of living? Well, I guess nobody told GOP Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. of Louisiana

    A bill that GOP leaders are bringing to the House floor Wednesday would require states to prevent welfare recipients from accessing or spending their benefits at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores.

    Republicans included the proposal in the payroll tax bill the House passed in December, and they are bringing it back up for a vote separately as part of a package of bills they want included in a final agreement extending the payroll tax cut and other measures through 2012.

    Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), the chief sponsor of the strip club loophole bill, said in an interview that the legislation was a response to press reports that recipients of benefits under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program were using state-issued debit cards containing the funds for gambling, alcohol and adult entertainment.

    Tax dollars shouldn't be going to strip clubs—that's what Republican donor money is for. As most politicians know, it's only acceptable for a poor single mother to be at a strip club if she's onstage in a thong.

    To be fair, most wealthy Republican congressmen know nothing about the lives of struggling families. When declaring that they spend all their money on blackjack and strippers, Rep. Boustany just based the assumption on his own life. Perhaps the leaders of the Republican National Committee saw a poor family at one of their famous "Eyes Wide Shut" fundraising parties.

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    Tags: Economy, Gambling, House of Representatives, Louisiana, Poverty, Republicans, Sex, Taxes, Welfare

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