This is what the real poverty debate should be about in America. About how we move people out of poverty and into the workforce and encourage people to work. Instead of how to make people in poverty lives even more difficult. Like eliminating the minimum wage to Earned Income Tax Credit. But instead encouraging people to stay in the workforce and enter the workforce. Because the know they can make more money working than not working at all.
This is also why the minimum wage debate is so critical. If we want more people working regardless of education level, than work has to simply pay. More than not working and when you have a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and people can get more money. Not working and being on public assistance. You are saying as a country that low-income jobs do not may more than not working at all. And encouraging low-skilled workers not to work at all.
This is also why this latest discussion about the Earned Income Tax Credit is so important as well. And when you have Tea Party Republicans talking about repealing the Earned Income Tax Credit. A law that was singed into law by President Richard Nixon in the early 1970s. No one’s Socialist by the way and called by President Ronald Reagan, no one’s Liberal. The most successful anti-poverty program in American history. You know how important that credit is as well.
So what I would do to encourage work over welfare. Is a few things but with public assistance. Increase the minimum wage to ten dollars an hour or more. With a thirty percent tax break for small employers, which would have to be clearly defined. And apply today’s minimum wage to people on Welfare Insurance for a full-time worker making. The minimum wage along with the other benefits they get and add education and job training assistance as well.
I would expand the EITC to couples making thirty-thousand dollars a year. And singles to twenty-five thousand dollars a year again to encourage people to work instead of. Not working and collecting all of their income from public assistance. While expanding educational and job training opportunities for this population. So they can get themselves the skills they need to get themselves a good job and get off. Public assistance all together and this is how you encourage work over welfare.