Months ago, when I wrote a blog post about former Democratic candidate for president, Andrew Yang, I explained the advantages of universal basic income (UBI), in the coming years, due to many jobs that are being and will be automated away.
Now, with the life-threatening consequences of Covid-19, non essential businesses having to shut down, and people being holed up in their homes to help keep from spreading the disease, we need UBI more than ever.
With all the wrangling going on between our politicians in Washington, it seems they can’t do their jobs in alleviating the beginnings of suffering and soon-to-be suffering across our country of its own citizens in having to close down their businesses and cancel gigs/concerts/shows, etc. The frustration and despair among my fellow Americans is growing.
Tax rebates, zero percent interest loans, will do next to nothing, if not nothing, in helping the everyday American.
A UBI of at least $1000 a month per adult and maybe in addition to that, as has been suggested by people like Scott Santens, $500 per child, is needed RIGHT NOW.
People have rent to pay, bills to pay, need food to eat, and medicines to buy.
Congressman, Tim Ryan, tweeted this message on March 20:
As soon as the House continues holding hearings, I’d like to invite @andrewyang to the Hill to testify about the benefits of a permanent UBI. We must bring our greatest minds together to offer solutions to ensure everyone feels more financially secure before disaster strikes.
I hope and pray Andrew is able to speak on the House floor and convince our government officials to pass a real UBI, as Representative Tulsi Gabbard tried to do a few weeks back with her own emergency UBI bill.
Both Yang and Gabbard are right. We need money for people suffering losses that will only grow in numbers, and we need it for the duration of this time until, like Tulsi Gabbard said yesterday on the Jimmy Dore Show, the disease has disappeared from our country and our financial situation is back to a stable place.