California breaks my heart. Every time I see a story about the sunshine state, my soul darkens even darker than it’s already rumored to be. The state is rife with natural resources, natural beauty, and depending on the location, weather that’ll make your insides ache. Like gorging on too much cake. If you’re unfamiliar with the sensation, ask a feminist. Yet the state is also replete with government bureaucrats with the collective IQ of Play-doh. Each day they wake up, wondering how to f*ck up the once great state. This week the Californian cronies threw the dart on the socialist board for “universal basic income.” Take it away, Stockton:
A California city is set to become the first in the nation to embark on an experiment of Universal Basic Income, paying 100 residents $500 a month without any conditions.
The program’s purpose is to eventually ensure that no one in Stockton, with a population of 300,000, lives in poverty. The receivers of the cash will be able to spend the money on anything they want without any strings attached.
It will launch by 2019 and the 100 fortunate residents will receive the cash for a full 18 months as part of its testing phase before deciding whether to roll it out across Stockton.
So at least for this iteration, the money is not from taxpayers, but wealthy Facebook and other Silicon Valley muckity-mucks. Okay? Okay.
Luckily, the experimental program won’t deplete the city’s coffers as it benefits from financial backing by wealthy Silicon Valley moguls. One of those backers is Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, whose the Economic Security Project contributed $1 million to the project.
“It is such a fundamental idea behind America that if you work hard, you can get ahead, and you certainly don’t live in poverty. But that isn’t true today, and it hasn’t been true in the country for decades,” Hughes told CNN.
Pet peeve I’ll have to explore later: working “hard” is meaningless if you’re working in the wrong field, if you’re working improperly, inefficiently, or working in an area with little to no value. “Hard work” is just one of those phrases people toss around without meaning. “I worked hard.” So what? It’s like little kids saying “But I said ‘please'” when asking for a cookie. Working hard doesn’t mean you get something. Results matter.
Second thing, though Hughes is the financial backer this time, how soon before Democrats reach into the already depleted coffers of state government to fund this little program? Because if you can just pay people to essentially vote for you, why wouldn’t you?
Third thing. If California is soooooo concerned about people living below or at the poverty levels, why aren’t they rolling back some of their taxes? Like the state income tax. The gas tax. The “if you try to leave us we’ll cook your pet rabbit” tax. The sales tax. The water fine/tax they’re hoping to roll out. These are just basic ideas, but if California’s tyrants wanted to do the serfs a favor, maybe stop taking so much of their money. The income tax may not affect the poorest of the poor, but the other taxes sure as hell do. People who can afford to skedaddle out of California are. Take a hint, dummies.
But this is government for you. If at first you don’t succeed, get more money and burn it.