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Dr. King's dream: A basic income guarantee is still something America needs
San Jose Mercury ^ | 08/23/2013 | Allan Sheahen

Posted on 08/25/2013 11:22:56 AM PDT by artichokegrower

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.

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"that the United States adopt a guaranteed annual income, with no mandatory work requirements, for all citizens in need."

Who say this coming? This will be the real Obamacare.

1 posted on 08/25/2013 11:22:56 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

There are no guarantees in life. If everyone DESERVES money without effort, then EVERY SINGLE PERSON deserves to live. Not just those who are not aborted by their mothers.


2 posted on 08/25/2013 11:25:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: artichokegrower

It sounds lovely but it is doomed to be a Cuba, a North Korea or an East Germany.


3 posted on 08/25/2013 11:26:18 AM PDT by relictele ("An elective despotism was not the government we fought for..." - James Madison)
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To: artichokegrower

You can’t reason with anyone with the intellectual capacity of a two-year old.


4 posted on 08/25/2013 11:29:39 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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he wrote in his 1967 book

Which most likely includes examples of plagiarism like his doctoral dissertation.

5 posted on 08/25/2013 11:30:54 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: artichokegrower

I have a dream — that one day my people will not have to do a damn thing! I have a dream! That the glorious work done by others will be guaranteed to be distributed to my people! I have been to the mountaintop! I have been to Cuba! I have seen the promised land!


6 posted on 08/25/2013 11:31:01 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: artichokegrower
They have MLK endorsing everything now, from illegal immigration to a minimum wage.

Apparently King was for every single item on today's cracked progressive agenda.

7 posted on 08/25/2013 11:31:16 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Maybe they could sell Koolaid on a corner...


8 posted on 08/25/2013 11:31:20 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: relictele

2 Thessalonians 3:10

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”


9 posted on 08/25/2013 11:33:24 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

What these morons don’t get is that a basic income guarantee only guarantees everything will cost that much more. They all need to make a trip to Norway, then some of them would get it. Even then, many of them would STILL extoll the virtues of such ideas. Some folks ya just can’t reach...


10 posted on 08/25/2013 11:33:35 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: artichokegrower

The liberal talking points are out.

I have seen three articles like this in the past three days, and they all say Milton Friedman was in favor of this.

They reside in a liberal echo chamber.


11 posted on 08/25/2013 11:34:33 AM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: artichokegrower

The problem with the guaranteed income is that you’d immediately create a million out of work welfare workers, who’d be more of a menace to America than any army of tweakers could ever be.


12 posted on 08/25/2013 11:36:13 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

Welfare, SNAP, AFDC, Section 8, Unemployment, Disability, Foodstamps, etc. etc. etc....

We already have guaranteed income and look what it’s brought us.. Crime, depravity, child abuse, neglect, etc...

We can’t take any more.


13 posted on 08/25/2013 11:38:26 AM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: artichokegrower

They will fix everything scam goes on. Income is for slaves bound to never open a business. Minimum wage is meant to assure a tax return to government and official employment competing with “black market”. Good luck with that. Inflation of the false currency will warrant its replacement.

Welcome to communist hell America.


14 posted on 08/25/2013 11:38:27 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: artichokegrower

That is pure unadulterated communist gobbledegook! Why not give everyone in the US $100,000 per year? Hell, make everyone a millionaire! The war on poverty is lost because (1) government largess provides little incentive to work and (2) the government continually redefines the poverty level upwards. Compare poor people in the fifties with today’s poor. Many of today’s poor have air conditioning, flat screen TVs, subsidized rent, food, and electricity, and an automobile, and certainly, a cell phone. Ridiculous! A civil war is coming, but this time between the Makers and the Takers.


15 posted on 08/25/2013 11:38:38 AM PDT by Temujinshordes
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To: artichokegrower

income guarantee?

and let me guess who has to cover the short fall for all those slack ass crack heads too busy fapping all day playing xbox to work

it sure won’t be 0bama and his ilk. he only pays 18% income tax on his $600k/yr

i’m pretty tired of being the one that has to pay for all of society’s idiots


16 posted on 08/25/2013 11:50:13 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: artichokegrower

That is just what the underclass yearns for: free money, free medical care, free child care, and all with no work required for the recipients.


17 posted on 08/25/2013 11:51:16 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Temujinshordes

There never was a war on poverty. It was and is a war on prosperity.


18 posted on 08/25/2013 11:52:23 AM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: artichokegrower

Thanks for an article which offers some levelheaded truth about MLK. No one should view that man as a hero.

The preacher of non-violence said it was his intent to go into towns and create crisis-packed situations. He voiced support for reparations.

In his April 1967 speech at the Riverside Church, he claimed our troops in Vietnam committed atrocities, and spoke of “Western arrogance.” He said that North Vietnam had legitimate reasons to be suspicious of the U.S. And he called the American government the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world.”

Now tell me why any conservative would lionize that.


19 posted on 08/25/2013 11:52:58 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: ArmstedFragg; artichokegrower
The problem with the guaranteed income is that you’d immediately create a million out of work welfare workers, who’d be more of a menace to America than any army of tweakers could ever be.

I don't suppose it occurs to these morons that if I didn't have to work for a living, I'd start loudly protesting liberals and liberalism, and make their life a living HELL? Frankly I would like nothing better.

20 posted on 08/25/2013 12:15:31 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: skeeter
a minimum wage.

A "minimum wage" applies to people working for wages. It most assuredly does not apply to people sitting on their fat behinds, expecting a stipend from taxpayers because they successfully metabolize carbohydrates and oxygen.

Next?
GtG

21 posted on 08/25/2013 12:16:51 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Henry Hnyellar
There never was a war on poverty. It was and is a war on prosperity.

Shhhhh! That's supposed to be a secret!

22 posted on 08/25/2013 12:19:40 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: rlmorel; artichokegrower

The articles prior to that mentioned that there were places in the country where it made more economic sense to stay on welfare than to get a paying job.


23 posted on 08/25/2013 12:21:28 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: CatherineofAragon

When an objective history of the 20th century is written sometime in the future, one of the more remarkable aspects of it will be the recognition that the so-called “Civil Rights Movement” in the U.S. basically spent the better part of a hundred years putting themselves back into slavery.


24 posted on 08/25/2013 12:22:11 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Absolutely right.


25 posted on 08/25/2013 12:25:10 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: artichokegrower
"I am now convinced that the simplest solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a new widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income,"

Dr. King's statement shows a significant gap in both his understanding of basic economics and basic human nature, sorry to say.
26 posted on 08/25/2013 12:25:22 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: skeeter

Who is to say he wouldn’t have endorsed all of it? Why do people on FR think he was some kind of conservative?


27 posted on 08/25/2013 12:27:34 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: artichokegrower
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.

Forgotten because it is an idiotic idea. Oh, wait, that's right. How about welfare with no work requirement? Same thing. If you give people a free handout, there are those who will be quite satisfied to take it and never lift a finger to work to try to make something better of themselves other than being a freeloading leech on society. Oh, they'll lift their fingers to use their obamaphones though to complain they're not getting enough of a handout....

28 posted on 08/25/2013 12:37:05 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: artichokegrower
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."

I seriously doubt Dr. King thought these "psychological changes" would result in dependence, blight, illiteracy, out of control non married birth, crime, gangster rap, black genocide by abortion...I could go on and on and on...

29 posted on 08/25/2013 12:50:19 PM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: Alberta's Child
“Civil Rights Movement” in the U.S. basically spent the better part of a hundred years putting themselves back into slavery.

Well said!

Regards,
GtG

30 posted on 08/25/2013 1:14:16 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: artichokegrower

Minimum wage, living wage, guaranteed income, right to health care, kids shouldn’t have to pay for college. Enough.

Abolish all income. Ban money. Everybody gets anything he wants by just calling a government telephone number. No more working, no more studying, no more tax forms, no more IRS. Just one telephone number.

Isn’t this where we’re heading, anyway? Everything’s free, nobody pays for anything. Ignore the details.


31 posted on 08/25/2013 1:26:15 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: artichokegrower

From those according to their ability, to those according to their need!


32 posted on 08/25/2013 1:59:14 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: artichokegrower

Doesn’t the word ‘income’ involve working for a living?


33 posted on 08/25/2013 2:07:33 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Rockingham

“That is just what the underclass yearns for: free money, free medical care, free child care, and all with no work required for the recipients.....”

Just what we need; more ‘bored’ teenagers with guns to shoot joggers and other innocent people in the back.


34 posted on 08/25/2013 2:09:38 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: artichokegrower
"that the United States adopt a guaranteed annual income, with no mandatory work requirements, for all citizens in need."

It's been in place for decades. It's commonly referred to as 'welfare'.

35 posted on 08/25/2013 2:12:17 PM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: artichokegrower

Welcome to Greece west.


36 posted on 08/25/2013 2:47:23 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: chasio649

Where did I say that?


37 posted on 08/25/2013 2:52:11 PM PDT by skeeter
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