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Universal Basic Income-Let’s Have a Conversation-Part two

This is an excellent post outlining the pros and cons of a Universal Basic Income program. Perhaps after fighting this pandemic, we are ready to put a well-crafted policy in place!

On The Fence Voters

It was nice to see House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admit in an interview yesterday that it might be time to start looking into a minimum basic salary for the American people. Her weighing in at this time tells us we might be ready for a real debate.

I began a discussion last week into what Universal Basic Income (UBI) is and what it could look like in the United States. Again, while there are many variations of such a plan, for the sake of our discussion here, I’d like to stick with the Andrew Yang version, which purports to give every American citizen a $1,000 per month stipend beginning at age 18, regardless of income.

Would such a plan work in America? It depends. UBI would represent a fundamental reshaping of how we deal with income inequality and the social welfare state. It would be a radical shift, and the…

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December 2013 and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (http://fiorabooks.com), to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

8 thoughts on “Universal Basic Income-Let’s Have a Conversation-Part two”

  1. It definitely is an interesting concept that needs to be thoroughly explored, but our current government is too focused on painting the other party as evil to do any kind of positive change for our country. Hopefully, our citizens make better choices this fall.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Yvette. This proposed program should appeal to real conservatives (excluding the rabid Trumpers) since it would replace most, if not all existing social welfare programs with very little administrative costs.

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  2. It is interesting to note that congressman Justin Amash (I-MI) – the libertarian Tea Party co-founder and former Republican who voted to impeach President Trump – is now advocating for Universal Basic Income. Before the pandemic hit, such an ideological transgression would have been unthinkable. I find it both fascinating and ironic that right-wingers would suddenly become socialists in the face of a public health and economic crisis.

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    1. The only explanation that makes sense, Bob, is that Amash is an intelligent person who studied the idea and realized how much it would save in administrative costs – even if you don’t care about social equity.

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      1. Agreed, pragmatism must trump idealism at some point for any reasonable person. The ideological hypocrisy remains, however. If Amash does run for president as it appears, I doubt he’ll conduct an anti-socialist campaign.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jan. The program makes total sense and would cost governments far less than they currently spend on social welfare programs + the cost of administering those programs.

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