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I assume you mean the Democratic Party and not Democracy...
Many in the USA do not like the idea of cheap healthcare or pensions or Medicaid or Medicare or even paying the bills for disabled vets so I do not believe the political climate is currently in a state where an idea like that would even be presented to congress.
Also, it would never pass in the current house of representatives.
So no, I do not think so at all (even if the idea has the blessings of Thomas Paine and Milton Friedman.)
the reality of how to fund these programs and who will ultimately pay for them always seems to elude Democrats.
... ... ... or even paying the bills for disabled vets
reply to post by Kram09
If you entirely cut military spending, the US would still go into the hole paying for welfare, particularly after enacting Obamacare. There's too many people to pay for and efforts to "thin the herd" of "undesirables," via abortion, and drug importation, has not worked.edit on 28-12-2013 by Q33323 because: (no reason given)
It isn't a matter of not liking benefit programs, but the reality of how to fund these programs and who will ultimately pay for them always seems to elude Democrats. They tend to pass things without understanding the impact or consequences of the bills they pass.
The Tea Party would hate giving people a basic income.
See, the problem is that there is a faction within the United States which is obsessed with people ‘not deserving’ some benefit. You hear that from this group regularly, talking about welfare queens, making children labor for school lunches, even throwing them in jail for being poor. They regularly want to turn programs designed to help the poor into some form of means-based system, where only those deemed worthy are given even the slightest help or assistance. From drug testing for benefits to voter suppression, it is the same underlying concept at work – someone that is deemed unworthy received something. So, voting while Democrat, unworthy. Welfare while a drug addict, unworthy. The list goes on and on. Conservatives simply have no cares about privacy or individual rights, they must know the most intimate of details, down to the persons bedroom habits. All so that they can sit as judge, deciding who is unworthy.
So of course, the idea of a low-overhead system which would guarantee every adult a basic income is absolutely alien to their way of thinking. Their focus on who is or is not worthy locks them into this struggle mindset, and limits their ability to function in a coherent society. They will continue to set up ever higher standards of worth until nobody can meet them. Of course these systems come with a very high price tag, making the programs incredibly inefficient. A waste of taxpayer money. But, so long as that one guy they deem unworthy does not get help, they are happy.