Yesha Callahan

Kansas Republicans Wants To Ban Recreational Activities For Welfare Recipients

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Republicans in Kansas hate the poor. And the fact that they want to ban welfare recipients from things like using a pool and going to the movies.

Kansas’ House Bill 2258 would prohibit Kansas families receiving government assistance from using swimming pools, seeing movies, go gambling or get tattoos on the state’s dime.

Ok, I understand the tattoos and gambling.

But a movie and swimming? Give me a break.

From The Washington Post:

State Sen. Michael O’Donnell, a Wichita Republican who has advocated for the bill, said the legislation is designed to pressure those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to spend “more responsibly.”

“We’re trying to make sure those benefits are used the way they were intended,” O’Donnell, vice chair of the state senate’s standing committee on public health and welfare, told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “This is about prosperity. This is about having a great life.”

That, according to the legislation, means limiting spending on body piercings, massages, spas, tobacco, nail salons, lingerie, arcades, cruise ships or visits to psychics. The bill — which limits TANF recipients from withdrawing more than $25 per day from ATMs — also forbids recipients from spending money at a:

…theme park, dog or horse racing facility, parimutuel facility, or sexually oriented business or any retail establishment which provides adult-oriented entertainment in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment, or in any business or retail establishment where minors under age 18 are not permitted.

“I just think we are simply saying to people, ‘If you are asking for assistance in this state, you’re sort of less than other people and we’re going to tell you how and where to spend your money,’” Rep. Carolyn Bridges, a Wichita Democrat, said during the House’s debate, according to the Associated Press.

Dear Welfare Recipients in Kansas,

I’m sorry the Republicans hate you so much.

  1. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    I’m not mad those things are luxuries. I WORK everyday to be able to afford those things. I’m tired of WORKING and busting my ass to afford things that other people just get handed to them.

    • April 8, 2015 - Reply

      @Terrence Nelson

      When I needed TANF, I wasn’t taking a dime from you because I have made more money and paid more taxes on bonuses and profit sharing checks than most could imagine. Not all welfare recipients were always moochers. Not in todays economy. Sometimes the money they need was theirs to begin with.

  2. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    the truth is what they really want is to put poor people in jail. telling people how and where to spend money & prohibiting them from taking part in the things that are available to all other people is no different than incarcerating them. the poor are nothing but prisoners housed outside of jail cells. & that’s how these elitist scum want them to feel. they want to punish the poor for having the audacity to need help.

    • April 8, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      The whole point is it isn’t their money it’s taxpayer money. So that huge deduction out of your paycheck every month goes to paying for somebody else’s luxuries.

      • April 8, 2015 - Reply

        @Terrence Nelson

        you act as if these people are unemployed & have never worked. welfare recipients pay taxes too. they contribute to this country just like those who make more money than them. what you really want to say is that you don’t want any welfare programs to exist & that’s your right to feel that way, but don’t pawn your right wing ideology off on me as if hearing that “part of my paycheck” is being spent on these people’s lifestyle is supposed to spook me out of having compassion for their situation. all these republican bills are nothing more than scare tactics meant to ridicule the poor & treat them like lepers. i don’t mind if my tax dollars get spent allowing a family to go to a pool during hot seasons. i don’t mind a struggling mother being able to buy herself some quality panties with welfare money. this bill is ridiculous and needs to be voted out as far as i’m concerned.

        • April 8, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          Exactly.

      • April 8, 2015 - Reply

        @Terrence Nelson

        Once the money is I a person’s hands, it is their money. Buying underwear from a shop, or even swimming in a pool during the summer is not something that anyone who is not petty should begrudge someone else.

      • April 9, 2015 - Reply

        @Terrence Nelson

        not poor people’s luxuries…..

      • April 9, 2015 - Reply

        @Terrence Nelson

        there were/are people on welfare with personal assets in the millions.

        • April 10, 2015 - Reply

          @Rizzo

          assuming that the number of people that this applies to is even anywhere near 0.5% of the welfare population, that problem is caused by inefficient gov’t offices that suck at doing background checks on applicants. restricting access to pools won’t fix that problem. it’ll basically just make criminals out of the poor b/c of the actions of a few (if any) of the rich.

          • April 11, 2015 - Reply

            @Me

            it’s funny how government inefficiency results in those .05% rich folks getting welfare benefits — some of these people who were finally discovered have received more than $100,000 in welfare benefits over various time spans while living in luxurious homes and on yachts. I found a really interesting article entitled ‘ten examples of welfare for the rich and corporations’ by bill Quigley that explains how the rich, and the middle class, are also taking advantage of government programs that can be considered as welfare.

            • April 11, 2015 - Reply

              @Rizzo

              exactly. yet all the “fixes” they keep trying to make to the welfare system never addresses those folks. they always try to “fix” it by depriving recipients of benefits, but that only hurts the people who actually need the benefits. the rich & middle class who are taking advantage of the system aren’t going to suffer or stop taking advantage b/c they have other sources of income & tricks to keep gaming the system, but no one is doing anything about them. they just keep attacking the poor.

              • April 12, 2015 - Reply

                @Me

                yes !!!! the rich, “well-to-do” and the so-called powerful need the so-called marginal and poor to stay “well-to-do,” rich and powerful.

  3. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    “limiting spending on body piercings, massages, spas, tobacco, nail salons, ***lingerie***”

    i’m sorry, but if welfare recipients aren’t allowed to buy lingerie, does that mean they’re only allowed to go commando? poor folks aren’t allowed to wear panties and bras now?

    • April 8, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      The law forbids them from going to a place like Victoria’s Secret, but it allows poor people to go to Wal-Mart or Dollar General.

      • April 8, 2015 - Reply

        @Anthony

        lingerie is lingerie no matter where you buy it. it’s a ridiculous restriction. victoria’s secret has seasonal sales where you can buy panties for $5 a pair, which is no different than what you would buy at walmart all yr long. that bill is meant to humiliate & denigrate the poor by basically telling them they’re not worthy of basic necessities unless they get it out of a dumpster.

        • April 8, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          I agree. Kansas Republicans are acting like sorts of Self righteous Pharisees that Bible-thumping’ born again Christians are supposed to abhor.

          • April 8, 2015 - Reply

            @Anthony

            exactly. their mission is to chisel away everything poor people can do until all that’s left is for them to live on the streets & perish. it’s stuff like this that makes it impossible for me to ever vote republican no matter how disgruntled i am w/any other party.

  4. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    I understand that the law also prevents welfare recipients from spending money on swimming pools. That is way too close the sort of segregation that kept Blacks out of pools in the South. More to the point, why ban people from healthy excercise like swimming. Being in shape would reduce demands on their non-existent health benefits.

    The basic point is that money from a public aid check is simply money. Any money a welfare recipient spends helps the economy, just like anyone else’s money.

    • April 8, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      Yes, the bill makes no sense.

  5. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    Kansas
    Republicans who support this reactionary legislation are despicable. They won’t
    target Wall Street, who have record bailouts, huge subsidies, and other
    benefits that the poor don’t have. The poor regularly have been scapegoated for
    the crisis of capitalism and for societal problems in America. With the large
    amount of people on TANF, this policy will not decrease poverty. Decreasing poverty
    would include actions like increasing the minimum wage, organizing job creation
    programs, and treating the poor as human beings not as commodities. This bill
    has draconian restrictions and that bill is fascists. Many GOP members are
    fascists and this is not hyperbole. This is reality. Limiting payments on horse
    races, cruise ships, etc. has nothing to do with promoting responsibility. It
    is about restricting the human rights of the poor. If many of these extremists
    had their way, they would try to get rid of all of TANF, Medicaid, Medicare,
    etc. The bill is blatantly extremist and it will punish the poor not empower
    the poor. The wealthy regularly steal and exploit the wealth of the poor and
    the middle class as means to fulfill their own luxuries constantly. Also, most
    of the poor works and have do have their own money. The Republicans who agree
    with that bill need to be voted out outright. This is why I will never be a
    Republican at all. Helping the poor is a prerequisite in building up society.

    • April 9, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Hear hear! When you spread the wealth, everybody wins.

      • April 9, 2015 - Reply

        @paintgurl40

        Good Afternoon Sister.

        Many of these extremists want corporate profits to have a greater importance than human need. That is why the masses of the people are readily opposed to the proposed further policing of the spending habits of poor human beings. Using wealth fairly as a way for compassionate human beings to build communities will led into greater blessings for society overall (as you have eloquently described). This is why we are opposed to tyrannical bills that restrict not expand the economic rights of the poor. Certainly, the establishment plays divide and conquer games against the interests of the working class, black people, women, the middle class, Hispanic people, etc. We are entitled to not only respect and dignity, but economic justice as well.

  6. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    This country hates poor people. This country is in retrograde we are going backwards

  7. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    They want to punish people because they are poor. This is so disgusting

  8. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    How are they going to police people from using the damn swimming pool or going to the movies?

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