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Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Should everyone in America receive a “basic income” directly from the federal government? Considering the fact that we are already 20 trillion dollars in debt, such a concept may sound quite foolish to many of you, but this is an idea that is really starting to gain traction in leftist circles. In fact, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that this was something that we should “explore” during the commencement speech that he just delivered at Harvard. For quite a while it has been obvious that Zuckerberg is very strongly considering a run for the presidency in 2020, but up until just recently we haven’t had many clues about where he would stand on particular issues. If he is serious about proposing a universal basic income for all Americans, that would make Zuckerberg very appealing to the far left voters that flocked to the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Yesterday, I discussed the fact that the number of Americans that are receiving money from the government each month has reached an all-time high, but Zuckerberg would take things much farther. According to Zuckerberg, society would be far better off if everyone got an income from the government…

“Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract,” Zuckerberg said during his speech. “We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”

Zuckerberg said that, because he knew he had a safety net if projects like Facebook had failed, he was confident enough to continue on without fear of failing. Others, he said, such as children who need to support households instead of poking away on computers learning how to code, don’t have the foundation Zuckerberg had. Universal basic income would provide that sort of cushion, Zuckerberg argued.
Such a proposal is going to look really good to a lot of people at first glance.

But who is going to pay for this?

Of course the truth is that the money for the people that are not working would come from taxing the people that are working.

I don’t think that Zuckerberg has really thought this through. Are young people going to have an incentive to work if they can just stay home and watch movies and play video games all day while collecting their “universal basic incomes” from the government?

And why would anyone want to bust their rear ends working for a living when their incomes are just going to be taxed extremely heavily to pay for all the people that aren’t working?

We are already 20 trillion dollars in debt, but politicians on the left just want to keep giving even more free stuff to people. During his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders suggested that everyone in America “deserves a minimum standard of living” and that every citizen is “entitled” to universal health care, free college education and basic housing…

So long as you have Republicans in control of the House and the Senate, and so long as you have a Congress dominated by big money, I can guarantee you that the discussion about universal basic income is going to go nowhere in a hurry. But, if we can develop a strong grassroots movement which says that every man, woman and child in this country is entitled to a minimum standard of living?—?is entitled to health care, is entitled to education, is entitled to housing?—?then we can succeed. We are living in the richest country in the history of the world, yet we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country and millions of people are struggling to put food on the table. It is my absolute conviction that everyone in this country deserves a minimum standard of living and we’ve got to go forward in the fight to make that happen.
In previous generations, very few people would have ever taken someone like Bernie Sanders seriously.

But in our day and time socialism is really starting to catch on. In fact, one survey found “that four out of every ten adults say they prefer socialism to capitalism”…

This is the goal of the future.

Everybody gets a base salary that cannot be saved and has to be spent within that payment cycle.

Those displaying non conformist behavior will have their salary suspended until they fall in line.
i actually believe in minimum guaranteed housing and basics, but not universal income that you can just spend conspicuously

with a 20 hour workweek you should at least be able to afford an apartment and basic utilities.

i mean they spend trillions on wars abroad, I would rather have this going to people within the country.

i believe in socialized health care, but if you want private health care you should get that option too.

none of this should be either or. Socialism can exist with capitalism and in fact that is the case for most countries in the world. even "ubercapitalist" hong kong is super socialist and gives free housing to people.
if you lived in a village with hogs, fruits and veggies everywhere.. would you make people work 10x as hard to get the food? that is what is going on right now. there is so much in the world, yet people are working 2 jobs just to pay the basics. this just isn't correct, esp. if you take into account technological progress. people should have the option to work less and live a basic lifestyle
(05-29-2017 10:47 PM)GMB13 Wrote: [ -> ]This is the goal of the future.

Everybody gets a base salary that cannot be saved and has to be spent within that payment cycle.

Those displaying non conformist behavior will have their salary suspended until they fall in line.
Like my rollover data.

they should put caps on certain swathes of real estate to create affordable housing for people.

people should not be working their asses off to have a small apt , electricity and internet. it should be achievable with just basic work.
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