Rahm Emanuel sets up UBI task force to tackle poverty

Liberals never learn from history.

From Fox News: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will form a task force that will consider implementing the so-called “universal basic income” program in the city, as the embattled mayor seeks to cement his progressive legacy after promising not to run for another term.

The idea for the program, which would make monthly payments to a number of Chicago families without any conditions, has been floated around in the city for months now.

Back in June, Chicago’s North Side Ald. Ameya Pawar introduced a resolution calling upon the mayor to launch the pilot of the program and pay 1,000 families $500 every month.

The new task force set up by Emanuel, according to the Chicago Tribune, will have a panel that will decide whether such welfare initiative could work in the city.

Pawar, who will be part of the panel, claims universal basic income is a way to tackle poverty amid the loss of jobs due to automation and the offshoring of industries.

But the creation of the task force may open Emmanuel for criticism, as it comes just less than a week after he announced that he won’t run for a third term. The decision to implement a potentially costly program will rest on the shoulders of another mayor.

Pawar told the Tribune that he doesn’t believe Emanuel is creating the task force only to claim credit for it without actually implementing.

“Chicago would be the largest city in the country to take this step,” he said. “I think the mayor sees this as a chance to lead the way as cities try to grapple with poverty and income inequality at a time the federal government is not addressing those things. This would be a legacy issue [for Emanuel].”

A number of cities in the U.S. have either discussed or adopted a similar version of the program. The city of Stockton, California will begin paying 100 fortunate residents $500 a month without any conditions in 2019.

The city, which was once known as America’s foreclosure capital, has recently fallen on hard times, with 1-in-4 residents living below the poverty line and the median household income at nearly $8,000 lower than the national median.

In Oakland, California, 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.

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Alma

Too bad the citizens have not yet form a task force to run this dirty worm pipe out of town, what a cinycal, hypocrite of a human being, does he plan to steal more money from taxpayers before he leaves office, or is he going to empty the cofers before? He deserves the highest place on a light pole upside down!

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I am not opposed to this idea. Please hold your arrows. It is nt a bad idea. Do you love you country? If yes you are a nationalist. Do you honestly care for the welfare of your country’s ppl? If yes you are a socialist. Not that its a great idea the way it is. Here is the fix, not that it would be done this way since money is king. Everyone gets $1000 a month. With said funds YOU are responsible for your food, your kids food, your housing, your medical insurance, your kids med insurance, your schooling and… Read more »

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Some face reality dancing on their tippy-toes to the music of Tchaikovsky while others deal with problems using a lifetime of practical business experience and excellent teaching at the Wharton School. And President Trump, the most qualified in such matters of all our presidents, has an intense desire to Make America Great Again! Who could complain and why?

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Let me get this straight. So the mayor wants to give a basic income to everyone without a work requirement, thus enabling young men to go on without occupying their time with hard work. Imagine all these bored young men with all that time on their hands. What could possibly go wrong?

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silhouette

Such stupidity is proof that neither History nor economics is being taught in our schools.

Mad Celt
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Silly me! I always thought the way to tackle poverty was to get a job.

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Hillary’s mishpucka pal, Rahm, is setting himself up for a Presidential run. Every move by these two are calculated evil. With that tribe, when you get one of them – you get them all. “It’s as if Hillary and Rahm think government is their own private business. But before anyone shouts “You didn’t build that!” consider how identical they are, Hillary and Rahm, like some political movie mom and son, but without common DNA. And even as they ooze angelic sincerity, they’re difficult if not impossible to believe when they insist that they’re telling the truth. Obvious in their cunning,… Read more »