Senator Bernie Sanders (I, VT) has offered legislation, in coordination with Congressman Ro Khanna (D, CA), that is his latest bit of socialism. His legislation would hit large businesses with a tax equal to 100% of the welfare payments any of their employees might receive while working.
Sanders and Khanna say—and they’re actually serious—that this would pay for the welfare programs involved.
Andy Puzder has a different view of such legislation.
[T]he first step on the path to financial self-sufficiency is finding a job. A tax on employing welfare recipients would discourage employers from hiring them. It would increase the cost of employing such people without an offsetting increase in productivity or employee satisfaction, since the extra payment would go to the government rather than the employee. Companies could avoid the tax simply by hiring people not on welfare, reducing job opportunities for the people most in need of jobs and opportunity.
This is the anti-business—worse, the anti-poor, the anti-single mom, and the anti-just-starting-out youth—position of the Progressive-Democrat Party and their Socialist confreres.
But, hey—votes. Our youth, our single mothers, our poor, they aren’t human beings needing a start a or hand up in the eyes of the Party. They’re just votes to be kept trapped in the Progressive-Democrats’ welfare cage.