My boyhood hero, Robert Kennedy, used to say that “Jobs are better than welfare.” As a “liberal/progressive” Democrat, I agree. But I would add that having a job that pays a good and living wage that is well above the federal government’s “official poverty line” is the human right of every American who is willing to lead a responsible and productive life.
Therefore, I am proposing that following the November 2018 elections, our president and Congress reverse the 2017 tax cuts, and instead spend $1 trillion on a new federal government jobs creation and poverty-ending bill that guarantees a job with dignity for all Americans that not only pays well above the official poverty line, but also pays well above the government’s “near-poverty line,” which is 100-125 percent of the official poverty line.
It is the “humane” and “just” thing to do.
Stewart B. Epstein
Rochester