A Republican Mayor in Maine wants to disclose publicly the names and addresses of welfare recipients in his state to shame those in need.
Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald penned an op-ed to question why the privacy of welfare recipients is protected:
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 we don’t like paying for wars but we do.
The Republican executive of the second-largest city in Maine wants to publicly shame the recipients of welfare in his state with a website listing every individual’s name, address and length of time on assistance.
Writing in an op-ed titled, “Enough is Enough: Mainers have a right to know how their money is spent,” Macdonald proposed “a major overhaul of the many laws and policies dealing with confidentiality” and called for a website listing the personal information of every Maine resident receiving public assistance — or as he referred to it, “on the dole.”
Privacy laws, Macdonald contended, were an impediment to Maine residents’ right to know how their tax dollars are being spent, pointing to the “the fear they strike into the average law-abiding citizen.”
This kind soul also wants to cap welfare benefits to “60-month total lifetime benefit.” So he wants a family to survive on only $15 per week.
The nice Mayor adds, “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.”
The mayor looks like he hasn’t been missing any meals lately.
We’re sure he’s ‘pro-life,’ too.
His bill will request 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.”
How nice. He wants to d0x welfare recipients.
Ironically, Macdonald concludes his op-ed with, “Next week, we will talk about our progressive liberal friends’ war on the elderly.”
Macdonald is running for reelection.
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Image: Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.
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