This Major U.S. City Could Soon Give $500 to Its Poorest Residents, No Strings Attached

This Major U.S. City Could Soon Give $500 to Its Poorest Residents, No Strings Attached

Chicago could become the largest city in the U.S. to test a universal basic income program if its local government takes up a new proposal to start handing out $500 a month to some households for free.

City lawmakers have voiced support for legislation that would try a basic income scheme for 1,000 families in Chicago.

A bill, proposed by Chicago lawmaker Ameya Pawar, has started the legislative process by gaining support from 36 of the city’s 50 aldermen, who vote on local laws.Pawar spoke about his plan with news website The Intercept , where he said that he was proposing […]

Giving People Cash to Do Nothing Won’t Reduce California Poverty

The latest hot social theory in California is universal basic income.

Essentially, it’s about paying people to do nothing. Academics and tech titans have promoted it to address poverty, rising costs of living, and even the temporarily disruptive effects of innovation.

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs has generated national headlines for his universal basic income proposal , which he recently spoke about at a Sacramento Press Club event.Under his plan, around 100 people in Stockton would receive $500 starting next year for about 18 months. The money will be “unconditional, with no work requirements and no restrictions on how the money can […]

Barack Obama advocates for universal basic income

Barack Obama advocates for universal basic income

People receiving "disability" is 10 times the size of the workforce now what it was in 1960. There aren’t as many truly disabled people as one might think.

Part of the training they should receive is how and why not to be a single parent.

Getting rid of most poverty only requires 3 things: 1. Don’t drop out of school 2. Don’t commit crime/use drugs 3. Don’t have children out of wedlock/Don’t be a single parent Trump made 2 women single parents and they didn’t have kids out of wedlock lol Your solutions either require […]

OBAMACARE PLUS? Obama Praises UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME in Fiery Address

OBAMACARE PLUS? Obama Praises UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME in Fiery Address

"We see it in the growth of state-sponsored propaganda, we see it in internet-driven fabrications, in the blurring of lines between news and entertainment", Mr Obama said .

"I can’t find common ground if somebody says that climate change just isn’t happening, when nearly all the world’s scientists tell us it is. There’s something they’re just afraid of", Obama said. "We have to believe in facts (another thing I didn’t think I’d have to lecture about)", he said with a wry chuckle.

Obama, however, suggested that on Mandela’s 100th birthday, the world now "stands a crossroad" and that the world should […]

Universal Basic Income Is a Pipedream

Universal Basic Income Is a Pipedream

(Igor Stevanovic/Dreamstime.com) The greatest enemy of the poor are those who champion their cause. It sounds counterintuitive. How can this be? Because most of those who lead the charge against poverty have no personal stake in their cause.

Unlike Mother Teresa, who made it clear that helping the poor must begin with those who carry their banner, most of the professional champions of the poor believe that writing a check — with other people’s money — will solve the problem. It rarely does.

To be sure, the aged, the disabled, and the infirm benefit from a safety net. The late Daniel […]

Chicago is Considering Universal Basic Income

Chicago is Considering Universal Basic Income

Source: Big Think Chicago is on course to become the largest city in the US to try the concept of universal basic income. A new proposal is in front of local authorities in the city and if passed, it will see some households in the city get up to $500 a month for free. Many legislators in the city have already voiced their support for the trial that will target 1,000 households. The bill was proposed by Chicago lawmaker Ameya Pawar.

The legislative process of passing it into law has also started and so far 36 out of the 50 […]

MALCOLM BERKO: Figuring out how to do the impossible

Dear Mr. Berko: I’m active in my church, doing God’s work for the poor and homeless, and we’ve done lots of good work. I’ve been reading you for 25 years, and none of your columns has spoken for the poor or homeless. We support a universal basic income. Could you discuss our work (narrative enclosed) with your readers and ask them for contributions so we can continue God’s work?

— AS, Dallas

Dear AS: Thanks for writing. Every year I receive a half-dozen similar requests. This column helps readers make investment decisions; it doesn’t ask for donations to support […]

Universal Basic Income experiment would give low-income families cash for free

Universal Basic Income experiment would give low-income families cash for free

CHICAGO — As technology and automation reshape the economy, potentially forcing millions out of work, a once-radical idea is gaining traction: Universal Basic Income.

Backed by a majority of Chicago aldermen, progressive Ald. Amaya Pawar wants to bring a study of the idea to Chicago, and give 1,000 Chicagoans $500 dollars a month — no strings attached. If he succeeds, Chicago would be the largest U.S. city to try it out.

Pawar points to over two million people currently working in jobs tied to trucking, including supply chain and logistics, as workers that are vulnerable to the economy of the future. […]

Universal Basic Income is a Pipedream

/ — Catholic League president Bill Donohue (photo) comments on the latest misguided program to help the poor:

The greatest enemy of the poor are those who champion their cause. It sounds counterintuitive. How can this be? Because most of those who lead the charge against poverty have no personal stake in their cause.

Unlike Mother Teresa, who made it clear that helping the poor must begin with those who carry their banner, most of the professional champions of the poor believe that writing a check–with other people’s money–will solve the problem. It rarely does.To be sure, the aged, the disabled, […]

Here Is A Terrible But Irreconcilable Idea

Yesterday the news broke that Alderman Pawar wants basic income in the city of Chicago. This is a horribly misplaced idea. Interestingly, on the same day, former President Obama made a speech endorsing the idea of a basic income for everyone.

Let’s disregard the fact this is a socialist policy reminiscent of failed nations across the world. Let’s also ignore that the US has many large government transfer payment programs that assist the less fortunate. The cost is 65% of the federal budget, and growing.

Instead, let’s think about the core of the issue. What’s the problem that is being solved?Fear, […]