I just don't think the "solution" of giving a specific amount of money to everyone randomly actually solves any existing problem.
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The majority of the people I know and encounter on a daily basis would work. They might find a different job that they enjoy more, but they would still work. What motivates people to volunteer their time? What motivates people who are multi-millionaires to keep working?
I know of many, many people that would stay home with their kids if they had the opportunity. People who would retire if they could and are just putting in time until they are old enough. The loss in job force would not make this situation possible. There are many undesirable low wage jobs out there. Who would fill those positions.
When I volunteered and did tasks I didn't enjoy, it was tempered by the knowledge I was helping someone. I did not get that nice feeling when working as a chambermaid where people could make a room disgusting in one night.
My understanding is that you are guaranteed to make a certain amount. If you make more, you don't get the amount. If you make less, you are topped up. If you do nothing, you get the full amount. I'm going to be honest. My chambermaid job was minimum wage. If I knew I would earn the same amount sitting at home as cleaning up a stranger's pee covered bathroom, I would stay home. I would probably try to find something else but I could take my time and be choosey because I wouldn't need the money. I don't think other people would be seeking out the chambermaid job!
I think there would be a trickle down effect and in the end, things would cost more. If the grocery store can't get people to work for the current salary because it is too close to the base value people get if they stay home, they have to raise prices to pay higher salaries. Same at McDonalds and the gas stations and anywhere else. How long would $2800 stay a living salary?
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I didn't realize with my great support that it was money for all. I am completely behind a guaranteed income supplement, but I think if you are making that much or more that you shouldn't get the money. I would love to see a living wage for all so that if you drop below a certain amount (like the $2800 a month) then you get supplemented. I am sure many people would love to make more money than that! But the poverty that welfare inflicts isn't actually helpful. A guaranteed living amount that is enough to live off of would help IMO.
My understanding is that everyone gets it regardless of how much they earn otherwise. If you earn nothing, you would get $2800/month. If you earn $30000/monthy you would still get it.The proposals that are floating around the world vary a lot. But the basic idea is, no matter what you do, if you?re a resident ? or in some cases, a citizen ? you get a certain amount of money each month. And it?s completely unconditional: If you?re rich you get it, if you?re poor you get. If you?re a good person you get it, if you?re a bad person you get it. And it does not depend on you doing anything other than making whatever effort is involved to collect the money. It?s been a topic of discussion for several decades. Why is it happening right now? I think it?s obvious that it?s a reaction to the high level of economic inequality that we?ve seen. Most European countries haven?t had big increases in inequality at the same scale that we [in the U.S.] have, [but] some of them have had much more than they?re used to.