Nobody knows if the basic income program was a success because the data is not in. Although, USA Today claimed it had failed with no proof. Any data generated will be suspect because it sounds as if social-services bureaucrats; afraid for their jobs, rigged the program to fail.Read more
Yang comes across as a kinder and gentler Generation X version of Trump.
Yang might be the breakout Democratic candidate of 2020. Even if he does not win, Yang is certainly in a position to disrupt the Democratic primaries and possibly knock out some serious mainstream contenders like former Vice President Joe Biden (D-Delaware) or U.S. Senators Kamal Harris (D-California) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York).
. Like Donald J. Trump, Andrew Yang is a sophisticated but improbable candidate that has a strong chance of reaching the White House.
The California Democratic Party has sort of endorsed the idea of basic income. The concept is now mentioned in theRead more
“By borrowing around £200 billion ($280.25 billion) at historically low-interest rates the government could establish a fund; potentially able to pay itself back through economic growth engendered by investment in human capability from the fund,” the RSA claimed. The fund would be based upon the one already in operation in Norway, CNBC reported. That found is reportedly worth around $1 trillion (£700 billion) and was financed with oil revenues.Read more
Part of the reason for the proposal is risk avoidance; because around one-fifth of Norway’s gross domestic product comes from oil money. The hope is to keep generating enough income to keep Norway’s welfare state going into an oil-free future.Read more
A more interesting benefit was that a $4,000 yearly increase in household income reduced the poorest kids’ chances of committing a minor crime by 22%, Wired reported.
Children whose families received the payment had 40% less behavioral problems than other kids, Costello estimated. Those kids also had a lower rate of drug and alcohol addiction. She also found that 14% of the Cherokee families that received the income rose out of poverty.
Paying every citizen in the United States $1,000 a month would grow the economy by 12.56% in eight years, a report from a left-wing think tank called the Roosevelt Institute claims. That would certainly be better than the 1.6% U.S. GDP growth rate reported in 2016.Read more
Tests in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh found that villagers who received basic income payments experienced better nutrition and a decrease in serious health problems.Read more
If basic income opponents wish to succeed they will need to come up with some good arguments and realistic alternatives. One reason I suppose they do not is that the whole concept of basic income is unsettling. The idea that people might be able to survive; and be happy, without work runs to counter to everything we have been taught.Read more
It would encourage entrepreneurship by giving many more Americans a strong incentive to become landlords. The incentive would be a steady income for people that went into the affordable-housing business.Read more