Rich people have spare money. Poor people are strapped. So what’s the best way to fight poverty? Better sit down, tea party members, because you aren’t gonna like this: Give poor people money.
Social scientist Joseph Hanlon remarks, “Poverty is fundamentally about a lack of cash. It’s not about stupidity. You can’t pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you have no boots.”
In fact, let’s give everybody in America money, say $1,000 a month. Exceptions: you are under 18 or in jail. A thousand bucks won’t significantly benefit a rich person, but to a poor person it would be huge. Call this program “Social Security for all,” “guaranteed minimum income,” “basic minimum income,” whatever. Same concept, same benefits.
Next: Jettison the army of bureaucrats administering programs that allegedly “help” poor people, but have the effect of insulting and infantilizing them. Offer grown-up freedom of choice, not punishment-oriented restriction.
Ditch welfare, food stamps, housing vouchers, Medicaid (buy your own insurance off the exchange with your money), etc. You are personally accountable. Blow it and you’re broke for a while. No more milking the system. Finally, money for education, housing, food.
Smaller government, more personal accountability. Isn’t that what conservative Republicans want?