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Gasp! Study Shows ‘Free Money’ Doesn’t Work


Just when you thought Universal Basic Income’s time had come, when everyone would get paid by the government just for existing… along comes a study that shows it simply doesn’t work (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/06/universal-basic-income-public-realm-poverty-inequality).

Public Services International, a “global trade union federation” (whatever that is), researched UBI “free money” schemes in several places around the world where they’ve been tried–India, Alaska, Finland, Kenya, et al. Not only does it not work; why, it doesn’t do anything to “prevent widening income inequalities”!

If I may interject a question here: Why should incomes be “equal”? Why should diligent, competent, honest people’s incomes be “equal” to those of lazy, incompetent, dishonest people? Why should something really good cost the same as something lousy?

“Income inequality” is a very, very silly thing to be concerned about.

Oh! And the research also discovered–surprise, surprise!–that money paid out to people just for occupying space was no longer available for other purposes, having already been spent as UBI. “Gawrsh, Mickey! Who would’ve expected that?” Goofy wonders. Forsooth, money that’s already been spent can’t be spent on other things!

But if you still think it’s a good idea to pay bone-idle drones to loll on the couch playing video games and watch TV all day and night–well, you’ll always have a place in liberalism.

Ontario Scraps ‘Free Money’ Scheme

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Last month voters in Ontario sent their liberal bosses packing, after 15 years, and elected a Progressive Conservative government.

This month the new PC government has announced that it will terminate the liberals’ “guaranteed income” experiment, which doled out free money to some 4,000 households in five cities (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/lisa-macleod-announcement-1.4768626).

Of course the leftids are screaming bloody murder over this, as are some of the people who were getting free money without having to work for it. Those heartless conservatives are “making poverty worse” with their “callous, mean-spirited” plan to stop giving people free money worked for and earned by other people.

So far, everywhere this “experiment” has been tried, it’s failed. The new government in Ontario said the policy was simply too expensive and wasn’t the answer Canada needs.

“Universal Basic Income,” or whatever moniker they want to give it, is one of liberals’ dearest pipe dreams. The idea is for you to work while the gavone next door gets paid for playing video games and sleeping till 11:30 every morning. For some reason this never turns out to be very popular.

This is supposed to prepare us for the day when robots do all work and there’s nothing left for human beings to do but, I suppose, further corrupt themselves.

My Newswithviews Column, March 89 (‘They’re Going to Make Us… Happy?’)

I don’t know what I’m doing, at work this early in the morning. Must be the weather.

Anyway, here it is from Newswithviews.


Oh, Boy! Free Money!

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Two Morlocks with their lunch…

Gee, wouldn’t it be great if Uncle Sam sent you a check every month, just for being you? Just for existing? They could call it a “Universal Basic Income,” you’d get it with no strings attached, whether you worked or not. And a lot of Real Smart People say this would get rid of “inequality” (studio audience boos, hisses) and replace it with “equality” (studio audience wildly applauds).

Ten years ago, before Obama, 12% of Americans supported this immoral proposal.

Now, after eight years of Obama, a new poll by Northwestern University and Gallup finds that 48% think it’s a swell idea (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/26/roughly-half-of-americans-now-support-universal-basic-income.html).

You will surely be surprised to learn that “universal basic income” enjoys its widest support among Democrats (65%!) and “young people,” aka slackers whose worthless collidge educations keep them from getting decent jobs. What’s that? You’re not surprised at all?

Proponents of this scheme pooh-pooh the notion that doling out free money will encourage people to be lazy welfare bums; it will, instead, they say, motivate people to work harder (studio audience explodes with laughter).

Yeah, but we gotta do it because of “rising inequality”! Uh-huh. What do these guys mean by “equality”? Do we all get to have, each and every one of us, his own Clinton Foundation? Do we all get movie star money?

Does anybody really need to have it explained to him why this is such a wicked and asinine idea?

How would you feel about hauling yourself off to work every day while the jidrool next door lolls around at home playing video games–supported in his slothfulness by your tax dollars which you worked to earn? Gee, that would sort of make that gink your master, wouldn’t it? And you his slave.

Why are rich, powerful liberals trying to sell us this? Are they aiming to turn us into Eloi–so that they, the Morlocks, can eat us? Is that all it’s about–cannibalism?

You just never know with leftids.

I’ve Been Quoted in the Big Time!

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If you turn to Robert Knight’s column on townhall.com today (https://townhall.com/columnists/robertknight/2018/02/13/free-money-and-pigeons-n2448155), you will find Yours Truly being quoted–in the national media, no less.

The column is about the Stockton, California, mayor’s lunatic scheme to give “the poor” a Universal Basic Income–free money, just for… well, nothing. And its likely effects on the poor devils who will have to keep working to pay for this.

UBI is a favorite fantasy of Democrats and other leftids, and deserves every brickbat we can throw at it.

Here’s a link to my original blog post from a few days ago (https://leeduigon.com/2018/02/05/city-to-embark-on-mad-experiment/).

Thank you, Bob, for helping me to be heard.

My Newswithviews Column, Feb. 8 (‘Wrecking Civilization, Piece by Piece’)

Do you ever get the feeling that all the big shots of our civilization are trying on purpose to destroy it? I do.


City to Embark on Mad ‘Experiment’

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Is this what happened to the Indus Valley Civilization?

The mayor of Stockton, California–a city that went bankrupt just six years ago–wants to try an “experiment” of doling out a “Universal Basic Income” of $500 a month, “no strings attached,” to certain elements among “the poor” (https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2018/01/22/stockton-gets-ready-to-experiment-with-universal-basic-income/).

It’s just an “experiment,” mind you. For one year, “several dozen Stockton families would get $500 a month, no strings attached.” The goal is to gather data on the “economic and social impacts of giving people a basic income,” especially the impacts on, well, “self-esteem and identity.” There is also a “hope” that this experiment will be so wonderfully successful, it will “encourage other places to give it a try.”

Coulda fooled me. I thought it might’ve been an experiment to see how many times one city can go bankrupt in a single decade.

Leftids have been hallucinating about a Universal Basic Income for years now. See, they say, nobody’s gonna work anymore anyhow, ’cause robots gonna be doin’ all the work, so why not pay everybody to sit around playing video games or writing cowboy poetry? What could be more sublime than a kind of perpetual infancy–dependent on government handouts all your life? And you better do what Mommy tells you, or you don’t get no goodies!

Can you imagine the first city to make a UBI an actual public program? It will draw illegal aliens like iron filings to a magnet. It will draw every ne’er-do-well for hundreds of miles around.

But what if you can’t live on $500 a month? Wouldn’t that make it just money down the drain? If you hand someone $6,000 a year and he still goes under, what have you gotten for your money?

Shut up, you racist.


the Gratest Idear ever!!!

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I amb alyaws pleazed when The smartest “peple in” The whorld thay agreee whith me!! Yiu shuld of seed my Moth Antenners thay stould strate Up wehn i heared “the” guy he oanes Fasce Book he sayed Thare shuld ouhght to Be “a”  Univarsel Garanteed Parsonal Freee Income!! I has ben sayin That “for” yeers!!!

Yiu see that “whay” no boddy thay “has got” to work becose Work it blows,, yiu know “whaht” i’m sayin and The Govvermint thay gives yiu A “pay check” evry weak and yiu can jist stay all chiled out And play viddo Games or studdy more Gender Studies!! or Evin do whaht nantsy Palosy she sayes and write Sympathys ful of Claspicle Musick!!! And mabe some grate Cow Boy Potery too! Or jist lay thare and Do Nothing at all and the Govvermint thay will stil Pay “yiu”!

Now only Biggits and Racists and Hatters thay are opoased to this and thay al shuld ouhght to Be throwed “in” Jale and aslo The Ressistiants # it got to overthrough Trumpt so We can “have” a Garinteed Univarsle Free Stuff Income rihght awway “and” aslo rihght “now” tooo!!

Hay yiu know whaht!? If no boddy have got to “work” than thay “Can” al go to Collidge and bee Interllecturals like me!!! Axcept we shuldnt let no christins in becose al thay Transphobbic Biggits!

‘Universal Basic Income’–Another Ridiculously Bad Idea

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Why is is that the big shots in the tech world are such hopeless dunderheads outside of their own narrow field? And why in the world does anybody listen to them?

The Facebook wallah last week gave the commencement speech at the Harvard Dolt Factory, and advocated “universal basic income” (http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/26/news/economy/mark-zuckerberg-universal-basic-income/index.html)–that is, the government gives you a paycheck whether you’re working or not.

Oh, we just gotta do it! After all, robotics and Artificial (ahem!) Intelligence and self-driving cars are going to make us poor dumb humans obsolete and cause the loss of “tens of millions of jobs.” Therefore we all need checks from the government. And please don’t be so stupid as not to know how the government will raise the money for those checks.

And also we gotta Save The Planet from Climbit Change, even though it’s a big fat hoax.

At the risk of sounding simple-minded, where does it say we have to go whole-hog for robotics and Artificial Intelligence and put all these people out of work? Have we suddenly lost our free will? Just because we can do something, does that mean we must do it? Man, that’s way too Jurassic Park for me!

I know the world’s  big brains and bigger mouths all think you can abuse the culture all you like and nothing bad will happen. That’s why none of them have even for a moment considered that doling out a “universal basic income” might have disastrous effects upon the character of a nation.

How hard do you want to keep working so the jidrool next door can sit home and play video games all day?

How hard will anybody try to excel, when it will always be possible to live in reasonably comfortable circumstances without lifting a finger?

Did I mention the speaker also proposed to “modernize democracy so that everyone can vote on-line”? Another great idea. Bet he’s got a million of ’em.

Oh, well. Why even have free will, if we’re not going to use it?

Do you see where this is going?

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