This silly media fuss over electronic benefit cards misses the point. Apparently the NY Post "discovered" that the welfare debit cards were being used in liquor stores, strip bars, convenience stores and hookah parlors, leading to the conclusion that the poor taxpayers are funding drunken orgies by the poor.
The implication is the business where a ATM is located is somehow in need of attention from Eric Schneiderman.
First of all, if somebody comes in to use the ATM, whether at my bar or in the lobby of City Hall, we don't know how or where the money will be spent. As long as its legally obtained with a crowd accepted by the machine, it's OK.
If the government only wants it to work in certain places, its up to them to come up with the technology.
Second, the abuse and waste is not from a lap dance or a cocktail. It's manifest in a system that says here's cash, you spend it as you like. No stigmas here.
If I give you $20, I have a First Amendment right to tell you how I think you should spend it, but beyond that, its now your money to do with what you want.
Someone needs to explain the difference to the NY Post.
Cash for drunkards - NYPOST.com