Friday, March 18, 2011

Bill would make it illegal for poor to possess cash

Whoever thought of this idea needs to grab a switchblade, stab themselves in the belly, twist the blade at a 90-degree angle, pull it back out, and eat their own blood and tissue that the knife extracts.

Republicans in Minnesota have introduced a bill to make it illegal for anyone who collects welfare or disability to have more than $20 in cash at a time. It would also bar them from placing money in a checking account. This bill has changed slightly from the first version, which would have banned them from having any cash at all.

No, I'm not making this up.

I don't even need to tell you this is preposterous. The whole point of assistance programs is to make sure qualified individuals have cash to cover basic expenses. Low-income people aren't even eligible for regular credit cards, so of course they must pay with cash or a check.

Damn, the Republicans these days are completely fucked out of their minds, aren't they?

Luckily, Minnesota now has a Democratic governor for the first time in decades, so I'm sure he'll just veto this garbage. I doubt Mark Dayton is much like the so-called Democrats in the Kentucky House who rubber-stamped the Republicans' drug-testing bill. (Not like they got their way in the end on that.)


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