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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Why not name welfare recipients?

Robert E. Macdonald, Republican mayor of Lewiston, Maine, wants to name who receives welfare. Writing in the Twin Cities Press, MacDonald said, enough is enough.

From Macdonald:
In Maine there is a website that lists the pension amounts received by everyone who is issued a monthly check by the State of Maine. No privacy here because this is being paid out by the State; accordingly, taxpayers have a right to know.
Yet other recipients of state revenues are shielded. Yes, I am referring to those known as welfare recipients.  Why are they treated differently than pensioners? (A rhetorical question).
The answer: our liberal, progressive legislators and their social-service allies have made them a victimized, protected class. It’s none of your business how much of your money they get and spend. Who are you to question it? Just shut up and pay!
Well, the days of being quiet are gone. We will be submitting a bill to the next legislative session asking that a website be created containing the names, addresses, length of time on assistance and the benefits being collected by every individual on the dole. After all, the public has a right to know how its money is being spent.
Along with this bill, we will be resubmitting HR 368, which will bring local General Assistance into compliance with federal laws that limit General Assistance to a 60-month total lifetime benefit.
Additionally, we will be submitting a bill similar to one in Massachusetts, prohibiting the state from paying benefits for any additional child born after the recipient has been accepted into General Assistance.
Liberals, who demand listing every donor to a political campaign and demand the publication of the names and addresses of every concealed weapons permit owner immediately embraced the idea, right?


From the comments:


1. "Conservaturds are ruining the US. More poor shaming by idiot Republicunts."

2. "Hey, when you submit that bill can you also add in a provision to make public the amount of tax breaks the rich get, along with their address, the total lifelong tax deductions they have gotten, and what those tax deductions were for? After all, since tax deductions reduce the taxes they pay and impact what taxes are collected the public does have a right to know what deductions they are using to avoiding paying taxes."

3. "I bet you’re one of those millionaires too, or maybe a thousandaire, who believes that someday you will be rich. Truth is, I bet you never worked retail or service, watching people work 40 hours, but still not able to pay for everything their children need, or for yourself all by yourself. The sad truth is, a lot of these people work hard and only tread water, only staying in place, never getting their heads up."

4. "I think all municipal employees[like Mayors] should also have a website listing there names and home addresses because it would make them less likely to talk shit."

5. "I am appalled that the Mayor would advocate a bill that further stigmatizes the economically disadvantaged of this town Are you deliberately trying to shame those who have not had the same advantages as you enjoy Mayor? What have these folks ever done to you to deserve such contempt?"

And so on.

None of them thought that someone might look upon the rollcall of welfare recipients as a list of people to help.


  1. First rule of lefties, don't/musn't shame those poor underprivileged/undersmart people on assistance, but everyone else (who's not a lefty) MUST be shamed. Must, must, MUST.

  2. Thanks, Don, for adding the comment block,

  3. I too have commented here.

    How embarrassing.

    But I am all for naming the ones at the trough.

    If it were me, they would have to go stand in line with their hands out.

    That reminds me, I need to get to the Douglas County Treasurer's Office to buy my car back for another year.

  4. It's really a beautiful sight how this has set the liberals' heads spinning here in the great state of Maine. Between this and our ever-so-not PC Governor, heads should start exploding any day now. Maybe we can finally drive all the Masshole transplants back to Mass.

    1. Spent a few days including the 4th of July in the Penobscot Bay area, a very beautiful part of the state. But yes, the area has long attracted people from elsewhere, including many Bay Staters, and has a lot of summer vacation homes for the very wealthy to the not so wealthy.

  5. Why are welfare recipients treated differently from government pensioners? Because the pensioners, former government workers, voluntarily chose to surrender some of their privacy when they went to work for the government. The public has a right to know how much state employees were paid then, and how much they are paid now in their retirement. Generally speaking, welfare recipients don't choose to go on welfare; some do, but even in Maine I presume most people do not choose welfare if other options are available to them. When it comes to privacy rights, welfare recipients are not in the same category as public employees or former public employees. They are part of the general public: BIG DIFFERENCE.

    Now I admit some of the folks collecting welfare may not deserve public assistance, and revealing their names might help cut down on possible fraud, but to me that seems an extreme step to take. The way to cut down on welfare fraud is to reduce the need for welfare, and that means the government should live up to its responsibility to manage the state's economy wisely. Welfare is a sign of a failed government, and when a government fails the people who are responsible for that should be fired. So, rather than release the names of welfare recipients, I suggest that Maine release a list of all the government bureaucrats and drones, from the top to the very bottom, elected or salaried, who are doing such a poor job for the state that its citizens are put in the position of having to apply for public assistance.

  6. Section 8 housing should be included on the list.
    And publish it in the newspaper like they do tax listings.

    Bobb Topp