guaranteed basic income
Omar’s bill would fund guaranteed income pilots in hundreds of communities, then launch a national program to send $1,200 monthly to people making up to $75,000 a year.
The guaranteed income program follows in the footsteps of Stockton’s, which found recipients had better mental health and got full-time jobs at higher rates.
"Ivanka Trump says the thing she’s learned in life is that people want to work for what they get? Really?"
The American work ethic has always insisted that everyone should work. No one should get a free ride. Yet our public policy - raising interest rates when unemployment reaches its "natural rate" -- condemns some to be without jobs.
In 1920, Czech author Karel Čapek wrote a play about mechanical men replacing human workers in factories. The play, Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti ("Rossum's Universal Robots") gave us the word "robot," and we've been worrying about robots taking our jobs ever since.
As machines replace more jobs, some fear job growth is not keeping up with automation. Some on the left favor a guaranteed government-provided income that covers basic needs, without work requirements. And they have surprising allies on the right.
Dr. King had a solution to poverty and to the bleak economic conditions faced by many Americans today.
Job losses will only get worse as the 21st century progresses. Global capital will continue to move jobs to places on the planet that have the lowest labor costs. Technology will continue to improve, eliminating countless jobs.
If Grillo's party comes to power and follows through with his platform, those shackles on the Italian economy might actually be released.