HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Suddenly Yang's idea of u...

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:13 AM

Suddenly Yang's idea of universal basic income doesn't seem so crazy

It was often ridiculed, even by some on here, but now Pelosi and many others are warming to the idea, according to the LA Times:

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-05-20/universal-basic-income-coronavirus-stimulus-aid

27 replies, 1542 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 27 replies Author Time Post
Reply Suddenly Yang's idea of universal basic income doesn't seem so crazy (Original post)
Bradshaw3 May 2020 OP
rpannier May 2020 #1
Bradshaw3 May 2020 #2
rpannier May 2020 #5
Bradshaw3 May 2020 #6
rpannier May 2020 #16
roamer65 May 2020 #3
Bradshaw3 May 2020 #4
roamer65 May 2020 #7
Wounded Bear May 2020 #23
msongs May 2020 #8
GulfCoast66 May 2020 #9
Bradshaw3 May 2020 #11
Hermit-The-Prog May 2020 #13
GulfCoast66 May 2020 #19
Qutzupalotl May 2020 #14
rpannier May 2020 #17
JmAln May 2020 #20
GulfCoast66 May 2020 #25
lame54 May 2020 #10
Bradshaw3 May 2020 #12
AlexSFCA May 2020 #15
Name removed May 2020 #18
dalton99a May 2020 #21
Wounded Bear May 2020 #22
GoCubsGo May 2020 #24
Steelrolled May 2020 #26
area51 May 2020 #27

Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:16 AM

1. Isn't nice to be ahead of the curve

Everything is crazy to those who don't want to take a chance
If you went back to 1927 and proposed Social Security, people probably would have said you were crazy

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rpannier (Reply #1)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:18 AM

2. Too true

Same with Medicare and universal healthcare.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Reply #2)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:21 AM

5. Medicare was going to take away our freedoms

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to rpannier (Reply #5)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:23 AM

6. Yep, gave Rayguns his start

Until then he was just a has-been B list actor.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Reply #6)

Thu May 21, 2020, 03:04 AM

16. I bring him up when retired people decry the ACA as Socialism

I ask if they're taking medicare or returning it. They all say they're taking it. Then I remind them that Reagan called that Socialism.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:19 AM

3. Its either UBI or societal collapse.

The amount of unemployed cannot be ignored for long.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to roamer65 (Reply #3)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:20 AM

4. I think the repubs learned a lesson from 2009

They saw the Dems' bailouts worked to save the economy.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Reply #4)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:25 AM

7. I would agree.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Reply #4)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:58 AM

23. The recovery would have been even faster without the Repubs riding the brakes...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:35 AM

8. he can send me a check every month if he wants :-) nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:39 AM

9. Nope. Not buying it.

Donít get me wrong, I want a much bigger safety net and love the way Nancy got the $15 an hour unemployment benefits put thru to the end of July. Lots of workers going back to work for less are gonna be pissed.

Why am I opposed to a UBI? Many of my extended family members. Had they had that when they were fucking around in their 20ís they would have never changed. But the pressure to get off their ass and stop drinking and smoking pot all day pushed many of them into making something of themselves. Not that Iím opposed to legalized pot. But Iíll be damned if I want to help pay for someone to do it all the time. And my family members would have.

We need to concentrate on making honest work result in an honest wage, which now it does not. Not making work optional.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #9)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:47 AM

11. Valid points

The problem is the cost of living, especially housing costs, have increased so much that even $15 an hour or more isn't enough to cover the basic cost of living. I agree that working can teach good life lessons and we don't need to enable the lazy, but when those who do work are still suffering, do we demoralize them to prevent the bums from continuing their lifestyle? I don't know to be honest.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #9)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:55 AM

13. How about universal housing, health care, education, and food?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #13)

Thu May 21, 2020, 09:58 AM

19. I support universal healthcare, not to be confused with MFA

But I think the other 3, except K-12 education should be based on ability to pay.

Good housing and food help for the poor. Sure. Housing and food subsidies for people in my situation? No way. It takes resources from those who really need help.

Iím just a fan of means testing to determine aid. And of course, much more generous help than we now give.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #9)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:03 AM

14. Yang's proposal was for $1,000 a month,

which would cover food but wouldnít go far for rent. So someone could live on the street or in a tent on that, or maybe have a bunch of roommates, but if you wanted to live somewhere decent youíd still have to work. There is would still be an incentive to work to better oneself.

I opposed UBI at the time because I thought it was another scheme to eliminate Social Security. It would certainly cause a revolt among the top 0.1%. Now Iím thinking itís a way to keep people alive if they canít safely work ó but only as a short-term measure.

There does seem to be reluctance to return to work among people who are making more with the stimuli while not working ó just an anecdotal report from a restaurant owner who couldnít get workers to come back for that reason. Then again, maybe if they paid their workers better, they would.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #9)

Thu May 21, 2020, 03:44 AM

17. So you know a few

The honest work for an honest wage is all fine and good. But, given the direction companies are going, those good paying jobs are drying up quickly.
Also I would add, you're sharing a tiny fraction of society -- your extended family members. To use such a small sampling is an insult to those who are not wastrels. It also feeds into the narrative of those who spend their time verbally lashing the poor and those who have almost nothing and require help.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #9)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:50 AM

20. What happens when your job is replaced

by a robot or AI? UBI is going to be necessary in the future. Otherwise people won't have any money to buy the shit produced by robots and AI.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to JmAln (Reply #20)

Thu May 21, 2020, 07:01 PM

25. I've been hearing that for 30 years.

And it may be true someday. Probably way after Texas turns blue. Which I have also been hearing about for years. In that case we need different policies.

But when President Obama left office employers could not find good workers. And when President Biden is in office I expect the same to happen.

The problem is not the lack of jobs. But lack of the will to force employers to pay a decent wage.

Seems to me convincing Americans that everyone deserves a good wage is an easier sell.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:42 AM

10. It never did

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to lame54 (Reply #10)

Thu May 21, 2020, 01:49 AM

12. I agree

And Yang did a good job during the campaign of explaining why it would work.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:18 AM

15. it was always a great idea, and it's becoming necessary

Biden needs Yang in his cabinet. Secretary of Labor.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:52 AM

21. No kidding.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:54 AM

22. We definitely need to redefine how people make a living...

and the basic definition of work for pay in our society.

UBI is one strong suggestion.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 11:00 AM

24. I never thought it was crazy. Just unacheivable.

Not in my lifetime, anyway. Not with all these corporate oligarchs running the show. Glad to see it getting some attention. A good stepping stone would to separate healthcare access from employment.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 09:59 PM

26. People have very short memories

The crisis of today will be viewed very differently in two years.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:05 PM

27. imo, we desperately need UBI.

Also, giving a UBI to people would help stimulate the economy as it'll be spent on food, housing, etc.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread