Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Obama, Who's Totally Not a Socialist and It's Racist to Suggest He Is: Hey, Let's Give Everyone a Income from the State for Doing Nothing At All

From Ace of Spades:
In his first major speech since leaving office, former President Barack Obama endorsed the idea of providing a universal basic income. 
Speaking at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa on Tuesday, Obama raised the notion of guaranteed income as a way to reduce what he called "yawning disparities" in wealth, education, and security across different socioeconomic groups. "It's not just money that a job provides," said Obama. 
"It provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. So we're going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our workweek, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an entrepreneur at some level. But we're going have to worry about economics if we want to get democracy back on track." 
Um, a job provides dignity because the worker knows he's doing something productive, and it provides structure because employment usually requires a start time. Paying someone for nothing at all cannot provide dignity, as the recipient of the dole understands he's not doing anything productive, and cannot provide structure, except that twice a month, maybe, he feels he should probably go over to the check-cashing place to cash his welfare check. 
Oh, and by the way: Soak the rich. 
He additionally called on the rich to support higher taxation, saying that "you don't have to take a vow of poverty just to say 'let me help out a few of these folks.'


midnight rider said...

If you're gonna take $500 in taxes to give everyone a $500 stipend why not just...

Anonymous said...

Adds more proof to my contention that the left uses race as a proxy for ideology. The presumption being that “people of color” are likely socialist, socialist allies or pliant dependent supporters of socialists. This explains a lot of things. Once you see how you are being scammed, you can stop playing their game,

— theBuckWheat

Pastorius said...

The Buck Wheat,
1) Were you a Leftist?
2) Are you a "person of color"?