Should Recipients Of “Stimulus” Welfare Checks Be Disclosed?

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser luncheon in Austin, Texas, August 9, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

That’s the question being asked by Kansas Watchdog, which requested the names of 10,847 individuals in Kansas who got $500 checks through the TANF (welfare) program funded by “stimulus” spending.

State officials in Kansas are refusing to disclose the list. Should they?

I think they should. With government money comes public scrutiny. The taxpayer right to now how their money is being spent trumps the desire of welfare recipients not to have their names listed on a welfare roll. And given how lax our state governments and federal government has been when it comes to accountability in spending this “stimulus” money, this sort of transparency is more important in this instance than before.

The folks at Kansas Watchdog asked state officials how many jobs this “stimulus” spending may have created. Their answer? “We have not estimated the number of jobs created or saved through the one-time payment.”

Welfare isn’t economic stimulus.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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