At a fiscal summit hosted by anti-Social Security zealot Pete Petersen, Former President Bill Clinton said that his solution to reducing income inequality is to throw poor people in jail:
I don’t think there’s much you can do about that unless you want to start jailing people.
Unlike what Bill Clinton claims, there’s plenty that can be done to reduce income inequality, which is one of the most serious problems that our country faces. Raising taxes on the wealthy, raising the minimum wage, making it easier for workers to form unions and collectively bargain for higher wages and benefits, and repealing free trade agreements such as NAFTA are four ideas that I can think of off of the top of my head that would reduce income inequality in this country. Throwing poor people in jail, on the other hand, is only going to make income inequality worse.
What really disturbs me is that, in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, there’s a candidate running on the political legacy of Bill Clinton: Marjorie Margolies, a former Congresswoman and the mother-in-law of Chelsea Clinton, Bill’s daughter. It’s bad enough that Margolies has openly antagonized progressives (most notably Daylin Leach, one of Margolies’s primary challengers and a staunch progressive) during her campaign, but, given Bill’s recent comments about wanting to throw poor people in jail and the fact that Margolies is running her campaign on Bill’s political legacy of shipping American jobs overseas and helping to create the conditions that led to the Great Recession, Margolies’s apparent support for throwing poor people in jail en masse is absolutely disgusting.
I strongly encourage those who live in the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania to vote for Daylin Leach in the upcoming Democratic primary. If elected, he’ll fight to reduce income inequality and make America a better place to live.