Tag Archives: TANF

  Who would have guessed?

States Find Cash Cow: It Is Impoverished Kids in Foster Care, Hooray!

hands off my benefits
If you are a child in foster care, things are probably not going your way. You’re not living with your parents, and a state agency is in charge of you. You’re probably very poor, and maybe you are disabled. You sure don’t look like a funding bonanza for your state, but guess what, you might be! An op-ed by University of Baltimore law professor Daniel Hatcher in the Baltimore Sun this week points out that some states, including Maryland, are using private contractors to take foster kids’ Social Security (SSI) benefits as a way to make some extra bucks. Well that is just about the worst thing we’ve ever heard. Let’s theft-splore. Read more on States Find Cash Cow: It Is Impoverished Kids in Foster Care, Hooray!…
  Ten Thousand Applicants One Cup

Welfare Drug Tests Don’t Work, So Now Republicans Want Them Everywhere

We might go see a band named 'Welfare Piss Test'
In an enormous surprise to nobody who saw it fail miserably in Florida, it turns out that drug-testing applicants for welfare doesn’t work well anywhere else, either. Think Progress reviewed the seven states that currently require applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and found that they’re all spending a huge amount of money to “ferret out very few drug users.” Imagine that! In addition to being found unconstitutional, at least in Florida so far, the programs don’t find many drug users: a far smaller percentage than in the general population. But that’s not stopping about a dozen other states — including Montana, Texas, West Virginia, and the libertarian paradise that is Wisconsin, of course — from proposing such programs, because slapping poor people around is always politically popular. Read more on Welfare Drug Tests Don’t Work, So Now Republicans Want Them Everywhere…
  don't call it a comeback

Scott Walker Will Fight For Wisconsin’s Right To Collect Poor People’s Pee

Scott Walker, locked in a tight race for his second term as governor of Wisconsin, wants his constituents to know he’s committed to their conservative Midwestern values. It’s all right there in his campaign’s new manifesto, “Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback”: If you give him four more years, he promises to cut property taxes, celebrate deer hunting heritage, supervise manly red-hot iron pours, and relentlessly pursue the urine of the state’s unemployed. Read more on Scott Walker Will Fight For Wisconsin’s Right To Collect Poor People’s Pee…
  an end to arizona exceptionalism

Arizona Wimps Out, Decides Not To Starve Poors During Shutdown After All

In what has to be a disappointment to Fox News viewers everywhere, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has reversed the state’s plan to not issue welfare checks during the government shutdown, bringing to an end Arizona’s distinction of being the only state to halt payments from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. Really, Arizona? And we suppose that if the other 49 states decided that Barack Obama is the duly elected President of the United States, you would too?? Read more on Arizona Wimps Out, Decides Not To Starve Poors During Shutdown After All…
  movin' on up

Tennessee To Stop Feeding Its Dumb Kids

This thing — to motivate the lazy Poors to become better parents, Stacey Campfield (R-HardKnoxville) has introduced a bill that would cut Temporary Assistance to Needy Families benefits by up to 30% if children fail to make “satisfactory academic progress” Read more on Tennessee To Stop Feeding Its Dumb Kids…
  let them eat bootstraps

What Would the U.S. Look Like If It Were a Failed State? Like Georgia, Pretty Much!

Have you ever wondered what the U.S. would look like it if were a failed state? And what sorts of skills you’d need in order to survive, and which government offices would function and which wouldn’t, and which aspects of society would collapse and which would manage to self-sustain? We have too, because it occasionally seems like a valuable mental exercise and it’s better safe than sorry. But now, we no longer have regard it as purely a theoretical scenario, because we seem to have an actual failed state right here in the U.S. of A, and (shocker) it is Georgia, where only 4,000 adults in Georgia have been able to qualify for welfare even though a shitload of people are poor. Read more on What Would the U.S. Look Like If It Were a Failed State? Like Georgia, Pretty Much!…
  great legislative achievements

House GOP Earning Salary Today Worrying About Strip Clubs

Oh how thoughtful, House Republicans are bringing to the floor today a bill to close some kind of sexy-sounding “strip-club loophole” in what, campaign spending disclosure rules or something? No? NO. Oh right, it’s a bill meant to stop all the silly misbehaving poors from spending their welfare money at strip clubs. No wonder they aren’t out getting jobs! Please, bill sponsor Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., tell us more about this terrifying epidemic of taxpayer waste! Read more on House GOP Earning Salary Today Worrying About Strip Clubs…