Ontario has announced it could soon be sending a monthly cheque to its residents as it plans to launch an experiment testing the basic income concept.
While officials in the Canadian province are yet to release any specific details of the project – including how much will be given to residents who participate – the finance ministry has published a report confirming the government’s intention to roll out the experiment.
The general concept of basic income involves a government handing out a flat-rate income to every single citizen within a country, either by replacing existing benefits or to top them up.
Proponents of the idea say it would save on welfare administration costs, reduce the poverty traps of traditional welfare states, be fair to people who have jobs, and give people more autonomy in general.
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There are many reason why this would be a bad idea, first would be the cost, second, there are many who adopted handouts as a lifestyle. Some even generational. This might increase this problem even more.
Then again, there are also many reasons this "might" be a good idea. There are multiple departments of the social program system, costing billions, an over-payed inflated bureaucracy, so on.
It would save a lot of taxpayers money, question is how much. If the end result is saving then I don't see why we shouldn't at least try it, why? Because many need it.
Some have the notion that all welfare, or other social programs like disability, attracts bums and loafers, but in this kind of thinking, we forget those who are elderly, can't walk, in a wheelchair, on and on. We forget the working parent, or the single ones. We forget how hard they have it or are judged because of a few bad ones.
There is also the problem of staff in social programs who abuse their position and try to increase the numbers of recipients for financial, power, or increase vote bases for certain groups. Eliminating those would save a cr*p load of money.
Some in Welfare will put the young on the system if they don't get along with parents, affordable housing is used as a personal tool for women's shelter, child protective services targets single parents, what does that have to do with guaranteed income? Simple, when your a single parent, all these organizations control ones life, trying to get ahead is practically impossible unless one cheats, then if they are caught they are in a worse position.
And let's be honest, most of these social programs have been under the control of radical feminism and their manginas; grouping, dividing people and families, using their positions as a tool for financial gain and to go after people they don't like for decades, might not be a bad idea to say bye-bye to these left overs of the past.
Getting a guarantied income outside these organization could be a plus, people would not have them hanging over their heads or their families (or the constant threat of taking kids away) so to say. It might even install goals for themselves and be role models for kids, that can't be so bad.
Elderly have to chose between food or medicines, first nation living in terrible conditions (specially up North), families giving up and single parents choosing between eating or giving that little extra to their kids.
Would guarantied income or basic income solve these problems, no one can tell, that's for sure, but one thing is for sure, riding ourselves of the current social programs might not be such a bad thing. Putting all government financial programs into one, has it's advantages.
The system we have now has basically run it's course, the cost keep going up and unless something is done, will eventually crash.
Many have been critical of the Ontario government, including us, there has been much waste that's for sure, I am not even sure if we can trust them with this endeavor, the way we see it, they are due for a good policy.
(Yes, I know, wishful thinking, but willing to listen)
We could go into details of prohibitive costs or savings, but we only offer basic information, the rest is up to you. Always do your research.
As we said, the system we have now has reached it's limit, countries going bankrupt because of it, and with the refugee problem, things will get worse. We have to look at different ways of doing thing, doesn't mean they will work, but at least, we can try.
What have we got to loose.