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Universal Basic Income

The Cost Of Living 

To be alive.

Recently, I did some research into historic product costs and while doing so came across some pretty sad and desperate thoughts by people suffering under our current financial and social system. Here’s a few things I found.

Between 1974 and 1977 minimum wage was roughly $2.50 per hour. Back then a loaf of bread cost 0.29, green pepper 0.08, onion 0.03, chicken 0.29lb, bulb garlic 0.10, milk 0.99 gal, ice cream 1/2 gal 0.79.

Today those very same items would cost roughly $20.00.

In 1974 rent for a 2bd flat, heat included, was $125.00 a month, today that same flat rents for $1350.00 plus heat.

In 1974 30% of your income went towards shelter. Today it is at least 45%.

That 15% difference should be savings.

Anyone making $20 per hour today is actually making less than minimum wage in 1977. Minimum wage, based on the price of inflation – THINGS WE NEED TO LIVE – should be roughly $23.00 per hour just to break even.

If you are making $7.50 or even $10.00 per hour you are living in perpetual debt and financially a sub-standard lifestyle.

The Sad Reality

Dungeons and dragons.

Currently, most working people are living on what I call The New Reservation: After the US Army rounded up the Native Peoples, put them on what became known as The Reservation. Those who were “lucky” enough to work off The Reservation received a substandard wage for their labor. The only place to purchase any goods or foods in those areas was a place called The General Store (this model was also used in smaller towns known as The Company Store). Prices at these stores were so inflated the people living there were forced to run up credit in order to survive leaving them forever in debt and stuck on The Reservation.

The majority of us are all living on The New Reservation now, and many are also stuck on The New Plantation.

The New Plantation is the prison system, most of the people in prison are in for non-violent offenses, but rather than have them make fair restitution, apologize, perhaps even seek the help or skills they need to live they are put into the private prison system where it just so happens that their warm-behind-bars-bodies pays well on floor of the stock market – between $25K to $60K a year, actual human upkeep on that scale, $10k. Further, regardless of the offence be assured these people serve every single day of their sentence, there is little to no room for good behavior. Those in prison who work; assembling furniture or sitting in a call center earn 0.79 an hour for their labor.  Again, this segment of society is faced with inflated prices for the purchase of the simple things within the prison system they need or want such as, a call home, a pack of cigarettes or a candy bar.

Out here in the real world chances are you have no medical insurance. Even under ObamaRomneyCare, face it, with a $6k deductible, you have no health care. If you are low income you are paying $200 a month for nothing. Let’s follow that (((money))) and see where it goes Connecticut.

However, if you are low income and can swallow your pride, you might qualify for Food Stamps, or in the new Orwellian-Speak Food Share. Still, you are eating highly processed packaged food because you either lack the education on how to eat right or too depressed to even care.

You also have no savings, maxed out any credit card you had at some outrageously high interest rate, perhaps you are even in student loan debt or stuck in some payday loan scam.

You are most likely living in low income housing or rent a run down apartment in an unsafe area wondering how much worse it can possibly get.

Chances are your job, if you have one, is unfulfilling, has no benefits, pension or real future.

You wonder how you even get up in the morning.

Your only source of entertainment and diversion is the internet, if you are savvy enough to operate and own a computer or you’re bombarded by endless commercials on TV telling you all the things you need that you can’t afford and are subjugated to watching the lifestyles of people you’ll never know or be like.

Your life expectancy in the US has now dropped by 10 to 15 years.

You’re might also be too proud to make any new friends because you’re always broke, down and out. You’re too embarrassed to talk to or bother your family, who is also struggling with finances and waking up in the morning to their unfulfilling dead end jobs. In your eyes the word failure is written and everyone can see it, so you keep your head down, get through the day and escape home hoping you don’t get mugged or sick.

Your mind wanders more often to the topic of a quick and painless end, because none of this really matters, and that mindset is reinforced daily by businesses and colleagues who remind you that you’re easily replaced and no one needs your business. This is what’s call the free market, modern capitalism now. Darwin in action.

You’re living a few steps and a paycheck away from homelessness.

By this time many fall into drugs and too often people feel that coming back from an overdose is worse than dying.

THIS is NOT Western Civilization, this is borderline Communism, Corporatism,  Plutocracy, Slavery call it what you will, but it not the struggle for better or balanced.

America Is Spiraling

Prison is the New Plantation, Debt is the New Reservation, War is a Culture of Death.

Basic Income changes all that.

All of it!

Basic Income is really just compensation for the last 45 years of deflated wages and massive unfair debt and yes usury.

If you are counting on your good graces, charming disposition, laurels or luck to get you through life, think again. Those who have lost those 10 to 15 years of life expectancy are dying in massive debt, on average $63k worth of debt on their death bed and that debt is left to you, your children, your grandchildren and their grandchildren. Complete economic and education control in the hands of the few.

The black hole of debt is growing and the bigger it gets the faster is sucks in everything in its path, it is making its way up the income ladder. You are on that list.

If we don’t start lifting people up their sorrow and misery will collapse the whole damn thing and much sooner than you think. What we have now will be utterly wiped out, and your quality of life will be armed with a 24/7 watch.

That said, I have a few words for those who say and feel that basic income is a hand-out for lazy people who just don’t want to work, you are wrong, dead wrong, ask a retired veteran, many who volunteer their time in schools, helping the sick, elderly, their brothers in need and for all who were lucky, had the strength to stick it through now live, through our good graces, on a basic income military pension.

If you lean to the higher moral ground of ‘an honest dollar for an honest day’s work’ those old days you long for do not exists. Let me fill you in on your massive and miserable failure when is came to locking up the crooked bankers, the ending of corporate subsidies, all that massive crazy foreign aid, unaccountable military debt for endless wars that have absolutely nothing to do with these here United States.

How do you justify all that larceny and theft over an American Citizens basic survival?

There are market solutions beside a basic income: shore-up the 1974 income gap inflation as demonstrated above, cut profits and CEO salaries to level those earnings off and out, but also forbid the creation of robots, because now they are cheaper to run than you.

Further, our politicians, corporate CEOs and you who keep looking the other way still longing to hold out for that REAL Capitalism and that REAL Free Market which will fix everything, all that has proven to the rest of us is you are no longer trustworthy, and without trust you got zot!

Trust Is Everything

Everything.

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#GYMAC

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“Knowledge is power, but is it means nothing without the will to act.”
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