The Democratic Party used to call itself the party of working people and hail the “dignity of work.”
You can do it all.
Democrats want to guarantee people who refuse to work an income from the suckers who do right by showing up for work and caring for their family.
These self-supporting Americans have fortunately dodged a bullet. The failure to pass Build Back Better in Congress, thanks to holdout Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., means that the monthly checks or automatic bank deposits to parents with kids, sometimes dubbed “Biden Bucks,” come to an end this month.
For working people, the monthly payments were merely an advance on their tax refunds—but parents who choose not to work have been getting no-strings money to support their nonworking lifestyle.
Democrats used the pretext of pandemic relief to pass the American Rescue Plan in March. This changed a tax code feature, the child credit available to adults who pay taxes and work, into a grant that is paid every month to almost all adults with kids.
Democrats have been pushing to increase the monthly payments until 2022 as part the Build Back better Act, with a plan for making them permanent.
Manchin understood the true intent of his party: a socialist-style universal minimum income. Manchin objected to the unconditional monthly cash grants: “There’s no work requirement whatsoever.”
“Don’t you think if we’re going to help the children,” Manchin asked, the parents “should make some effort?”
What about the Democratic Party, which represents working people? President Joe Biden talks the talk. “My Dad used to say, ‘Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about your place in the community.’”
But Biden’s party is no longer walking that walk. As Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., told the House Ways and Means Committee during a debate over Build Back Better, “the so-called dignity of work—that’s like hearing a fingernail on a chalkboard.” New York Magazine’s Eric Levitz calls Manchin’s work-ethic convictions “contemptible.”
Sorry, but most Americans don’t want to support the moochers. Supporters of the monthly payments hail them as “already a huge success” for lifting millions of children out of poverty. Nonsense. That’s what a working parent does. The national poverty rate fell temporarily, but the payments didn’t solve the problem of parents without the mindset to support their children.
This is deja vu. Uncle Sam used to send checks out to parents who were not working before the 1996 welfare reform, which was enacted by a Republican Congress. Welfare reform changed all that. It required parents to work or train to work to be eligible for cash benefits.
It succeeded in reducing welfare rolls, ameliorating child poverty, and helping single mothers become self sufficient. Yet, today’s Democratic Party spurns that model. Democrats tend to attribute unemployment to racism or a rigged market and argue that people should be treated with dignity, no matter whether they choose work or not.
Of course, all human beings deserve dignity—but not a seat on the couch in front of the TV funded by people who toil.
All across the country, Democratic politicians are pushing for a monthly basic income for the non-working poor. This is courtesy of taxpayers. They’ve formed Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. Los Angeles is sending $1,000 checks monthly to 2,000 residents. Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Mayor, uses federal pandemic relief funding in order to distribute $500 per month cash stipends randomly to low-income recipients.
This should anger anyone who works and pays taxes. There are many jobs. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, more than half of small-business owners are unable to fill open positions. Small businesses are posting “Help Wanted” signs in windows.
Manchin can be thanked for his efforts to keep taxpayers from becoming pawns supporting the freeloaders every time you pass one of these signs.
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