Senator Bernie Sanders along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker are unveiling a plan to eliminate unemployment forever! (Drum roll).
EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL! No, I’m dead freaking serious….
The senator is crafting the bill but the Washington Post is reporting that the bill will provide a job and the required training for any American “who wants or needs one.” The Hill reports:
Sanders’ office has yet to release the details of the plan’s funding, but previous large-scale projects proposed by the Vermont progressive have involved ending tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and large corporations.
The Vermont senator joins two other possible 2020 Democratic contenders, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who have also expressed support for similar proposals in recent weeks.
“The goal is to eliminate working poverty and involuntary unemployment altogether,” Darrick Hamilton, an economist at the New School, told the Post.
“This is an opportunity for something transformative, beyond the tinkering we’ve been doing for the last 40 years, where all the productivity gains have gone to the elite of society.”
Critics of federal jobs proposals say that government intervention to raise wages could lead to private businesses cutting costs in other areas, including hiring less employees. Sanders is a longtime advocate of #FightFor15, the national movement aimed at raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
“It completely undercuts a lot of industries and companies,” Brian Riedl of the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute told the Post. “There will be pressure to introduce a higher wage or certain benefits that the private sector doesn’t offer.”
So here’s my question if we have guaranteed employment what do we do with the people those that refuse to work because they don’t want to? Do we jail them? Are we going to eliminate unemployment contribution altogether since anyone can get a job? Hell, while we are at it who wants a house?