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Old 01-27-2014, 09:43 AM
 
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I don't see why this isn't a good idea. The poor would be better off getting money in their pocket instead of leeching off the welfare state. This idea is gaining traction. Some prominent conservatives are actually entertaining the idea.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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It is hard to comment on a program like this without details. Starting with how much $$? Do all other programs, such as food stamps, go away? Can someone do absolutely nothing and "earn" the UBI?
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:05 AM
 
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It is hard to comment on a program like this without details. Starting with how much $$? Do all other programs, such as food stamps, go away? Can someone do absolutely nothing and "earn" the UBI?
Yes, $10,000 for those under the poverty line. Charles Murray proposed this.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:07 AM
 
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I don't see why this isn't a good idea. The poor would be better off getting money in their pocket instead of leeching off the welfare state. This idea is gaining traction. Some prominent conservatives are actually entertaining the idea.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:07 AM
 
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Hoffdano

Here is a blog post about it.

EconoMonitor : Ed Dolan's Econ Blog » A Universal Basic Income: Conservative, Progressive, and Libertarian Perspectives (Part 3 of a Series)
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:10 AM
 
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I don't see why this isn't a good idea. The poor would be better off getting money in their pocket instead of leeching off the welfare state. This idea is gaining traction. Some prominent conservatives are actually entertaining the idea.
"Money in their pocket" - Heh, heh, ha, ha, hee, hee - Those is Republican words.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:11 AM
 
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Won't really do much, because then we will have the left continually crying for increases to UBI, just like they do w/r/t minimum wage.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:23 AM
 
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Yes, $10,000 for those under the poverty line. Charles Murray proposed this.
Its called the negative income tax. Negative income tax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Because basic income levels wouldn't meet inflation rates.

The same problem the lower end labor market meets now.

I say have a flat tax where all income, up to 50K is 100% tax free. No sales tax on unprepared foods, anywhere. End all taxation on basic utilities. Gas, water, electric, and phones.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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"Universal Basic Income"

is that a new 2014 buzzphrase?

will we hear this on Tues. night?
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