You know…It’s almost like California liberals are TRYING to screw up.
One in four people in the city of Stockton lives below the poverty line. Obviously, it’s time for the leadership of the city to come up with common sense solutions to their poverty issue.
The California city once known as America’s foreclosure capital has decided to give out free cash to residents in an attempt to combat poverty.
Stockton will become the first U.S. city to experiment with Universal Basic Income, giving 100 residents $500 a month for 18 months – with no conditions or strings attached, Fox News reported.
AKA SPEND IT ON DRUGS. HAVE FUN KIDS!
The testing phase of the program, set to launch by 2019, allows recipients to spend the money on anything they want in the hopes of eventually ensuring that none of the 300,000 people living in the city lives in poverty.
Just 80 miles east of Silicon Valley, Stockton’s median household income of $49,271 is below the national $57,617, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates with one-in-four residents living below the poverty line in a city that was bankrupt in 2012.
“We have a bunch of folks starting off life already behind, born into communities that don’t have a lot of opportunity,” Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs told CNN, noting the “looming threat of automation and displacement.”
So… spend money on EDUCATION. Spend money on technical programs that get people into jobs that won’t get replaced by burger robots in the next 5 years.
What are these people going to do once their allowance money runs out?
Fall right back into poverty, that’s what.
PS… the city is BROKE. But you know… this is a goooood idea.
But how will a city strapped for funds afford to give away money? Wealthy Silicon Valley moguls apparently are filling the gap.
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes contributed $1 million to the experiment through his Economic Security Project.
“It is such a fundamental idea behind America that if you work hard, you can get ahead, and you certainly don’t live in poverty. But that isn’t true today, and it hasn’t been true in the country for decades,” Hughes told CNN. earlier this year.
That SOUNDS like a lot of money… but a million dollars runs out FAST when you’re paying a bunch of people a monthly allowance.
How does this “brilliant” plan change ANYTHING long term?
Remember teaching a man to fish feeds him for a lifetime?
THIS IS AN OLD SAYING BECAUSE IT’S RIGHT, YOU KNOBS.
What is this crap I’m hearing about Universal Basic Income?
How can you just throw money into poor people’s pockets and expect to them to be launched into prosperity?
How do you replace incentive, dignity, belief in one’s self, and happiness?
— Joseph Xavier (@playnwithsizzrz) July 10, 2018
If you’re PAYING people to stay poor… how many are going to go out and find a job that pays them less than their free cash government check does?
Where’s the incentive there?
So more government and more government dependency? Yes. That’s worked splendidly up to this point.
— Thenews2 (@Thenews21) July 9, 2018
aint nothin more expensive than something that’s free
— The Devil You Don’t (@desertkev) July 9, 2018
So… what are people planning on doing with the money?
“I would actually take my kids on a trip to Disneyland,” one man said.
He’s well on his way to financial independence.