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Republican Organizer Thinks We Should Shame Welfare Recipients

'Less Government' founder, Seton Motley agrees with the mayor of Lewiston, Maine that publishing welfare recipients' names is the right thing to do.

Just when you think Republicans can't be any more heartless and evil, someone reveals more about the depths of their insidious worldview. On this week's Versus on, Alan Colmes interviews Seton Motley, the president and founder of Less Government: an organization that exists to bash government and thus do the bidding of pro-corporate, Tea Party groups. He's an ardent opponent of protective organizations like the EPA. In case you were wondering, yes, Seton Motley is his real name.

Motley is a vocal opponent of the idea of a minimum wage and thinks that the government is incapable of doing ANYTHING effective. He also works for the climate change denying Heartland Institute and is staunchly Islamophobic as you'd expect. He believes that the government isn't capable of helping poor people with our current welfare system, statistics be damned!

Colmes reminded Motley that his opinion is based on his alleged infallibility of Capitalism. He bluntly asks Seton,

'So Capitalism means hurting poor people?'

Of course he didn't admit that. Taking care of those in need should be left to that oh-so-compassionate free market.

A very stingy and paranoid Seton Motley ignores the fact that 98% of welfare recipients DO NOT defraud the system. He thinks the Republican, Mayor Robert MacDonald of Lewiston, Maine had the right idea. He proposed a bill to publish the names of roughly 500 families who depend on welfare, which lacked sufficient support.

Seton mentioned that last year, he and the rest of the private sector donated $350 billion to charity and that should be enough for these people. He is very much opposed to federal and state governments being in charge of helping those in need, but 'he cares about poor people' so much that he doesn't want government charged with that responsibility. Charities should do it all. And if they don't...?

Alan reminds him that some people don't have access to charitable groups such as churches and have no one else to turn to. Completely dodging the question, Motley says,

'If they're that remote from society, the absolute last person I'd put on the case to find them is the government.'

He claims that his concern doesn't lie with the compassion needed for these poor individuals, he's more worried about the competency of the government. So if anyone is beyond the scope of the private sector, they should simply 'fall by the wayside' and drop dead. That sounds about right. It's the Republican way.

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