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
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?