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Federal safety net

To the Editor:

Now the only way that job shortages can be overcome is to federally subsidize income and create federal safety nets for states and local human services, such as public safety, state debt, public pensions and Medicare.

Lowered taxes for the top 400 billionaires and one-fifth richest Americans failed to improve purchasing power necessary for jobs these past 12 years, so federalize a safety net instead.

Increased vital social spending, and repaying the earned Social Security and public pensions of the majority would raise all society with purchasing power, adding jobs. The New Deal boosted the economy’s safety net.

Ninety-six percent of all Americans have benefited directly from government welfare, notably through tax breaks on mortgages for the middle class, but corporations receive more government subsides (welfare), i.e. coal, nuclear, oil, airline industries.

Local and state government typically are in debt, so federal government, expanding its social spending to the majority, must federalize state government’s social spending, including mental health and livable income.

Obama’s health care reform seeks federalizing of the poor into Medicaid if all state governors and legislatures agree, whereupon states get all health bills paid for three years, 90 percent thereafter.

The federal government can borrow. Its interest rate is low, unlike state governments.

Federalize social spending for the majority to expand economy for all.

Bernice Russell

Crystal Lake

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