Out of the blue, conservative NY Times columnist David Brooks endorsed federal wage subsidies for working Americans on the PBS NewsHour on February 22, 2019. He said it somewhat in passing, as if this key concept has become unremarkably mainstream. Can we dare hope that it has?
“I would make a distinction between government that provides a safety net for people who — when bad things happen to them that they can’t do anything about, who are born in less fortunate circumstances.
“So, if you want government to hand checks to seniors through Social Security, sign me up. If you want earned income tax credits to raise the wages of lower earning workers, sign me up. If you want wage subsidies, I’m for all that stuff.”