Thom Hartmann: Distribute a Basic Income Now
|April 22, 2014||Posted by Staff under Good Press|
This 2014 excerpt of Thom’s Blog, Mar 28, is by Thom Hartmann.
Regardless of whether you want to fight poverty, stimulate the economy, shrink the size of government, or simply ensure everyone has a sense of human dignity – you should be calling for a no-strings-attached basic income for all.
Rather than administering a huge patchwork of overlapping social programs, our nation could save time and money by simply issuing every citizen a monthly check.
More Americans would have the opportunity to raise families or complete their education when they’re not working three jobs just to get by.
A minimum income would ensure that no one would be denied their basic human dignity by being forced to live in squalor in the richest nation of the face of the Earth.
Since it’s inception, Social Security has been incredibly successful at fighting poverty. So rather than slashing it, or means-testing it, we should expand it to every American.
Ed. Notes: We have a common wealth that if we shared it, each of us getting a share would be equivalent to getting a basic income. What’s our common wealth? The worth of Earth. It’s our spending for land, resources, EM spectrum, and other very valuable aspects of nature. We could use taxes or fees or dues or leases to redirect our spending for things none of us made into our public treasury and use dividends to disburse the revenue to all registered voters. In most economies, the spending for nature and privilege is likely to be half of all spending (roughly the GDP), so there is plenty of money to share, as a Citizen’s Dividen or a Basic Income.