Friday, December 7, 2012

Cory Booker: Empathy Training for Bureaucrats and Judges

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, is voluntarily living off food stamps for a week. 
What a wise move, both to understand what life is like for many of your constituents and to publicize same. I think living off food-stamps for a week should be a requirement for anyone who wishes to run for office in this country.

But I would add that said official should:
1) be given a small clothing budget and have to wear clothing for that week purchased at a local thrift store on a minimal budget.
2) have to apply for welfare in an area where they are not well known.
3) spend the week with no access to the internet via smart phone or computer except at the library.
4) be required to apply for several low wage jobs at spots that require at least four bus transfers--arriving on time for said appointments. (Or if living in a rural area, they should manage to get to a job interview thirty miles away without assistance from anyone they know.)
5) have no access to health care for the week unless they can pay for it out of their welfare.

I believe this should also be a required annual test for all judges, including Supreme Court Justices--they pass the test or they lose their job. This would be one good way to build empathy for the poor in this country and stop their demonization.
Share this post via:

No comments:

Post a Comment