To the editor:
The ECM Editorial of May 22 quoted Paul Wellstone, “We all do better when we all do better.” People agree on many things, even in government, and the way is to find something that works. We know some folks who have to work three jobs to put food on the table. And if someone takes care of their children, most of their day or night is about work. If somebody co-signs a loan for them, they might get a little better kind of work. Still, they might have to work for a long time paying off their student loans. (If they can’t get the loan, the hard part is staying healthy enough to pay for groceries. They might get enough training to afford to have just one job.) They want some of the economic advantages we have. Many are hard-working, most (especially the women) care a lot about their kids and family.
Some programs function very well. They include the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). Families with kids can thrive, kids do well in school, and the future is shown to have more effective adults at work, in the community, and with youngsters of their own. The Earned Income Tax Credit, lifts 10 million of these hard-working folks out of poverty each year, thousands right here in the south metro area, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
We in the south metro area, and elsewhere in the state and country are in this together. We can contact our members of Congress, Rep. Jason Lewis and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, to ask their help in saving these programs, which help us put food on the table. They also help develop jobs and promote family stability.