Vote: Should government guarantee a minimum income?

The idea that government should just give cash to poor families instead of food stamps, housing subsidies and so forth might be back.

The idea of a government-guaranteed income was a popular idea among academics and liberals during the administration of Lyndon Johnson. Based on the idea that poor people know what's best for them, the proposal, which was debated in Congress, would have meant a cash grant for every poor American.

A law implementing the idea never passed, after then-Gov Ronald Reagan of California testified why it was a bad idea. The story is here.

What  do you think?

 

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