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The Republican mayor of Lewiston, Maine, wants to publish the names of the state’s welfare recipients, arguing that it’s the public’s “right to know” how its money is being spent.
In a Thursday column for the Twin City Times, Mayor Robert Macdonald, who is up for reelection in November, wrote, “It’s time for a major overhaul of the many laws and policies dealing with confidentiality, laws that dictate how federal, state and local government[s] are run.
“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,” he continued
“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?” Mr. Macdonald asked. “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!
originally posted by: hammanderr
This is a great idea. Better still would be that non disabled welfare recipients should be given maintenance and public area beautification tasks. They say they wanna work, they're being paid......why not put them to work? If they don't like it,..no welfare check.
American governments, local, state and national, should not be in the business of paying people to lay about and do nothing.
originally posted by: novem
If you feel like you would like to have that privacy should you be on "PUBLIC" assistance, doesn't mean I would ! I really would not care if others knew if I was. They could probably find out in short order if they wanted to anyway...................... There are too many in this country that have made it their livelihood(and culture) to take from the coffers.
In England, under the Poor Law Act of 1697, paupers in receipt of parish relief were required to wear a badge of blue or red cloth on the shoulder of the right sleeve in an open and visible manner, in order to make life more humiliating for the poor.
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: neo96
I looked up that thread on ATS.