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  1. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    So you want to put everyone in a basic home and provide survival subsistence?

    Oh you can, it is within your reach and all you have to do is stop fighting each other world wide.

  2. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 5 months ago

    Both links point to the same article; the Time’s analysis is missing.

    So while the Swiss vote to give themselves more of someone else’s money, the Dutch are moving away from the welfare state in the opposite direction;

    Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state

    (I don’t need the NYT’s analysis to guess which policy you are drawn to.)

  3. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    Sorry, here is the correction for the links:
    Swiss basic income referendum

    Analysis of Swiss basic income referendum

    BTW, church, the Swiss are not giving themselves more of someone else’s money, as EVERY adult Swiss citizen will get the same basic income regardless of any other factor. It’s their own money that they are deciding to use in what they may think as a more socially responsible manner than exists at present. They have a strong sense of the social contract, fair play and, additionally, a strong dislike of extreme wealth. Check out what happened to the former CEO of Novartis for this attitude of the Swiss.

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    ^Don’t know if it’s still the case, but the Swiss, and several other countries used to base the amount of a traffic fine, on what you were driving, and how much money you had.

  5. mskemple

    mskemple said, 5 months ago

    @martens misses all her friends

    After looking at both links I am still only partly enthused , partly educated and partly confused. On the surface this sounds great , but neither link gave info for the specifics of where the money comes from , what responsibilities each citizen would bear , what responsibilities the state would still bear , would each income be taxed , what happens if one citizen cannot support themselves for whatever reason – who picks up the tab . I won,t say I would be against or for such a plan until I see more specifics on just how it all would be administrated. The biggest problem with utopia is where does human nature fit in?

  6. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    @mskemple

    I don’t have all the answers, as I understand it the money comes from the general tax revenues that all pay, based on their income and other sources of wealth. The citizens bear no special responsibility for this,as EVERYONE will get the same amount regardless of any other
    factor except Swiss citizenship. Basically, it sounds as if it would be a benefit to the really poor or incapacitated (not that many in Switzerland though) and more like a tax rebate for the better off. Somehow, knowing the Swiss a bit, I can’t imagine many who would say “Oh, great, now I don’t have to work.” One, it’s not all that generous given the cost of living in Switzerland, and, two, it doesn’t fit in with the strong social pressure to be productive. Also, they’re not reall big on plutocrats. Check out how they responded to the retirement package Vasella wanted from Novartis. That was a doozy!

  7. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 5 months ago

    @martens misses all her friends

    As this is still Thanksgiving weekend, I suggest you read William Bradford’s diary. Human nature hasn’t changed in the last 400 years.

    Socialism Didn’t Work in 1620 Either

  8. raycity2

    raycity2 said, 5 months ago

    That is the trouble just standing waiting for a hand out instead of out hustling for any kind of work.

  9. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, 4 months ago

    @raycity2

    Yes, that is a problem that we all face each and every day. We need to make the choice between personal success and financial success.
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    For some it’s less apparent than for others. But I ask you, what is it that is keeping you from becoming the next Donald Trump? Is it that you are too comfortable sitting on the couch after a long hard day’s work?
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    I’m not judging, I’m observing.
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    Likewise is the story of the woman who works at Walmart. She has to work everyday and get as much overtime as she can just to subsist. How can she go get a better job when she needs all her working hours to be paid hours?
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    And if your circumstance is so poor that you know pretty well that your next meal is coming from a charity ladle then your schedule is built around waiting on that line.
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    It’s hard to hustle with an empty belly during hard times.
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    Let me ask you also… How many indigent have you hired to do something for you lately? If 10 people hustle their butts off for 2 jobs, 8 people need to find a different way of feeding their self.

  10. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    @DrCanuck

    Doc, I quit fighting a long long time ago.

    I shut up and did what I was told just like I was supposed to.

    OHHH you mean the USA….well OK.

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