New welfare program Universal Basic Income comes to California

The U.S. government has a dizzying array of taxpayer-funded welfare programs, including:

  1. Negative Income Tax
  2. SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps
  3. Housing Assistance
  4. SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
  5. Pell Grants
  6. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  7. Child Nutrition
  8. Head Start
  9. Job Training Programs
  10. WIC (healthy food for Women, Infants and Children)
  11. Child Care
  12. LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
  13. Lifeline (Obama Phone)

As if those welfare programs aren’t enough, the Left have been floating the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI).

UBI is no longer hypothetical, but is being realized in two California cities — Oakland and Stockton.

Lukas Mikelionis reports for Fox News, July 9, 2019, that in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Oakland, Y Combinator, a startup incubator, is giving out $1,500 a month to randomly selected residents. It’s expected the money will soon be distributed to 100 recipients with a prospect of expanding the program to 1,000 people who will receive $1,000 monthly.

Next year, the city of Stockton in California’s Central Valley will begin a pilot Universal Basic Income program, in which a hundred residents will receive $500 a month without conditions, i.e., recipients can spend the money on anything they want without any strings attached. After 18 months, a decision will be made on expanding the UBI across all of Stockton.

On how welfare recipients misspend taxpayer funds, see:

The Stockton UBI program’s utopian goal is to eventually ensure that no one in the city of 300,000 lives in “poverty”. How “poverty” is defined is unclear.

Stockton’s economy is in shambles — from foreclosures (the city was declared America’s foreclosure capital); millions in debt from expensive development projects to lure in tourism; a median household income nearly $8,000 lower than the national median; and as many as 1-in-4 residents living below the poverty line. The city declared bankruptcy in 2012.

Stockton’s Universal Basic Income experiment has financial backing from wealthy Silicon Valley moguls, including Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, 34, whose Economic Security Project contributed $1 million to the project. Hughes told CNN: “It is such a fundamental idea behind America that if you work hard, you can get ahead, and you certainly don’t live in poverty. But that isn’t true today, and it hasn’t been true in the country for decades. I believe that unless we make significant changes today, the income inequality in our country will continue to grow and call into question the very nature of our social contract.”

But Hughes has no intention to extend his own money for the UBI program. Instead, he wants the government to fund UBI welfare from higher taxes on the “wealthy” and high-tech companies. See “Facebook co-founder: Tax the rich at 50% & give $500/month to low income earners to fix income inequality“.

Note: Chris Hughes is notorious for ruining The New Republic magazine, which he purchased a majority share of in 2012 as what the New York Times calls “a vanity project”. After mass departure of the magazine’s staff, he sold it 4 years later. Hughes is an open homosexual, married to Sean Eldridge, political director of Freedom to Marry. The couple bought a $2 million residence in New York’s 19th congressional district with the reported purpose of permitting Eldridge to run for the congressional seat there. Eldridge lost his 2014 bid for a congressional seat by 30 points. Following that and the mass resignation from The New Republic, The Daily Beast dubbed the two “America’s Worst Gay Power Couple”.

Other business moguls have endorsed the UBI idea, though mostly in rhetoric, including billionaire Richard Branson, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Tesla’s Elon Musk, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Musk wrote in a tweet last month: “Universal income will be necessary over time if AI takes over most human jobs.” Zuckerberg said in his May 2017 Harvard commencement speech: “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”

Others who have spoken out in favor of universal basic income, whether by name or in effect, are Senator Bernie Sanders (S-V) and Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s Labor Secretary (source).

Both Sanders and Reich are millionaire socialists (an oxymoron!):

  • Bernie Sanders owns three homes, including a $600,000 lakeside summer home he purchased just 5 days after the end of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in which he betrayed his “useful idiot” supporters by enthusiastically endorsing Hillary Clinton. In June 2018, Newsweek reports that in 2017, for the second year in a row, Sanders made more than $1 million.
  • Robert Reich has an estimated net worth of $4 million.

It is the perverse nature of the Left to refuse to learn from precedents.

Finland experimented with UBI by giving €560 (US $657) per month to 2,000 unemployed working-age people. The program, however, came to an abrupt end in April after the Finnish government decided against continuing to fund the program. (The Guardian)

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~Eowyn

33 responses to “New welfare program Universal Basic Income comes to California

  1. A fool and his money are soon parted. A taxpayer with a socialistic (governor, senator, congressman, etc., is also parted from his money. Does that mean he’s a fool? I don’t know, but there may soon be heard in the Sunshine State a loud sucking sound, as many people with actual income relocate….

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    • It’s hard not to laugh. I’m wondering where they were during all those accounting classes with balance sheets? “…loud sucking sound”, indeed. Better fire up those presses. Oh, and keep sending that federal money too. By the way, they don’t do federal law.

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  2. We need social credit, not tax funded UBI.

    Check this out: http://www.shadowstats.com/inflation_calculator or this: http://www.halfhill.com/inflation_js.html (use the shadowstats feature) This tells you the real inflation rate. The BLS phony inflation calculator will tell you that $6,186 in 1970 had the same purchasing power as $41,000 today giving you the impression that people are doing better because the average wage is $59,000… $18,000 over $41,000. The problem is the government has been lying about inflation for decades. If you use the real inflation rate that same $6186 would have the same purchasing power as around $220,000, between 3 and 4 times higher than the average wage today. Listen when your grandfather tells you it got harder to live off wages decade by decade when he was in the workforce.

    The truth is wages can’t keep up with inflation within the system we have now. Checkout realcurrencies.wordpress.com for articles on some of the reasons why wages are going down when adjusted for the real inflation rate. This video explains part of the reason too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKXpqHdfWfs&t=1s

    UBI is inferior to social credit and is inferior to ending usury (any interest on money including dividends and equity and derivative speculation). Ending these things would take time before we start seeing the effects though. Social credit would help while things get better after ending these things.

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    • Excellent Comments! It is for sure that the monies I made in 1976 went farther than the pittance I bring in today.

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    • I agree. It amazes me how difficult this is for most to grasp. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that they will run Hillary (barring any “accident”) again. They will continue to push this fantasy “free economy” until it totally collapses. That is the real goal anyway.

      Meanwhile, while the real chaos begins, they will leave a population of ignorant do-nothings who don’t even know what sex they are. They can spend their few remaining days wandering around scrounging for food and screwing anything that moves, (or doesn’t move, depending on your “gender”).

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    • Are you suggesting social credit for welfare recipients or population in general?

      They are experimenting with social credit in China and certain people without enough of this “social credit” are being banned from traveling as well as other forms of “punishments.”

      Who gets to decide WHAT the criteria is used for social credit? Think about it: You are a Christian who believes marriage is between a man/woman only: social credit goes down…you register as a conservative…social credit score goes down….you don’t use the proper gender pronouns…social credit score goes down…the list could go on and on…

      Pretty soon, you’re banned from travel, jobs, financing…you name it.

      At first, “social credit” sounds like a great way to hold people accountable, but unfortunately, I see it was a path to tyranny. WHO decides the rules on what is “socially acceptable?”

      Link to the article: “China’s social credit system has blocked people from taking 11 million flights and 4 million train trips” http://www.businessinsider.com/china-social-credit-system-blocked-people-taking-flights-train-trips-2018-5

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      • The social credit I’m talking about and the social credit China is implementing are two different things. If you search for social credit a bunch of websites and videos come up talking about China, it’s a shame.

        If you want to understand the social credit I’m talking about read this: http://www.socred.org/s-c-action/social-credit-views/social-credit-in-summary/an-introduction-to-social-credit and this: https://realcurrencies.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/social-credit/

        The social credit system in China is terrible.

        I do have some problems with social credit though. I wonder if people would just stop working giving a very negative impact on the economy. You could solve that by having a requirement to work unless the person is disabled or retired.

        Understand the difference between total income and total wages. Total income includes wages, capital income (usury) and business revenues. Total income is about 3 trillion less than GDP. Total wages are only 30-40% of GDP, capital income and business revenue are around 60% of total income. This creates a problem, because the people who make up around 60% of income are only few compared to the majority of wage earners, so it creates a deficiency of spending power for the wage earners because the people who account for capital income and business revenue can’t soak up the excess production and neither can the wage earners.

        I still don’t think people would soak up all excess production even with social credit, but i still think it would improve the economy.

        Still, there is something better we could do… we could eliminate usury and capital income because capital costs are part of the reason why wages don’t have the same purchasing power they did in the 70’s. All people who have paid the principle of their debt would have the rest of their debt forgiven and people who didn’t would only be responsible for paying the principle portion along with a fee.

        I still would prefer some sovereign money injected into the economy.

        Lookup; “Money as Debt” by Paul Grignon (free on youtube), “The Money Syndrome” by Helmut Creutz, “The Babylonian Woe” by David Astle, “I Want The Earth Plus Five Percent” (free on youtube), “Interest and Inflation Free Money” by Margrit Kennedy.

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  3. People like this are dangerous with that kind of money. The evil intent that will flourish with what they do tells you to avoid any thing from them. The welfare state will be the down fall of this country. Too many living off the dole of others. Not part of the plan it will implode on itself eventually. You can only give other folks money till it runs out and heaven forbid they put some of their own money into the system.

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  4. Oh well, here we go again. The Dumb Donkeys are whipping a dead ass. Socialism is dying and that fact was proved right in front of our eyes when the Berlin Wall came down.

    Observers of Global events knew this as well as Reagan before he gave his famous speech addressing Gorbachev “Take Down This Wall”. So when the wall came down, he cleverly reached up to grab credit.

    This UBI was first floated in ——- wait, ——wait —–guess where? Sister-Land! It was put to a referendum in 2016 and the voters rejected it. They know it’s a trap. Why? The Swiss are provided a gun by the government and obligated by law to learn how to use it.

    Ever hear the expression: “Give the man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.

    You own any person you can keep hungry and maintain control of them; regardless if it’s food, trinkets or anything the person’s greedy heart’s desire.

    Throughout the world everywhere socialism has been tried, it failed inflicting horrendous misery and death to the people. It’s merely communism with a softer word.

    Just look around the world the disaster and heart aches it has caused…or currently, Venezuela.

    There’s suckers born every minute and always greed. https://basicincome.org/topic/switzerland/

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  5. The “poster child” of this problem is McAllen, Texas where a study
    found the average annual Medcaid costs of residents of this border
    town exceeded the average annual income of residents.
    $16,000 versus $12,000. All this is standard commie boiler
    plate tactics of groups like the Weathermen (one of whom
    groomed and trained Obama/also wrote Obama’s autobiography):
    CRUSH A COUNTRY WITH WELFARE AND OTHER COSTS
    CAUSING COLLAPSE INTO COMMUNISM.

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  6. How do you keep fraud out of gumment programs? Don’t create gumment programs. This is nothing but income redistribution plain and simple. If you rob Peter to pay Paul you can depend on Paul’s support.

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    • Spot on. When this country was founded, the people through their organic states stipulated 19 enumerated services with the federal government. [The word “federal” means “contract”]
      Dr. Eowyn recently published a shocking list of some of the programs designed to make money for the private corporations, then stiff the taxpayers with the bill.

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  7. So two towns that are already Hell holes, Oakland and Stockton, will now be inundated with homeless crazy people. Good planning. They’d better build a wall around it now while they have the chance.

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  8. They refuse to learn from precedents because they believe THEY are smarter and can make their utopian ideas work. Their egos won’t allow them to face realities.

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  9. traildustfotm

    Buying votes from idiots. I was going to deride California, but they’re starting to talk about it now in Massachusetts. Doesn’t seem to matter what state a swamp critter represents.

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  10. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself:

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  11. Even after Finland found it didn’t work.

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  12. I guess governor Moonbeam has decided there aren’t enough mentally ill druggies in California.

    Sad what the commies have done to that unfortunate state.

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  13. And so….if you do NOT teach history ( Marxistm, Socialism, Communism…lots of “isms”…..) you will be DOOMED to repeat it. Here we go…..buckle UP!!!!! The Obamanism strain of socialism/whatever-ism started a decade ago……the longevity on Earth of any of this stupidity has been an average of 70 years. SO….I’m going to be dead by then—60 more years to go…but…anyone who is 20-30 years old NOW…..who lives a life full of years, like to 80-90—will LIKELY live it under a “regime” in the USA akin to the failed social experiments in Europe, or the extremely failed “experiment” of the “United Soviet Socialist Republic,” along with the many spectacularly-failed governments south of us who are today jettisoning much of their population in refuge northward and across our southern border, illegally. They will “gift” their chilren this failed society of NOTHING & failure…to start from “zero” or even lower…if they carry the debts of the previous society/administrations (likely). What is it about socialism or communism that people don’t understand? I taught Communism in ONE DAY in my history classes: I’d given a test. I opined that, in the interest of “fairness” and community (communistic) governance in my classroom….I ws going to give everyone a “C” grade on the last test. OF course…those who thought they’d earned perhaps a D or F cheered….but my A and B students were immediately pushed down into the depths of depression……NO DOUBT IN MY MIND that, had I announce that this grading model would be a “forever” socialist goal/model…..my stellar/star students would slack off….stop producing…which, utlitmately, ws what happened in the old USSR, too……sort of like California economy/////eventuallly less than 50% of the population was working….an then not even that….while the others were receiving their “entitlements.” DONE.

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    • CalGirl, I remember getting this lesson back when I was in school! I do recall the D students’ reaction to their good fortune. I’ve been an anti-socialist since then. Bless the good teachers!

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  14. Randomly selected,,uh? With or without kickbacks? Are there no adults or anyone that took Econ on the board. People are supporting this for a reason, I suggest fraud.

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  15. ANOTHER SOCIALIST COUNTRY COLLAPSING

    Add Nicaragua in Central America to the list of countries collapsing from socialism.

    Take a lesson from killer President Daniel Ortega who ASSUMED OFFICE January 10, 2007 who won’t go away. Does Ortega remind you of someone else you know who has a “dead body count” associated with his name?
    How about the Manchurian Candidate trained in their dark art of “pedophile entrapment” of wealthy business men and politicians at the Lahore Hilton, Pakistan by his Mother shortly after his 4th birthday? Abel Danger exposed this and so much more many years ago.

    Oh, but – THIS LEFTY DONKEY created over one million new jobs founding the NEW INDUSTRY OF PROFESSIONAL PROTESTING. Got’ta give credit where credit is due, because the odious debt created by him and his cohorts they intend to stick the taxpayers with just might backfire on him.
    Remember he bankrupted the corporation and now both corporations are in the bankruptcy court and it will be the Trustees that decide what the secondary creditors get paid.

    http://www.dcclothesline.com/2018/07/12/obama-created-over-1-million-jobs-by-founding-new-industry-of-professional-protesting/

    If you don’t recall the days of Ollie North, this brilliant article will shine the light on Daniel Ortega.

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/latin-america/latin-american-revolutions-building-against-marxist-socialism/

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  16. Seriously folks, remember you own nothing INCLUDING YOUR OWN PHYSICAL LIVING BREATHING BODY.

    Does anyone remember when there were things that patents could not be granted on?
    Yes, there was a time and it pertained to ANYTHING THAT WAS LIVE. Name a few things that belong in that Category? How about plants, our human bodies? THINK!

    You need to realize there has never been any difference in the Donkey & Elephant political parties. Both of them are animals having the same owner. It was drastically different when there were 14 to 17 political parties.

    The mischief was set in motion after WWII and went into full swing around 50 years ago. Wars are spectacular to conceal things surrounded with confusion that couldn’t be accomplished readily during peacetime?

    Remember the war of 1812 when the British lurked in Baltimore Harbor, came ashore and hoofed it to Washington then burnt the government buildings; no private property was burnt…and neither WAS ONE government building…THE PATENT OFFICE.

    Do you think the British were stupid to miss that building or were there sinister plans to remove the some of the contents and Brits knew there would be difficulties working in a smoke filled building?

    Was the December 15, 1836 fire in the Patent Office used to conceal all the missing patents? Earlier that same year, the US completely rewrites patent law July 4, 1836. NOTE this was the private corporate government operating who did this; not Public Law – but an Act done under “color of law”. “The Patent Act of 1836”. Then another fire in 1877?

    2003 USPTO begins Relocation to Alexandria, VA and just guess whose physical headquarters are in Alexandria also? SERCO, a private British corporation that was contracted to run the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for quite sometime.

    Microsoft’s Bill Gates was awarded U.S. Patent No. 6,754,472 claiming our bodies as an energy device.

    Remember Google’s old slogan – Don’t be Evil? Strange, they no longer use it. Take a look at all of these patents applied for in 2000. https://patents.google.com/patent/US6754472B1/en

    https://scholarlycommons.law.northwestern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1093&context=njtip

    Warren Buffet’s gift to Bill Gates consolidated the money.

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  17. You see, this is how it works. They pay these losers NOT to commit crimes. Of course, if you commit a crime, they pay you anyway:

    https://hotair.com/archives/2018/07/11/california-mayor-paying-residents-not-commit-violent-crimes/

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  18. So, as I read all of our responses, my take-away is…..the Universal Basic Income is like the public school grade of “D” or “D-” b/c it denotes “attendance” but no achievement/contribution, but it also denotes that the strict reporting rules (for myriad warnings, reportings, tracking, excuses, parent meetings, daily grades/notices, phone calls home…etc etc) preclude anyone from flunking (getting no welfare payment/guaranteed basic income…but isn’t welfare a guaranteed basic income? But I digress). If you don’t operate this way as a teacher or administrator, sometimes/many times, you are just opened up to a raft of whining, anger, violence b/c all the parents want is that stupid “D- ” AS THO’ IT ACTUALLY MEANS ANYTHING!!! So, you give the kid a “D-” and send him on his way to the NEXT person in charge of him, b/c neither he NOR his parents are in charge. At some point, the welfare, or the “new” basic guaranteed income will take over . So, bottom line….starting in our public school systems….probably later even in our university systems as I’m seeing it all unfold further in today’s events….we train our populace to expect welfare OR a “guaranteed basic income” if they are so disposed to take that route. And, IMO, we pay it out to avoid all the whining, angry, violent people in that faction or those who support them—or who wants their vote.

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