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Kansas and Missouri Attack the Wrong Kind of Welfare Recipients

Apr 13, 2015

Right-wing legislators in Kansas and Missouri have proposed ridiculous new laws. In Kansas, the new law would keep people who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from taking out more than $25 a day from an ATM. This means that a huge portion of the welfare money these families get will go to ATM fees.

The Kansas law would also make it illegal to spend TANF money on movie tickets, among other things. The Missouri law even extends to people who get food stamps, saying they can’t use those benefits to buy “cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood, or steak.”

The banks and corporations get hundreds of times more money from the government than all the poor people in the country added together. Why not ban the banks from taking out more than $25 a day in bailout money? Ban the CEOs and executives of GM, Chrysler, AIG, and all the others from going to the movies or eating cookies!