While Representative Keith Rothfus (R-PA) urges Americans to steer clear of the nightmare of Socialism, the city of Chicago is readying itself to press full steam ahead into that nightmare as it considers a $6 million universal basic income scheme. The catch? There is no catch, but the citizens of Chicago who don’t get in on the deal will be paying for it.
That’s right, if you are not one of the 1000 people that the city is considering giving $500 per month with no strings attached, then you will inevitably be on of the ones paying those people.
Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is the person behind this trainwreck of an idea as he says he is concerned about how automation poses a threat to low-income jobs.
The Intercept reports:
Pointing to investments in autonomous vehicles by companies like Tesla, Amazon, and Uber, Pawar observed that long-haul trucking jobs, historically a source of middle-class employment, may become obsolete. More people out of work means more political polarization, says Pawar.”We have to start talking about race and class and geography, but also start talking about the future of work as it relates to automation. All of this stuff is intertwined.”
Before leaving the race after being outspent by two billionaire candidates, Pawar campaigned for the Illinois Democratic Party’s nomination for governor. One of the themes of his candidacy was that politicians were scapegoating various racial or ethnic groups for their constituents’ material problems.
“You know, the British pit Hindus and Muslims against one another,” Pawar told The Intercept at the time, drawing on his Indian-American heritage. “Pit people against one another based on class and geography, caste … this is no different. Chicago versus downstate. Downstate versus Chicago. Black, white, brown against one another. All poor people fighting over scraps.”
Pawar now believes that a wave of mass automation will only compound this problem.
“From a race and class perspective, just know that 66 percent of long-haul truck drivers are middle-aged white men,” he observed. “So if you put them out of work without any investment in new jobs or in a social support system so that they transition from their job to another job, these race and class and geographical divides are going to grow.”
Pawar thinks that one way to battle racial resentment is to address the economic precarity that politicians have used to stoke it. He has decided to endorse the universal basic income — an idea that has been picking up steam across the world.
Pawar has recently introduced a pilot program to steal from the haves and give to the have nots.
My legislation calling for the creation of a Chicago #UniversalBasicIncome pilot has 36 co-sponsors! On to the Commitee on Workforce Development and Audit. Committee chair @40thWard is also a sponsor. More soon! #UBI pic.twitter.com/W7D5Hbx31E
— Ameya Pawar (@Ameya_Pawar_IL) June 27, 2018
Thirty-six representatives are sponsoring this! Well, it is Chicago, after all, but one would think that people would not want to be dependent upon the same government that causes the problems they are facing and then offers them “solutions” that only further enslave them to their master.
Under his program, $500 a month would be delivered to 1,000 Chicago families — no strings attached. Additionally, the proposal would modify the Earned Income Tax Credit program for the same 1,000 families, so they’d receive payments on a monthly basis instead at the end of the year — a process known as “smoothing” that enables families to integrate the tax credit into their monthly budgets.
“Nearly 70 percent of Americans don’t have $1,000 in the bank for an emergency,” Pawar told The Intercept. “UBI could be an incredible benefit for people who are working and are having a tough time making ends meet or putting food on the table at the end of the month. … It’s time to start thinking about direct cash transfers to people so that they can start making plans about how they’re going to get by.”
Well, why don’t you just dig into your bank account Mr. Pawar since you are in such a charitable mood. In fact, why don’t you and those 36 co-sponsors dig in and each toss $1,000 or more voluntarily and encourage others in the community to do it rather than rape the wallets of hard-working people in your city so you can feel better about yourself? I know why, cause you’re stingy with your money but generous with other people’s money by using government to do what is the duty of individuals.
On Tuesday, Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah pushed Universal Basic Income while speaking at the 2018 Nelson Mandela lecture.
“It’s not just money that a job provides,” he said. “It provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. So we’re gonna have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income.”
Whoa Obama just endorsed a UBI.
"It's not just money that a job provides. It provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. So we're gonna have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income." pic.twitter.com/3K2veB4R3a
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) July 17, 2018
That’s not a new way of thinking. It’s an old, slavish way of thinking, but I’m not surprised that is the thinking of a Marxist.
UBI will never work and basically rewards people for doing nothing, which encourages them to do nothing. That’s really smart thinking, Pawar.
The obvious is staring people right in the face, but they just don’t want to see it. If something is threatening your low-income job, seek another one or find something else to do. If things are too difficult, do what I did and start your own business like the one I did with very little capital, build a small website and become an affiliate selling things online like school curriculum, bulletproof vests or essential oils, or any number of hobbies or things you enjoy doing can easily be turned into a business. It just takes a little effort.
We don’t need UBI. We need communities in which individuals and churches reach out in love to the poor to help them out of their poverty and become productive and successful, not turn over the responsibility which is ours to government.
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