Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole.
Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.
The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.
But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.
"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"
"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”
"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”
I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!
The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)
And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!
Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.
And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.
Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.
And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.
The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?
TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.
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They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours.
But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.
Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.
*muffled sound of conservatives imploding in the distance*
Parents don’t tell your kid not to do something, tell them WHY they shouldn’t do it. Don’t teach a kid to not do something because you said so. That will breed ignorance and curiosity. Teach them what they need to know so they can make the right decision themselves because you wont always be around to make the right decision for them.
imagine how radical being a pet fish is like youre just swimming around and suddenly it starts raining food
Mozzarella does her best impression of a sausage.
I just love how after he asks if it’s a sausage, it looks down like “oh shit! I am a sausage :o”
"Are you a sausage?"
"*cats looks down and back up* yah"
I love it when cats open their mouths wide open and all that comes out is a small peep
She meows like Esmeralda!
i had a crush on this guy and i decided to pull a Pavlov on him by offering him whenever i saw him this brand of candy he seemed to really like and after a while whenever he saw me he got excited for a second then you could see his expression shift to wondering the why the hell was he so happy to see me and i swear it was the evilest thing but also the most hilarious i made a guy like me by conditioning him into associating me to a candy he liked
Snuggly kitty!! :)
So cold in my house!! I need to rearrange so we can use our space heater soon.
Anonymous said: Really depends on whether you make sure you get the right amounts of things. Iron is probably the only thing to really be concerned for (people might tell you others like b12, calcium and protein but do some research and you'll find the truth). Beans, peas and nuts are great for iron, spinach is literally the iron god! Team iron rich food with vitamin c to absorb maximum amounts (i cheat and eat vitamin c tablets because it's like a lolly!). On a positive my hair is amazing after going vegan:)
I love all those iron foods and I don’t mind taking vitamins so it should be a cinch :) How are the meat alternatives that I see sometimes in the market? Do they taste good?
Depends on your tastes and the brand. I’m a big fan of gardein. I take the chick’n strips and cook them in a little oil then mix in my bbq sauce and serve it with corn (from a can usually) and some other type of side like potatoes.
I used the ones that are bigger pieces to bread and fry to serve with pasta.
I get the sandwhiches for quick meals and either eat them as is or with hot sauce.
I would say try to go vegan without using these then start to add them or you might compare them to meat to much.
Wow I didn’t realize just how little animal products are in the foods I currently eat. I thought that cutting them out would be a lot harder! Is going vegan a gradual process?
For me it was. I started by only eating one vegan meal a day, then I made like a limit where I could only eat so many non vegan food items a week. Then I switched to eating all vegan at home and eating nonvegan when I was out.
It really isn’t as difficult as a lot of people think. Most things you can find a replacement for, even if it seems weird at first. Cheese was the hardest for me, but usually when I crave cheese I use avocado. I love love love avocado quesadillas and they cure my cheese craving weirdly enough. It helps that they are super easy to make. You just put some avocado (sprinkled with salt and pepper) in between a tortilla (I fold in half with big ones or use two small ones) and put it on a hot pan with a little oil. When that side browns I flip it over and let the other side brown. I either eat it like that or dip into soup.
That sounds soooo good. A lot of the typical vegan foods I enjoy, and honestly meat makes me feel kinda gross after I eat it. Is a vegan lifestyle expensive? Even if it is, I can maybe just cut down on the amounts and types I eat, as well as the products I use.
The vegan lifestyle can be expensive or very cheap, the same way you can get a nystirp for dinner every night or on sale ground meat every night. My big advise for keeping it cheap is buy whatever has the least amount of work done to it, dried beans are least expensive, with canned beans right behind them, and premade meals with beans as the most expensive usually. I buy big bags of dried beans (they take forever to go bad) and make a big batch then freeze in week sized containers and pull one out every week. I also get beans in a can so I have some when I want or need. This works for most things.
Another big tip is farmers markets! Or non-chain grocery stores. Not only to you then support local businesses but you usually save money. I make it a family affair and take my puppies and whatever siblings are in town and sometimes even meet up with friends. I like to go to the same farmer stand every week (he now gives me a loyalty discount). I’ve also let the farmers know I don’t mind the bruised or weirdly shaped fruits and veggies. I get my sweet potatoes almost half off - having even consistent and pretty sweet potatoes doesn’t matter when I am just going to peel and mash them. He also brings me bruised apples at about a quarter of the price. I just peel the apple and chop off any bruised pieces then make apple pie or apple sauce.
Bulk Stores are your friend. I get huge bags of broccoli, green beans, corn, and veggie mixes frozen then just separate into single or family servings when I get home.
If fresh fruit or veggies are on sale (at the store or farmers market) I buy a lot more then I need and I freeze them. Sometimes I will make like veggie patties and freeze a bunch, or I will just chop the veggies and freeze them like that to use in a recipe later. I prefer making my own veggie burgers and such to buying pre-made ones.
Thank you so so much for the advice! I’ll continue to do some research on it and see if there are any farmers markets around here. Thank you for being nice, too. I hope I can go vegan soon.
Its not probelm! I love talking food!
If you need any recipes I love OhSheGlows.com and ChocolateCoveredKatie.com
I eat Katie’s banana pancakes for one probably two to three times a week.
With Veganism you give nothing up. You just stop taking that which is not yours.
— Jamison Scala (via cleanbodyfreshstart)