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Forum Post: Swiss Plan to Pay Basic Income – Regardless of Job

Posted 6 months ago on April 22, 2014, 12:02 p.m. EST by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI
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[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (21407) 6 months ago

“Imagine you are being born and society tells you, “Welcome, you will be cared for, and asks you what you want to do with your life, what is your calling? Imagine that feeling, that’s a whole different atmosphere.” If basic concerns, such as security, societal ties, and financial resources, are met, opportunity to think beyond oneself is a possibility."

I'm a big fan of the basic income guarantee. It returns us to a more meaningful life and there is no amount of money or stuff that can make up for that.

[-] 3 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 6 months ago

It's about 34 grand a year US. Thought they would go for less, maybe 20-22 grand.

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (21407) 6 months ago

"The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest"

"Although economic growth in the United States continues to be as strong as in many other countries, or stronger, a small percentage of American households is fully benefiting from it."

"The struggles of the poor in the United States are even starker than those of the middle class. A family at the 20th percentile of the income distribution in this country makes significantly less money than a similar family in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland or the Netherlands."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/upshot/the-american-middle-class-is-no-longer-the-worlds-richest.html?_r=0

A Basic Income Guarantee would be a great way to redistribute income to ensure that everyone has enough to live a decent life. It is proven that America has the wealth. Now, how about sharing it properly?

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 months ago

I live on 12

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 6 months ago

Maybe they're high-balling at 34.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 5 months ago

yep

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[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (21407) 6 months ago

It wouldn't be up to them.

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[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (21407) 6 months ago

Exactly. And here, hopefully more and more will continue to get done regarding instituting a living wage, at a minimum.

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/23222-sixteen-for-16-number-9-a-living-minimum-wage

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