Instead of tax cuts, spend to fight poverty

I want to preface my letter by pointing out that I am writing to your newspaper because I earned both of my masters degrees at West Virginia University and also had the privilege of being a professor at WVU. I believe that West Virginians are the nicest people in the USA.

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 spend $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 percent of the official poverty line).

It is the humane and just thing to do.

Stewart B. Epstein

Rochester, New York 14624