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Why Should Massachusetts Beg Anyone to Vote?

PluckyMo Wrote: Aug 13, 2012 9:25 AM
How do you define paying no taxes? While my husband and I pay very little in income tax (small income), we pay taxes on every purchase we make, on our vehicles every year, and in the Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid scam that is mandatory. Furthermore, I am currently a stay at home mom. Since I have (technically) no income, I pay no taxes. Should I not be allowed to vote because I am raising our children? I understand your frustration at the thought of individuals voting for more entitlements for themselves. But the solution you are promoting may create more problems than it solves.

SENATOR SCOTT BROWN is right. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be mailing voter-registration forms to nearly 480,000 welfare recipients — at a cost to taxpayers of more than $275,000 — is indeed "outrageous," as the Republican incumbent declared last week. The vast get-out-the-welfare-vote campaign "smells wrong," he says. So it does, but not for the reason he claims.

The key problem with the mass-mailing nudging everyone on the state's welfare rolls to register to vote isn't that it was prompted by a lawsuit filed by several left-wing advocacy groups, one of which -- Demos -- is...