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Should the United States provide a universal basic income for its citizens?

A universal basic income (UBI) is the concept that each citizen of a state or of a country would receive a certain amount of money from the government each year without any stipulations attached to it. Alaska already practices a small-scale form of universal basic income with the Alaska Permanent Fund. The Fund uses money from the natural resources found in Alaska to provide a check each year to Alaskan citizens.

Those in favor of a universal basic income believe that UBI could replace welfare programs and allow each individual to choose how their money is spent, whether that is for a cell phone bill, health care, or food is up to them. Additionally, many believe that a UBI provides people the chance to pull themselves out of poverty when used in addition to a traditional income.

Those opposing a universal basic income believe that UBI is far too expensive for a country to implement and would cost more than it was worth. Many also believe that a UBI could disincentivize people from working hard to earn their money. If money is just given freely to people, fewer people may be motivated to get into the workforce, earn their money, and contribute to the economy.

What do you think? Should the United States provide a universal basic income for its citizens?

Current Standings:
Yes: 22%
No: 78%
  • Julia from Oklahoma

    As our society becomes more and more technological and robots begin to take our place, people are quickly losing their jobs, pushing them into poverty. It is imperative that we have a solution. Such a solution would be to have a universal basic income. A UBI would also liberate people from having the necessity of finding a job, pushing them to not only pursue what they truly want to do but also lifting the weight and burden of finding a job. This is especially important in our current society. With our society putting emphasis only in certain fields, such as the STEM fields, we ignore the arts, creative processes, the basic skills, etc. However, with UBI, we would be allowed to pursue areas that the society did not put an emphasis on and put jobs in. This will improve our society.

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    • Nicholas from New Jersey

      No because communism

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  • Tala from Michigan

    Confucious once said, “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is a thing to be ashamed of.” To show that our country is well governed, we must illiminate all poverty. Humans need basic nessesaties to live. Our society has put a price on these nessesities, we must also at least help our citizens gain some of those items. We must be able to recieve some of these nessesary items.

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    • Jaden from Georgia

      The problem is that there will always be a class in poverty. In our country, in other countries. Always. When the overall wealth of a country increases, inflation increases. If everyone has a million dollars, a million dollars is worth nothing.

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    • Thomas from Pennsylvania

      Eliminating all poverty in a country at all times if very difficult if not impossible, especially for one as large as the United States. Look at the “War on Poverty” under President Johnson in the 1960’s. Poverty was decreased, but a trend had begun some years before he assumed office and the declining rate of poverty was actually reduced when he started his programs. A similar instance can be seen with the New Deal. FDR’s policies did ease the effects of the Great Depression, but did little to actually solve it in the long run and it was industrial demands for WWII that killed the Depression. People have gotten by long before federal programs came into the picture, I feel it is best for the government to let things run on their own devices than to interfere

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      Eliminating all poverty in a country at all times if very difficult if not impossible, especially for one as large as the United States. Look at the “…

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    • Isaac from New York

      The reason why he was call Confucious was because he was a confused man. All that a universal income would do is make people more lazy than they already are. If you do not want to be so poor then get off the couch and work for money, it should not be given to you.

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  • Kenzie from Georgia

    We can do it! But welfare, social security, EBT, Medicare, Medicade, has to end.

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  • David from New Jersey

    As the wage gap increases, many more people that don’t make as much money are falling into poverty with little way out. UBI would be able to help them further their education and find better jobs. This would be very beneficial for people that need the money to survive.

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  • Mark from New Jersey

    A society with Universal Basic income will let people take bigger risks because they have one source of reliable income. UBI will also let people think for the long term and make long term financial plans and become financially stable.

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  • Anna from New Jersey

    Implementing this would help reduce poverty, and to increase motivation, make it that the stipend wouldn’t be enough to cover living costs for the entire year, but have it enough so that low income families could benefit it.

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  • faith from Pennsylvania

    yes, because of the fact that everyone has different sources and rates of income, it would keep people off the streets and even though some may make more than others, it would still be a plausible fix to poverty rich cities.

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  • Brittney from Texas

    Provide everyone with food, water, shelter, protection and all health care beside unnecesary cosmetic. Nothing more.

    People would get educated, start businesses, get jobs.

    There would be a 40% or so tax cut from EVERY single paycheck, and that would be used to keep the cycle going.

    Productivity would be provided by the invisible hand of wanting luxurious, and entertainment.

    There would be cameras on every street. Stealing will have a punishment ten times worse than what it is now, because 1)You can a quality education to get what you want, and 2)It discourages productivity.

    All you need to be happy is food, water, shelter, and deep connections with good people around you.

    This is financial equality.

    It’s sad how the higher a schools test scores, the more funding it gets from the state. That is not fair. The lowest quality schools will never have the funding to improve. A state should split it evenly. That is what’s fair.

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    Provide everyone with food, water, shelter, protection and all health care beside unnecesary cosmetic. Nothing more.

    People would get educated, sta…

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  • Maddie from Kentucky

    Having something such as an universal basic income could decrease homelessness and decrease the amount of people who are living in poverty. Although these amounts would not matter much to those who are well supported by their jobs, those who are seriously suffering would be greatly benefitted. Since this money can be used for absolutely anything, it could be used to pay for treatment of health issues, rent, food, or even saved up for something such as a permanent shelter for those who are homeless.

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  • Mickey from Kentucky

    I believe the government should do this, but it should only be able to be used on buying a house or clothes or food and stuff. It would get more people off of the streets. But I feel like people would also abuse this so we should only be able to use it on those things.

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    I believe the government should do this, but it should only be able to be used on buying a house or clothes or food and stuff. It would get more peopl…

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  • peyton from Kentucky

    Yes, if done right it could be a huge benefit for everyone in the country. Countermeasures should be taken to ensure the drawbacks of UBI are reduced. Money should be tracked and only spent a certain way. Perhaps how wage garnishment works. If an individual owes money to a liable source then maybe money should go towards that as a punishment of sorts for owing money. Money from UBI should be given in different amounts based on one’s income. Not necessarily giving the lower class a boatload of riches but making a system of proportions that efficiently distribute the money. More research should be done on the effect of this decision on banks and economic flow before anything is passed on something so potentially harmful or beneficial.

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  • michael from Kentucky

    I think that we should get a Universal Basic income. This will help with our poverty, people think it will make people less motivated to work, but I think it will do the opposite. I think it will make them more motivated becasue when people have more money there gonna wanna send it but then they want to spend more and they work more for more money.

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    I think that we should get a Universal Basic income. This will help with our poverty, people think it will make people less motivated to work, but I t…

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  • Melissa from Missouri

    America has a social mobility problem. And the problem is that it doesn’t exist. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, “The expected income of children raised in well-off families (90th percentile) is about 200 percent larger than the expected income of children raised in poor families (10th percentile) and about 75 percent larger than that of children raised in middle-class families (50th percentile).” The income of your parents determines your own income as an adult. This is not a level playing field. It’s more like a cliff. A universal basic income could help build up the bottom of this slope, could provide people with the jumping-off point they need to thrive, and that is something which no moral person could oppose.
    A common criticism of universal basic income, and social security programs in general, is that they diminish people’s willingness to achieve on their own. This is simply untrue. The vast majority (91%, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) of households benefiting from entitlement programs go to the elderly, disabled, and/or working people. Having a safety net doesn’t mean you jump off the tightrope. Much of this lazy-bones, “welfare queen” rhetoric stems from racial animus being fueled by Ronald Reagan and the like, despite its glaring inaccuracy, especially given that the plurality of recipients are white. One must also consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. One must have their physiological and security needs met long before they can move on to more profound self-improvement, and these physiological needs require an income to guarantee. Security must include financial security. Universal basic income provides this. So UBI is less of a barrier to achievement than a stepping stone.
    The advantages of a universal basic income over more traditional system of social security must also be considered. Our current system undermines an undeniable truth: the individuals receiving aid know best how to spend it to support themselves and their families. This is something many have brought up in regards to SNAP in particular, which restricts people from buying prepared meals and incentivizes the purchase of cheap, calorie-dense, and non nutritional foods, contributing to the malnutrition of participants. Cake has a lot of calories, doesn’t cost much, and requires no preparation, making it a go-to for many receiving food stamps, and it is fairly clear why this is a problem. Universal basic income can help those living in poverty to lead more balanced lives by removing these restrictions. Rather than passing by an uncooked chicken you have no time to cook for a cake, you could buy a rotisserie chicken and some frozen vegetables. People with dietary restrictions and disabilities can meet their own needs. A universal basic income would actually provide people with that quintessential, apple-pie-eating, pickup-truck-driving, flag-waving freedom we claim is so integral to our country.
    America was founded on the idea that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable rights. By keeping people from being guaranteed a living wage, we are denying them their lives, as they die from lack of healthcare and the inaccessibility of a healthy lifestyle. By keeping people from being guaranteed a living wage, we are denying them their liberty, as they are not permitted to make their own decisions about what is best for them. By keeping people from being guaranteed a living wage, we are denying them their pursuit of happiness, as they cannot get above the bottom rungs of the hierarchy of needs. A universal basic income is crucial to the improvement of American policy to fit American values. As to how it can be paid for, I’ll leave you with this: the 2018 budget provides the Pentagon with 165 billion more dollars. This for a country whose military spending accounted for 36% of the entire world’s in 2016. Isn’t there some better way for that money to be spent?

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  • Sachin from Massachusetts

    For now, the Universal Basic Income is politically and possibly financially unfeasible for the United States, however, neither of these circumstances affect the inherent morality of providing a high standard of living to all our citizens. Far too much of our society is focused on the pecuniary costs of Welfare, Social Security, or other such hand-outs. It is important to realize that not every operation of the government is meant to produce a pecuniary profit, but through social programs, the government is buying “the general welfare”, which it is mandated to do as per the Constitution. A Universal Basic Income also has the potential to replace many more indirect, convoluted, and corrupt forms of aid which today sap our budget while doing little to aid those in need. With one system, government aid could become drastically more streamlined and the conversion of dollars into improved quality of life would be far more efficient, saving the government money. The secondary benefits of such a program would also include a universally admired reduction of bureaucracy, a small budget for government handouts, and a citizenry which is convinced that their government is effective. Furthermore, I believe that millions of middle-class and upper-class citizens would decline the governmental assistance out of pride, abnegation, or a genuine desire to save the government money.

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  • Cole from Illinois

    Because you have most people get laid off, living in poverty, or even most are homeless. They cant get money at all unless they sit on the sidewalk with a cup and ask if you have any spare change for them just to eat for the day. let alone supplies like shampoo or deodorant. personal supplies. if everyone can get a little bit from the government then it’ll help a lot of people get out of poverty, or even being homeless.

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    Because you have most people get laid off, living in poverty, or even most are homeless. They cant get money at all unless they sit on the sidewalk wi…

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  • Uri from Nebraska

    The United States should at least try experimenting with giving UBI to its citizens. It is the great flaw of capitalism that the wealthiest country in the world had hundreds of thousands of homeless, including veterans, as well as 4.1% unemployment and 14% below the poverty line. The Universal Basic Income should be sufficient such that it serves as a safety net to prevent people from spiraling into poverty, or a push to make a low-income worker’s life just a bit easier. However, it does not mean the government paying for everything. The UBI should also be low enough that in order for someone to live a good-quality life, they will have to really work for it.
    One of the primary reasons that a Universal Basic income is needed is that minimum wage simply isn’t enough for someone to live a good life. United States Federal Minimum wage, at $7.25 an hour, assuming an average 40-hour work week adds up to $15,000 per year. This is barely above the poverty line for an individual at $11,770 per year, and well below the line of $24,250 for a family of four including 2 children. Even two parents employed at the minimum wage can barely provide for an average-sized family. There are countless issues with raising the minimum wage, including the impact it will have on small businesses as well as how it will devalue skilled labor; a Universal Basic Income is a good substitute for this.
    Universal Basic Income really does work. In Alaska, poverty rates among Native Americans dropped from 25% to 19%. Having sufficient money brings about better happiness, and with it better health; perhaps reducing the need for expensive Medicare? With reduced poverty also comes reduced crime rates; the Bloods and Crips of were mostly born out of poverty, after all. This isn’t even to mention that as robots become more advanced, they will begin to replace jobs. According to an Oxford Study by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, up to 47% of jobs are at “high risk” of being automated in the near future. If machines end up taking over a large portion of the workforce, a UBI may become necessary. Having a system of UBI already in place will make this transition far easier, and less destructive.
    I will address the elephant in the room, the main argument against UBI: The immense cost. Yes, that is an issue, however things can be done to mitigate the cost. A system of UBI where it gradually decreases with the more one earns would cost far less than simply handing out money to everyone, while having more or less the same results. For instance, a system where the UBI starts at $8500 and reduces by 35 cents per every dollar a worker earns of $10,000 would cost about $150 billion per year. While this sounds like a lot, it is the amount that the super-rich receive in tax cuts every year: an apt target for redistribution. The way the equation is set up is such that it would help pull many out of poverty, while decreasing at a steady enough rate that people would theoretically not lose their motivation to work. The cost will go down over time, as kids from impoverished families are able to obtain better educations and earn more than they would have had their families not been supplied with UBI.
    Yes, UBI sounds like socialism; however, it is a necessity for our evolving capitalist economy to ultimately better the situation for everyone.

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  • Anna from New York

    A universal basic income (UBI) would work towards equalizing the socioeconomic playing field (with limitations) without disrupting the incentive for individuals to be be productive. First, it is important to note that UBI is not the be all end all to socioeconomic inequality; however, it is a set in the right direction. The effects of economic inequality are amplified by an inability for individuals to provide for the most basic needs of their existence within the societies that we propagate via norms and institutions (i.e. paid labor, capitalism, etc.). By ensuring a UBI, individuals would no longer be expected to live paycheck to paycheck, thereby freeing up mental space and capacity for other activities that can be oriented towards elevating one’s status and decreasing the income inequality gap in a society overall. It has been scientifically proven (see Princeton’s sugarcane farmer study) that living under the constant stress of a paucity of money reduces IQ, thereby inhibiting an individual from utilizing his or her mental resources for activities other than stress and worrying. By providing UBI, individuals who had previously been constrained in their productive capacity due to being strapped for cash would now be able to free up mental resources that can be put towards innovation, education, etc. Another argument for UBI lies in the looming question the future of work and automation. What is to happen in a future where society fails to develop institutions that match the evolving nature of work and productivity? In a capitalist society (although there are grounds for objection as to whether the US is truly a capitalist society), the value of labor is determined by is marginal product and cost. The current rate of development of technology and automation jeopardize the future value of human labor. What happens when people are replaced by robots and therefore have no way of receiving the pay they need to survive? No need to speculate: look at what has already been occurring all other the developed (and in some cases the developing) world. The implementation of would help society to transition to to an economy largely based on technology rather than human labor by altering the way the society thinks of work: work would no longer be a necessity for mere survival. Instead, work would be the opportunity to improve one’s living standard beyond just survival.
    One objection that may arise to the argument for the implementation of a universal basic income is that people will no longer have an incentive to be productive. Human beings are inherently lazy and the only way to motivate any production, much less the massive production capacity of the United States, is to incentivize work via the granting of pay (income) in return for labor. However, simply ensuring that individuals would have enough to get by in a society will not inhibit their desires to have more than their neighbors or to elevate their positions further. Instead, UBI would provide them with great abilities to compete, thereby increasing the overall value of the resulting product of the competition.

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  • W. from California

    The preamble of our Constitution includes the phrase, “promote the general welfare” as one of the primary motivators for establishing our nation. Part of promoting the general welfare is ensuring all American citizens have, at the very least, a universal basic income with which they may use to provide themselves the basic necessities needed to live. According to the United States Census, the 2016 poverty rate was 12.7%, which translates to a little over one in eight Americans living in poverty. America claims to give all citizens the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” A UBI will give citizens the means necessary to live at a reasonable standard of living, will give citizens the means to liberate themselves from the vicious poverty cycle, will give citizens the means necessary for them to obtain education, join the work force, and gain upward mobility. A UBI is necessary to provide fellow American citizens the resources needed to improve their situations and break the cycle of poverty.

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    • Jennifer from Pennsylvania

      I feel it would be fair to point out that the phrase “promote the general welfare” was misinterpreted. The Founding Fathers did not envision a massive welfare-state handing out money (whether from social programs or UBI’s) when they coined the phrase. The definition of ‘welfare’ back in the 18th century was simply happiness, success, and prosperity. Therefore, the Founding Fathers did not mean that the federal government should be playing a significant role in the wealth people have. They actually meant the opposite, that government should stay out of the lives of the people in this respect.

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    • Peter from Kentucky

      “Promote the general welfare”
      You are right that that is one of the very basic reasons for founding a nation. However, the United States is currently in 20 Trillion Dollars of debt. That is an absurd number. We can say that it would be great for the people who need help, but if the government collapses because it has no money, nobody gets any money, and the bloated welfare system that we have already goes away. Instead of everybody having a generous safety net, no one has a safety net at all. If the government could afford it, which it currently cannot, there is still the concern that it would lead to a. Higher taxes on those with jobs
      b. Inflation, because everybody has a certain amount of money
      c. Higher dependency on the government
      If taxes are higher, it is harder to create jobs, which makes it harder to pay taxes, which makes it harder for the government to afford the UBI.
      If inflation happens, the price for everything goes up, and nobody gains anything by there being a UBI in the first place.
      Depending on the government for anymore than you have to is a foolish endeavor, seeing as it is generally run by corrupt politicians, and the more you depend on it, the less it matters what you do, which is not good for anyone’s psyche.

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    • Isaac from New York

      The money to fund the UBI will come from those who work. So by giving people money it takes away their incentive to work. In order to get rid of poverty in America we have to first see what is causing the problem. One thing has caused more poverty than any thing else in history to this country and that is alcohol. Alcohol destroys families, wastes precious money, and is one of the leading causes of death in this country. It is never the government’s job to save people, its the church’s job. But those roles have been altered. It is impossible to completely eradicate poverty, the poor will always be there. But in America you have the opportunity to make something of yourself if you are willing to work hard enough for it. If you give people everything that they have then it takes away all of what makes America great.

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    • Evan from Wisconsin

      I disagree. A UBI will help those living in poverty, but will it help the United States as a whole? If it does not help the United States as a whole, then it is not really general welfare, but specific welfare. Where is the money for a UBI going to come from? Now, if this was payed for by income tax, everyone would see a huge spike in there taxes. Let’s just say that each person in the United States would receive $1000/year. Going on data I found of 2011, there was 311.7 million people in the US and those people made $12.95 trillion. Do the math, and tax will go up 2.4%. Now $1000 is not even what the Alaskans get payed every year for the states natural resources. Now if you had to pay 2.4% or even higher in taxes, would you have the desire to work as much? No! Such taxes destroy in part the desire to work. Even if the desire to work goes down just a little bit, that means less “product” will be made. With less “product” and the demand for it being the same or, now that more people have money, higher, there will be a shortage. It you do UBI on a very large skill, or in other words, redistribute the wealth/communism, these shortages become very obvious. Take North Korea, short on food. Take Russia back in the day, they had to soften their communistic programs because of starvation. The USSR also had a poverty rate of like 40%. In short, a UBI only helps the poor in the short term and creates a desire to not work and thus does not promote the general welfare as it says in the Preamble to the Constitution.

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    • stephanie from California

      People who are homeless and with children need welfare to support the children and themselves

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  • Chase from Florida

    We live in a world where the globalization reigns. Economics is based on individual actions and ideas. However we see the issue of the have and have-not when it comes to economics. Our mixed economy gives poverty stricken citizens welfare as well as other subsidiaries, however it has flaws in its core that discourages some citizens to work. Elsewhere in the world, socialist societies are developing a universal basic income, or BI. BI gives everyone a wage to be able to purchase goods and services. This in theory would eliminate fraud and stimulate the economy. While many Americans are thinking the idea is spectacular, I strongly disagree with this approach.
    My main concern is the funding of such a plan. To supply basic income to everyone you need an extortionate amount of money. There are two ways they can do this: remove the overall welfare system or increase taxes.
    The first option, increasing taxes, is a generic plan that hurts the economy in the long run. If you increasing taxes overall, you make the BI system ridiculous as they would just receive the money back. This sounds more of a headache than a blessing as the people stress making the money to pay for the BI only to have it return in same yield or less due to how inefficient the government will move the money. Increasing taxes to only the wealthy and/or businesses would discourage them from stimulating the economy. In the end this would hurt the economy, decreasing the overall standard of living.
    The second option is eliminating welfare. Though that plan does eliminate the need for additional funds, it has been proven to be less effective. Other wealthy countries have reported BI has been less than effective than welfare as it forces the citizen the price controlled government healthcare to an expensive private healthcare. The elderly are hit the most as they need the welfare and the price controlled healthcare due to their failing health. In the end, this plan will fall short of expectations and hurt our citizens in the long run.
    There are better uses of the government to increase the standard of living. Educational economical programs such as business start up or educating citizens to a job will encourage growth. I will say that universal basic income is an interesting idea, however the idea would be a poor decision in the long run.

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  • Taylor from Pennsylvania

    America is known as a land of opportunity yet many do not have the ability to take full advantage of life due to monetary constraints. Imagine a world where everyone has the ability to feed and cloth them self and still be safe from an oppressive government. A universal general income makes this dream a reality. It allows people to have a choice in what they wish to do with this money, and at the same time gives people the necessities needed to survive. Also, a universal general income breeds a free open market for innovative ideas. A universal general income would allow people to pursue careers that make less money but still have value to society, without fear of monetary constraints. This will breed a new realm of innovation as people will have the money to innovate. Also, it will grow the economy because people will have money to spend thus growing the economy. A universal general income will help people, increase innovation, and grow the economy. The United States should install a universal general income to help the people.

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  • Alexis from Pennsylvania

    While the money can potentially be used for whatever, I think that it would be a great opportunity for citizens to pull themselves up in a time of need. Everyone wants to live the American Dream and have equal opportunities. A universal basic income would help give those opportunities to the people that need it. There are many people that want to forward themselves and succeed, but it can be very rough when life hits you at the most unexpected times. Some extra cash could really be beneficial.

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  • Martin from New York

    As a right-wing libertarian, I can assure you that a UBI is not communism, though I get where the confusion comes from. Some advocates of UBI believe that it should be a “no-questions-asked” system, l where money falls from the sky on those in need and where the “nice, progressive leaders” ensure economic equality for all. However, this is just a utopian dream.

    A UBI is meant to work not by ensuring less responsibility for the needy, but more responsibility.

    The way it does this is by providing money unto those in poverty and allowing them to assess their economic needs. Sure, there may be lazy and just let their benefits stack up, but this can only happen is a UBI is “no-questions-asked”. An efficient UBI would motivate poor people to ensure a stable living, get an affordable education or motivate poor people to invest and save for the future. And besides, studies by The World Bank and other organizations have shown that when people are provided money, they don’t resort to binging, but instead necessary investments.

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  • Dee from Rhode Island

    An adequate ubi would ensure that nobody suffers starvation, homelessness, lack of heat, or other physical threats. Replacing social services with a ubi would benefit the economy, because the government would be able to cut out the middle man and allow citizens to purchase necessities directly from the market. Furthermore, it would end or, at least, reduce generational poverty, which inhibits many people from contributing meaningfully to the economy. You can’t do well in school or at work on an empty stomach, or without safe housing, or without access to personal accommodations such as a tutor (if you’re a student) or medication (if you’re a worker with physical ailments). If everyone had the basics, we would eliminate major hurdles that prevent children from exceeding in school and workers from attaining peak productivity. Furthermore, people would retain the incentive to work because nobody is satisfied with a “basic income,” especially in our consumeristic society. Would people stop demanding video games, entertainment, jewelery, and luxuries just because they have the basics to survive? Of course not.

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  • Connor from Pennsylvania

    A universal basic income system would allow all citizens to live comfortably while technological advancement is slowly eliminating many lower class jobs. A UBI would distribute wealth more evenly, effectively eliminate poverty, and improve working conditions. The notion that a basic income would remove incentive to work is just false; no one is proposing giving every citizen six figures for doing nothing. A UBI would only provide citizens with enough money to survive without a job, in cases where someone is physically unable to work, or is unemployed. Sure, there are programs in place to help people when they’re out of a job, but none of them provide enough money for someone to actually survive comfortably. A universal basic income would be beneficial to the US because it would eliminate poverty, empower the unemployed, and allow for a more equal society.

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  • Rabeah from New York

    The Universal Basic Income(UBI) can be very beneficial to those who’re having a fresh start and just need an certain amount to get them through. There are people who are willing to change their lives and the UBI can help them to start their journey. Whereas if the population of the U.S don’t get help with certain things such as this they will tend to always rely on others to give them. For the people who then depend only on the government help they can at least gain something from this amount you never know wheat they can use it for. The UBI will help those who want to start a new life and those who don’t have the opportunity to do so. The UBI is from the U.S government to help its citizens in need which is why they should provide Universal Basic Income to its citizens.

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  • Amberlina from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that statistically it would help with our financial poverty. I also think it would help with the divide between the impoverished and the wealthy and help calm the constant feud between the two.

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  • Juliah from Wisconsin

    I Believe that universal income can help a lot of people who’ve been laid off or just not able to get a job and help stop extreme poverty in the US and as Americans we need to lift each other up, not put each other down .

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  • Antoinette from Georgia

    It would make much more sense to have a UBI because it would help those that need it and could be an extra leg up for everyone, and to those whom are saying that it would be too expensive to implement that is untrue if you cut out welfare, food stamps, and social security.

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  • Tyler from Florida

    With the US moving swiftly into an automated economy, a UBI will be the thing that will help the people adapt to the change of pace. I do not think it will be an incentive not to work but to improve themselves.

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  • Zach from Wisconsin

    If the United States provided a Universal Income for all its citizens there would generally be less motivation to get a job (granted those that do not get a job would most likely be living poor lives). This lack of motivation would most likely wreck our already weakened capitalistic economy.
    Another issue is, providing Universal Income would also be one step closer to a communist society (though it is distant). Is this something we want to pursue?
    The final issue, where would the funds come from? If it comes from taxes, then we truly aren’t getting paid. Rather we would just be receiving our money back like tax returns. It cannot come from resources like Alaska for they 1. have an abundance of resources and 2. have a very low population. While the rest of the states 1. have a lack of resources and 2. have much larger populations (with the exception of Wyoming and the Dakota’s). We could cut our bloated defense budget, but that again means we would just be receiving our money back. The money meant for Welfare would not be enough to pay for a Universal Income. Think of it, Welfare only applies to 52.2 million United States citizens but if we replace it with the Universal Income, that money would have to cover 323.1 million citizens. Though that money could be used for Universal Income the amount that each person would receive would not be enough to actually support those that relied on Welfare. In the end, there is no viable way of paying for a Universal Income plan.

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  • Thomas from Pennsylvania

    A universal basic income for U.S. citizens would not be beneficial to the either the government or the American people. Roughly 60% of all government spending already goes to social programs such as medicare, social security, and welfare programs. It would be unwise to implement universal basic income on top of all of the programs already in place. It would not benefit the American people because it would take away incentive to work. The same can already be seen with the programs already in place, as some chose not to work. Having a significant proportion of the population dependent on welfare is not a favorable situation. The role of government should not play a significant part in the economic lives of American citizens, as people need to be free from government interference. The current situation is a drastic change from the rugged individualism seen throughout much of American history. Replacing social programs with universal basic income also would not be favorable because it would provide the same problem with a different name.

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  • Sabastian from New Mexico

    No, I Beleive that having a universal income would directly interfere with our economy. Having a universal income would completely diminish the majority of society’s work ethic as they would always have something to fall back on. This makes it so that even if people are lazy and do not do any work by just sitting around they will get the same amount of money as someone who is busting their butt off trying to earn a better living. As people start working less it directly impacts our economy. If you give everyone a universal income that is an income that has to cover millions of people across the U.S. Not to mention of where we are to get this money from. America is already in debt by a lot and adding this could cripple our economy so much that America as a country could collapse leaving many without food, water, and shelter. This could even lead to a revolution as well as many wars from other country’s trying to take over what is left of the United States. It is from this that I very much believe that having a Universal income would greatly cripple our economy and could lead to the collapse of America as a whole.

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  • Justin from Ohio

    I believe that a system of a Universal income would lead to a decline in human responsibility, as individuals could live at others’ expense and have no incentive to produce anything of value since they would have a guaranteed fallback point of funds. In addition, I believe the tax structure necessary to fund such a system would be even more punishing on the productive members of society.

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    • Katelyn from Colorado

      I agree. I hate to say it but as humans, majority of people are influenced by money and progress. Without the motivation of striving towards a job that provides a higher income they will have neither more money nor will our country make any progress due to the lack of enthusiasm to get a job or to contribute to society.

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    • Taylor from Pennsylvania

      Yes, it allows people a fallback, but it will encourage innovation because it will allow people to take risks.

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    • Boluwatito from Maryland

      No to communism.

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  • Natalie from Kansas

    I can see both sides of the argument and agree with certain points on both sides. However I am voting no because all in all I believe in the long run it would not turn well. While charts and research show that it does help the poor more than the rich people are still losing money. And it doesn’t help those who are about to retire or are retired. Also by taking away medical insurance programs that is hurting those who aren’t eligible. America used to be known for working hard and getting the job done. I understand that not everyone can work as hard as another person but there are jobs and programs to help those who need it and honestly some of those people who you think won’t be as good at a job as you would be but they turn out to be the best workers. So in the end while I can see the usefulness of it, I believe that it is best if we leave this program to other countries and maybe when we can fund it without cutting anything critical we could approach this subject again.

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  • Malia from Kentucky

    A UBI is far too costly for our government. In addition to our astounding national debt, the government would be dishing out money it doesn’t have. Furthermore, how can we trust that people will use the money to spend on necessities. If a citizen wants to earn more money, they should consider higher education or looking to a region with a lower cost of living.

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  • Ashley from Kentucky

    If they put in the universal basic income, I would agree with the article that if we just start giving people free money then they will not have to work for it. People will just start to think that they do not have to work to survive and stay out of poverty they will just be given the money with this UBI.

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  • Mel from Kentucky

    If there was UBI there would be less motivation to get out into the world and work leaving people more time to go out and do bad things or people can buy whatever the want with no restrictions which could also be bad. Less fortunate people already have some things to help them get out of the hole but people shouldn’t always just be handed free money, people should work for it.

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  • Faith from Kentucky

    No, I believe if there was a universal income people would not be getting jobs and would count on that money. Also, this money could be used the wrong way and this would interfere with our economy and everyone should earn money.

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  • Paula from Washington

    Some people might make the decision to better their lives while on a Universal Basic Income. But that would not be because of the UBI; it would be in spite of it. Without a UBI, people know that they must work and be responsible for their actions because there is not always that extra money to rely on. There would be those who would live from that money alone without having to work, and thus would become lazy. Even some people who were healthy and prosperous might become poor through laziness generated by gaining money they did not deserve.
    The ability of people to live long, healthy lives would decrease because they would not have money to pay for healthful food and other wholesome things. This inability for people to get the help they need would not only be bad for the people and the economy, but would quickly snowball into more government funding and regulations.
    Once government gets involved in giving money, people become dependent on the government, and it tends to be hard for it to pull out because of the manner in which the money gets distributed. There are other ways to support people who need the money, more accountable ways such as charities, and there are many of them. Charities would give the money where it was needed, without the government having to put in the extra effort to collect taxes so that this system could run. Charities also are more likely to make the receiver feel a need to not disappoint whoever is giving the money. On the other hand, the government giving money is a far-off organization that will not hold the receiver accountable for his actions.
    Is the problem of poverty really too extreme to avoid involving the government? Even if it was, a Universal Basic Income is not the way to go. At the least give the money where it is needed, not indiscriminately and everywhere.

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  • Thirtha from Virginia

    The United States establishing a universal basic income would come with many downsides and problems. One such problem would be that the United States would have to replace many other social programs to try and pay for every citizen’s needs. Some might believe that with a basic income, need for government social programs would be unnecessary because citizens would be able pay for what they need, but this might not be true. Every citizen has different needs that go according to their different lives, which means that giving everyone the same amount of money might not solve problems like poverty, seeing that everyone has different lifestyles. For example, a single mother living with her two children in poverty has her own needs that is nothing like a middle class single man living alone. Both of them needs different amounts of money to support themselves and giving them the same income might not be helpful to either of them. Giving everyone the same amount of free money could also make some people completely reliable on the government. There would be lack of enthusiasm to get a job because they have free money coming in with no strings attached. America’s system of capitalism is supposed to reward hard work and determination, but passing out money for free lets some people slack. This isn’t good for the country either because hardworking people are the ones that help a country grow and develop. Without persevering citizens, the country will eventually lag and fall behind other countries in technology and growth. This will come back around and affect the people, causing the country’s citizens to be old fashioned with outdated mindsets.

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  • Amay from New Jersey

    Not only would a universal basic income not be necessary in our country, it would frankly be detrimental. First of all, the United States’ capitalistic economy is primarily fueled by competition, whether it be competition between individuals or corporations. A universal basic income would definitely impact the economy in a negative manner, reducing the competition, and taking a large toll on the American workforce.

    Many of those who voted “yes” on this poll have argued that it is a Constitutional duty that we “promote the general welfare” of our citizens, and have used that as a basis to support their argument. However, I believe that the United States already has put measures in place to promote the general welfare of citizens and even documented residents. Since 1935, the Social Security Act has provided pensions and even unemployment and worker’s compensation with health benefits. This has not affected our economy in the long run, and has perhaps even positively helped it. In contrast, a universal basic income would go above and beyond the measures put in place after the introduction of social security, to the point where the American society could be impacted as a whole. Although due to misinterpretation, it may seem that a universal basic income would be beneficial, and even a supposed “Constitutional right”, in reality it would harm the United States in the long run.

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  • abby from Illinois

    No we shouldnt add a universal basic income (UBI) system for citizens for one thing our country is already in debt and this would only worsen the problem. second people in poverty can get out, if we give people free money and they no longer have to work they will become relaxed in doing their jobs. There are millions of americans who everyday go out and work hard, my mom is single has 3 kids and we barely make ends meet but because of her hard work and determination we make it. people have to have grit, life is hard but thats life. The amount of work you put in is what you get back out, the reason most of people living in poverty stay in poverty is they become comfortable day to day and their mindset is nothing will change. people must work for what they want, nothing is free but you can do it.

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  • Dylan from New York

    No the United States should not provide a universal basic income. This is an Un-American idea. According to “What Happened” by Hillary Clinton she wanted to propose a Universal Basic Income Plan but she could not get the numbers to work. Mark Zuckerberg proposed this idea but this is a cupcake world fantasy idea, a pipe dream. The UBI is not feasible. The United States debt is over $20.6 trillion, more than our GDP. The U.S. debt is $170,000 per taxpayer. We must be more focused on our debt that will crush our economy. The point of universal basic income is it allows people to innovate and start businesses. This will not happen if taxes are high and if there are pages upon pages of regulations, businesses will not succeed no matter how much the UBI is. The 1990s were the most innovative decade for technology and there was welfare reform. There were not more handouts in the 1990s there were less. The idea that you need handouts to start a business is untrue. Under President Obama the number of people on Food Stamps (SNAP) increased by 70% and the economy was stagnate. Obama was the first American president to not reach one year of 3% economic growth in his presidency. Under Obama more businesses closed than Obama for the first time in 35 years. Clearly receiving a government handout as a fall back does not cause small businesses to grow. When businesses owner looses there business they do not go on welfare because usually they have other skills and can get a job. The United States also has very kind bankruptcy laws so people can declare bankruptcy and get rid of their debt. Another problem with the Universal Basic Income is to pay for it you are supposed to eliminate all other welfare and entitlements but then what happens if you do not? America will being spending an unprecedented amount of money. The UBI is unfair because other people will have to pay a lot of taxes (way more than $10,000 a year) to give some other people $10,000 a year in a handout. This will make people dependent on the government so many people will vote for whoever will raise the UBI. We should just cut taxes instead of adopting a UBI. The UBI will reduce work because this gives you an incentive to sit at home all day. Proponents say that the UBI will be a fall back, but it will just become part of people’s family budget. There is not better fall back than a savings account. The Universal Basic Income will not reduce poverty because after more than $15 trillion in handouts spent on the War on Poverty since the 1960s the poverty rate is unchanged. If you want wages to go up instead of giving people money, cut taxes because after President Trump cut taxes and 4.2 million workers received bonuses. The other policy that will work is reducing immigration. We bring in low skilled workers compete with our most vulnerable. We also import in tech worker that drive down wages of America’s best , brightest and most innovative. The UBI is socialism because it takes money and redistributes it. The UBI is risky because if it does not work (which it won’t) it will be impossible to take an entitlement away from someone. This will be a permanent welfare state.

    http://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/28/food-stamp-president-enrollment-70-percent-under-o/

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  • Joshua from Kentucky

    The idea of UBI, while beautiful sounding on paper, would have devastating effects on the U.S. economy and job market as a whole. First off, if everyone is guaranteed a specific income, there will be a sizable number of people who decide to stop working altogether, meaning some of our service and other hourly positions will begin to go unfilled. Also, the largest question is this: Where would the government get the money to fund this? Take it as a tax? That would defeat the purpose of giving this income if the government will just take it back. Print more money? Anyone who knows anything about economics knows that all that does is cause inflation. While the economic system we live in may not be the greatest, it is the best that we can have. UBI would cause more problems than it would solve.

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  • Hannah from Arizona

    The fact of the matter is that the United States it to big for a nation wide program like that. There is a reason the states were granted reserved powers in the 10th amendment, it was for reasons like this. The states have the power and the organization to help their citizens. Now, of course, the national government would have to provide Guidence and regulations, but the states should be granted the power to cultivate a UBI like program that fits the states needs. In order for this to work, every state would have to participate, then with the protection of the Privileges and Immunities clause, people could move freely with out the worry they will loose money.

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  • David from Rhode Island

    Implementing Universal Basic Income (UBI) is bad economic policy by itself. UBI is a conforming term for wealth redistribution. In order to fund such policy it will require tax hikes on everyone, not just the rich. Even if somehow the United States were to confiscate 100% of the rich’s wealth, the United States wouldn’t have the necessary funds to provide UBI. Uncle Sam cannot continue to borrow or print millions of dollars to fund it, since a larger currency pool will create inflation, and eventually we will have to pay back our loans from foreign nations through taxes. Proponents claim that the people receiving this income will spend it, and thus will stimulate the economy. However, this argument is fallacious to begin with. Taxes are used to fund UBI. The investors who previously had wealth cannot invest much into the economy, and high taxation discourage everyone from working extra hours, it discourages savings and making risky investments with low returns, since the payoff after taxes is not worth it. UBI will thus be a disaster for the economy. One UBI is instituted in the United States, how many people will continue to work full time jobs? Our best solution to poverty is to lower taxes and useless regulations that only hinders competition. Historically it has worked in the United States because productivity increases along with wages and the overall standard of living, just like during the Industrial Revolution, Roaring 20’s, and the 1980s. The freer the market, the freer the people.

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  • Jacob from Oregon

    We most definitely should not use a universal income; this will essentially convert our capitalist economy into a socialist economy where the government chooses how much money you make. Which will reward citizens who do not work and punish citizens who do work. This will be done by taking their money and giving it to the people who are not working. This will eventually encourage the majority of the population to not work and once that happens the few who do work will have no incentive to work either because the majority of their money is going to people who are not working. This will cripple our economy and further deepen our Nation’s debt due to it struggling to pay all of its citizens, which would be bad for us all.

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  • Evan from Wisconsin

    What is giving money to all people without any questions being asked, but communism? Where is this money going to come from? The people through taxes of course! Those who work hard and thus pay more taxes will, however, receive the same amount of money. This is partial communism as all people receive from the joint effect of those who work “as much as they are able”. The Pilgrams tried communism when they first came to America! But did it work? No! After a year, the youth were displeased that they had to do so much work and besides that, POVERTY was coming down on the camp. When they turned back to capitalism, but situation immediately improved. A show of history clear states that wherever communism is found, disaster is found not to far after.
    Besides that, such a law is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. At the beginning of article 1 of the Constitution, it says “All legislative powers HEREIN granted shall be vested in a Congress”. NOTE: It says “HEREIN”, meaning those mentioned in the constitution as “herein” limits the “all” of the phrase. In addition, Amendment 10 states that all powers not delegated to the US government go to the states or the people, clearly saying that the federal government does not have unlimited powers.
    If we read the Constitution, we see that nowhere does it give Congress the power to give money to everyone. Further, it states, more or less, that our country is to be run by a republic, not a communistic government.
    In conclusion to give out money like this would be against our Constitution and would be very harmful to America.

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  • kat from New Jersey

    thats communism

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  • Austin from Virginia

    A universal income, provided by the government, is just a massive redistribution of wealth the contradicts the free market and free enterprise ideals.

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  • Erica from Kansas

    It is important that The United States, as a country, raises citizens that take personal responsibility for themselves and their actions. If UBI was implemented, the citizens who need additional money per year would not budget it and spend it correctly. Instead, our country would suffer from a rise in drug addiction, alcoholism, and poverty. The citizens who don’t need money would just be increasing the reach of the federal government. It is best for the fiscal state of the nation and the monetary responsibility of it’s citizens that UBI not be implemented.

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  • Isaac from New York

    Vote no because America is the country that you can make something out of your self. What people do not realize is that the money that they would be receiving comes from taxes, And taxes come from those who work. In stead of bailing their kids out parents should step back and let their kids fail so the kids can learn how to pull them selves up by the bootstraps. Otherwise we will have a generation of crybabies!!!!

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  • Lucy from Virginia

    A universal income would not be in the best interest of the US. With the already highly accumulated debt of the country and without a sufficient workforce to balance the payment, it would only raise national debt and cause more issue. Instead, the US government and companies should provide more jobs and grow the workforce to help pay forward the debt with the work they do, and to keep the public with sustainable incomes.

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  • Lubna from New York

    I think that everyone should earn what they have instead of expecting something. A sense of entitlement leads to laziness and low work ethic

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  • Nyssa from California

    if the government provides a universal basic income, then people will not see the point in working since the government will provide them with money regardless

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    • Alexis from Pennsylvania

      The government isn’t going to hand someone endless money. Obviously people need to work for their stuff, but a cash boost can help people get to where they need to be, so that they can be able to work.

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  • L from North Carolina

    Universal Basic Income

    I will go over what Universal Basic Income is, 2 noteworthy pros, and 3 cons.

    What is Universal Basic Income (UBI)? “A universal basic income (UBI) is the concept that each citizen of a state or of a country would receive a certain amount of money from the government each year without any stipulations attached to it.”-http://www.thinkthevote.com/bridge-the-divide/united-states-provide-universal-basic-income-citizens/

    Pros

    1. UBI would pull people out of poverty. As argued in the video, someone who’s current concern is paying of their electricity bill would rather have UBI then food stamps.

    Response:Look at Con 3 (more specifically C) for why giving every citizen money would have a bad impact.

    2. Robots will replace low level jobs, people will be out of work.

    Response: If we get to a point where a significant amount of people are out of jobs due to robots, UBI is something to consider. But currently, I do not see a significant need.

    Cons

    1. Would cost quite a lot of money. The purpose of UBI is to get people out of poverty. As stated in the video, 300 million adult U.S. citizens multiplied by about the poverty line, would equal almost all of the U.S. federal budget. The amount given would have to be somehow balanced between big impact on poverty and small cost to the U.S. government.

    B. Would other welfare plans be kept or destroyed? The cost would be overwhelming if either is done, but the former more so.

    2. UBI wouldn’t be an unconditional check given by the government. There would be little incentive to work hard.

    3. Taking money from the rich and middle class to give to all people regardless of the later’s actions. The successful have no obligation to give money to every other person. Especially people who misuse the money or don’t want to work.

    B. People who don’t want a job. People who do the minimum to get welfare, get a job for a period of time, quit, and then collect their check. They’d be fine

    C. What about addicts of different substances:alcoholics, drug addicts, etc.? Then the governments would not be helping citizens get out of poverty, but people destroying their lives and possibly fueling crime.

    UBI sounds great, but when you look into it, there are serious flaws. Having weighed the pros and cons of implementing UBI, I object to this plan.

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  • Jackson from Arkansas

    With a Universal Basic Income, people will become lazy. They will lack the drive to be successful. They will loose responsibility.

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  • Miles from Virginia

    Those who are willing to work hard should be rewarded for it. Someone who has gone to college for 10 years to become a doctor has worked a lot harder to get where they are then a high school dropout working at McDonald’s. Creating a universal income completely destroys the natural motivation that drives success and productivity in a human society. If you will get paid the same amount of money no matter what you do or how good of a worker you are then there is no reason to try at your job, strive for a better job, or attend college.

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  • Michael from Arkansas

    One problem we face today are snowflakes: people who whine and moan about not getting their way. A universal income would only enable people to think more that it’s their “right” to be given everything they’re handed. People need to reap what they sow; if people put in the effort to work, only then should they receive an income. Otherwise, America will only plummet farther into the ground than it already is.

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  • Drew from New York

    For numerous reasons I believe the establishment of a Universal Income in these United States would prove incendiary to our great nation. Of course, the “fire” I refer to is merely a metaphor for a number of catastrophic consequences associated with a UI fund that would insue, and lead to a roaring decimation of this country as we know it. I believe the most glaring issue with a UI is that it fundamentally contradicts our capitalist foundation. The federal government would raise and collect taxes from citizens able to pay them, hindering growth in the free market and essentially making the UI an inefficient re-distribution of capital that was in the hands of capable citizens to begin with. A universal income is half-baked socialism in a very poor disguise.

    Additionally, the federal government is shamefully incompetence at responsibly handling wealth. It is ridiculous how much money is shoveled into infrastructure, education, the prison system and welfare, yet we are left with a public housing crisis, roads that rank 14th in the world, an education system bested in areas by Macau, Estonia, Viet Nam, Portugal, Latvia, Israel, Malta and the Slovak Republic (just to name a few), climbing prisoner suicide and recidivism rates, as well as a food insecurity crisis.

    Instead of an infeasible, debt inducing handout, the United States should focus on efficient reform that would empower the people to raise themselves out of poverty. Our country proudly remembers a history of the disadvantaged rising up and making a life, something I know all Americans can do. Albeit with support from the government, but liberated and motivated by the dignity of providing for one’s self and one’s family.

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  • Anica from California

    Universal basic income (UBI) is a way to provide citizens of a country with a given sum of money, regardless of their income, resources or employment. It would come with no strings attached, essentially “free money”.
    I don’t think the United States should have UBI because of the differences that vary from state to state. The only law that I am aware of where all of the states are in agreement is the drinking age and I believe that occurred because they all wanted to continue receiving state federal funds. It costs more to live on the coasts than it does to live in the middle. Having UBI may only act as a supplement for some citizens depending on where they live, still leaving an unequal divide.
    I also believe that UBI would create financial security that would not encourage people to expand their horizons. Maybe some people would continue advancing, but I fear that many others would settle for being comfortable. It could go either way and I don’t see why the United States should try to put energy into something that would create the same outcomes that we have today.

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  • Ellie from Texas

    Not only would implementing a Universal Basic Income program use an exorbitant amount of tax payer’s dollars, but it would also discourage many Americans from working. An income is something that has to be worked for,it is a privilege, not a right. Giving all American citizens an income for no other reason than the fact that they are an American citizen is absurd. This expedienture would also increase the national debt exponentially! The program may sound like a good thing to the naked eye, but everything comes at a price, and this price is much too great.

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  • David from California

    To look at the universal income proposal economically, the incentives point to why it is ineffective as well as why other forms of welfare are more effective. A universal income is universal. This means regardless of any life choices you will receive a check for $1,000 at the end of the year. The goal of a welfare program is to not have people on welfare. If you provide work welfare that one receives given they are either searching for jobs and making good choices, people are incentivized to do those things. When their circumstance is bettered and they no longer need it, the welfare ends. A universal income provides no incentive for such actions. If I want to do nothing, I can, and I will still receive money for it.

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  • Sinclaire from Pennsylvania

    There are both pros and cons to this argument. But if you think of it this way there is only one side that ”wins”. If you were a hard working person and got paid the same amount as someone who didn’t care at all you would feel as if you did more work then them. And if you felt that way you would want to get paid more bit since everyone gets paid the same it doesn’t work like that. So then no one has a need for motivation or competition because there is none. And without competition the natural system of life fails. As Charles Darwin said, “The survival of the fittest” but if there is no one to be the best there is no survival.

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  • Kaitlyn from New Jersey

    The people who deserve “free money” can earn it for themselves. If people really need the money, they will find a way to get it. America doesn’t need any slackers who will rely entirely on this gift. If you want something, you need to earn it.

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  • Astrid from North Dakota

    A universal basic income in theory sounds great, however in play could become a nightmare. This model, according to a new york article if the US was to hand out $10,000 300 million Americans it would about 3 trillion USD which is more than the amount of tax dollars coming in. This type of spending would be unsustainable and while it has proclaimed benefits, these benefits do not out-way the cons, being the instability and economic impact. Who would pay for these poor programs? The rich. At a cost to those who earn their incomes, government hand outs would tank the wages of higher earners.

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  • Spencer from New Jersey

    A system of Universal Basic Income would lead to many significant costs to the government and society as a whole. Proponents of UBI argue that the UBI can help those in need and would help spring them out of poverty. This, however, will not help these people. Many problems with these poverty-stricken areas is that they do not have good access to education/there is a negative stigma attached to doing well in school. Giving money to undereducated citizens will not ensure that they will get out of poverty. Instead, this incentivizes wasteful spending and unlawful activity. For example, let’s take a look at Rust Belt and Appalachia. In these two areas, poverty has consistently been the curse of these people. The core issue of these areas is not necessarily that they do not have money. Instead, it is that they do not have the drive and/or education to get a job.

    On top of the fact that UBIs don’t target the core issue of poverty, UBIs could create severe negative impacts to the poorest areas in America. Many of the poorest areas (such as Appalachia) have some of the highest rates of illegal drug use in the United States. Giving free money to these people will not magically solve their addictions or will they necessarily use the income to seek help. A more likely outcome is that the citizens in these areas will spend their new income on more drugs, thus, furthering the cycle of addiction, poverty, and crime.

    Furthermore, most propenents of UBIs for programs such as Medicaid or Social Security to be abolished in order to fund a UBI program. However, this would severely hurt people who need money more than others. For example, if a low income citizen needs $500 to pay for their monthly medical expenses, they might not be able to cover their expenses with just their UBI. However, with Medicaid, they would have a much higher chance to do so.

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  • Eric from Kansas

    I don’t agree with the UBI because people would get lazier by doing nothing and America was founded by manual labor and people work hard to get paid.

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  • Kaitlin from Kansas

    I think that if they do that then people won’t work and then we won’t have the essential things that we need in life. So to slim all of that down, I think that is dumb.

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  • Gabi from New Jersey

    Everyone works towards their success. With everyone getting the same income, many people wouldn’t try as hard to get better.

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  • Patrick from Virginia

    If the government gave money out to each citizen first it would cost a lot of money to be giving money out and second people will have no motivation in working and unemployment will go down in the country because people will think they don’t need a job because the government pays them.

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  • Sammy from Alabama

    In generality, a basic income could be described as minimum wage, which is already employed within the US. I believe what you describe is something along the lines of financial aid, which is already employed as well. Point being, the United States was founded upon capitalism and competition, and such a thing as nationwide income would not only ravage the economy, it would make the federal tax system obsolete, and eliminate the need of jobs, effectively shutting down the economy. As anyone in business knows, the only way for the economy to function is with human capital, and without need of a job, that capital is lost. Following this shutdown, communism and/or socialism would be employed, after which would make one wonder: is a communist America really an America at all? And that answer is no.

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  • Saumya from California

    I do not think that there should be a universal income given to all citizens because citizens will stop working hard to achieve their goals and go into the workforce. Furthermore, Porter in A Universal Basic Income Is a Poor Tool To Fight Poverty, he writes that giving citizens a certain amount of money would cost the United States government quite a bit. For a check of 10,000, it would cost the U.S. about 3 trillion dollars. Furthermore, Porter says that they only way to fund it would be through taxes. Unfortunately, American citizens already pay too much in taxes and would be reluctant to take on more. With the high living costs of America, a check of anything less that 10,000 would not allow the American citizens to carry them out of poverty. Instead of focusing on equality, I think it would be beneficial to focus on equity. That is that help based on need. That way the American government would only be spending money on people who truly need the help. While a universal income sounds great in theory, the resulting consequence would be something that the government just can not afford.

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  • Sharath from California

    I don’t think that everyone should be given a universal income because I feel that discontent is what drives people to better themselves and Society. If everyone is given financial security they wouldn’t feel the need to work for society to better it.

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  • Matthew from California

    I believe that there should not be a income minimum because this money has to come from somewhere and that will be from taxes. People should have the ability to provide themselves with enough money to survive.

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  • Stacey from Alabama

    A basic income should not be provided for everyone because then people will try less to get a job. In order to be an active participant in our economy, one should get a job. If this person doesn’t do anything to earn their money, then they should not be given money to spend. This works the same with people who are homeless or pretend to be homeless. While they say they can’t get a job, most of the time they are just lazy. It might take a little work and it might be hard, but eventually you will get a job somewhere. When you are in school do you get a grade for doing nothing? No, so in the same way you should not get an income for doing nothing. It encourages laziness because money is just given to everyone.

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  • Ur from Colorado

    I believe that many work hard for the money they get, so if money would be handed out to people undeserving, it would be unfair. Understanding that there are many people in poverty, this seems like a good idea, but do they all make the right choices to get out of poverty? People that work harder than other should not get the same treatment of those who do nothing.

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  • Levi from Indiana

    A universal income would be disastrous. It completely destroys the idea of a free market, capitalist economy. Without a capitalist economy it only leaves room for a socialist/communistic economy. Which gives no motivation for people to work hard and make something of themselves. Which is the idea on what America is built on. America was not built on Socialism and the idea that you can’t be whatever you want to be. America is built on freedom. Wether that be with your job, marriage, religious choice, etc. Not only that, but how would government resources be funded? Military, education, roads, police force, and even healthcare? We see too many times in history that when the government is heavily involved it only creates destruction. With examples such as: Venezuela, communist soviet union, heck even North Korea. All of these countries are/were destroyed by a big government. People were starving, there was large amounts of inflation, and the country and it’s government were in utter turmoil.

    Despite these issues we also need to look at the motivation of growing the economy. Say everyone gets the same income, why would anyone want to work at all? You can’t make something great of yourself. You have to stay in the same condition of your life with no way out. It’s honestly evil. And it strips the freedom of being able to have a successful career or business. Also, what would that look like for your kids? As they grow up they see their parents work hard and try to make something of themselves, but because of the government interference on income they can’t be any greater than where they are at. So that creates a picture for the next generation that they can’t be great and they can’t do what they should have the freedom to do.

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  • Lillian from New Hampshire

    A universal basic income would fail. A motivation for important work and more high paying jobs would decrease. Why should someone who works at Mcdonalds, be paid the same amount as a brain surgeon. One is clearly more important to a job than the other. People would be furious with the action, though nobody will ever be completely happy with the government.

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  • Alissa from Utah

    The United States is a growing but yet at the same time, a dying country. People not willing to work complain about how terrible the government is – they blame the government for everything. A universal basic tax would cause even more issues because these people would complain about the higher class not needing it and more should go to them. The universal basic income would be beneficial to so many people, but the claims of corrupt government ruins the chance of America (not including Alaska) to perform it. Alaska does this on a lower scale and because all the people work to help the export of these materials. The American government cannot pull this off with the wars it is currently involved in and the unrest within it’s borders. The loud and non-solution giving opinion would ruin the small, but constant, support of the government. Citizens need a strong government and work ethic, not louder social media debates.

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  • April from New Jersey

    Universal income provided by the United States, would only prove detrimental to our economy. The income would only encourage lack of motivation to get a job, which would lead U.S. citizens to become lazy and inefficient. In order to prevent poverty, more jobs are needed, not universal income.

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  • Malcolm from New Hampshire

    it would cost too much

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  • sam from New Hampshire

    no because then lazy bums will have even less motivation.

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  • Daphne from Arizona

    I’m reminded of Syndrome’s quote from The Incredibles: “When everyone’s super, no one will be.” To change it around a bit: “When everyone’s rich, no one will be.” If we think we can fix the world’s problems by handing everyone a million bucks, then we have no clue how money works or what poverty even is. Instead of feeding pointless money back into the hands of people who misuse it already, I think we should tackle some of the bigger issues that cause poverty. For example, the lottery system that heavily discriminates against poor people and robs them of millions every year. We are not going to fix a single thing by throwing MORE money at it. Instead, let’s trying use compassion, genuine charity, and less intervention from corrupt government officials concerned only with lining their pockets.

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  • Jim from Nevada

    First, a Universal Basic Income was NEVER conceived to be one of the functions of a successful (republic form of) government as envisioned by our Founding Fathers. It’s essentially “anti-liberty,” as it creates dependency on a source for sustenance EXTERNAL to the individual (which violates the importance for self-reliance).
    Question to make the point: What happens when the government (deriving its “income” from the population to begin with), for one reason or another, can no longer provide it! Then what?
    As has been demonstrated time & time again by any government welfare system (and that’s essentially what a UBI is), it will set in motion a slippery slope of (a) diminished motivation to work = (b) diminished entrepreneurship, production and innovation = (c) fewer consumer products and services than would otherwise exist = creating (d) a general decrease of abundance and affluence in the economy = creating (e) the very condition that the UBI was designed to remedy (greater scarcity and poverty).
    As more and more jump on the UBI gravy train bandwagon, this sequence will accelerate, leading to even greater scarcity and ULTIMATELY a lower quality of life for everyone. That’s really where it will finally wind us up.
    An important question to answer before any such idea is tried or implemented: Is there an existing successful model for it anywhere? And “successful” according to whose standards?

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  • levi from Kansas

    Just gonna go out and say that where in the world would you get the money for a UBI, at the moment programs even such as social security are on the downfall and the government is deep, and I mean deep in debt. And a UBI would most likely have a cut off for how much income you may already have, which in that would mean it is not really a Universal basic income and that means that the name doesn’t support what it stands for.

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  • Ryan from Kansas

    There needs to be incentive to go to college and become a doctor or lawyer. Nobody would want to go to college just to pay off a loan you got while someone working at McDonald’s gets paid the same as you. Imagine giving a set wage to a person with an addiction who was already living in poverty but at least had food stamps to ensure he/she had a currency specifically for food, but now has all of that cash to spend on their addiction simply because they can’t rationalize which one they really need. Let us work for our money.

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  • Marcedez from Kansas

    Creating a universal income would diminish the motivation for working that the United States has created. If you create a universal income, those saving lives in the hospital would make the same as those sitting in an office making phone calls all day. I understand that equality is a massive thing our country is trying to reach, but this is an over stretch. We must keep that motivation to work, because if we don’t the very important and difficult careers will struggle for the fact that you could make the same amount of money working in a retail store.

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  • Helene from Pennsylvania

    While the concept of an UBI is sublime in theory, the US is far to capitalist to ever consider this to be an option. Our government has issues with even giving away free health care, something far more fundamental. While poverty is a major issue in the US, a more feasible solution is to offer more jobs. With access to jobs citizens can earn money independently, therefore lowering rates of people dependent on the government’s welfare systems.

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  • Isaiah from Illinois

    Now I am not like many of the individuals here who oppose the UBI for the sake of “making people not want to work” if dying is the only incentive for one to work then that person is lazy. But nevertheless I oppose the Universal Basic Income, the reason for such is thus and the page that I am currently voting on even mentions this: This would involve the cutting of all social programs for the UBI and people would spend it “freely”. I see a number of problems with this.

    The first issue I see is that this basically puts the entire engine of the economy even more contingent on the “malevolent” rich who pay most of the taxes to fund the programs, to be profitable or else the entire system would collapse on itself. This would mean that most likely a number of regulations and laws that for example, protect the environment or protect workers etc. would go away because the rich “are already paying for your bills its the least you can do”. The economy is already precarious enough as it is we don’t need another facet of it to be constantly teetering on the edge of disaster.

    Another issue I find that ironically was initially proposed to be a problem that would have to be solved by the UBI, automation. While the UBI is advertised to solve the problem, it actually creates another series of problems. There will now be a large contingent of the population no longer working, in the eyes of the corporation only existing to provide a tiny bit of excess profit. What reason would corporations have for caring about these people? They would be quickly be abandoned and if the rich are clever enough would label the unemployed as “societal parasites” randian style. They will be simply allowed to be “offed” so to speak for the sake of cleaning up dust bunnies.

    To end this because I don’t wish for it to be too long I want to ask this, who is going to be financially backing the politicians who write this legislation? Which group of peoples success is contingent on the economy functioning in any way? Who finances the state? If you know the answer to these questions then that should by itself along with this short essay be enough to justify not supporting the UBI as great as it sounds.

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  • Ian from Kentucky

    Universal Income is unfair and unjust, it takes the money from those who are working and gives it away to the public. People work hard for the money they earn in search of adventure, profits, or need to provide for themselves or others. If people want to earn money or find success they should do it on their own. Asking for help isn’t shameful, we have loans if we need cash now that we can pay off later. This isn’t a necessity, it’s just a luxury that would be given out to the people from the people who earned it. This is just another broken idea from Communists.

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  • Sean from Kentucky

    I do not believe people should be given free money as it is unnecessary. The people in this country that work hard every day/worked hard when they were in school have the opportunities to make money. Free money is essentially already given out through things like unemployment and public schools. It would be difficult to give the money out as a majority of the people that need it likely don’t have a permanent address. If the money is given out at certain places than identity theft would be a problem. There is no easy way to do this and it is terrible in my opinion.

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    I think while a universal basic income is a very appealing idea to many Americans, it is not necessarily a practical idea. First of all, it is not something that any government, particularly the United States’, could establish and maintain– it would end up being too expensive and put our country into further debt. Also, the taxes that we pay support welfare programs, etc., but we also get a portion of that money back. This system that we have in place in both beneficial to the government and its citizens. If we initiated this “universal basic income” idea, with no stipulations involved, it would just put the government into further debt while not helping it at all. It would also decrease people’s drive and motivation to work because of the free hand outs of money.

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  • Rachel from Kentucky

    I don’t believe the United States should provide a universal basic income for its citizens because our country is already in debt. I I don’t believe it would help the problem. Although it is supposed to help those in financial downfall, I believe citizens would be less motivated to get a hard and work hard to make a stable income. I also believe it would make our drug and alcohol problem increase, since people would be receiving extra money. Although there are perks of extra money, I see more negatives in this idea.

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  • Cathy from Kentucky

    I think that UBI would not be very beneficial to the country and welfare because there simply would not be enough money. The amount of money that each person would receive would be minimal in comparison to living expenses. While poverty is a an issue now, the programs that are already in place to provide for them would most likely be more beneficial than giving out free money to everyone. The amount that each person would receive would not be sufficient to provide enough to support those in poverty. WHile it would be nice to get free money each year, working and the programs already in place seem to be best. There would be less incentive to work and there simply is not enough money in the government to give out to each person to make a difference.

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    I think that a UBI would be helpful, however the cost may outweigh the benefit. Alaska is able to do so because of various reasons. The UBI might cancel out some of the other health and economic help that families receive. There is also the fact that some people may not feel as motivated to search for a new job.

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  • Quentin from Kentucky

    Yes we just can’t give money to every single person we see in sight, and yes not all of them are responsible with their money. They gamble and buy useless stuff. Who would give money to people like that? People do need to make their own money. However, we still give money to people who are stone broke. Sometimes, it may not be their fault that they don’t have anything. If we were going to give money to people, we should make sure that those people will make smart choices with that small gift of hope.

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  • Quinn from Kentucky

    No, I do not think the United States should practice a universal income. I think that this would give people less motivation to work because they know they will be getting a certain amount of money from the government regardless if they work or not. I think that people need to work in order to obtain the money and just giving out free money would not benefit people in the long run. Plus, if people get money to spend freely, unlike food stamps they could buy whatever they want which could lead to people buying drugs or alcohol instead of buying items they need like food or water. If we keep food stamps we know people will get the food they need without having to worry about what people are going to be spending their money on.

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  • nick from Kentucky

    I do not believe so because people need to know that stuff isnt just given out for free. people put themselves in these desperate situation, now some arent their fault, but most of them are. this is the last thing the most obese country in the world needs.

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    I do not believe so because people need to know that stuff isnt just given out for free. people put themselves in these desperate situation, now some …

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  • annie from Kentucky

    I say no because if we had a set income, then people would not be motivated to work. You are already set on getting an income so people would slack off. Many companies are fueled by competition and without that, the companies would fail. I don’t think this would be beneficial to our economy. It would hurt it more than anything.

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    I say no because if we had a set income, then people would not be motivated to work. You are already set on getting an income so people would slack of…

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  • collin from Kentucky

    I think that providing a UBI for the citizen of the UNited States would make more people lazy and prevent them from working. I think all money provided for people should be earned and worked for. If you have the ability to work then you should work for your money and not raise taxes to provide free income for people.

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    I think that providing a UBI for the citizen of the UNited States would make more people lazy and prevent them from working. I think all money provide…

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  • Tanner from Kentucky

    I personally think that universal income is a bad idea because there is many different problems that could come from implementing this. One issue is that a lot of people won’t have the urge to get up in the morning and go to work. Which can cause businesses to fail which can cause other businesses to fail, in the end, it could cause a chain reaction. A second problem that could come from universal income is that our country could become more in debt than we already are. At the same time it could damage our economy and other systems that our government run off of because if everybody gets money, then the demand for limited items and necessities could become more scarce than they already are.

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    I personally think that universal income is a bad idea because there is many different problems that could come from implementing this. One issue is t…

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  • Hunter from Kentucky

    I say no to this as this would mean that we would all make the same amounts of money. This is very wrong to some of us as many people work harder than others and deserve to make more money than others that don’t. The main thing you can think of is that if you own a business then you are making the same amount as a person that works the drive thru at McDonalds. That is wrong as the business owner has worked harder his/her whole life and don’t get paid off for it. I feel that this should never go into effect as I feel it would hurt the country more that it would ever help it.

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    I say no to this as this would mean that we would all make the same amounts of money. This is very wrong to some of us as many people work harder than…

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  • Laura from Kentucky

    No, I do not think The United States should give people some money because yes it would be for a good cause and everything but at the same time people can take advantage of that and can depend on it it can also have people buying other things with the money that you do not need.

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    No, I do not think The United States should give people some money because yes it would be for a good cause and everything but at the same time people…

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  • Greg from Kentucky

    I do not think the government should supply people with an universal basic income. The government should not be required to pay people to get healthcare because some people would prefer to not have healthcare. If the government paid people, they would abuse the system.

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    I do not think the government should supply people with an universal basic income. The government should not be required to pay people to get healthca…

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  • josh from Kentucky

    No, If we just hand out money to everyone, then people will not work. We have seen this with people abusing disability, and welfare. when we give people money, they abuse it, and will not work if they don’t have to. I understand that it could help some people in extreme poverty, but i think it will hurt us in the long run.

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    No, If we just hand out money to everyone, then people will not work. We have seen this with people abusing disability, and welfare. when we give peop…

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  • Evan from Kentucky

    I believe that a universal basic income for the United States, would be a bad thing. This would cause many americans to stop working hard to earn their money. Also, this would cause the United States to be in even greater debt than it is at the moment.

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    I believe that a universal basic income for the United States, would be a bad thing. This would cause many americans to stop working hard to earn thei…

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  • Luke from Idaho

    A plan such as this would likely increase the dependency on our government. Whether or not the financial benefit is enough to cover all costs, it would likely open the doors for a lower work ethic and a sense of entitlement. While some may need assistance in their financial situations, this appears to be a step toward socialism, and would leave little initiative for self-support.

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    A plan such as this would likely increase the dependency on our government. Whether or not the financial benefit is enough to cover all costs, it woul…

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  • Jeffrey from Massachusetts

    A universal basic income is in theory very crappy. It assumes that wealth is created by the state, not from hard work and virtue. When wealth is created by the state, it has no means to progress society and in turn, would bring the US down to third world standards. This plan also would either mean taxes would rise, even for the lower class, or the US would have to go into more debt ($20 trillion is already a lot). This would also destroy the foundation of society: the individual. The individual would not have the drive to work hard and make a decent life because if everyone is entitled to everything, no one is responsible for anything. Also, even if you tax the heck out of the rich, what would happen if the rich run out of money? Then, they would have to tax the heck out of the middle class, only until universal basic income is run dry.

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    A universal basic income is in theory very crappy. It assumes that wealth is created by the state, not from hard work and virtue. When wealth is creat…

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  • Kyra from California

    Income is not a right. Providing income to each citizen would result in an increase in our deficit and decrease competition in the free market. In our mixed economy, we should decrease the amount of government intervention and increase and capitalize privatization.

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    Income is not a right. Providing income to each citizen would result in an increase in our deficit and decrease competition in the free market. In our…

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  • Maia from Kentucky

    UBI is a good concept but in reality you have to remember that many people are already living off the government without having to work and adding the UBI policy will only encourage more people not to work because they still get money if they don’t. In addition you have to think about where this money will come from, most likely tax payers who also already support the people living off the government currently. So adding another plan that pays people not to work isn’t a good idea for the tax payers or officials.

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    UBI is a good concept but in reality you have to remember that many people are already living off the government without having to work and adding the…

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  • Chelsey from Michigan

    I believe that everyone needs to work for everything. You don’t become a millionaire by having someone hand you money month to month. Those people that have the money got it from working for it. You earn what you work for

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    I believe that everyone needs to work for everything. You don’t become a millionaire by having someone hand you money month to month. Those people tha…

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  • Fernando from Florida

    Sometimes, you can see that people work hard to get to a certain level in their lives. These people make an effort to reach their goal. If we know that we’ll receive something whether we make an effort or not, People will be careless and lazy.

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    Sometimes, you can see that people work hard to get to a certain level in their lives. These people make an effort to reach their goal. If we know th…

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  • madeline from Louisiana

    Everyday I wake up and go to school and listen diligently. When I get home from school, I spend hours on end studying instead of spending time with friends or watching television. So, should someone who skips school and watches television all night earn better grades than me? The answer is no. We have a responsibility to work for what we want. In life, people should be taught to earn what they get. Where would the motivation be? Why would anyone ever work difficult jobs when they could make the same amount doing something less strenuous? Maybe, in theory, the idea of an equal income sounds nice; however, that goes against the ambition of the human race.

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    Everyday I wake up and go to school and listen diligently. When I get home from school, I spend hours on end studying instead of spending time with fr…

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  • Hannah from Ohio

    Creating a universal income would encourage citizens to not work as hard and make people lazy. If we were to do this, you could be living at your neighbor’s expense. There would be a select few citizens who work their tales off and really better our country. But, to be brutally realistic many people would take advantage of this system and live off of everyone else. I am a firm believer in you will get out of your job what you put into it and this will completely turn our country into a socialistic society.

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    Creating a universal income would encourage citizens to not work as hard and make people lazy. If we were to do this, you could be living at your neig…

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  • Maggie from Colorado

    The United States system of democracy is built on compromise. In order to function, each side must meet the other side halfway. The right side of the political spectrum has traditionally opposed welfare programs far less drastic that universal basic income, meaning that under no stretch of the imagination will they support UBI of any sort. Additionally, a UBI of 2000$ per citizen would result in a 5% increase in federal spending (not counting the money it would save). At a time when the federal budget deficit is approaching dangerous levels, the US should approach any significant increases to spending very skeptically. Finally, throughout history there have been a plethora of examples of governments who have significantly increased money circulation and expedite inflation, UBI parallels this concept. Finally, while the idea of UBI would solve our extreme poverty problem, it would likely create a situation where people have to incentive to work in low paying jobs. Our society depends on our janitors, manufactures, and food service workers, many of whom would likely not be incentivized to work if a UBI were implemented.

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  • Malia from Idaho

    I think that it would be great to have a universal basic income, but it would inevitably fail. If you have a basic knowledge of economics, then you know that with any increase in payment, inflation will cause prices in stores to rise, leaving us exactly where we started. I feel that we do not need to put more money into circulation by making a universal basic income. We just need to better distribute the wealth that the US has. When around 80% of the wealth in the United States is going to 1% of the people, then there is definitely something wrong with our distribution.

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    I think that it would be great to have a universal basic income, but it would inevitably fail. If you have a basic knowledge of economics, then you kn…

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  • Sebastian from Pennsylvania

    A universal basic income would be wrong for a multitude of reasons. First let’s understand why people are demanding such an income. It is because they fear that automation will completely replace human labor, thus, in their opinion, demanding universal basic income. Beyond the fact that we can identify many forms of work that will not be replaced and beyond the fact that we are no where NEAR that point right now (WAIT to see what happens before instituting such a policy), the biggest issue with this argument, is that people have focused in on only one part of the issue: income. They have completely disregarded what will happen to the price level if everything is automated. If there are no people working (or very few) then there are next to ZERO labor costs. As labor is the largest expense for all companies, this means that businesses will now be able to sell everything dirt-cheap and still turn a profit. In other words, you won’t NEED much money in order to support yourself to begin with. Smaller jobs that we have previously considered insufficient to sustain a livelihood will now be enough to sustain you. The whole argument for universal basic income is based on the faulty premise that prices will remain the same, even as employment changes.

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    A universal basic income would be wrong for a multitude of reasons. First let’s understand why people are demanding such an income. It is because they…

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  • Cole from California

    If a universal basic income was instituted, it would take away the incentive to work for many people. If money is being given freely, people may instead become comfortable living at this lower rate instead of working at a normal job to receive additional income. This would take laborers out of the workforce and hurt the economy. Also, this program is not really much different from welfare. People are still being given free money, but in this case, it is everyone who is being given free money. The cost of the program would be even higher than that of welfare programs.

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    If a universal basic income was instituted, it would take away the incentive to work for many people. If money is being given freely, people may inste…

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  • John from Texas

    Some jobs are harder and more dangerous and deserve to be paid more

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  • Samuel from Minnesota

    If a company pays universal income they would have to hire fewer people making fewer jobs making the problem worse

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  • Megan from Illinois

    I disagree with the idea of using a universal based income for several reasons. As already stated by giving people an automatic income decentivizes people from working hard. If there’s no opportunity for a raise then why work hard enough to earn on. Another issue with universal based income is people will still be looking for ways to earn more money. This can be by selling excess product that hasn’t been sold in the market, doing services for other people, or doing other activities that would be considered illegal. Another point to be made is that by requiring all employers to give people the same income prices of goods will go up, leading to rapid inflation. This can be disastrous as everyone has the same income and therefore can’t afford everything. In conclusion, the results of a universal based income will seem successful in the short term but overtime black markets will develop and the economy will see rapid inflation.

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    I disagree with the idea of using a universal based income for several reasons. As already stated by giving people an automatic income decentivizes pe…

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  • Jarred from Colorado

    In America we already have social programs that help more people in poverty at the cost of tax payer money. Some of these people that use these social welfare do fall in hard times and need them. There are also the ones who who use it to thier own benefit so they do not have to work, but instead can just rely on these programs. So why should the government just give people a fix income to where these people can just use it to not work and just stay home and take in money for free. the government should not have to add another program that will benefit the ones who do not work and will just collect the money, so they can stay home and do nothing. which will lead to the government going further into a deficit that we need to come out of before we start throwing social programs around. that will aid the unemployed who don’t want to work more than the middle class who do work and are struggling.

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    In America we already have social programs that help more people in poverty at the cost of tax payer money. Some of these people that use these social…

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  • Hayley from Mississippi

    Absolutely not. The United States is great because citizens are given the freedom to become anything that they want to be. Numerous people here have taken it upon themselves to get the best education they can, come up with the most brilliant ideas, get out into the work force and work hard so their dreams come true. The U.S. is full of success stories and having a universal income would allow so many citizens to quit trying. They would just sit around all day and watch television or play games on their computer waiting for their monthly check to arrive. It takes most of the motivation to try to succeed.

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    Absolutely not. The United States is great because citizens are given the freedom to become anything that they want to be. Numerous people here have…

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  • Keaton from North Carolina

    With unemployment being where it is, it is easy to think that a universal government supplied income is a smart decision. In reality, though, it is not. In America we have a plague that has been set upon our culture. A plague of feeling self entitled, a plague of laziness, and a plague of government reliance. Yes, we as citizens should trust our government, and we should play our part in how it is run when the time arises, but the reliance on the government has grown exponentially and adding a government income would only make the problem harder to solve.

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  • Patrick from Utah

    If lean more towards socialism, then we lose an essential part of out goverment. We have a strong nation with a strong infrastructure, we dont need to be handing out an income, we already are 20 Trillion dollars in debt, you can say well we have 41 million people using food stamps. We cant give out money we dont have

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    If lean more towards socialism, then we lose an essential part of out goverment. We have a strong nation with a strong infrastructure, we dont need to…

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  • Liam from Kentucky

    The United States should not provide a UBI system, and I have 2 justifications for this claim, they are as follows:

    1. Cost

    There are 2 ways a UBI could be funded, and both are bad.
    a. Taxes
    One way to fund a UBI would be through taxes, now this causes communism, as I will explain now. A tax takes money from the US citizens. Now what a tax-funded UBI would do is this. First take money from people (Mostly the rich) and redistribute it to everyone, which is what? Socialism. And according to Marxian theory, socialism is the transition from capitalism to communism. So a tax-funded system would lead to communism in the end.
    b. Inflation
    The other way that a UBI could be funded is through inflation, or printing more money. This is bad because it is basically a tax on all US citizens money. Let me explain. If we create more money, than the value of everyone’s money goes down as money is not as rare. A tax effectively lowers the value of whatever is being taxed, because you have to pay that tax to have it, a negative to owning it. So inflation is essentially a tax. But it doesn’t redistribute, instead it just makes the money you give people with a UBI practically useless. So either way you fund it, it hurts us. My second justification is:

    2. Possibility of total economic collapse

    With everyone getting a free paycheck from the government, they would have no incentive to work, or produce anything of value. If this happened, people wouldn’t have any reason to make food, or cars, or anything. If nobody produces anything, than the UBI is worthless, and we have no economy, because there is not anything to buy. As we see once again, a UBI would be destructive and harmful. We cannot allow a system like that to exist. So I say, we should not have a UBI system.

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    The United States should not provide a UBI system, and I have 2 justifications for this claim, they are as follows:

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    There are 2 ways a U…

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  • Natalie from Oregon

    A universal basic income (UBI) would be too great of an economic burden on the US. In order to actually make any difference in the poverty level, taxes would have to be hiked up to an unreasonable amount, which would take its toll on the economy. Any solution that involves providing a UBI without substantial detrimental effects on the economy wouldn’t be enough to make a difference with poverty. In other words, an effective UBI is not affordable, and an affordable UBI is not effective. In order to fund a UBI, nearly 100% of the current federal tax revenue would have to be used towards solely a UBI. This take away funding for other programs, like education. Education is the root cause of inequality and poverty. Some proponents of UBI say that we can use the money we pay towards welfare, so we don’t have to increase taxes, but by taking the money that only goes to poor communities now and giving some of it to upper classes, you redistribute income upwards, worsening conditions for those in poverty. A UBI would only exacerbate the problems it’s trying to solve.

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  • Evan from Massachusetts

    A universal basic income would be disastrous for the American government and for the American economy. If the government committed to providing an income for people who do absolutely nothing to contribute to society, that would make new people less likely to join the workforce and would demoralize people who already have jobs. Many people would, instead of working, decide to leech off the universal income and live comfortable lives doing nothing. Not only is this the opposite of the American Dream, it would drain our workforce in our fragile economy and attack our already empty government coffers. For these reasons, a universal basic income is a horrendous idea that should never be considered.

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    A universal basic income would be disastrous for the American government and for the American economy. If the government committed to providing an inc…

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  • Koryn from Illinois

    A universal income for the US is a very bad idea. I agree with the above idea that it fewer people would be motivated to earn money for themselves. Not only that but it is not the government’s job to do provide an income for the citizens. The constitution outlines the responsibilities of the federal government (establish justice, secure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, etc.) and none of those responsibilities talk about paying citizens to reduce poverty (whether or not it would actually reduce poverty is a different matter completely). A universal income would not only reduce motivation, but it would be going beyond the constitutionally outlined duties of the government.

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    A universal income for the US is a very bad idea. I agree with the above idea that it fewer people would be motivated to earn money for themselves. No…

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  • Megan from Missouri

    Because establishing a UBI would so likely do away with other social programs, the poor would disproportionately be paying for a program designed to help them.

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  • Sierra from Pennsylvania

    No matter how much money people donate or how much money the government gives to people in poverty or to end hunger any third world issues or even first world issues it will never end people will keep having children even when they know they can’t afford them so they will rely on us the people of the world, who are trying to even put food on the table that don’t get money from the government just because they have a job, to support them and to help them with the issues they can’t even help themselves in the tiniest bit

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    No matter how much money people donate or how much money the government gives to people in poverty or to end hunger any third world issues or even fir…

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