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Citizen Wealth by Wade Rathke

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9The “Maximum Eligible Participation” Solution

There may be a national consensus around the value of the Earned Income Tax Credit program that ensures its continuance, and perhaps even its expansion, but other programs wish they could find as much love. To build citizen wealth, we need to aggressively use all existing programs, no matter how many scars and warts they may have, because the passage of new initiatives is at the least years away. Many of these programs do not have the same level of support as EITC, which policy makers and politicians can defend as supporting hard-working families. Some, like the Food Stamp program, have supportive constituencies, but others were avowedly created to share the wealth of the nation with the poorest ...

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