October 11, 2013

M.D. Harmon: Kudos to Maine’s Republican leaders on push for welfare reform

One proposal would require proof of a job search. What’s not to like about that?

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That is, the measure of the success of a welfare program is not how many people it enrolls, but how many it can help find gainful employment.

It’s difficult to understand why a modest effort to hold welfare recipients to the same accountability that job-holding taxpayers must display every single day of their working lives is an imposition – let alone some sort of spurious “vilification.”

That kind of baseless, incendiary, class-warfare rhetoric used to scare the Republican Party, but it doesn’t seem to be working anymore. Good.


A letter-writer took me to task Tuesday (“Another View: Cash-only doctor is nothing to celebrate”) for praising Dr. Michael Ciampi’s cash-only medical practice in last week’s column, saying his policy was unfair to those who couldn’t pay.

However, the correspondent ignored the portion of my column that said such practices would fit well within a system that gave everyone tax-favored health care savings accounts supplemented with catastrophic care insurance, with high-risk pools and other aid covering those who needed more assistance.

Why does letting people run their own lives so offend those who think Americans can’t accomplish anything without the guiding hand of the all-powerful state?

M.D. Harmon, a retired journalist and military officer, is a freelance writer and speaker. He can be contacted at:mdharmoncol@yahoo.com

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