Saturday, March 19, 2011

Got Cash? You’re Busted

Updated below.

Believe it or not, this is not from The Onion:

St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month. This represents a change from their initial proposal, which banned them from having any money at all.

A few lines from Charles Dickens comes to mind:

“Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge.

“Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.

“And the Union workhouses?” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”

“They are. Still,” returned the gentleman, “I wish I could say they were not.”

“The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?” said Scrooge.

“Both very busy, sir.”

“Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,” said Scrooge. “I’m very glad to hear it.”

There, problem solved.

Update: Via Balloon Juice: “[T]he bill basically limits the amount someone can withdraw or get as cash back to $20 per month. So this lede is a bit sensational.”