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Welfare Recipients Take EBT to Disney World and Vegas

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 13, 2014 @ 9:27 am In The Point | 51 Comments

You just got on welfare, what do you want to do now? Go to Disney World. It’s cold out in Maine, but it’s really warm in Florida, just like back home in Somalia. Leave the polar vortex behind and catch some rays, withdraw some cash and enjoy the good life.

Working people are paying for it.

According to Department of Health and Human Service records, cash welfare users from Maine have spent $2.8 million outside of the state over the last three years – and not just in neighboring New Hampshire.

According to HHS records, the top recipients of Maine’s welfare cash are: New Hampshire: $1.4 million; Massachusetts: $360,000; Florida: $206,000; and New York: $100,000.

New York’s tourism board really needs to do more outreach to Maine welfare recipients. We’ve got to pay for all the people Bill de Blasio is going to put on welfare. Maybe he can innovate welfare tourism.

On Aug. 1, 2011, one or more EBT cards were used within a three-minute time frame to access nearly $500 in welfare cash at an ATM in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. That particular ATM happens to be located almost on top of the campus of Disney World Resorts.

On March 1, 2011, at 3:20AM, a Maine EBT cardholder accessed an ATM in Cape Canaveral, Florida, twice, withdrawing $400. The address of the ATM corresponds with Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort.

Additional Sunshine State transactions occur at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, the Family Fun Center of Lakeland, and at North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Vero Beach, Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach – all hotspots for Mainers on vacation.

The list goes on to include Las Vegas, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Four Seasons Resort Aviara in California.

The Four Seasons Resort Aviara is a five star hotel. I couldn’t afford it, but I’m not a welfare recipient in Maine.

But don’t worry Governor Moonbeam, California is still number one.

Californians have, of course, been the undisputed 50-state champions of transitional-living-fund spending across state lines.  At a stratospheric $69 million from 2007 to 2010: well, can’t touch that, transitional-living-fund-wise.  The top out-of-state venue for poverty-stricken, transitional-living-fund-wielding Californians?  Las Vegas.  $11.8 million spent by starving California children, much of it at casinos and co-located ATMs.

Remind me, wasn’t Obama lecturing CEOs about spending money in Vegas? I guess that doesn’t apply to his voting base.

 


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