Welfare Cash from Maine being spent in Disney World and Hawaii
How does it make you feel to know that your tax dollars are being spent by welfare recipients in Disney world and Hawaii?
According to Department of Health and Human Service records, cash welfare users from Maine have spent $2.8 million outside of the state over the last three years — and not just in neighboring New Hampshire.
… On Aug. 1, 2011, one or more EBT cards were used within a three-minute time frame to access nearly $500 in welfare cash at an ATM in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. That particular ATM happens to be located almost on top of the campus of Disney World Resorts.
On March 1, 2011, at 3:20AM, a Maine EBT cardholder accessed an ATM in Cape Canaveral, Florida, twice, withdrawing $400. The address of the ATM corresponds with Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort.
Additional Sunshine State transactions occur at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, the Family Fun Center of Lakeland, and at North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Vero Beach, Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach — all hotspots for Mainers on vacation.
…The list goes on to include Las Vegas, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Four Seasons Resort Aviara in California.
…This isn’t an isolated case. More than $69 million in California welfare cash was spent or withdrawn outside of the state between 2007 and 2010. Las Vegas drew the largest sum of $11.8 million.
Just this year, welfare cash withdrawals were traced to casinos and strip clubs in Kansas and Washington. Some states have moved to make electronic benefit transfer transactions illegal in liquor stores, casinos and questionable location
If you can afford to go to Disney World or Hawaii, should you be collecting welfare? Liberals may think so, but I disagree. Welfare should be temporary, paired with work and only for the truly needy.