My boyhood hero, Robert Kennedy, used to say that "Jobs are better than welfare." As a liberal/progressive 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 spent $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 which also pays well above the federal government's "official near-poverty line" (which is 100%-125% of the official poverty line).
It is the humane and just thing to do.
Stewart B. Epstein