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originally posted by: ScepticScot
a reply to: Gyo01
A few thoughts on the article.
Friedman was not the first to propose a basic income as stated in the article.
The author is a member of a right wing think tank so this is hardly a call to man the barricades for a communist revolution.
The proposal seems based largely on the idea that robots are going to steal all our jobs. This may be true one day but we are still a long long way from that. Certain jobs are risk from automation but that certainly dosent mean there are not a lot of jobs that require people to do.
Also what about people who have a higher required minimum income, for example people with more severe disabilities. One size does not fit all even at the bottom of the income scale.
originally posted by: 0zzymand0s
You guys crack me up. It's an article, from a reputable source, which explains how abolishing all current forms of assistance, including social security (and the numerous Federal and State agencies which oversee these programs), and replacing that with a $13000 grant for each CITIZEN / year, saves us nearly a trillion dollars by 2020. Better still, it is an idea that has support across the political spectrum, from the "libruls," to the libertarians, and the knee-jerk at the old Bigfoot Emporium is "you're crazy!" "what are you smoking?" and "That will never work cos' human nature, trololol!"
Where is the money going to come from, my ass. Read the damn article..
originally posted by: jkm1864
a reply to: Aazadan
I don't know where You get SSI, Medicare, & Medicade only costing 44% of the budget because when I looked the other day it was 77% which would put it up to 2.6 trillion.