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  • Why Universal Basic Income Is a Pipe Dream

    10/19/2017 9:07:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | 10/19/2017 | by Peter St. Onge
    One future-related proposal getting a lot of attention nowadays is the Universal Basic Income. The idea is to give everybody some money every month — typically something like $1,000 a month. That is not enough for everybody to live luxuriously, but enough for everybody to get by without needing to work. Supporters say it’s needed because the robots will take all the jobs, plus they hope it will raise entrepreneurship. While others say robots are a false alarm, that we’ll have a surplus of jobs so why pay people trillions to sit on the couch and refuse to work. It’s...
  • Trump says he's looking 'very, very strongly' at welfare reform

    10/16/2017 5:17:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 16, 2017 | Dan Merica
    President Donald Trump said Monday his administration will start to consider reforming the welfare system in the United States, saying that some people are "taking advantage of the system." The comment comes as the Trump administration struggles to get any sweeping legislation through Congress, despite Republicans controlling both the House and Senate. Trump failed to pass health care reform earlier this year and is currently working -- without much success so far -- to pass tax reform. "People are taking advantage of the system and then other people aren't receiving what they really need to live and we think it...
  • If Hillary Had Won, We Might All Be Getting Paid to Live in America

    10/12/2017 6:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Cheat Sheet ^ | October 12, 2017 | Sam Becker
    Hillary Clinton gave consideration to a national basic income program in 2016. •The goal was to raise incomes using “the Alaska model.” •If the chips had fallen in the right places, it could have led to every American getting a monthly check from the government. Most Americans are sick of hearing about Hillary Clinton. Enough people didn’t trust her, didn’t like her, or couldn’t be persuaded to vote for her, which led to Donald Trump’s victory. After that, we expected her to fade away — to ride off into the sunset with Bill and enjoy retirement. She did fade away...
  • How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation

    10/07/2017 10:29:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Truth Out ^ | October 7, 2017 | Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog
    The policy of guaranteeing every citizen a universal basic income is gaining support around the world, as automation increasingly makes jobs obsolete. But can it be funded without raising taxes or triggering hyperinflation? In a panel I was on at the NexusEarth cryptocurrency conference in Aspen September 21-23rd, most participants said no. This is my rebuttal. In May 2017, a team of researchers at the University of Oxford published the results of a survey of the world's best artificial intelligence experts, who predicted that there was a 50 percent chance of AI outperforming humans in all tasks within 45 years....
  • Trump administration weighing executive order on welfare

    10/02/2017 2:20:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 2, 2017 | Andrew Restuccia
    Trump administration officials are mulling an executive order that would instruct federal agencies to review low-income assistance programs, part of a coming effort to make sweeping changes to the country’s welfare system. The White House began circulating a draft order to federal agencies for comment last week, according to two administration officials, who were granted anonymity to discuss the internal deliberations. One of the officials said the draft order calls on agencies to review existing regulations and propose new rules that conform to a set of broad welfare principles, including tighter work requirements that encourage recipients to shift back into...
  • 9 million kids get health insurance under CHIP...[Media anti-Trump meme eclipsed by Vegas]

    10/02/2017 4:35:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | 10/1/17 | Valerie Strauss
    Congress just allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire. If action is not taken soon to restore the funding, the effects will become obvious in schools across the country, with many of the children in the program unable to see a doctor
  • Universal Credit is 'putting people in poverty', charities warn (UK)

    09/29/2017 6:55:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Sky News ^ | September 29, 2017 | by Joe Tidy
    The Government is being urged to pause the mass roll-out of its new benefits system next week as charities warn it is forcing people into poverty. Since 2013, Universal Credit has been introduced relatively slowly to around five selected job centres a month. The system is designed to simplify the way claimants are paid merging six existing benefits, including housing benefit and jobseeker's allowance, into one monthly payment. Sky News went to one of their centres in Oldham to find out if that was the case. In the two days I was there I met people like Debbie and Steven...
  • Comparison of Poverty Rates Called "Unfair" [semi-satire]

    09/24/2017 3:14:06 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Sep 2017 | John Semmens
    In California the poverty rate is 20.4%. In Texas it is 14.7%. California Governor Jerry Brown (D) claimed "the heads-up comparison is unfair. Our income tax rate is 13.3%. Texas has no income tax. So each person in our state has to contribute more of his or her income before they get to spend any of it on themselves." "We also have more regulations controlling where and how people can live and where and how businesses can operate," Brown added. "This makes housing less affordable and raises the prices businesses must charge in order to stay profitable. Naturally, that has...
  • LETTER: Americans must support Presdient Trump in effort to prosper

    09/23/2017 2:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Laconia Daily Sun ^ | September 23, 2017 | Mike Mortensen
    To The Daily Sun, While I would argue some of his points, I agree with the main point in Alan Vervaeke’s Sept. 19 column titled “The Gravy Train is for my dogs”: America’s welfare system needs a lot of fixing. The fixes need to ensure that people who are truly incapable of caring for themselves are cared for while capable people have the opportunities and incentives to support themselves. Vervaeke expresses this view, perhaps a little harshly, in his comment, “Enough with the programs and freebies and giveaways — save them for those people who actually need them. Get the...
  • This State Is Making Moves To Give Its Residents Guaranteed Income

    09/20/2017 3:46:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Refinery 29 ^ | September 5, 2017 | Caitlin Flynn
    Hawaii state representative Chris Lee has introduced a bill to guarantee economic security for the state's residents. Amidst fears of technology leading to job automation, Lee's Universal Basic Income (UBI) measure would ensure that that all residents of Hawaii are able to receive a steady income, regardless of their employment status. Prominent billionaire businessmen including Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk have expressed their support for the bill. "In the modern world, everybody should have the opportunity to work and to thrive. Most countries can afford to make sure that everybody has their basic needs covered," Virgin Group founder...
  • It’s Happening: Pluralities Support Single-Payer, Universal Basic Income

    09/20/2017 12:49:58 PM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 20, 2017 | Allahpundit
    We’re not all socialists yet but we’re getting there. A majority of Democrats are, in any case. The single-payer numbers in Morning Consult’s new survey not only aren’t surprising, they’re right in line with what other studies have showed this year.
  • Lessons from a Restaurant Tabletop

    09/19/2017 4:22:21 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 16 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 19, 2017 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    If you sit down at a major national restaurant chain nowadays, you might be greeted by a sign, banner, or tabletop tent quoting some questionable statistics, and warning you that there is hunger in America. They quote a study (out of context) reporting that one in six American children “experiences” hunger at least sometimes. “That’s 13 million children, the population of Illinois” as the tabletop tent at lunch exclaimed to me, constantly, as I ate my lunch. This brings to mind a flood of questions, among them: Is it true? If so, Why? And What can or should we do...
  • Food Stamp Usage Has Fallen Every Month of Trump Presidency [MAGA!]

    09/19/2017 6:40:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | 18 Sep 2017 | by Katherine Rodriguez
    Food stamp usage has declined every month since President Trump took office in January, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on food stamp enrollment. Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped to 41,310,785 in June 2017, the latest data available from the USDA, from 42,691,363 in January 2017. Food stamp usage has been on a steady decline since Donald Trump began his presidency in January 2017, with the latest data showing that SNAP enrollment decreased by more than 1.3 million, or 3.23 percent, since the beginning of his term in office.
  • Hillary Clinton almost ran for president on a universal basic income

    09/12/2017 4:45:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vox ^ | September 12, 2017 | Dylan Matthews
    In perhaps the single most astounding passage of her campaign memoir What Happened, Hillary Clinton reveals a campaign proposal she formulated with staffers but never actually released: a universal basic income for Americans, funded by carbon and financial transaction taxes. "I wanted very much to convey a commitment to trying to figure ways to raise incomes," she said in an interview with Vox's Ezra Klein. "The Alaska model where they write a check to every single Alaskan every year based on a formula about the oil and gas revenues was really intriguing to me.” Here’s the relevant passage of the...
  • How is it that progressives confuse "society" and "government"?

    09/02/2017 7:06:31 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 30 replies
    Society is society. Government is government. They are two entirely distinct, and completely separate things. Not in the land of Progressivism, however. For progressives, society is government and government is society. They are equally the same and there is no possible distinction. You can routinely see the rotting husk of this when someone proceeds to inform you that "they believe society should do x or y" but when talking of x or y they are instead referring to government action. "I believe that we as a society should take care of the poor, and that's why I support {insert name...
  • Trump moves to restore work requirement for welfare

    08/30/2017 2:13:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    The Trump administration moved Wednesday to reimpose work requirements for Americans on welfare, revoking an Obama-era policy that had urged states to apply for waivers exempting the poor from having to show they were either getting job training or looking for work. Requiring work was a key part of the 1996 welfare reform law enacted by a GOP-led Congress and signed by then-President Clinton, and Mr. Trump’s move restores the law as written.
  • Foreigners can help to pay for tax reform: Danish finance minister

    08/30/2017 11:44:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal,dk ^ | 30 August 2017 15:30 CEST+02:00
    Denmark’s government is seeking to introduce requirements which will limit the access of foreign residents to the country’s welfare system. Savings made from new curbs could help to finance tax cuts in several areas announced by the government on Tuesday, reports broadcaster DR. New regulations proposed by the government would prevent in principle non-Danish citizens from being eligible for certain welfare payments (known in Danish as overfřrselsindkomster) from their first day in the country. “I was keen for people to be unable to come to Denmark and receive welfare payments before entering the labor market,” Finance Minister Kristian Jensen told...
  • A mother has been arrested after five children were found eating dog food off the floor

    08/22/2017 8:42:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    Fox 4 kc ^ | August 18, 2017
    Mother arrested after five children found eating dog food off the floor Police officers were immediately 'taken aback' by smell coming from the flat A mother has been arrested after five children were found eating dog food off the floor of her flat which was stained with faeces urine and cockroach carcasses, police said. Officers from the force in Middletown, Connecticut, were "immediately taken aback" by the smell emanating from inside of Chloe Edwards home. They were investigating the property after a fire safety officer alerted them to a large pile of rubbish by the 27-year-old's front door, as they...
  • L.A. County hands $1.3B — Billion! — to illegals for welfare

    08/10/2017 6:49:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | 8/9/2017
    llegals living in Los Angeles County were handed almost $1.3 billion in welfare payouts between the months of 2015 and 2016, Fox News reported, citing data. That’s billion with a capital “B.” That’s a quarter of what the county distributed to its entire needy population in those same months. Liberals and government elitists always like to make the case that citizens ought to support some cheap-sounding fee- or tax-paying cause by grandly pronouncing, “It’s just the cost of a cup of coffee,” or “If everyone just gave up their Starbucks lattes, it’d pay for itself.” Well, guess what $1.3 billion...
  • Migrants will not get Welfare for First Five Years: Donald Trump

    08/04/2017 7:54:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    News18 ^ | August 5, 2017 | The Press Trust of India
    Days after announcing his support to a merit-based immigration system, President Donald Trump has said that migrants will not get welfare in the first five years after they arrive in the US. "You cannot get welfare for five years when you come into our country. You can't just come in, like in past weeks, years and decades--you come in, immediately start picking up welfare," Trump said in his weekly web and radio address to the nation....