Social Democracy Won’t Work in America

from the Washington Examiner:

What liberals and progressives get so horribly wrong about taxes

It’s a consistent complaint that those wondrous social democracies over in Europe get so much more from government, so why can’t we here in the U.S.? Some advocating this are even willing to make the (true) point that to get so much more from government, we’ll all have to pay so much more, as they do, in taxes.

Well, as long as people are willing to point out both sides of this, that we can only get “free” healthcare and college if we pay for it, then that’s fine. It becomes an argument over what is either efficient or fair as a method of delivering those things which we know we’re going to have, healthcare and college. read more

Podcast – We’ve Been Nudged Into A Cashless Society – The TSA Isn’t Screening Employees – Bruce Springsteen Cancels Concert

In this episode I discuss how we have been nudged, ala Cass Sunstein, into a virtual cashless society. Sunstein argued that this is a good thing in that it caused crime to decrease in welfare communities. But a cashless society may also be used by the government to confiscate our money for use in a bail-in.

In segment two I discuss a recent revelation uncovered by a Senate Committee that the TSA is not screening employees before work in virtually all major U.S. airports. But fear not for, a decade and half after 9/11, the TSA claims it is working on it.

In segment three I declare Bruce Springsteen a leftist jerk. Big news I know. He has cancelled a concert in solidarity with the Transgender movement. Hooray for Bruce! read more

One Nation Tries To Tackle Its Welfare Problem

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Every developed nation on Earth, at least so called Western Nations, has something in common and that something is what to do about the poor.

Countries wrestle with the social and economic impact – we/they struggle with the ever-increasing cost of caring for our/their poor. Those on the left insist it is our duty as a grand collective to redistribute the wealth from the haves to the have-nots. Those on the right agree that some care should be provided to the working poor, the homeless and truly indigent. This debate has been raging for multiple decades with no end in sight – the left advocating for ever more entitlements and the right insisting on some accountability.

Instead of just endlessly debating the issue the Island nation of New Zealand years ago decided to try something new. In 2013 they overhauled their welfare system to make those who receive payments somewhat more accountable. Some of the changes included discouraging families on welfare from having more children, requiring recipients to reapply for benefits at set intervals, cutting benefits if certain obligations are not met and guiding recipients into work. They also instituted a penalty for abusers of the system where a spouse must repay any benefit his or her spouse received under false pretenses. Try that in America.

Although the system has helped, the government of New Zealand is still not satisfied. So, it’s on to something new and even more radical. They call it a “Universal Basic Income” (UBI) and it “involves a basic, unconditional, fixed payment made to every person in the country by the state in lieu of benefits.” read more