Things Are Good: Ontario to Test Basic Income

Basic income is the idea that people will have enough money to live (food and shelter) regardless of their employment status. Manitoba tried this decades ago and it worked, but was cancelled for political reasons. A basic income is needed now more than ever since robots are going to take all the jobs. Plus, inequality ...

Bill Longstaff: Inheritance—the ultimate free lunch

Watching Jon Stewart the other night brilliantly satirizing American right-wingers’ laments about the poor exploiting social justice programs for a “free lunch,” I was disappointed that he failed to mention the greatest free lunch of them all. Ironically, while “there’s no free lunch” is one of our favourite expressions, down through history most land, property ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Dependency Worse Than Drugs

At least Fox thinks so: No word yet on whether a followup report will explore the perils of corporate welfare. Recommend this Post

Dead Wild Roses: Happy 4th of July – Oh btw America, Welfare *Promotes* Independence.

“When we see the expansion of the dependency class in America and you add this to the 79 other means tested programs that we have in the United States, each time you add another brick to that wall, it’s a barrier to people that might go out and succeed. ” – Steve King Idaho (R). ...

bastard.logic: Etch-A-Mitt Shakes Things Up Again: Welfare Moms Better Off With “The Dignity of Work”

Via Ryan Grim (ICYMI): Apparently Ann Romney forgot to mention to Willard that moms who don’t work outside the home do THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN THE WORLD!!!1 and already have ample dignity, thankyouverymuchyousupersexistsoand… oh, wait — Mittens meant those moms — y’know, the ones who can’t afford dignity. Sorry. They gotsta earn their Caddies (if not teh ...

For Kevin Falcon, There Seems to be a Disconnect From Reality

BC Finance Minister Kevin Falcon recently announced a welfare-to-work program where, if you agree of course, you will be put on a plane and sent north to  be trained and housed and of course find work. Sounds great. I’ve often been told in conversations with collegues that if people really wanted to fine work they ...