posted on Jan, 30 2014 @ 12:56 AM
reply to post by darkbake
And here is the trick to combat poverty. You have to actually combat it.
1) Unemployment. Give an unemployed worker an option at the beginning of unemployment. You can either go the 36 week route in which UI benefits are
100% tax free at 100% of your previous pay. At the end of 36 weeks, there are no extensions. Option two is the 104 week route in which you receive at
60% of previous pay and a 100% tuition paid loan to a technical/trade school for training. The requirement is to maintain a passing grade to keep
2) Food Stamps. Ohio is doing some good oversight in this area in checking for replacement card applications, unauthorized uses by retailers, etc.
3) Section 8 and other subsidized housing. Stricter guidelines and monitoring of the properties. Litter, vandalism, maintenance are big things on
property owners. Drug arrests, violent crimes and domestic calls are big things on tenants. Both need to work on occupancy numbers relative to the
property. 20 people in a place meant for 2-4 doesn't cut it.
4) Other waste, fraud and abuse. Every person receiving something has their address listed. If local police officers drive by a house of a man on full
disability for a bad back and they are chopping down a tree with an axe with no problem...that needs corrected.
5) Employer incentives. Pass some common sense labor laws. Give tax break incentives to companies that hire workers that have been unemployed for more
than six months. Give tax breaks to companies that have more than xx percent of the employees making more than 150% of minimum wage. Give tax breaks
to companies that have more than xx percent of their employees that are US citizens. Remove tax breaks from companies that have a XX percentage of
their employees paid less than 150% of minimum wage. And remove tax breaks from US companies that have less than xx percent US citizens as employees.
--That should fix companies like Walmart and Tyson that follow their labor models.
6) Individual Income Tax. Either eliminate it completely or at the very least adjust the tax tables to either reflect inflation since 1931. That less
than $5000/yr table in which the worker is exempt from payroll withholdings was because in 1931 everyone making less than $5000 was exempt. That would
be $72,375.46 in today's money by the way or roughly $34.80/hr.