Democrat Mayor blew taxpayer dollars on something that will have you spitting mad

The Left are out of new ideas.

They keep repackaging old programs and presenting them as something bold and fresh.

And one Democrat Mayor blew taxpayer dollars on something that will have you furious.

Far-left Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser came up with the “new” idea of giving people free money.

As part of the District’s “equitable economic recovery strategy,” 132 low-income mothers were given a monthly stipend of $900 for one year, or they could take the money in one lump sum of $10,800.

Money for nothing

Unsurprisingly, the pilot program money went toward lavish spending.

For instance, one of the mothers took her children on a vacation to Miami.

Canethia Miller to The Washington Post, “Some of it I just left alone. The other side is, I wanted to blow it. I wanted to have fun…[My kids] got to experience something I would never have been able to do if I didn’t have that money.”

Instead of using the money to invest, Miller went to the beach.

The Washington Post reported that the “five-day, $6,000 trip to Miami was a dramatic upgrade from the Ocean City and Virginia Beach visits that Miller’s family was used to. Joined by the children’s father, a boat tour exposed them to million-dollar homes and luxury yachts. Her kids went to a dinosaur museum and saw animals in Florida’s swamps they had never seen before. Miller still talks about trying Benihana, a Japanese steak and sushi restaurant, for the first time.”

Of course, the trip included new clothes.

Miller explained, “Every outfit they wore was new.”

The Post added that “Miller spent $180 ahead of the vacation to get her own hair and nails done, a glow-up from her usual inexpensive short, dyed style. Her eyes light up when she swipes through an album of photos from their trip.”

Similar pilot programs have been tried before.

One criticism of welfare is that it disincentivizes work because people do not want to lose their benefits.

Bureaucrats attempted to solve the problem by giving people in the pilot program money while not reducing their benefits.

The program did not increase labor force participation, which was the intended goal.

People were content to take the free money and not work even though they knew the exact end date of the program.

An unfortunate statistic

Tragically, Miller was able to diagnose the problems in low-income neighborhoods but succumbed to them nonetheless.

She told The Post, “A lot of communities in my area don’t know the financial gain of credit, saving for your kids; that’s why we’re broke, that’s why we don’t have nothing to pass down or no house to give down. I’m trying to get to the level where I’m passing something down that really matters, so I can be set and my kids can be set, and they don’t need to push so hard like I’m doing now.”

The Post explained that Miller “opened up a savings account, aiming to keep at least $50 in it. She used the remaining $4,000 or so from the pilot in a matter of months, mostly on bills and a used car.”

Programs like these are doomed to fail without financial literacy and a clear plan.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story. 

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