'Deeply Immoral': Dan Crenshaw Blasts Rashida Tlaib's Anti-Poverty Plan, Says It Creates More Govt Dependency

Rep. Dan Crenshaw
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2). Screen grab via C-SPAN.

Fresh off of getting failed Democratic Congressional candidate Brianna Wu (MA) to tweet a self-own acknowledging his point on Christian teachings, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) has moved on to the next Democrat who needs a reality check: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13).


Crenshaw appeared on Fox News Monday to discuss a variety of topics, but the one that got the most attention was Tlaib’s trillion dollar plan to combat was she calls income inequality. The Washington Post describes the plan:

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has released a plan to spend trillions of federal dollars on direct cash subsidies to working class and poor Americans, including the unemployed and those with no earnings.

Tlaib’s bill would give direct cash help to those at the bottom of the income distribution — annually offering $3,000 to individuals and $6,000 to families — in an attempt to reduce poverty in the United States and bolster the wages of the poor.


By contrast, Tlaib’s plan offers the full $3,000 or $6,000 credit to those with no income — a significant break from orthodoxy among more centrist Democrats, who have traditionally argued giving federal cash to the unemployed will discourage them from finding jobs.

Speaking with Fox News‘s Martha MacCallum Monday, Crenshaw called Tlaib’s plan “deeply immoral”, and said it was crafted out of a “misunderstanding of economics”:

“It’s a misunderstanding of economics because one, we always have to ask the question ‘how are we going to pay for it?’,” he claimed.

“Are we going to put our children in even more debt? Are we going to raise taxes on somebody else?

“It also doesn’t make sense because it basically entices people not to work. If you are making $49,000 a year, then you’re going to have an incentive not to take that extra job or extra promotion because you’re going to lose your benefits.”

Tlaib’s plan, the Livable Income for Families (LIFT) Plus Act, would offer direct payments of $3,000 to people making less than $50,000 per year.


Watch video of the interview segment below:

Tlaib’s plan is (surprise!) an even more expansive version of the one Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) proposed back in January, which Townhall‘s Ian Snively dissected earlier this year.

—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–


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