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Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"

"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

reblogging for more top commentary

They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 

But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.

Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

The picture is awesome, but read the commentary, that’s what I’m reblogging for.

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"Most girls that like snakes and weird animals are ugly" pardon me while I put my snake on my face to demonstrate the several fucks that none of us give

Allow me to join you with my snake scarf and lack of fucks 

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I don’t think I’d have a face left if I did what you guys were doing, but I want to play anyway.

don’t give even one tiny little fuck

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NEIGH HOY MENOY

I was gonna reblog this either way but that last one made me want to reblog it even more

  • Track Name

    It's Cosmic

  • Artist

    David Michael Bennett

davidmichaelbennett:

Here’s a solo recording I did in my free time that I shared with Engineer-eteers awhile back.

It’s not a Steam Powered Giraffe song, and it’s not apart of our new space album…just a coincidence that it’s outer space-themed.

Enjoy!

Lyrics:

It’s Cosmic

Written and performed by David Michael Bennett
Copyright 2014 David Michael Bennett

(might be slightly incorrect because I am lazy)

Don’t tell me that it’s cosmic
I know it’s cosmic, oh yeah

Illuminating light pours from our eyes
and lights up the end of our days when we’ve

Burnt the candle at both ends and we
need somebody to pick up and carry us

Home is anywhere we reside in our minds
and make us smile just by thinking of

Us is a pretty strong word that’s why we
use it when we include us in everything

Oh it’s cosmic
Oh so it’s cosmic

The planets pass through star-shine

The moons start to shiver
The cosmos quiver

This love beams through space and time

Don’t tell me that it’s cosmic
I know it’s cosmic, oh yeah

It’s said we’re written in the stars
and that’s the truth by far, I know

There’s space across the galaxy

enough for you and me to be alone

They say that when the stars align

our two hearts combine, whoa-oh

Interstellar flight could take us
far but when would we return and touch back down on

Earth is where we were born
and is where we will live and die all together in our

Arms is where we feel safe
and there’s a universe out there to inspire our
Dreams pour from our minds
and when they sync up boy is it anything but awful

Oh it’s cosmic
Oh so cosmic
The planets pass through star-shine

The moons start to shiver
The cosmos quiver
This love beams through space and time

Don’t tell me that it’s cosmic
I know it’s cosmic, oh yeah

It’s said we’re written in the stars
and that’s the truth by far, I know

There’s space across the galaxy
enough for you and me to be alone

They say that when the stars align
our two hearts combine, whoa-oh

Don’t tell me that it’s cosmic
It’s said we’re written in the stars
There’s space across the galaxy
They say that when the stars align

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