Many leftists have bought into the Godless idea that humanity can fix the problems of “inequality” worldwide.
They are now being asked to support a select group of self-proclaimed, “really smart caring globalists”, trusting them to lead the collective down the yellow brick road ending in a Utopian society.
Part of their “equity” agenda, includes a Universal Basic Income (UBI), which was most recently promoted by Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
UBI was a main agenda issue espoused by Yang during the primaries in 2019-20.
Guaranteed income has been pitched as a solution for Americans’ financial woes for decades.
The premise is those above the poverty line should pay more taxes, which is then sent to poor people via monthly payments, similar to what is being done in many European nations.
Michael Tubbs, as mayor of Stockton, Calif., put in place one of the country’s first guaranteed income programs in 2019.
Tubbs says that the free money that is paid out in monthly payments, primarily to people of color, was not meant to be a sole means of income but aims to provide a buffer for people to break the cycle of poverty.
Mr. Tubbs sees the programs as crucial tools in achieving racial justice for Black people and Latinos.
“The ways in which racism and capitalism have intersected to steal wealth from some communities,” he said, “creates the disparities we see today.”
The idea has increasingly been placed into practice; guaranteed income programs have been started in 48 cities nationwide since 2020, according to Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI), a network supporting such programs.
MGI is a network of leaders supporting such efforts at the local, state, and federal levels. Funding for guaranteed income programs has come both from taxpayer support and private contributions.
Jack Dorsey, the former chief executive of Twitter, donated $18 million to help the initiative.
California has become the epicenter of the movement.
A Los Angeles program, funded primarily by the city, is giving 3,200 people who have at least one child, and whose annual income is below the federal poverty level, $1,000 a month.
“When you provide resources to families that are struggling, it can give them the breathing room to realize goals that many of us are fortunate enough to take for granted,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said when he announced the launch of his city’s program.
Several other cities have moved ahead with efforts using private money: Oakland pledged to give 600 low-income families $500 for 18 months, and in San Diego, some families with young children will get $500 a month for two years.
Last year, the state set aside $35 million over five years for cities to carry out pilot programs, which can use different criteria, including income level, people leaving the foster care system, and residence in low-income neighborhoods.
Beyond California, 300 Atlanta residents who live below the federal poverty level are receiving $500 a month for a year, and in Minneapolis, 200 residents from designated low-income neighborhoods will receive $500 a month for two years.
This fall, 260 people living in motels or emergency shelters in Denver will receive a $6,500 payment and will get an additional $500 a month for 11 months, with payments planned for 560 more people.
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