So what exactly would you do, if you were guaranteed $1,000 per month for the rest of your life? And yes, that's around what the amount would most likely be here in the United States, at least at first.
Last month there was some controversy about a proposal from a Wisconsin state representative to prevent the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards for shellfish, among other things. Progressives objected that this proposal was “just the latest example of conservatives around the country being loudly concerned about the scourge of poor people making…
The debate and protests over the importance of an unconditional basic income policy for our time have been spreading worldwide and gathering momentum. Here in Brazil we keep an open ear due to the success of conditional transfer policies (The Bolsa Família program) and also because we have a moot 2004 law that says that such universal and unconditional money
Robotic Machines with Artificial Intelligence might soon replace farm laborers, factory workers, fast food employees, preschool teachers, airplane pilots, and car and truck drivers. Why? Because rational, focused machines are more efficient at these tasks; they’re cheaper to employ and less error-prone.Should AI also replace politicians?
WE HAVE TWO OPPOSING VISIONS of the future. In one, technology has advanced so far it seems almost magic. We blithely teleport ourselves around the planet and explore distant galaxies. We manufacture iPhones and steak dinners out of thin air, just from their component molecules. Scientific...
The principles of "you don't get anything from the government if you don't work" and full employment are bound to be very popular nowadays, but one would be very disappointed upon seeing it in practice: It costs an immense amount of money for the government to employ people to stand on the street holding brooms in full time, which results in those people being stuck in this position and never reentering the job market, the number of "public workers" constantly growing. The whole thing is an economical disaster, although it is suitable for fulfilling its only true purpose: to make Hungarians feel good about themselves that they are not giving away money to "lazy gypsies living large on welfare" (that's the true horror image that terrifies an average Hungarian, not high deficit or unsustainable programs), reinforcing their moral conviction that if money is to be given to somebody, he/she has to work for it first (even if that work produces no value and makes it much more difficult for said person to find a job that does).
Based on the low tax rates that Orban described in the video, you might wonder how the government pays for costly government programs (such as the one mentioned above) and social services in general. Well, Orban did not mention that Hungary has the highest VAT rates in the world. VAT is also known to be a more serious burden on the poor, while letting the rich off the hook. This combined with the things Orban brags about (flat tax, no inheritance tax) provides for a tax system that I think even the more relentless fiscal conservatives in Western Europe would not consider perfectly just.
Four million hungry Canadians. More than a million kids living in Canadian households where there is not enough food. Almost 20,000 Kingstonians living in poverty. More than 6,500 people using Kingston's Partners in Mission Food Bank.
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