Intolerable poverty necessitates a response from the government. The United States would benefit from a generous foreign policy and sanctions relief on departure countries, so that people can meet their needs in their home countries without migrating here to live in the streets. It’s also time for the government to provide generously to the countless people living in U.S. streets.
The following welfare program (that news reports indicate is now being partially implemented) is important for:
- Crime reduction - because people won’t steal anymore.
- Fewer protesters - because fewer people will become disgruntled.
- Fewer immigrants - because honest information can discourage this behavior.
- More economic activity - because welfare (obviously) increases retail sales.
- Lower prices - because government can use the welfare program to negotiate lower retail prices for all customers in certain stores.
- And therefore, extraordinarily, a major reduction in inflation!
Welfare can be granted in store cards that can be used in a few national retail grocery store chains. Accompanying information can be provided. (Optionally, free internet devices might also be distributed so that people can send/receive messages and find work. Eventually recipients can pay to continue using them.)
Store cards can be accepted like credit cards in grocery stores, pharmacies and convenient store chains. Accompanying paperwork can contain information about how to find work. Theft can be discouraged in the paperwork by describing the consequences of such behavior. Additional immigration can be discouraged with honest information about the challenges people face.
This program will appeal to everyone. Retail stores will LOVE the opportunity and benefit the most, because welfare will directly increase their profitability. It will increase revenue and reduce costs from petty theft. Welfare recipients will also be thrilled because they will receive free benefits. They'll be delighted to enjoy free food, toiletries and medicines. The rest of society will benefit as well because the program will create peace and safety. It will also reduce inflation because the promise of welfare revenue can be used by the U.S. government to negotiate lower retail prices for all customers in stores nationwide.
National retail chains will eagerly compete on retail price in order to gain acceptance into the program and a huge amount of government revenue. Perhaps they can be asked to set retail prices at reasonable pre-pandemic levels for everyone. Most chains will agree to this condition in order to opt into this program. But even stores opting out will likely compete on retail prices as well. After all, stores opting out will have new price competition from the ones opting in. So the entire country really will benefit. Stores can also be reminded that there are patriotic reasons to reduce prices to help the country. This can lead to a welcomed price reduction for everyone.