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Jobs guaranteed by the “federal government” or maybe by you🤑

I have been thinking about this concept, trying to comprehend what it means? Is it anything more than an election year ploy to solidify the Democratic base? Given Sanders support it’s likely more than that, he is many things, but he is sincere in his social philosophy.

Can’t anyone who wants a job, like one listed below, get one of those jobs today … if they are qualified? Or doesn’t being qualified matter? I love these words; “the federal government would guarantee.” Where does the federal government get its money? From Americans who go out and get themselves qualified and then get a job and pay taxes.

Can we assume that with such a jobs program we will eliminate Medicaid, SNAP, and unemployment benefits?🤨

What a wonderful idea, everyone guaranteed a good paying job and benefits, no unemployment and absolutely no adverse consequences for the rest of the US economy and jobs market. No need to be productive or qualified or skilled, you’re guaranteed‼️ Hey, those Scandinavians will be flocking here for a happy life.

Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand have all embraced a bold new idea they think will revitalize the American economy: a job guarantee.

Under the proposal, the federal government would guarantee a well-paying job, with benefits and a high enough salary to pay for rent, transportation, and food, to every citizen who wants one. Anyone who didn’t have a job and wanted one could go into a local office for a government agency — call it the Works Progress Administration, maybe — and walk out with a regular government position paying a livable wage ($15 an hour, perhaps) and offering health, dental, and vision insurance, and retirement benefits, and child care for their kids.

Different people would do different things: teaching or working for after-school programs or providing child care or building roads and mass transit or driving buses and so on. But everyone would be guaranteed a job, including during recessions. Involuntary unemployment would be a thing of the past. No one who works would be in poverty. Vox.com

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    • The old adage about giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish has been updated by a reader: Give a man a fish and he will ask for tartar sauce and French fries! Moreover, some politician who wants his vote will declare all these things to be among his ‘basic rights.’

      Thomas Sowell

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  1. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t communist Russia try this? They told you what job you were allow to have. The state owned the major industries. People had no incentive to work so their production output was low and of low quality. I also believe that Nazi Germany had full employment and they also had slave labor too.

    Finland just gave up on their guarantee income experiment this year. If they tried to implement it for the whole country, taxes would have to be raised by 30%. So, if you are taxing the same money that you gave them in the first place, where does the money come from?

    The US tried two programs of limited nature during the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration. Both programs only employed 13.5 million workers before the programs ended during WWII. Wages for the CCC was only $570 a month (in 2017 dollars) which is a far cry from $2,580 a month ($15/hr). These people wanted to work and they worked hard too because they were glad to have a chance to earn money during the depression. Now we are proposing to just give them money?

    What happens when people decide that they can’t work or don’t want to work. All these social welfare programs that we have in place now, will end up staying. People will find no incentive to improve their job skills because they have a government civil service job with full benefits and retirement. Why would you want to work in the private sector without the same benefits?

    I can also see the courts full of cases where somebody didn’t get the job they wanted or didn’t get promoted. Will people strike to get more government benefits and bigger pensions? What happen to Greece a few years ago because of their large debt from their social programs?

    All those low paying retails jobs will go away since we will be taxed so heavily that we will have no extra income to spend on fast food or new clothes. I hope free housing comes with these jobs too.

    The Democrats really need to change the name of their party to the Socialist party, not that people understand the difference.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/audience/david-whitley/os-sp-finland-universal-income-0424-story.html

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