Monday, January 11, 2021

Things that might be better than Universal Basic Income, but similar ideas

A Universal Basic Income could endanger vital public services in favor of a meager income. Money for just the UBI would likely not be enough to cover safety net needs such as housing and healthcare. Support for those things could be taken away to make way for the UBI in a limited government budget.

With so many of the jobs paying less and less, as time goes on, compared to other sources of income, such as real estate, investments and retirement, the concept of a UBI is appealing. Problem is, it may not be the best way to provide for people's needs.

Housing assistance, universal healthcare, affordable college and good transportation might be better ways to supplement low wages than just writing everyone a check.

Seems like wages, from work, are declining as a percent of the total economy; influences of things like automation, globalization and wealth discrepancy.

One ought to be able to hold a job that is still needed in society, daycare work; for instance and live adequately. Maybe even raise a family; if so desired.

UBI would be one path to this, but probably not the best path. A strong social safety net might work better, in my opinion.

Instead of the UBI, maybe have guaranteed jobs programs. There should be enough work for everyone that needs a job. There are still plenty of things that need to be done. Environmental cleanup, infrastructure, tutoring, teaching English as a second language, daycare, helping the elderly; whatever.

The private market doesn't always prioritize these needs on its own so government can guarantee a job.

In some cases, the job can be done for a private company; like a sub contractor; rather than government bureaucracy, but funding might still have to come from the government if the private marketplace doesn't provide that.

Health insurance could be provided, if we continue to have health insurance provided by jobs; rather than just from citizenship.

For folks that have partial disabilities; including mental problems, the jobs could compassionately work with the person to try and ease them along. The idea of a sheltered workshop.

People with severe disabilities could still live on just public assistance without a job.

For some people, their "disability" is mostly just that they don't have a good enough resume to compete in the competitive job market; especially when the job market is tight. Folks should be guaranteed a job, rather than falling farther and farther out of the system. Folks out of work end up with deteriorating resumes, as time goes on, due to lack of current experience. Often they have deteriorating attitudes and health as well.

A jobs program is a good idea, especially if the private market is not able to hire all the people that need to work or provide the services and infrastructure that society needs.

My thoughts related to this article. The danger of good intentions.

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