I was talking with Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, the other day; she offered a different approach, one that harkens back to President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Back in the Great Depression, FDR was more focused on getting people back to work than on handing out money. He set up the WPA and the CCC to provide employment for out-of-work Americans -- jobs building needed infrastructure: bridges, post offices, courthouses and other federal buildings.
The idea was that taxpayers should get something out of helping the unemployed.
The Green Party’s Stein has a similar suggestion, and comments: “If you don’t have work, you’d go to an employment office, not an unemployment office, and you’d get a job, not sit home, depressed, with a check.”
Emphasis in original. Via Barack Obama v. Jill Stein on dependency--Glenn Reynolds - NYPOST.com.