Government-Subsidized Lap Dances

To each according to their need, indeed.

Seems as though Katrina evacuees spent their federal government relief checks on babes, booties, and booze on Cape Cod.

Your tax dollars at work:

Hurricane Katrina evacuees hastily handed $2,000 in federal relief money last month have been living it up on Cape Cod, blowing cash on booze and strippers, a Herald investigation has found.

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On Oct. 5, the Herald observed a virtual parade of evacuees from a bus stop in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Falmouth to nearby liquor stores. Some emerged and openly swilled from brown-bagged containers, while others poured booze into jugs or plastic cups and casually sipped drinks at the Wal-Mart bus stop.

Hey, I guess after a rough month they've had, some liquor and strippers might be what the doctor ordered.

But is anyone, anywhere surprised by this outcome? Welfare-style government handouts being spent for goods/services that were not originally 'intended'. Liquor and strippers as opposed to food and clothes? Shocker. I certainly don't mean to sound insensitive to the plight of those devastated by the hurricane, but this is one example of why poor people remain poor: Bad decision-making and poor spending habits.

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So poor people in American

So poor people in American are that way because they spend impulsively?

That's not what I said.

What about misfortunes beyond their control, or mismanaged government programs?

Yes, those are factors too.

These were democrats, making

These were democrats, making a pilgrimage to a sacred site, and commemorating the event in the time-honored manner.
We're not sure where the republican evacuees went or how they spent their funds.
However, I want to make a defense of liquor and strippers as an example of rational decisionmaking. I am very poor, by your decadent american standards. Blogging doesn't always pay well. I don't have disposable income for luxuries like food or clothing or health insurance. But a regular part of my budget is the line item for strippers, and when i'm at a strip club I buy liquor (up to three gin and tonics, to take the edge off my nervousness.) It's one of the few things that gets me out of the house and away from the computer.
The rational part has to do with learned helplessness. If you are the master of your destiny, you put the money in the bank, buy a pushcart,
sell junk to passersby, expand to a storefront, franchise the operation, and retire to florida horatio alger style. Only what happens is you get robbed by a crackhead and the cops confiscate your unlicensed pushcart.
When your fate is determined by the weather and by corrupt cops and by circumstances beyond your control, the reasonable thing is to turn unearned income into hedonic pleasure as quickly as possible.
Because, after all, if you still had the money next month, you wouldn't be poor anymore, and they'd cut off your food stamps and evict you from the project. One cost of welfare is a commitment to staying poor, or at least keeping your income sources in the underground economy - back alley pharmacy, numbers running, etc. In the underground economy, reputation capital counts. What's the point of surviving a hurriane, winding up in new england, and not coming back with a good story to tell the grandkids?

The French Quarter Moves To

The French Quarter Moves To Harvard Yard
Apparently, Katrina evacuees in Massachusetts have been having their own version of Mardi Gras at our expense.

So poor people in American

So poor people in American are that way because they spend impulsively? What about misfortunes beyond their control, or mismanaged government programs?

Spending Like a Drunken

Spending Like a Drunken Bureaucrat
I was critical of both the $2,000 FEMA debit card program in response to Hurricane Katrina (apparently so was FEMA -- the program was canceled after only three days) and the ludicrous granting of $250,000 credit lines to 250,000 bureaucrats on their ...

"But is anyone, anywhere

"But is anyone, anywhere surprised by this outcome? Welfare-style government handouts being spent for goods/services that were not originally ‘intended’. Liquor and strippers as opposed to food and clothes? Shocker. I certainly don’t mean to sound insensitive to the plight of those devastated by the hurricane, but this is one example of why poor people remain poor: Bad decision-making and poor spending habits."

*sigh* It's as though these bad habits (if these stories are not but media-bloated isolated incidents) sprung fully formed from the head of Athena or something.

mismanaged government

mismanaged government programs

Surely you jest.

Hopefully most people have a

Hopefully most people have a little common sense, those that don't, show their stupidity by wasting free hand-outs and make people like me refrain from donating in the first place.:mad:

Decisions in the Welfare

Decisions in the Welfare State
A quintessential example of why many poor people remain poor.

Mandos, If you are trying to

Mandos,
If you are trying to say that people who grow up surrounded by poor decision making and planning tend to pick up those same habits, setting up a cycle, then I might agree with you. How would you suggest breaking that cycle? I doubt we can just give people enough welfare money to keep them ahead of their own poor decision making skills.