Clearly we need a living wage, that's the real reason people are languishing on welfare, but we should also be offering training programs to people on assistance who can work. Having work is vital to a person who is struggling. It is important to mental health, financial health, and physical health. We are all made stronger by investing in people in need. But this doesn't mean we can neglect the fight for a living wage, which is at levels well below what they were in the beloved Reagen Era.