Are you a poor person in Kansas who receives government assistance each month and takes luxury cruises? I can just picture it – your $497 per month comes in and you think, “dial-up Carnival Cruise lines where am I headed this month with my family of four? The Bahamas? No I think I’ll head to Alaska!”
The new Kansas bill focused on government assistance will prevent poor people from cruising.
Maybe you a poor person, but cruising isn’t your style. Let’s face it, cruising isn’t for everyone. Maybe eating lobster at every meal is how you roll. We all know that only the finest lobster can be feasted on for a family of four living on $16 per day. As a single mother with 3 children – you will get over hearing your children cry from hunger for the other 15 days out of the month when you feed them lobster for the first 16 days.
Well, KS HB 2258 puts a stop to all that. In fact, HB 2258 prohibits welfare recipients from spending their benefits at liquor stores, fortune tellers, swimming pools and cruise ships. People on welfare would only be able to withdraw $25 per day. Nothing says self-sufficient like forcing budgets on people.
Are you poor and want to take your children swimming? Sorry – swimming is for rich kids according to this bill. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, get a job and then MAYBE your kids can swim. Until then (said in the Soup Nazi voice)- no swimming for you.
A tragic outcome to this bill are the poor fortune tellers that will be put out of business. I’m sure you have driven by Miss Charlotte’s Palm Reading’s pink house on Main Street with the line around the block of disadvantaged people just waiting to get their palm read to see what their future holds. Most of the readings go like this….
“You will barely have enough money on government assistance to feed your family of four this month. There aren’t enough jobs out there with your type of qualifications to hire you. Keep your chin up and keep trying. Don’t get depressed.”
Back to the cruising restrictions. I’m really glad that the KS GOP put that in place. It was completely necessary to point out to poor people that they can’t spend their money cruising. I went to the Carnival Cruise Lines website and the cheapest cruise I could find was a $294/person trip to the Bahamas. I’m no math wiz, but that totals up to $1,176 – far more than the $497 per month for a family of four that people receive on government assistance.
But that’s not the point Aimee! The point is that we should humiliate poor people and point out that even if they were considering it – THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EVEN THINK ABOUT CRUISING.
After Brownback signs HB 2258 with these ridiculous restrictions on government assistance, I want him and the rest of the Kansas Conservatives to tell me again about what good Christians they are.