Governor Schwarzenegger says the cards can no longer be used to pay for psychic readings, marijuana shops and other businesses he feels are "inconsistent with the intent of the program."
In a letter to county welfare officials throughout the state, the governor also blocked use of the welfare card in bingo halls, tattoo parlors, cruise ships and bail bond businesses.
The Gov had previously banned the use of the cards at casinos.
Of course, practically speaking, these rules merely mean that welfare recipients — who, in California, get a card that they can use much like your bank's debit card — will have to walk all the way across the street to the nearest ATM to spend at casinos or tattoo parlors or bail bond shops.
Frankly I'm a little irritated. No, not because it's stupid that there weren't reasonable restrictions on cards in the first place. I'm irritated because there was a day, in America, where we could count on someone coming out to argue that people who live on welfare ought to be able to use their welfare money to pay for a "fuck you, taxpayers" tattoo if they wanted, because everybody is entitled to dignity and autonomy — including people living off my work. Now we've got to imagine those arguments in order to be annoyed by them. Such things happen not because a politician openly called for tax-funded bail bonds — they happen because politicians have learned how to create systems that permit such things, so long as those systems serve to increase the politicians' power. I blame Clinton. Also, psychics.
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