Who will be the chosen ones?
It’s coming to a city near you. One that looks very much like Madison WI. A guaranteed income for selected poor folk.
Not just any old low-income folk, but BIPOC! (That’s black, indigenous, people of color for the un-Wokeful dead.) Madison is considering a Guaranteed Income Pilot Program. Bitter experience calls it the camel’s nose under the tent. (Who knows, with Nancy Pelosi and Taliban Joe running up the national debt …)
Start out with 125 households at two times below the federal poverty line. Must have dependent children. Give them $500 a month for 12 months. The cash comes in addition to food stamps, Section 8 housing, free bus passes, etc., etc. And you thought “more free stuff” was discredited back when Bubba was racking up dry cleaning bills!
Single, black mothers and “individuals who were formerly incarcerated for a felony offense” Come On Down!
Then study the effects under a microscope. From gang banging to STEM scholars on 125 dollars? Then watch the fun when the cash stops coming!
The advisory task force for the Madison Guaranteed Income Pilot Program reads like a progressive hall of fame: Walter Williams, Alders Tag Evers and Jael Currie, former Ald. Shiva Bidar, Sabrina Madison, Laura Dresser, Erica Nelson, Stephen Young, Karen Menendez Coller, and Martha Cranley.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Want to escape poverty? Go to school! Get an education! Take a job — any job! Delay family formation until you can afford it. This program makes free community college tuition sound better.