Welfare recipients take out cash at strip clubs, liquor stores and X-rated shops.
Reusable grocery bags may be hazardous to your health. HT: Tyler Cowen.
Is citizen videotaping the police frisking a man before he is loaded in an ambulance a violation of HIPAA?
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I had an economics instructor years ago who explained that food stamps were often exchanged for cash at a 50% discount. He had personally won food stamps in a poker game. FEMA funds distributed to Hurricane victims in Louisiana were also used a strip clubs and liquor stores.
On the one hand, people lament that this occurs and are prone to exclaim how it shouldn’t be allowed. But, what they forget is that household funds are fungible. Food stamps and welfare debit cards don’t have to be used at strip clubs for the funds to be spent that way. Government transfer payments can raise household income sufficient that recipients decide to use their cash income on goods and services we would rather not support with taxpayer funds.
First link also mentioned that a lot of banks that dispense transfer cash were near “venues of vice” but it would be difficult to prove anything. Legislators are all about making it illegal, but it’s nearly impossible to regulate. I can buy foodstamps on craigslist for significantly less cash than the real value.
“‘There’s nothing in HIPAA that prevents someone who’s not subject to HIPAA from taking photographs on the public streets,’ Granick said. ‘HIPAA has absolutely nothing to say about that.’”
“The courts have been ‘pretty clear’ on the issue…Law enforcement has no expectation of privacy when they are carrying out public duties in a public place.”
The police really need to get that through their head.
Just wash the inside of the reusable bag with soap and water or a disinfectant after each use to remove potential harmful bacteria accumulation.
“This is morally scandalous,” said Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. “I have nothing against strip clubs, but that’s not what benefits are for. I don’t blame [recipients]. If you are poor, it’s a crummy life and you want to have a drink or see a naked woman. I blame the people who are in charge of this.”
I blame their parent – and no, I didn’t forget the “s” at the end of parent.
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