The welfare debate the US should be having

There has to be a balance between personal responsibility and economic security

When Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez first rolled out her Green New Deal, she called on the United States government to provide economic security to those "unwilling to work".

Conservatives correctly seized on this to argue that the Democratic Party seemed to be moving quite a bit further to the left in its views on economic policy. The controversy was reignited when presidential daughter Ivanka Trump rejected a "minimum guarantee" for people who are unwilling to work.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2019, with the headline 'The welfare debate the US should be having'. Print Edition | Subscribe