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Old 04-11-2018, 06:24 PM
 
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Old 04-11-2018, 06:45 PM
 
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Or not - since I'm >64, I get nuthin'.
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:58 PM
 
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Or not - since I'm >64, I get nuthin'.
You would get a little something. If you are OK now, it wouldn't take much, I'm sure to make you stable.

I'm 73 now, and I was never completely financially stable until my Social Security kicked in. There were many times in my life when I did quite well, but there were just as many when times were hard and money was scarce. Those shaky times always chewed up the investments I made in the good times.

I didn't get much from Social Security, but it was enough to cover my house payment, and that was enough to allow me to sock a little bit back in savings every month. That savings went to cover my health insurance when the ACA went into effect, the first time in many years I was able to afford health insurance.

I think a base $1,000 a month would be a boon to every worker who has nothing but a high school diploma or less, has been laid off for good, and cannot afford the costs of retraining.

There are millions of men who will never work again in their old jobs, and are now so poor they can't afford to pull up roots and move to where the jobs are, can't afford to keep what they own in good repair, can't afford to keep their wives and children well cared for, and have no hope in sight.

A man has to feel like he's a good provider to feel like he's a man. When that gets robbed from him, there's very little of a man left that he can take some pride in.

And there are millions of single women, mostly mothers, who are paying the price for their man's departure from shame. They're working 3 jobs to keep the roof over the kids, and lunch in their back packs, and doing their best, but know they are missing out on the precious years mothers spend with their babies, and would desire, most of all, to have a skill that wasn't able to be replaced by a robot. Just so they could be home in the evenings with their babies to do their homework with them.

A $1,000 a month for everyone would certainly float our economy way up and create a high demand for new jobs. If our major industries were so solid nationally that exports were all the gravy they need, our domestic products would all become extremely competitive in the world's big marketplace, as a big profit would no longer be so vitally needed to keep going.

And that money would be well spent in rebuilding new homes in our aging and abandoned cities. It would go into making old country homes and farms back into full repair, hability and operation once more.

People want to work. Work fills any life with feelings of solid accomplishment and self-worth. When people are working hard and working at a job they come to know and enjoy, work fulfills a life and gives is meaning.

It sounds extreme, but these are extreme times. Maybe a little extreme experiment is just what we need to bust up our oligarchy and lift the burdens of our economy off the backs of the middle class and working poor for once.
So far, nothing else has done it, so why not give it a try?
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