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Letter to the Editor: We need new ways to help hungry kids

I would like to see Congress pass a new program into law which would replace the former “Aid To Families With Dependent Children” program which was passed under Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935 and abolished in 1996.  

Ever since its abolition, there has been a large increase in the number of people (especially children) living in “extreme poverty” (meaning living on less than two dollars a day) and “deep poverty” (meaning at a level half of the official poverty line).  

The new initiative could be paid for by adopting a “National Wealth Tax” of 14.25 percent on all individuals with a net worth of $10 million and higher which is exactly what Donald Trump proposed in 1999 before he became what I always believed to be a “FAKE-conservative.”

In return for receiving this assistance, all recipients would be responsible for doing some type of volunteer-work and/or job-training.

By way of background, I am a retired college professor of Sociology, Social Work, and Psychology.

I taught at West Virginia University and Slippery Rock University.

 

Stewart B. Epstein

Rochester, New York  

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