MICHIGAN state Senate Majority Leader Rick Jones, a Republican, will introduce legislation aimed at stopping the use of welfare debit cards - called Bridge Cards in his state - to buy booze and to withdraw cash from ATMs at strip joints.
"My family takes in foster children," Jones told WWJ Newsradio in Lansing. "A number of them have been food-deprived because their parents use their Bridge Cards at ATMs to obtain drugs and alcohol.
"I am shocked that anybody would take the cash portion that is meant to provide for children and use it in strip clubs and to buy booze," he said.
Nearly 20 percent of Michigan's population receives welfare, or as it is formally known, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
That is the heart of the problem. The nation has too many people on welfare. What was meant as temporary aid has become a permanent way of life.
In the 1990s, a Republican Congress and a Democratic president ended welfare as we know it.
Nearly 20 years later, the welfare state is back. Things are so bad that some people expect taxpayers to provide them with strippers.
We must change that. Banning the use of welfare cards at ATMs inside liquor stores or strip joints is one place to start.
WEST Virginians brace themselves for the worst whenever someone publishes a list that ranks the states.
But when Bankrate Inc., a consumer financial services company, listed the top 10 states in which to retire, West Virginia made the list and Florida did not.
The company, based in Florida, weighed the cost of living, taxes, access to health care, crime rates and climate.
West Virginia placed seventh among the 50 states.
The Mountain State made the list because of its "low crime, a cheaper cost of living and above-average access to medical care," CNN reported. "Still, it has a colder climate than some of the other states."
West Virginia also isn't Tennessee, which topped the list. Chris Kahn, an analyst at Bankrate, cited that state's low taxes, low cost of living and great access to health care. The one drawback is its rising crime rate.