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The City of Oakland is following a new trend in the nation and will begin making monthly payments to some people of color, simply for being people of color. How unifying is that? I’m overwhelmed with unity we are experiencing in the Biden era. I’m sure white people will have no problem with this, especially poor white people. I guess the white folk of Oakland are just getting their comeuppance.
Breitbart is reporting on this plan called the “Oakland Resilient Families Program”. But white families need not apply for this resiliency.
The Daily Mail notes that, according to the Oakland Equity Index, “around 8 percent of the city’s white residents, approximately 10,000 people, live in poverty.” The city’s statement does not make any mention of assistance for poor white families. The statement only designates “BIPOC families” (black and indigenous people of color) as recipients.
Other guaranteed income programs have been instituted in Stockton, California, in 2019, where 100 dwellers receive $500 payments without strings attached. The report also noted three other states have also created similar handouts in Newark, New Jersey; and Atlanta, Georgia.
The only saving grace of this program is that it is not taxpayer funded, but rather, is funded by private donations.
The method of determining who gets payments is quite messed up. First, the payments are not based simply on economic need. White people are not allowed. Second, even among people of color, payments are somewhat random and not entirely based on economic need.
According to CNN, the “Oakland Resilient Families Program” will give the extra cash to families with at least one minor child, selecting recipients at random from an online database:
To qualify for the Oakland Resilient Families payments, families must have at least one child under 18. Their income must be at or below the area’s median income: around $59,000 for a family of three.
But half of the available spots will be reserved for very low-income families — those who earn below 138% of the federal poverty level — or, about $30,000 per year for a family of three.
An online, multilingual screening form will be released later this spring and summer, after which families will be chosen at random to receive the payments. The program is also open to undocumented and/or unsheltered families. Because recipients will not be required to work for the payments, the money is not considered taxable income.
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We are headed down a very dangerous and divisive path as a nation. Not only are we running headlong into socialism, we are also headed into tribalism. The idea of one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all in the Pledge of Allegiance, is quickly dying.