Skip to comments.Dr. King's dream: A basic income guarantee is still something America needs
Posted on 08/23/2013 12:33:54 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
As we mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech, we are sobered by the fact that 46 million citizens are living in poverty and that we have become two Americas, one for the rich and one for the rest of us.
King had a solution to poverty and to the bleak economic conditions faced by many Americans today.
"I am now convinced that the simplest solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a new widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income," he wrote in his 1967 book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" "A host of psychological changes inevitably will result from widespread economic security."
In 1969, a Presidential Commission recommended, 22-0, that the United States adopt a guaranteed annual income, with no mandatory work requirements, for all citizens in need. The report was buried and forgotten.
The concept of a Basic Income Guarantee is not discussed much anymore. But it remains, as the late economist Milton Friedman always maintained, the most practical and sensible way to end poverty and provide economic security to all Americans.
Today we have more than 14 million Americans unemployed with no evidence that we can create jobs for everyone who wants one. Machines are doing work people used to do.
Job creation is a completely wrong approach because the world doesn't need everyone to have a job in order to produce what is needed. When we say we need more jobs, what we really mean is we need more money to live on.
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Yep. What the country needs is socialism. Because it’s worked so well wherever else it’s been tried.
What these idiots fail to realize is that without profitable businesses there are no jobs or taxes and there is nothing to redistribute.
We have always had a guaranteed annual income. The amount is set at $0.00. Everything above that amount is left up to the individual to determine.
Yep, that’s the answer a guaranteed income, yeah that’ll work . . . uh where does the money come from to guarantee this pipe dream?
“Job creation is a completely wrong approach”
Ah, so THAT explains Obama’s job-destruction approach.
Bankrupt the welfare system. Break everything. This the way they plan to convince Americans to beg for a Communist society in which everyone is supported by the government. No real money -- just a "guaranteed income" that keeps you alive. No freedom. You will be controlled, but at least you will be cared for. If you behave.
They are pushing very hard for this. Time grows short.
Where do these loons think money comes from?
Why not just make the income guarantee $100,000? Everything would be peachy, right? It’s so easy/s
Here we go
The next campaign for the Democrats
Guaranteed income, free ObamaCars, free healthcare, free housing etc etc
How is this different from the “right to work” guaranteed by communism?
Martin Luther King’s hand picked “lieutenant” and successor was Jesse Jackson. Why should I care about anything MLK had to say or think?
If MLK were alive today, he would be in the same league as Al Sharpton. He would be nothing but a race pimp. Why do so many people on Freerepublic hold him up to be some sort of God?
You work per agreement, guaranteed you get paid. Solved. Easy.
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.
It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. ...
The Cato institute has recently shown that a head of household can get several times more benefits than working for minimum wage.
So, what is the incentive to work, or even learn a skill and work your way up the ladder?
They forget that the “guaranteed income” comes with a “forced labor” job
Do they think once their socialist paradise is created you can sit on yo’ ass collecting money for nothing?
As I recently saw on a post...”When I finished school I embarked on my get rich quick scheme, I got a job”!
This Country is on a slide to nowhere now...if you want to increase the rate we are going, adopt a STUPID scheme like a minimum basic salary for all. It just will not work. Oops, used that dirty word again.
PS If it is adopted, say good bye to Bat!
Friedman supported this? Not sure if I’m buying that, but I could be wrong.
This has to be the most ignorant article I have read in years.
Under the great society we basically enacted the guaranteed annual income for black families 50 years ago under the welfare system.
The end result has been the destruction of the Black family unit, a 73% rate of Black children being born to unwed, single mothers, a 50% school drop out rate for Black children and functional illiteracy for a majority of those that do graduate from High School.
The dominant Black culture has shifted to focus on the violent gangster mentality and a culture of criminal behavior, drug dealing, drug/substance abuse, welfare fraud and racial hate towards non Blacks.
What he is advocating is what has already destroyed the lives of 4 generations of unfortunate Black children.
You want more than that, getcher arse in gear.
Funny I just saw a Time Magazine labeling King as a Founding Father.
So a guarantee income?..nothing require of you..and I assume it goes up for each kid you have?...Really? So your paying people to do nothing but layaround eat drink and f-ck...like sheep or cows or pigs with the government as the big farmer in the sky
Basic income = economic slavery for the people from whom the wealth must be taken.
If you look at the original writings of Cloward and Piven, the entire PURPOSE of their strategy was to FORCE this to happen (it would be seen as a “logical” alternative to failing multiple welfare programs, just as single payer will be the “logical” alternative to Obamacare)
Please, STOP with the plagiarist “Dr” crapl Let’s recognize this man for what he truly was, good and bad, immoral and dishonest.
I believe it was called 'welfare' and I believe it's still around.
A “basic” or higher income is EARNED by having, and using, a skill set needed by your employer. Sometimes, the skill is as simple as being reliable... most of the time, the skills involve much more.
As you progress, you may increase your skill set and become more valuable to your current, or other, employers.
U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network?
I scare can think about.. let alone comment!on this mess!
I do believe that Obemba has already put this practice of guaranteed income into being with welfare, Obembaphones, free housing, free food, EIB cards, etc.
King was a socialist, or, at worst, an outright commie.
Yeah. It will work SOOOOO well. Just like Welfare, WIC, Social Security, etc.
Seizing the wealth of the producers to redistribute it is incompatible with the natural right of property, which is God given.In addition,it would cause the destruction of that wealth or of its productivity. And even if it didn't, the amount of wealth that could be seized from the producers, when divided up, would not be enough to make a significant difference in the lives of the poor.
“Guaranteed income” equals “Guaranteed work”.
I have no great objection to the recreation of something like FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps, with men working in one camp and women in another.
The workers would have a “Guaranteed income” of minimum wage, for ‘high intensity labor’ work, such as digging deep flood diversion dry lakes near rivers prone to flooding, reforestation projects, desalinization projects on deserted farmlands. All sorts of useful labor.
And they get a “guaranteed income” out of the deal, that will be put in the bank for them, less taxes, so they will have a small “nest egg” when the project is done, they can use to get less aerobic work.
“Job creation is a completely wrong approach because the world doesn’t need everyone to have a job in order to produce what is needed. When we say we need more jobs, what we really mean is we need more money to live on.”
Well then, just print more money. Problem solved. With direct deposit no money printing necessary. I wonder if anyone in Greece reads FR?
Boy you are dumb. From Obama's stash, of course.
MLK NEVER wanted anything but EQUAL Opportunity
That's so very true. The high regard for Marxist Luther King, Junior from Conservatives makes no sense at all. King was indoctrinated at a communist training school in Grundy County, Tennessee. Here are King's very own words about Ronald Reagan, the finest President of the last 100 years:
"When a Hollywood performer, lacking distinction even as an actor, can become a leading war hawk candidate for the presidency, only the irrationalities induced by war psychosis can explain such a turn of events."
And MLK claimed to be a minister. If so, why were his last days spent marching on behalf of a corrupt government union (AFSCME) in Memphis instead of preaching the actual Gospel? In reality, Marxist Luther King was and remains a fraud, a communist and a traitor to America.
America has always had rich and poor.
The only difference now is that the rich have to work and the poor don’t.
Why don’t we just give each person in the US a $1,000,000?
...uh where does the money come from to guarantee this pipe dream?
Boy you are dumb. From Obama’s stash, of course.
Where did Obama get the money? I dunno... from his stash!
I once got into an hour long conversation with a terminally stupid co-worker over this. She stated that all she knew was she was poor and she needed money from “the government.” I told her the government didn’t not make or possess that money and that it came from taxpayers. It took me nearly an HOUR to explain this to her.
They truly do NOT understand where it comes from, believe me. It’s just “government” money to them.
So true. Indeed, if MLK was such a great christian why were his last days on Earth spent in hotel with white prostitutes?
“The centerpiece of Nixon’s welfare reform was the replacement of much of the welfare system with a negative income tax, a favorite proposal of conservative economist Milton Friedman. The purpose of the negative income tax was to provide both a safety net for the poor and a financial incentive for welfare recipients to work.” http://millercenter.org/academic/americanpresident/nixon/essays/biography/4
***46 million citizens are living in poverty and that we have become two Americas,***
It’s easy to remedy. Get off your dead a$$ and get a job. Any job. Work till you can move up, then do it.
Build more Treasury printing presses, have those suckers running day and night, churning out as much cash as we need.
I could run for office on that idea and receive a certain 47% of the vote.