THE SWISS - Pay Out of $2,500 to replace various monthly welfare benefits!

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Post by Guest on Tue May 24, 2016 11:16 pm

If the immigrants in Turkey hear about this ...all of the hyped up fearmongering for England might just be all for naught No  {sarcasm alert}
This expensive country is debating giving away money

THE SWISS - Pay Out of $2,500 to replace various monthly welfare benefits!  E151e5 THE SWISS - Pay Out of $2,500 to replace various monthly welfare benefits!  AA1QzSo  Bloomberg - Catherine Bosley 16 hrs ago
The Swiss are discussing paying people $2,500 a month for doing nothing.
The country will vote June 5 on whether the government should introduce an unconditional basic income to replace various welfare benefits. Although the initiators of the plan haven’t stipulated how large the payout should be, they’ve suggested the sum of 2,500 francs ($2,500) for an adult and a quarter of that for a child.
It sounds good, but — two things. It would barely get you over the poverty line, typically defined as 60 percent of the national median disposable income, in what’s one of the world’s most expensive countries. More importantly, it’s probably not going to happen anyway.
Switzerland's People Power
Plebiscites are a common part of Switzerland’s direct democracy, with multiple votes every year. The basic income initiative is taking place after the proposal gathered the required 100,000 signatures, though current polls suggest it won’t get any further. The idea of paying everyone a stipend has also piqued interest in other countries, such as Canada, the Netherlands and Finland, where an initial study began last year. 
The initiators say the sum they’ve mentioned would allow for a “decent existence.” Still, on an annual basis, it would provide only 30,000 francs — just above the 2014 poverty line of 29,501 francs.
Nearly one in eight people in Switzerland were below the level in that year, according to the statistics office. That’s more than in France, Denmark and Norway. Among those over 65, one in five were at risk of being poor.
“It’s not like you see abject poverty in Switzerland,” said Andreas Ladner, professor of political science at the University of Lausanne. “But there are a few people who don’t have enough money, and there are some people who work and don’t earn enough.”
Great Experiment
Among the proponents of basic income is former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who says it's necessary as automation and robots increasingly eliminate jobs.
“A rich country like Switzerland has the great opportunity to try out this great experiment,” he said.
The initiative doesn’t lay out the conditions under which non-citizens would qualify.
The proposal is opposed by the government, which says the stipend would mean higher taxes, create disincentives to work and cause a skills shortage. The economy is already hamstrung by the franc’s strength, with businesses warning they’ll move production to less pricey locations to reduce costs.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that such an initiative could weaken our economy,” said Interior Minister Alain Berset.
That view has struck a chord with the electorate: Polls show some 60 percent also oppose it.
So all joking aside ...what's wrong with this benefit model? 
If we did that in America and put the responsibility for the monthly allocation of funds - back upon the people that
a.) need it
b.) had to spend it
c.) knew better than the government how best to divide up their benefit stipend 
d.) how many large federal agencies could we disband
e.) how to monitor those select few that would neglect their families and blow the money of booze and drugs

Interesting premise and certainly there would be problems; but we have a system in place now rife with glut/lack of oversight/areas that need better adjusted benefit allotments due to cost of living etc., etc., etc.,
Anyone else want to weigh in on the 'Pros & Cons' that the Swiss idea for the potential monthly stipend might work/not work?


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