Hawaii is drunk and needs to go home. The state has been a bastion of bad ideas lately (see HYPOCRITES: Hawaii to Ignore ‘Travel Ban.’ But They Weren’t Taking Refugees Anyway…). This new Hawaiian bill is a testament to their derpness. They’ve officially proposed “basic income” to the islands, and it’s passed through the sewers of the house and state legislature without any objections. Silly things like economics and reality are but speed bumps on the road to socialist progress. Full speed ahead!
An unprecedented bill supporting the idea of universal basic income (UBI) has been introduced in the American state of Hawaii.
The bill, titled House Concurrent Resolution 89, was brought by Hawaii State Representative Chris Lee and was passed by both houses of the state legislature in a unanimous vote.
The resolution declares that all the islanders “deserve basic financial security.”
It also orders government offices to weigh the state’s economy and find ways to ensure all families have basic financial security, including an evaluation of different forms of a full or partial universal basic income.
In other words, Hawaii wants to supplement everyone’s income with extra money from the state. In exchange for zero contribution. Here’s why that’s a bad idea. Free monies for no workies makes for a sickly economy full to the brim with slackers. See also welfare.
It took Switzerland virtually no time to reject this very same idea (read Switzerland REJECTS ‘Basic Income.’ Why it Matters…). Yes, that Switzerland. As in the one who wants zero to do with socialism, and for good reason too. When people are rewarded for doing nothing, non-contributing leeches are enabled. It also hurts successful people in the long run — because as more basket cases mooch off the system, the state requires more money to distribute. But fret not, they’ll acquire said monies via taxes from the “rich.” Everyone must pay their fair share, after all.
This is such a bad idea, a country that’s not the USA recognized it was a bad idea. These occasions are rare. Alas, states are free to make their own decisions and carry out their own experiments. Just as well. Godspeed, Hawaii, and let this be a lesson for the rest of the United States.
In the meantime, feel free to add Hawaii to the ever growing list of liberal craptopias. Wish we could say we didn’t see it coming…