The Democrats’ push for a guaranteed income is a slap in the face for the workers

Democratic politicians in the United States are pushing for guaranteed monthly donations to the poor. No strings attached. No work required. Taxpayers foot the bill.

This scheme, already implemented in Los Angeles, Chicago, Providence, Denver and numerous other cities, must be discontinued. It is turning people who work and pay taxes into idiots.

Los Angeles County will soon begin handing out $ 1,000 a month to random candidates. The Los Angeles Times editorial team applauds the unconditional nature of payments, naively stating that recipients “know much better than the government what their challenges and priorities are.” Translation: It’s okay to give up your job and have children you can’t support.

(Funny how this “People Know Better Than Government” is now popular in liberal enclaves, except when it comes to taxpayers.)

Chicago-based Cook County, Illinois is launching the nation’s largest guaranteed income program. County council chairman Toni Preckwinkle greets unfettered giveaways to enable people to “care for their families, pursue education and find better jobs.”

We are sorry, but these are the same goals that the workers have. Only they work and save to reach them.

Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Commissioner,
Cook County Board Chair Toni Preckwinkle greets the unfettered giveaways, believing the program will relieve Chicago residents.
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People who do two jobs and still can’t make ends meet deserve help. But not the people who sit on the couch or choose to live in the rough, as many do in Los Angeles.

The Democratic Party was once the workers’ party. Not anymore. More than 80 Democratic mayors have joined Mayors for Guaranteed Income. Their goal is not to help people become self-reliant and climb the economic ladder. Conversely, guaranteed income programs support non-working lifestyles.

It stands in stark contrast to President Bill Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform, which made cash payments conditional on work, looking for a job, or completing school.

Today’s Democratic Party has another agenda: redistribute wealth to favored groups. In Denver, the city council voted that only homeless women, transgender women, and “non-gender-conforming” people would be eligible for unrestricted monthly payments.

New School Professor Darrick Hamilton, a proponent of reparations, says the purpose of guaranteed income is to bridge the wealth gap between races. “Poverty is not racially neutral,” he says. The remedy is not vocational training or work incentives. He is using government power to redistribute wealth from whites to minorities.

A wealth redistribution scheme, Baby Bonds, has already been adopted in Connecticut and other states are considering it. Any newborn in Connecticut whose birth is covered by Medicaid, including children of undocumented parents, will automatically receive $ 3,200 into an account managed by the state treasurer. With the interest earned, it could be worth up to $ 11,000 when the child turns 18 and collects it.

Minority children are less likely to have inheritance or college funds set aside by their parents, explains state representative Geraldo Reyes, president of the Puerto Rican Legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. Connecticut taxpayers are shelling out $ 50 million a year to fund the nurseries of these primarily Black and Latino babies. “That’s enough to help with a down payment on a home,” says Reyes.

Guaranteed income advocates are pushing Congress to act later. Hamilton proposes a federal program to send monthly payments to low-earning, low-earning adults with additional payments for each child. Guaranteed Income Mayors expect the federal government to take their pilot programs nationwide. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Has tabled a bill to this effect.

Rep. Ilhan Omar
Progressive Rep Ilhan Omar worked on a guaranteed income bill for low-income adults.
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Instead of self-reliance, these programs promote a cradle-to-grave addiction to the government. This is what the Democrats are selling.

They call it redistributive justice. But there is nothing fair in making workers bear the costs of those who refuse to work.

Stopping this movement is at stake in the November elections. Democrats want voters to believe the election is about President Donald Trump and Republicans MAGA. Not true.

If the Democrats get a majority in both houses, they are ready to promote guaranteed income programs that will permanently divide our nation into two groups: people who struggle to support their families and pay taxes and freeloaders who do neither.

Workers have to go to the polls and make sure that doesn’t happen.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York.

Twitter: @Betsy_McCaughey

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