Enraged by use of welfare for booze, gambling

To the editor:

Please help endorse the New York State Public Assistance Integrity Act.

I want to thank the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for reporting on the proposed legislation that would prohibit welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase items such as tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets and gambling. I have long been aware that some people were purchasing these types of items but always thought that they were doing it underhandedly rather than legally!

I am not sure which disgusts me more: the fact that this has been allowed to take place to begin with, or the fact that last year the legislation that was proposed to end it was permitted to die a legislative death. As a person who has worked hard my entire life and has served my country, let me say this: This is the biggest bunch of “expletive, expletive bull expletive” I have ever heard!

Need I say more? Not to other hard-working, taxpaying individuals, because I already know how you feel. But please publicly express your own outrage! Call out the politicians who are refusing to address this morally incorrect, financially “expletive” fleecing of taxpayers’ money.

I beg anyone to enlighten me on how I may not be understanding the entire picture here. If you need assistance, I am willing to see that you receive some comforts. I am willing to buy you a blanket but not beer, cigarettes, lotto tickets and a paid trip to the casino! I can understand how this arrangement is good for recycling government money. When I say government money, what I mean is tax dollars after the politicians get their hands on it. They get their hands on our hard-earned money. They then give it to welfare recipients who “responsibly” purchase lottery tickets, booze and tobacco, and head out to the tracks or whatever! Wow, that is what I call symbiosis!

I urge all honest, hard-working taxpayers to speak out. Please help bring an end to this tax abuse and address the political mindset that is allowing it to remain intact – or, for that matter, to have ever allowed it to occur in the first place.

Scott Grady

Lake Placid