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.
Stewart B. Epstein