How Republicans can eliminate poverty in an instant

There are many complaints that Walmart and fast food stores are requiring the government to support their employees with welfare and food stamps. That happens because the government has defined living in poverty as having a family live on less than $18,000 a year. Even the Affordable Care Act uses this number as a basis to provide subsidies to workers up to four times this number. The idea of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour so part-timers of 30 hours a week can make $15,000 a year or full-time $20,200 per year.

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The problem of poverty can be solved for millions of Americans in an instant. Reduce the stated poverty level to $8,000 a year for full-time workers, which would be $4 an hour, rolling the minimum wage back to $4 an hour before 1990. Obviously, George Herbert Walker Bush ended prosperity and US growth by raising the minimum wage to $4.25 an hour and above since that time, as raising the minimum wage destroys businesses permanently.

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That way, millions of Americans would settle for working for $4 an hour and no longer qualify for subsidies or welfare, saving taxes for all Americans. Get on the Patriot bandwagon.

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Comments (12)

  1. Neighsayer

    Uh . . . as the kids say, I’m not “down with that.”

    February 26, 2014
  2. mcstites

    Sounds more like something the democrats should do, because they are not ending poverty with whatever Obama is trying to do. The goal of the democrats is to decrease the pay difference between the rich and the poor by making us all poor.

    February 27, 2014
    1. livelonger

      OK … continue with the logic conclusion that raising millions out of poverty makes us all poor.

      February 27, 2014
      1. mcstites

        I was matching your sarcasm.

        February 27, 2014
        1. livelonger

          I could understand that if it wasn’t exactly what the RWNJ’s are preaching,

          February 27, 2014
          1. mcstites

            Exactly what are they preaching? Quote please.

            February 27, 2014
            1. livelonger

              LOL, quote a few dozen saying similar statements.

              February 27, 2014
            2. livelonger

              Brn2bfree: "Obama’s policies are not creating jobs. Matter of fact, they are doing the opposite.
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              Raising the minimum wage would be the same redistribution of income, but with poor people. Some poor people will lose their jobs while others got a little more pay. "
              http://usapolitics.thoughts.com/posts/white-house-slams-cbo-s-wage-report

              February 27, 2014
            3. livelonger

              " It’s the Obama administration that has done little to address the gross negligence on Wall Street that has led to much of the downward spiral of the middle-class into the ranks of the poor. It’s the Obama administration that has worked with the Fed to allow quantitative easing, which has led to inflation, and will lead to even higher inflation—a hidden tax on the poor and the middle-class. And it’s Obamacare that hurts not the rich but small businesses and the working class."
              http://www.richdad.com/Resources/Rich-Dad-Financial-Education-Blog/August-2012/The-Party-of-the-Poor.aspx

              February 27, 2014
    2. livelonger

      Isn’t taking the opposite that reducing the miniimum wage would make us all rich?

      February 27, 2014
  3. GoldenPig2012

    Exactly. Lower the number and all of a sudden, millions are no longer in poverty. Awesome. Perfect. So, once that number is lowered on paper, everyone who lives above it will be able to pay rent, keep the lights on and afford the ride to work as well as clothing, food and every other necessity of life. Brilliant!!! Someone needs to alert the republicans about this, ASAP.

    February 27, 2014
  4. Munkyman

    & it’d work too if we pegged gasoline at $1 a gallon, along with milk. Fixed rents & demanded a $5000 new car from every manufacturer that wanted access to our market. If we fixed the economy to avoid inflation & reintroduced the word usury to people who expect annual double digit returns on investments. If we refused to pay more than $50,000 for a starter home & demanded a few more starter homes & fewer McMansions.

    February 28, 2014