Charles Murray, a libertarian, writes that America’s population is wealthier than any in history (In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State). Every year, the American government redistributes more than a trillion dollars of that wealth to provide for retirement, health care, and the alleviation of poverty. We still have millions of people without comfortable retirements, without adequate health care, and living in poverty. Only a government can spend so much money so ineffectually. The solution is to give the money to the people. This is the Plan, a radical new approach to social policy that defies any partisan label. Murray suggests eliminating all welfare transfer programs at the federal, state, and local levels and substituting an annual $10,000 cash grant to everyone age twenty-one or older. In Our Hands describes the financial feasibility of the Plan and its effects on retirement, health care, poverty, marriage and family, work, neighborhoods and civil society. For those who are aware In Our Hands? d0 you agree or disagree with many basic income advocates, and participation income advocates in particular, that a guaranteed minimum income could promote a resurgence of private and community-based initiatives to address complex social problems and challenges as Murray suggests?
Employed as senior director of Duane Morris Government Strategies, LLC, based in Trenton, New Jersey, Martin Milita advises clients on all forms of public policy. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, he served as managing partner of Holman Public Affairs, LLC, which he cofounded in 2001. Dedicating to helping others, Martin Milita donates his time outside of working hours to several charitable endeavors, one of which is The Civil War Trust, the largest battlefield preservation group in the country. The Civil War Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit group that has preserved 40,000 acres of land in 20 states recently acquired Robert E.Lee’s headquarters to preserve as part of the Gettysburg Historical battlefield- is one of the most important unprotected historic structures in America.