We shouldn’t be leaving people to fend for themselves in the U.S.
But the problem is how we do that in the most efficient way, given our current U.S. economic/social structures?
Here is my take. And please don’t link to other places where you think this has been answered in a different context. I’ve seen those and they are either not focused on the U.S., or they go off on philosophical tangents rather than practical discussions.
The conservative right exaggerates self-responsibility as a cure without caring about conditions that place people in losing situations at birth. Child poverty rate in the U.S. is at 17% - Nearly 28% in Mississippi! link
Some of these poor children will indeed overcome their challenges and succeed tremendously, but most will, and indeed can, not.
The right also wants to forget slavery and racism from the late 18th century through, well, today - as indicated by their book bans.
We can start, I think, by picking low hanging fruit.
Things were pretty great economically in the U.S. when the super-rich were taxed as they were in the 50’s/60’s. We need neither more Musk stinking up the place nor Trumps destroying our democracy. Same with corporations.
Getting control of the population would help our species greatly as we run out of water and many other resources. This means, of course stopping the religious right from banning abortion and birth control. Fewer people means less pollution.
Change our political system so that the rich don’t hold all of the power. Oh, and get rid of the electoral college.