1. misandry-mermaid:

cptprocrastination:

doomhamster:

belcanta:

nikkidubs:

attentiondeficitaptitude:

belcanta:

Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.
The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.
But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!""But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”
"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)
And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!
Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.
And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.
Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.
And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.
The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?
TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

reblogging for more top commentary

I love this idea so, so much, and it depresses me greatly to know that conservatives will never in a million years let this happen in America.

i’ll be interested to see how this works out. sounds great, but i know precisely nothing about economics sooo idk.

    misandry-mermaid:

    cptprocrastination:

    doomhamster:

    belcanta:

    nikkidubs:

    attentiondeficitaptitude:

    belcanta:

    Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

    Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

    The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

    But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

    "BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"

    "But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

    "But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

    I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

    The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

    And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

    Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

    And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

    Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

    And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

    The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

    TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

    reblogging for more top commentary

    I love this idea so, so much, and it depresses me greatly to know that conservatives will never in a million years let this happen in America.

    i’ll be interested to see how this works out. sounds great, but i know precisely nothing about economics sooo idk.

    Reblogged from: intergalacticfuckery
  2. fandomsandfeminism:

    trans-carlos:

    Capitalism is the reason a country has billionaires and millionaires but also tons of people dying in the streets that nobody bothers to help.

    Capitalism is the fact that there are more vacant houses in the US than there are homeless people, because people have to “earn” a place to live safely. 

    Reblogged from: bisexualnatasharomanoff
  3. liberalsarecool:

I have nothing to declare but the genius of Oscar.
Why do we listen to millionaires and billionaires prescribing austerity for the vulnerable, yet offering no sacrifice in return? Truly vile.

    liberalsarecool:

    I have nothing to declare but the genius of Oscar.

    Why do we listen to millionaires and billionaires prescribing austerity for the vulnerable, yet offering no sacrifice in return? Truly vile.

    Reblogged from: bisexualnatasharomanoff
  4. What White Privilege Looks Like When You’re Poor

    Reblogged from: blacksupervillain
  5. volatilequeer:

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

cognitivedissonance:

womanistgrrrlcollective:

voxapocrypha:

getoutofthewelfaretag:

sassythoughts213:

rottenmeats:

getoutofthewelfaretag:

meghabits:

getoutofthewelfaretag:

sassythoughts213:

No Words Needed

Also, she’s FAKE, or at least highly exaggerated. Like, this isn’t even possible due to federal regulations.

Um… why would it be her fault if her kid’s fathers don’t pay child support? Isn’t that the father’s issue? 

Of course not. She’s A Single Black Mother On Welfare. Everything is her fault.

man like ppl who post these kinda things must not know how impossible it is to make ends meet on that little a month. WOW 1K THATS SO MUCh ahah yeah after rent and bills and daily expenses she must be rollin in that like $5 left over shit man look out 

Welfare is not ment to live off of. It’s help/aid. STOP FORGETTING SHE IS ABLE TO WORK.

IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then she is in work training for a minimum of 30 hours a week and she has to provide job search logs to her caseworker on the regular.
IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then she has a 5 year LIFETIME limit of receiving that benefit.
IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then filing for child support from all the children’s fathers was a requirement for being approved. Meaning, if they’re not paying, that’s on them, not her.
IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, she is still broke as hell. I could barely support myself making $1200/mo, much less 4 other people who would be completely dependent on me.
But considering all of those factors, it’s pretty doubtful that she’s real, as I said in my first reply.

That last comment = Perfection. She’s an imaginary boogeyman of terrified conservatives. The Welfare Queen, was originally invented, whole-cloth, by the Regan administration.
BOOoOOOOOooooo! Teh sexually profligate poors are coming rob you for your tax moneez! They want to live in your neighborhood and get their poor cooties on you!
It’s easier to believe in her as she is presented, than it is to believe that maybe, just maybe, The American Dream (fanfare) doesn’t happen as easily, nor as equally, as we’d like to think.
"It’s not MY fault I can’t get rich! It’s them greedy poors takin’ all my money-taxes!"
Look, there are cheats in every system, public and private. But they are the exception, not the rule. And they are never, ever as egregious as political PR would make them out to be. Unless you’re a major corporation that ca afford hundreds of loophole-seeking lawyers, it’s pretty damn difficult to get away with cheating the government.

Commentary via dynastylnoire

She’s probably not real at all. 1200 is nothing. Then she’s has 4 kids, if they are in day care that is probably all her money.
Look at it like this. Here rent is less than everywhere else, you can get two bedroom for around 600 dollars.
Okay BUT gas and electric still has to be paid.  +235 dollars.
She still has to get groceries. She may be getting food stamps but again she has 4 kids. She probably will run out of food as food stamps have been cut.
Kids need clothes, they out grow shoes, coats, etc.  they break things, they are involved in extra curricular activities. I’m not even going to get into how much getting for kids dressed from walmart alone can cost. If they are in sports or the arts add more money.
Oh and then how is she getting around? I think bus passes here are around 90 dollars for a zone 1 monthly. 25 for a weekly.  She and  Her kids will more than likely need them to get back and forth if she doesn’t have a car.
I have a honda, to fill my gas tank is 35 dollars. I’m a new driver my car insurance is 215 dollars. Does she have a warranty? Add 130 dollars a month. Oh and if she didn’t buy it out right add the car payment 170 every two weeks.
1200 dollars a month for one person goes fast. 
Oh add doctor bills, medicine, co pays, trips to the barber shop, beauty salon,  toys, glasses and braces to that too.
And to be fair, if our tax dollars are keeping her and her family alive we should be glad. You know what’s despicable? Billions of tax dollars  being spent on wars that are killing innocent people world wide. Be enraged about that.

Commentary via WGC

According to Truth-Out in 2012, the average American taxpayer making $50,000 per year paid just $36 towards SNAP, while paying $6,000 a year towards corporate welfare. 
According to Think by The Numbers, About $59 billion (3 percent of the total federal budget) is spent on traditional social welfare programs and $92 billion (5 percent of the federal budget) is spent on corporate subsidies. 
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “Nationwide, in any given month, a total of 900,000 veterans nationwide lived in households that relied on SNAP to provide food for their families in 2011”


Oh, look. Facts.

love smackdowns

Oh yeah and let’s not forget that if you buy ANYTHING with sales tax, like gas or a can of soda, THEN YOU ARE PAYING TAXES FOR FUCK SAKE.

    volatilequeer:

    boygeorgemichaelbluth:

    cognitivedissonance:

    womanistgrrrlcollective:

    voxapocrypha:

    getoutofthewelfaretag:

    sassythoughts213:

    rottenmeats:

    getoutofthewelfaretag:

    meghabits:

    getoutofthewelfaretag:

    sassythoughts213:

    No Words Needed

    Also, she’s FAKE, or at least highly exaggerated. Like, this isn’t even possible due to federal regulations.

    Um… why would it be her fault if her kid’s fathers don’t pay child support? Isn’t that the father’s issue? 

    Of course not. She’s A Single Black Mother On Welfare. Everything is her fault.

    man like ppl who post these kinda things must not know how impossible it is to make ends meet on that little a month. WOW 1K THATS SO MUCh ahah yeah after rent and bills and daily expenses she must be rollin in that like $5 left over shit man look out 

    Welfare is not ment to live off of. It’s help/aid. STOP FORGETTING SHE IS ABLE TO WORK.

    IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then she is in work training for a minimum of 30 hours a week and she has to provide job search logs to her caseworker on the regular.

    IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then she has a 5 year LIFETIME limit of receiving that benefit.

    IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, then filing for child support from all the children’s fathers was a requirement for being approved. Meaning, if they’re not paying, that’s on them, not her.

    IF she is real, and IF she is getting cash assistance, she is still broke as hell. I could barely support myself making $1200/mo, much less 4 other people who would be completely dependent on me.

    But considering all of those factors, it’s pretty doubtful that she’s real, as I said in my first reply.

    That last comment = Perfection. She’s an imaginary boogeyman of terrified conservatives. The Welfare Queen, was originally invented, whole-cloth, by the Regan administration.

    BOOoOOOOOooooo! Teh sexually profligate poors are coming rob you for your tax moneez! They want to live in your neighborhood and get their poor cooties on you!

    It’s easier to believe in her as she is presented, than it is to believe that maybe, just maybe, The American Dream (fanfare) doesn’t happen as easily, nor as equally, as we’d like to think.

    "It’s not MY fault I can’t get rich! It’s them greedy poors takin’ all my money-taxes!"

    Look, there are cheats in every system, public and private. But they are the exception, not the rule. And they are never, ever as egregious as political PR would make them out to be. Unless you’re a major corporation that ca afford hundreds of loophole-seeking lawyers, it’s pretty damn difficult to get away with cheating the government.

    Commentary via dynastylnoire

    She’s probably not real at all. 1200 is nothing. Then she’s has 4 kids, if they are in day care that is probably all her money.

    Look at it like this. Here rent is less than everywhere else, you can get two bedroom for around 600 dollars.

    Okay BUT gas and electric still has to be paid.  +235 dollars.

    She still has to get groceries. She may be getting food stamps but again she has 4 kids. She probably will run out of food as food stamps have been cut.

    Kids need clothes, they out grow shoes, coats, etc.  they break things, they are involved in extra curricular activities. I’m not even going to get into how much getting for kids dressed from walmart alone can cost. If they are in sports or the arts add more money.

    Oh and then how is she getting around? I think bus passes here are around 90 dollars for a zone 1 monthly. 25 for a weekly.  She and  Her kids will more than likely need them to get back and forth if she doesn’t have a car.

    I have a honda, to fill my gas tank is 35 dollars. I’m a new driver my car insurance is 215 dollars. Does she have a warranty? Add 130 dollars a month. Oh and if she didn’t buy it out right add the car payment 170 every two weeks.

    1200 dollars a month for one person goes fast. 

    Oh add doctor bills, medicine, co pays, trips to the barber shop, beauty salon,  toys, glasses and braces to that too.

    And to be fair, if our tax dollars are keeping her and her family alive we should be glad. You know what’s despicable? Billions of tax dollars  being spent on wars that are killing innocent people world wide. Be enraged about that.

    Commentary via WGC

    According to Truth-Out in 2012, the average American taxpayer making $50,000 per year paid just $36 towards SNAP, while paying $6,000 a year towards corporate welfare. 

    According to Think by The Numbers, About $59 billion (3 percent of the total federal budget) is spent on traditional social welfare programs and $92 billion (5 percent of the federal budget) is spent on corporate subsidies. 

    According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “Nationwide, in any given month, a total of 900,000 veterans nationwide lived in households that relied on SNAP to provide food for their families in 2011”

    Oh, look. Facts.

    love smackdowns

    Oh yeah and let’s not forget that if you buy ANYTHING with sales tax, like gas or a can of soda, THEN YOU ARE PAYING TAXES FOR FUCK SAKE.

    Reblogged from: queercakes
  6. blacksupervillain:

jcoleknowsbest:

cleophatrajones:

angelclark:

By the way, these cops were doing this for over three and a half years. They ordered hundreds of vehicles to be impounded and when the car owners couldn’t pay the impound fees they either kept the cars for themselves or re-sold them for profit. Nope, cops never target people… SOURCE: http://noarmycanstopanidea.com/one-third-of-california-towns-police-force-arrested-for-scheming-cars-from-poor-hispanics/

Wtf

Folks surprised?????

my dad’s best friend lives in New Mexico and he says shit like this been standard operating procedure for years

    blacksupervillain:

    jcoleknowsbest:

    cleophatrajones:

    angelclark:

    By the way, these cops were doing this for over three and a half years. They ordered hundreds of vehicles to be impounded and when the car owners couldn’t pay the impound fees they either kept the cars for themselves or re-sold them for profit. Nope, cops never target people… 
    SOURCE: http://noarmycanstopanidea.com/one-third-of-california-towns-police-force-arrested-for-scheming-cars-from-poor-hispanics/

    Wtf

    Folks surprised?????

    my dad’s best friend lives in New Mexico and he says shit like this been standard operating procedure for years

    Reblogged from: blacksupervillain
  7. gowns:

    lower-income people tend to be “hoarders” and richer people are able to do more “minimalist” living spaces. if u don’t have much, you will hold onto any little thing that comes across your way. you got a new tv, but you still keep the old tv because you know things can break. you keep extra boxes of macaroni and cheese lying around because there will be a week when you don’t have money for groceries. you hold onto your stacks of books and clothes for dear life. those are your assets. physical evidence of where your money’s gone. it’s hard to get rid of it. the bare wall is terrifying when you don’t have much.

    forever reblogging this because it is so so so true and this post was actually rly an a-ha, revelation kind of moment for me.

    Reblogged from: thechocolatebrigade
  8. pandavalkyrie:

    Simple ways to save money!

    1. Stop buying gigantic expensive coffee three times a day. I know it seems so hard to deal with but maybe try brewing your own coffee at home? Or at least getting your servants to do it.
    2. Save on your electricity bill by replacing all your light bulbs with energy efficient ones. You have the standing cash to do that right? 
    3. Stop buying at whole foods and other specialty grocers. You can still get organic free range gmo free at the regular grocery stores for like, slightly less! And if you bring it home in your reusable bags your neighbors will never know you cheaped out!
    4. Stop paying ridiculous bills at restaurants every night of the week. Either try to eat at home now and then or take advantage of any little fuck up that happens in the dining room to loudly demand compensation for your ruined evening!
    5. Did you know there’s this place called a library? Where you can get books for free? I mean, you have to bring them back eventually but they also have DVD’s and CD’s there. Get all your media you can’t torrent from the library and enjoy being so cleverly frugal!

    Oh…oh wait you’re actually poor? You need realistic advice for living day to day and not just saving a few cents here and there to go towards you European vacation? Oh my well, here’s a list for you then!

    1. Stop being poor????

    Hope this advice made you click through based on the title in a moment of desperate hope and got the site plenty of ad revenue good luck!!

    Reblogged from: blameitonthepatriarchy
  9. sourcedumal:

    Anyone who thinks using tax dollars to help poor people is a bad thing needs to stay the fuck away from me forever.

    Reblogged from: thechocolatebrigade
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