National Safety Net

The national safety net is what we provide when people don’t have the means to care for themselves. At some point in our lives we all need help. A safety net ensures that we will be cared for in time of need and can help us get back onto our feet.

We have a basic safety net in the United States and while we don’t want to make people dependent, we do not want to make it impossible for people to get through a tough time.

At the same time, there are people who cannot care for themselves. At that point in their lives, they will need care on a permanent basis.  That what makes our society strong and safe – knowing that when we need care, it will be there.

We have a civil and strong society and it because of our national safety net.        

  • Healthy family services for young children
  • Elder care services
  • Disabled services
  • Mental health services
  • Food banks
  • Electricity and heating assistance
  • Rental assistance
  • Job retraining
  • Healthcare

What other items go on this list? What do you think we need to provide for strong and healthy communities? Would you be willing to pay less than 1% to provide these services in the form of taxes? If not, why not? If so, would you be willing to pay more?