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Chet Ruminski Wrote: The right wing created welfare in the image of a monster so they could say: "look, there's a monster". Welfare should have been means tested and graduated so total income plus welfare would have created a living wage. The right wing wanted a no income qualifier because they knew the hate that would be created by giving people money for not working. The left compromised in order to get the program. Welfare should have been a jobs and training program for pay. The basis should have been child care and child care training. Qualificants would have gotten free child care while they worked at a welfare oriented job. Others would staff the child care facility and learn the job if needed . All welfare recipients would be required to work or get paid training then work. Welfare would then have addressed the problem and offered a solution . Compromise cost more in the long run.
This is called "workfare" and it's not a part of the progressive agenda.
We should have a job guarantee, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have social welfare programs. The old, young, sick, and homeless need to be protected. Furthermore, should the government fail to guarantee a reasonable job opportunity in the public sector to all those able and willing to work, there needs to be a safety net to support those people.
Forcing poor people to work 'or else no social welfare' and disregarding issues, such as, labor immobility, family-household structures, and the failure of the government to provide reasonable job opportunities in the public sector, could be quite cruel to those on the margins, while making the macro economic problem worse.
What Conservative Republicans were successful at doing was convincing everyone that their tax dollars paid for welfare, making it a socialistic robbing Peter to pay Paul scheme to redistribute wealth in the society from the haves to have nots. In reality, social welfare helps stabilize corporate profits given the large multipliers associated with it. That's basically what the government counter cyclical policies do, as opposed to stabilizing employment. Taxes regulate inflation; they don't give the government the funds to spend. Hardworking Joe is not paying higher taxes because of the food stamps used by his lazy next door neighbor Bum, but because of Deficit Terrorists in power who don't understand how the currency works.