Saturday, November 16, 2013

I'm sure this will end well..........................

Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive

A program of no-strings, guaranteed monthly income.  What could possibly go wrong?   Full pipe-dream story is here.  Interesting excerpt is here.
"Even better, conservatives think, such a program could significantly reduce the size of our federal bureaucracy. It could take the place of welfare, food stamps, housing vouchers and hundreds of other programs, all at once: Hello, basic income; goodbye, H.U.D. Charles Murray of the conservative American Enterprise Institute has proposed a minimum income for just that reason — feed the poor, and starve the beast. 'Give the money to the people,' Murray wrote in his book 'In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State.'  He suggested guaranteeing $10,000 a year to anyone meeting the following conditions: be American, be over 21, stay out of jail and — as he once quipped — 'have a pulse.'"

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