Maine Mayor Wants Every Welfare Recipient Listed Publicly
Since the rise of Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party has been obsessed with shaming low-income Americans who receive government assistance. Robert Macdonald, the mayor of Lewiston, Maine, decided to take this trend to its logical conclusion, demanding that every recipient of aid for low-income families be listed publicly so they may be excoriated by the general public:
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.
It is unclear how much support this mayor would gain in the legislature for his proposal, but the state's governor is notorious for scapegoating low-income Americans receiving assistance.