Originally Posted by twowheeladdict
Stop giving out welfare and create jobs programs.
Nice in theory, but not so practical in reality.
We have a free market economy, so either the private sector hires them or gov't spends more to create make work projects for them.
The free market thing has already been tried and been proven to be a failure. If you recall, Bubba instituted Workfare in the 90s. On paper, it sounded great. Welfare recipients would have to work at least part time to keep their benefits. The idea was to get them in the workforce and get them skills that would allow them to make enough to be ineligible for benefits.
What actually happened was a different story. The employers never provided enough hourly pay or benefits to get the workers out of poverty, so the gov't still ended up paying those benefits AND also had to shell out for their kids daycare. The program was eventually scraped.
What should happen is the gov't should eliminate tax advantages for outsourcing labor, force the companies sheltering money in tax havens to repatriate it or face exile, increase the top tax rate back to around 90% as it was prior to Reagan, and seize the money of the unpatriotic bastards that sold out our country's industrial base to make an easy buck off the backs of slave labor in unregulated countries they were free to pollute.
That will never happen. The corporate masters own too many politicians. As such, our country will maintain its race to the bottom. Enjoy the ride, it makes for great TV.