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 elections, our president and Congress reverse the 2017 tax cuts and instead spend $1 trillion on a new federal government jobs-creation bill and poverty-ending bill, that guarantees a job with dignity and respect to all Americans, that not only pays well above the official poverty line, but also pays well above the official “near-poverty line,” which is between 100 to 125 percent of the official poverty line.
It is the humane and just thing to do.
Stewart B. Epstein
Rochester, New York