Dear Editor:

My boyhood hero, Robert Kennedy, said "jobs are better than welfare." As a liberal 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, that our President and Congress reverse the 2017 tax cuts and instead spend $1 trillion on a 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 federal government's official near-poverty line (which is 100 percent to 125 percent of the official poverty line.

It is the humane and just thing to do.

Sincerely,

Stewart B. Epstein

Rochester, N.Y.

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MathStudent

"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." This is a very bold statement. First, how are we to determine who is willing to lead a responsible and productive life, and if we could do that, what definition would we use for "responsible and productive life".

Also, where are these "living wage" jobs going to come from? Are you going to mandate private business owners to hire anyone who claims to be willing to lead a responsible life and force them to pay a "living wage well above the official poverty line"? If not your alternative is to have the government do all of the hiring. If that is the case then certainly everyone would have to be paid almost exactly the same amount, regardless of skill in order to maintain the "living wage for all".

American was founded on the principles of hard work and independence. If you want a livable wage, learn a skill, become proficient at it and work hard. In order to stay out of poverty in this country there are essentially three things a person must do, graduate high school, get a full-time job, and wait until 21 to get married and have children. The government is not here to take care of you.

http://federalsafetynet.com/articles-on-poverty/a-98-proof-plan-to-stay-out-of-poverty1

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