Baby Bonuses

The numbers being floated are $5,000 for women over 18. And $10,000 for married couples. This serves to create a financial incentive for children to wait to have a child until they are adults and it increases the likelihood of men becoming fathers instead of baby daddies. The abortion issue has been a Republican obstacle for the last few years. A great compromise will be to help women instead of demonizing them. 80% of women say if they would have had a decent care package they would have chosen to keep their child. It is a fact that one of the most reliable ways to enter into the upper middle class is for a 2 parent household to own their home. That $10,000 will be a lifeline to people that need it. Doubling the bonus from $5,000 to $10,000 for married couples will help move the culture. Bringing the father back in the home is extremely important and we should encourage this.

Criminal Justice Alternatives

The war on drugs has been a disaster for the urban family. Work programs to coordinate with employers could play a major role in helping people remain in the workforce and off the streets. Crime in urban neighborhoods is directly related to the need for money. Young adults without marketable skills are particularly vulnerable. Instead of giving them a criminal record, shouldn't we give them the tools they need to learn to earn money legally? Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime. Placing potential inmates in housing units that provide jobs will lessen the burden on our correctional facilities, engender a working mentality and potentially save the lives of a confused and misguided young person. Requiring these individuals to work instead of locking them up will also add much needed taxable income for urban communities.

Rehabilitation Workforce

The objective behind prisons was to rehabilitate and to punish. Over the decades (largely assisted by the 94 crime bill) this country has focused on punishment and forgotten about rehabilitation. Allowing private companies to employ inmates to work while engaging them in financial literacy classes will help in that regard. Creating a prison workforce will be on a voluntary basis of course. Doing the math, at $5 an hour, in a 40 hour work week, a person can come home after five years with over $50,000. This is a huge incentive that will keep them in the working spirit. Provide them with a financial cushion upon return to society will do a lot to prevent recidivism. It also allows this country to bring jobs back from overseas with low cost workers from the inmate community. This dollar amount is similar to a stipend that a student or an apprentice will earn in return for being taught a marketable skill. 

EBT Autonomy

EBT benefits have become a staple in the urban community. (Why this happened to us is addressed elsewhere) Restricting spending is outdated and unproductive in today’s economy. I suggest that we allow persons receiving EBT to spend that money however they see fit. The current practice of limiting how EBT dollars are spent is forcing people to sell their ebt for 50 cents on the dollar when they really need to buy a roll of toilet paper instead of milk. And if a person needs to buy some toilet paper, who are we to say no? When EBT is sold for cash, it hurts everyone. It hurts the taxpayer, the EBT recipient, and the urban merchants who sell--toilet paper. It’s essential that we alter EBT policies to give recipients the dignity of autonomy over their spending needs.

Student Investments

Enhancing Parental Rewards: We propose reallocating the Department of Education’s $80 billion budget to states, with a mandate to distribute cash bonuses to parents whose children excel academically. These bonuses, potentially reaching $3,000 annually per child, represent a strategic investment in our youth’s future. By incentivizing academic achievement, we aim to transform high-performing students into influential role models. Critics may liken this initiative to welfare, but in reality, it’s akin to maintaining critical infrastructure. Just as we prioritize repairing deteriorating roads, we must address the decline in urban schools. Providing financial incentives to families in need is a proactive step towards fostering academic success, ultimately leading to brighter futures and decreased likelihood of criminal involvement for students. Right now, that $80 billion dollars is going to failed government educational policy. Wouldn't that money be better spent going directly to parents? This re-direction of funds would change urban attitudes towards education immediately. Do you want people to change? Incentivize the change. That is economics 101. 

Nominate Urban Candidates

Republicans are behind the eight ball when it comes to making any headway into the urban cities. The biggest hurdle the Republican Party faces as it concerns inner city voters is the stigma of intolerance. The media’s portrayal of republicans being racist, sexist, homophobic etc can be shed by allowing candidates like myself to fight on their behalf for these all to important congressional seats. When I win this seat the floodgates will open. Urban raised citizens will be encouraged to follow suit. 5-10 democrat strongholds will fall to urban based individuals that will begin to see that republican policies align best with their priorities. In this district as an example 40% of our residents vote republican whereas 90% of black people vote democrat. With a 40% cushion no matter how much money my democrat counterpart puts into this campaign, we have the numbers to vote them out of office! Let's do it.