The Daily Wire posted an article today about the latest proposal by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The article reports:
The 29-year-old former bartender has unveiled a new six-bill package of legislation titled “A Just Society.”
“A just society provides a living wage, safe working conditions, and healthcare. A just society acknowledges the value of immigrants to our communities. A just society guarantees safe, comfortable, and affordable housing,” says a page on her House website dedicated to the package. “By strengthening our social and economic foundations, we are preparing ourselves to embark on the journey to save our planet by rebuilding our economy and cultivate a just society.”
The package has six parts:
- “The Place to Prosper Act” would prevent year-over-year rent increases of more than 3%.
- “The Uplift Workers Act” would mandate that the Department of Labor to create a “worker-friendly score” considering factors such as paid-family leave, a $15 minimum wage and union membership.
- “The Mercy in Re-entry Act” would grant public benefits to those convicted of criminal offenses.
- The “Guarantees the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for All” Act does, well, just that.
- “The Recognizing Poverty Act” orders the Department of Health and Human Services “to adjust the federal poverty line” based on location.
- “The Embrace Act” would allow illegal aliens to claim the same welfare benefits as all U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.
How about a “just society” where everyone gets to keep what they earn, and those who feel the need to help others are free to do that.
A New York Times article from November 3, 2018, reported the following:
Charitable contributions may be lower in Democratic-leaning counties, but residents support the social safety net through higher taxes.
Note to those who support government programs over private charity–in general private charities are run much more efficiently than government programs. Private charities also have a handle on who genuinely needs help and who has learned how to game the system.
Generally speaking it is never a good idea to take money from people that earn it and give it to people who did not–at best it is de-motivational, at worst it is simple theft.