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Deport All the Poor People

 by Bennett Gordon

Tags: Politics, poverty, deportations, economy, New Deal 2.0,

Statue of LibertyEngland used to deport criminals to Australia, and that seems to have worked out well for everyone. And since the money supply in the United States is running low, the government should just deport poor people until everyone’s employed. In a Jonathan Swift-like satire, Marshall Auerback suggests in New Deal 2.0 that deporting poor people could solve the U.S. government’s money problems. “We can start with the long-term unemployed. Then the orphans.  And maybe empty our prisons, if need be, to create huge savings in our criminal justice system.” Or, on the other hand, the government could also try helping poor people. That could work, too.

Source: New Deal 2.0