Welfare Doesn’t Work And Why UBI Should Replace It

Welfare Doesn’t Work And Why UBI Should Replace It

There is a good reason that all the efforts for welfare reform are always failing dramatically, and it’s not because they’re being done wrong, but simply because welfare can’t work.

Welfare can’t, and won’t work. Ever. The system is wrong to begin with, it simply doesn’t do the job, instead of helping the poor adapt to the society, it further isolates them.

There is a better way to deal with poverty, and it’s called Universal Basic Income (UBI), and contrary to welfare, UBI actually gets the job done, it actually does much more than that, but let’s first take a look at what UBI is.

A basic income, also called basic income guarantee, universal basic income, UBI , basic living stipend, or universal demo-grant, is a type of program in which citizens of a country, or any other region, may receive a regular sum of money from a source such as the government.

What makes Universal Basic Income (UBI) better than welfare is it’s universality, flatness and benefits to other aspects of society.

UBI’s universality eliminates the stigma that welfare leaves on people, instead, UBI is provided to everybody, poor or rich, employed or unemployed. That way, Universal Basic Income (UBI) can remove once and for all the word “poverty” from the vocabulary.

Inequality would also be dramatically reduced, as UBI will give people with no-time more free time to get educated, skilled and ready to change job positions.

Another reason that makes UBI necessary is AI and automation, truck drivers are already starting to be replaced by autonomous vehicles, cashiers by automated systems (as we saw in the recent Amazon’s and Walmart’s new, completely cashier-less stores).

After-all let’s face it, these jobs are useless anyway, why people have to be bothered by tasks that robots can do? Instead, people can focus on doing useful stuff that robots still can’t.

Tom Frl

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