We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I wasn't surprised by some of the 'funders of the left'. Certainly, a lot of those same people fund that racist, Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, but then a lot of those donations are plain extortion. I have no idea why Walmart would fund the Center for American Progress when they would be happy to see them go out of business.
EITC is an incredibly stupid form of welfare. Not only does the government give billions to people who were unqualified for it but for most people who qualify the reson they are in such a financial mess is they either use drugs or simply cannot manage money. In what universe is it then wise to give them $8,000 in a lump sum? It is probably the single most harmful example of welfare harming people you could find.
I don't agree with increasing the child tax credit. In fact I dislike all tax credits, exemptions and deductions. The only purpose they serve is to lower the taxes on government approved groups and actions at the expense of those the govrenment didn't favor. If taxes are a good thing and provide for the common good then everyone should pay them without exceptions, exemptions or special treatment. Perhaps that is the only way to get a majority who want to control the growth of the federal government.
1 - Universal? Doesn't really work anywhere else, won't work here.
2 - Why? What we want to encourage is permanent parental leave (unless he's talking about both parents - in which case, HELL NO). Kids should have two parents, and one of them should be home at least for the first four or five years. Non-parent child care is not a good substitute. (my preference would be for the first 18 years)
3 - I'm not sure what that even means. Public schools have devolved into nothing more than indoctrination and babysitting. Pushing the idea that everyone needs a college degree and ignoring what their own beloved government says - 40% of the jobs in this country actually need a college degree - great what do we do with the other 60% who are now all in debt and have no way to pay it back? - Oh yeah, have the rest of us pay for it, because that four years of partying is a good thing.
4 - Child tax credit? This is just an incentive for people who can't afford to have children to have them anyway.
5 - Sickness insurance? Seriously? Go buy insurance if your that worried about it.
6 - How much easer should it be to get unemployment insurance - maybe remove the requirement that you had to be employed? (That is a requirement isn't it?)
7 - Wage Insurance? Right because we need to keep paying you no matter how badly you perform. I'm surprised they haven't asked for Job Tenure. Like everything else - they look at what they think the benefit will be and ignore the disincentives it creates.
8 - Pensions again? Wasn't that what Social Security was supposed to be? Is opening an IRA to hard for you? Besides - I'll get that IRA my pretty, and your little 401K too! Apparently they want another non-voluntary savings plan they can steal.
9 - Hmm - not sure about the extensive and personalized but subsidized job training for buggy whip makers could have some benefits - still, they'll just screw it up - I'd rather see them require companies with over 1000 employees that are hiring give preference and training to recently unemployed (as apposed to fired) But that would get screwed up too.
10 - No - Just NO! Call it what it is, Permanent unemployment insurance payments - and leave them at home - it would be less damaging. So when everyone works for the government - how do taxes work? - Wouldn't that be viewed as an unjust reduction in pay - or does that get covered by the wage insurance thing?
11 - I've heard what they think a modest hike in minimum wage is - and 50% is not modest. Yikes, let's just decide we want double digit unemployment and get it over with. While we're at it, let's just jump on the double digit inflation. We can save a little money by not having all those pesky small business to have to collect taxes from.
12 - Of course, we need more people dependent on government - not fewer, we're all about job security.
13 - Why don't you just say we want to take more money from the middle class and spread it around to buy votes from the poor - Social assistance my butt.
14 - If it's not a crime then you don't need to reduce incarceration do you.
15- Right because it worked so well for the blacks, let's do it to everyone.