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Generally speaking, once we get used to something, it no longer worries us.
Ihara Saikaku, Poet
Guaranteed income would not only establish freedom as a reality rather than a slogan, it would also establish a principle deeply rooted in Western religious and humanist tradition: man has the right to live, regardless!
Erich Fromm, Psychologist
The assurance of a certain minimum income for everyone, or a sort of floor below which nobody need fall even when he is unable to provide for himself, appears not only to be a wholly legitimate protection against a risk common to all, but a necessary part of the Great Society in which the individual no longer has specific claims on the members of the particular small group into which he was born.
F. A. Hayek, Law, Legislation and Liberty (1979), vol. 3
A certain small income, sufficient for necessities, should be secured for all, whether they work or not.
Bertrand Russell
I am now convinced that the simplest solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a new widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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The Christmas Basket (A conversation starter for your post-holiday hangover)

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Poverty and income, Universal Basic Income, Women|Tags: , , , , , |

To say the chosen families needed the help more than the others was to advertise that they were particularly destitute, since everyone in room was poor, including by the way the teachers, who made about $12 an hour.

Marco Rubio’s pre-Thanksgiving hypocrisy on helping “working families.”

By | November 12th, 2017|Categories: Politicians, all types, Poverty and income|Tags: , , |

In Rubio's Florida, for example, the maximum monthly welfare payment for a family is $303, even though a federal poverty line income is $1590 a year. That's some lifestyle.

Pro-soda group’s “concern” for poor is bull-doo

By | December 28th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Poverty and income, Uncategorized, Universal Basic Income|Tags: , , , , |

So now, are we to believe that the pro-soda, pro-diabetes, pro-obesity lobby is coming to the defense of the poor in the United States? If the anti-soda tax people cared, they'd get behind a Universal Basic Income.

FDR’s Freedom from Want: Time to Remember

By | December 27th, 2017|Categories: Politicians, all types, Poverty and income|Tags: , , , , |

- Photo by John Simoes (jsfotographic.tumblr.com) - FDR despised soup kitchens and bread lines and thought them to be shameful evidence of our failure to create income distribution policies for our people.

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