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UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: Should the U.S. Government Guarantee Every American a Minimum Income?
A universal basic income (UBI) would lift millions of Americans out of poverty and provide a financial safety net as advances in artificial intelligence make traditional jobs obsolete. A UBI would provide struggling Americans with the dignity and stability that the current welfare system has failed to provide.
A universal basic income would be prohibitively expensive and would encourage many Americans to leave the workforce. Handing people money for nothing undermines the country’s spirit of industriousness. Other policies—like a government jobs program or a higher minimum wage—would more effectively help the poor.
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