Rep. Dan Crenshaw, the Texas Republican, spoke out against Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib. He said that Tlaib’s “deeply immoral” plan to give taxpayer money to middle- and low-income Americans is a basic “misunderstanding of economics.”
The Michigan representative’s proposed bill would directly offer an annual payment of $3,000 to individuals and $6,000 to families as a way to raise wages and alleviate poverty in the U.S., according to a report from The Washington Post published last week.
Crenshaw discussed the new proposal Monday night with Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum.
Crenshaw began with a brief discussion of California’s plan to give illegal immigrants taxpayer-subsidized health coverage. He called this “immoral” and “not fair to the taxpayers living there.” Then MacCallum turned the topic to Tlaib’s proposal.
“It’s a misunderstanding of basic economics and also human nature,” Crenshaw explained. “It’s a misunderstanding of economics because, one, we always have to ask the question, ‘How will we pay for it? Are we going to put our children into even more debt? Are we going to raise taxes on somebody else?’”
The Texas congressman also noted that the U.S. already has “one of the most progressive tax systems in the entire world,” but such proposals entice “people not to work.”
“If you are making more than $49,000 a year then you’re gonna have an incentive not to take that extra job or extra promotion because you’re gonna lose your benefits,” he said. “It’s not a smart or efficient way to do welfare policy.”
Crenshaw said the “better way” is “earned income tax credits or work requirements for able-bodied people to receive welfare.”
“That encourages them to get a job and to keep working and to promote themselves, to actually be self-reliant. That would be the moral thing to do,” he said before explaining why it also gets human nature wrong.
Crenshaw gave this reasoning to his stand: “It also misunderstands human nature, because it’s basically making people dependent on government. We have to ask ourselves the question, ‘Why wouldn’t she just propose a tax cut?’ She’s not proposing a tax cut because she wants you to be dependent on government. This is deeply immoral. It’s just not the right thing to do. We don’t want another bureaucracy handing out money. We just want people to keep more money, so why doesn’t she work with us on tax cuts?”
Tlaib reportedly called the plan “earned income tax credits on steroids” and a “broader umbrella for families that make $50,000 or less if you are single, or $100,000 or less if you are a family.”
Credit: Daily Caller