From our Late to the Party desk:
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Broken Ankle) has decided to goose his profile by cracking down on welfare abuse.
To wit (via the Boston Herald):
A frustrated House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo is cracking down on welfare card abuse after a Herald review found that Bay State recipients blew nearly $200,000 in taxpayer dough last year on a broad array of luxuries — including booze, lingerie, tanning parlors, jewelry, movie theaters and even pets.
That would be $200,000 out of the “$46.4 million that welfare recipients spent using the debit cards in fiscal year 2010.”
Seriously, Mr. Speaker? You’re going all Schwarzenneger over .004 of welfare spending?
About the only thing more idiotic was the Herald’s front page on Tuesday:
In addition to the moronic header “WELFARE CARD STUNNER: FIRST LIQUOR . . . NOW LINGERIE,” the feisty local tabloid featured some swell graphics (sorry, not online) to illustrate the profligate spending, which included:
• $175,000 on liquor stores, including a $102 tab at a Dracut bar;
• $827 at Victoria’s Secret stores across the state, including $208 at a Hyannis outlet;
• $644 at beauty supply stores, salons, and even a tanning booth in Fall River.
• $664 at PETCOs and other pet supply stores; $127 on jewelry stores; $3,427 at AT&T mobile phone stores; and about $100 at Chuck E. Cheese.
If you ask the hardworking staff, the real story is how little welfare money goes toward those types of purchases.
But why get technical about it.