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EU Proposes Giving All Citizens a Universal Basic Income

World  (tags: robots, artificial intelligence, universal revenue, basic income, EU, MEP Ms Delvaux Stehres )

- 765 days ago -
We have to think about universal revenue, because if there are so many unemployed people, we need to insure that they can have a decent life, says MEP Ms Delvaux-Stehres.


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Animae C (507)
Sunday January 15, 2017, 7:26 pm
i really hope it's passed!
Economists will tell you that a country's economy functions much more successfully when all its citizens have some money to spend!

Judy C (91)
Monday January 16, 2017, 12:37 am
This definitely does make sense, and I have favored a universal income for all ever since I first heard of it. This could certainly become more urgent if robots are actually going to take over many jobs. I suppose in the US there would be enormous opposition to this from conservatives, who don't like handouts unless they are given to corporations or the wealthy. Part of the reason our economy is so stagnant now is increasing inequality, where lower income individuals are not bringing in enough money. We know that whatever funds they receive are promptly spent, and this drives the economy, as Animae points out.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday January 16, 2017, 1:11 am
It goes without saying, this ought to be a global requirement.

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Ed Site Issues V (198)
Monday January 16, 2017, 4:28 am
Noted, Thanks

JL A (281)
Monday January 16, 2017, 9:51 am
Some countries in the EU already do this (e.g., Denmark) and it is a factor in why the country is always at the top of the list of top quality of life countries each year. Bernie spoke of this as a solution for the US in his campaign. Thanks for keeping it on our radar Dandelion.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday January 16, 2017, 10:24 am
I believe there is a bottom no one should have to fall through.

Many people do not see the hidden costs in poverty. Poverty costs society by increasing crime, not just by those who are poor but also upon the poor. Many are outside all the time and while sleeping people take advantage of them.

Poverty causes ill health which in turn is passed along to society in increased premiums, contagious disease so on so forth. Children do not do as well in their studies when hungry and this is a loss to not only their future but to the future of our Nation. Poverty impacts all our lives in direct and indirect ways.

Besides what the article mentions, it just makes sense that a job, no matter how little the time it is lost, should not force one into the streets at a loss of years of work. That is why we had a program set up for those to collect a weekly check until they found work, but the funding of that program has been drastically reduced and the time one can collect on it shortened. If one lives in a State where there are more people than jobs, it becomes extremely hard to find a job before that time frame runs out.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 16, 2017, 10:29 am
So wonderful to hear this. Praying it goes thru+other countries take notice too. thx Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday January 16, 2017, 3:32 pm
This is an easy argument for absolute justification for this, on a global scale, given the amount nations WASTE on war.

Danuta W (1251)
Tuesday January 17, 2017, 2:02 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday January 17, 2017, 2:09 am
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Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 3:18 am
"Earlier this month, Finland became the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income of €560 (around £480) as part of a radical two-year pilot project aimed at reducing poverty and joblessness, while also cutting national spending and bureaucracy."

The biggest problem is that we haven't figured out what kind of education our grandchildren need to get a good life,it's difficult to stop/change the future as we what's coming.

William C (0)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Thank you.

Ben O (135)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 9:28 am
EU...? -Maybe it will come true if I live to be 300 years old... : ~ (

Marija M (25)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 1:04 pm
Maybe one or two EU countries will do that...but not sure when.

W. C (7)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 1:32 pm

Doris F (19)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 1:37 pm
right way, but I think, the elite would know how to prevent/avoid this

Janet B (0)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 1:58 pm

Donna G (42)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 3:43 pm
Last week, I watched a video that Joshua, of The New Progressive Voice, had posted on his YouTube channel. UBI is a good idea no matter where a person lives. But, in a country such as the USA, with the cost of living changing from one area of the country to others, how would UBI be calculated? I live in a city is easily accessed by state highways and federal Interstate highways. It has a university, which is the largest employer in the county. Most other employment is in the retail and service industries.

Earlier in the month my son wanted to stop at Subway to get a sandwich. Luckily, we went there at a non-peak time. I was talking with the one guy who was working there. He said that with the threat of the minimum wage going up, the company decided to put him on salary. That way he gets the same amount whether he works 20 hours a week or 60 hours a week. He told me that he doesn't want to work in food service indefinitely; but, he's lucky to have a job.

With so many jobs being automated, I can imagine that young people may not have an easy time to find entry level, full-time jobs. This is where UBI would be handy.

Corporations will always want to increase their profit. They will do whatever it takes to ensure higher profits.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday January 18, 2017, 7:37 pm
Sounds good to me. Thanks Dandelion

David C (80)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 7:47 am
if the greedy rich were compassionate and caring this could be done easily

Tom P (29)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 11:35 am
I'm not familiar with how EU works things out, but if it were to take place in the US be sure people would get just enough to starve to death slowly. And the rich would say we got too much. Solvent green anyone?

Lenore K (0)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 12:12 pm

Janet B (0)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 3:26 pm

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 6:34 pm
Boy I do recall that movie.....and when one looks at how the wealth is flowing to the top faster each year that movie doesn't seem so far fetched.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 11:21 pm
Can we please have that is South Africa as well?

Chen Boon Fook (0)
Friday January 20, 2017, 12:56 am

Lenore K (0)
Friday January 20, 2017, 1:45 pm

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday January 26, 2017, 2:52 am
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The amount of money spent on killing people alone (War) could fund Global Health Care.

Tin Ling L (0)
Monday January 30, 2017, 1:17 am
thanks for the information

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday January 31, 2017, 2:44 pm
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