America Needs a “Tax Reformation”

by Lowell Ponte

This October the world’s Protestants celebrate the 500th Anniversary of priest Martin Luther posting 95 Theses that called for changes in the Roman Catholic church, an act that sparked the Reformation.

The Reformation also launched modern free enterprise, argued pioneering sociologist Max Weber in The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism. The Reformation taught that individual achievement and earned success were virtues, and established the Protestant work ethic that helped make the English-speaking nations world powers.

In today’s struggle between globalist collectivism and nationalist individualism, we need more than tax reform. We need a Tax Reformation that again puts the individual taxpayer above the government and reasserts the ancient Roman Cicero’s motto that the good of the people is the highest law. Government is supposed to serve us, not overtax our achievers to serve the greed of selfish politicians and the state.

The United States, which began as a free enterprise nation, now imposes a 35 percent tax rate on businesses, the highest among advanced countries. Progressives insist that any tax change be “revenue neutral,” that government receive at least as much tax as it gets now by clawing back and redistributing with its left hand whatever tax cuts are given with its right. The only debate is to be over who pays most and least, with politicians demanding indulgences from businesses trying to escape Tax Hell.

Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Trump's tax reform promisePresident Donald Trump’s wish to reduce business taxes to 15 percent is “unrealistic” according to the left-of-center magazine The Atlantic. Yet 15 percent could bring 2.5 Trillion in overseas earnings home, and is the business tax rate in prosperous Germany, Luther’s homeland.

The Left deems a 25 percent rate plausible. This is the business tax rate in Communist China – 10 percentage points lower today than in the “capitalist” United States. In the United Kingdom from which we won independence, the business tax rate is 19 percent. In Ireland it is 13 percent, barely over a third of ours. Government tax greed has made America uncompetitive.

In a true free enterprise nation, why is business taxed at all? Business employs and benefits us; it should be encouraged, not penalized as a minority that in our class-warfare democracy can be taxed heavily by politicians to buy the votes of those less successful.

President Richard Nixon once said that a 35 percent tax rate was the point at which a nation’s freedom vanishes. But our government now taxes business and then also taxes the earnings of individuals who work for or invest in that business. The pagan god of today’s Leftists, Karl Marx, proposed high “Progressive” income taxes as one of the best ways to destroy capitalism and replace it with socialist serfdom under a ruling elite.

“The Democrats have become socialists,” wrote columnist Dana Milbank earlier this month in the liberal Washington Post. As Craig R. Smith and I wrote in We Have Seen The Future And It Looks Like Baltimore, the risk that the socialist one of our two political parties could take power in any election and start taxing and expropriating capital will greatly reduce business investment. We estimate that this “donkey drag” could reduce potential jobs and economic growth by 25 percent.

The purportedly pro-business Republicans run Congress but have been hesitant to make President Trump’s tax cut proposals law. If they do not enact a large retroactive tax cut on businesses and individuals soon, they could easily lose one or both houses of Congress in the 2018 elections.

Republicans have the power to slash taxes if their policies are “revenue neutral” after ten years. This is temporary and imperfect. But if Democrats regain power because of Republican timidity or inaction, the rules will immediately be changed to raise taxes. Americans need again to see that lower taxes and smaller government – a Tax Reformation – are the path back to greater prosperity, freedom, individuality, and enterprise.
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Trump’s Turning Point In History (And Ours)

By Lowell Ponte

The ancient Chinese had a favorite curse: “May you live in interesting times,” meaning times of social disorientation, transformational change, war, chaos, and revolutionary upheaval. We live in interesting times in a nation divided.

Progressives, after a century of power-grabbing, were in 2016 only one election victory away from dissolving America into a collectivist global government.

The left-dominated media and unelected Deep State in 2016 decided that they would do more than interfere with our election by rigging the Democratic nomination for Hillary Clinton, and then refusing to prosecute her many crimes.

Almost unreported, the liberal media also tried to rig the Republican primaries to guarantee that Ms. Clinton became President by picking the “weakest” possible opponent to make her victory easy. The media did this by giving Donald Trump what the New York Times estimates was a de facto campaign contribution of $2 Billion worth of free airtime to beat his GOP rivals.

Progressives continue to suffer shock and awe that Trump, like a mythical Greek hero, did the almost-impossible by defeating Clinton. This man of destiny prevented our doom, although it remains to be seen for how long. He is tough but honest about his agenda. Progressives are desperate to hector and destroy this man who bested them, and who exposes how they have corrupted the America designed by our Framers.

bsnews-bigAs part of the media’s frenzied coup attempt to destroy Trump, CBS “60 Minutes” plans next weekend to interview a fame-and-wealth-seeking pornographic movie star who claims she and Trump had an affair. She says she was paid $170,000 not to discuss this matter in public, but now she will – which means that nothing she says can be trusted.

CBS is changing from the Tiffany to the titillation network, airing smut for ratings. Did it do this when Progressive Bill Clinton was sexually accused? Bill and Hillary Clinton were given prime time on “60 Minutes” in a pre-taped, pre-election interview – basically a free ad – where Executive Producer Don Hewitt gave them the questions in advance, along with guaranteed do-overs if they slipped and said anything embarrassing. Republicans are never allowed to edit their CBS interviews like this. As media insiders know, Hewitt was also notorious for chasing young females around the desk of his locked office.

CBS is sinking from being fake news into Pornews, airing pornography as news. Anything to destroy Trump.

Meanwhile, to win the 2018 elections, Democrats in key places such as Pennsylvania’s soon-to-vanish “Brigadoon” 18th Congressional District are pretending to be Trumpists. Conor Lamb’s first ad leading to his narrow win featured him holding his AR-15 “assault rifle” while saying he would defend Second Amendment rights….yet no young anti-gun activist protested against Lamb. Media’s leftist collusion conjures such illusions. Lamb said he would not vote for liberal Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker – but fooling voters into electing mock-moderate Democrats could make her speaker, end Trump’s reforms and tax cuts, and launch his impeachment.

Trump has struck fear into our smug unelected rulers who thought they were above the law and would pay no price for attempting a coup d’etat. Leftists now know this war with Trump could cost them their accumulated power.

Trump has less than seven years left to serve, but supporters act as if he has made America permanently prosperous. Seven good years might be coming, or, God forbid, tomorrow morning’s news could report that Trump’s presidency has suddenly ended and the economy and dollar are in free fall.

We should be prepared with honest money, prudent diversification, and individual responsibility. America’s future in these interesting times may depend on President Trump, but he depends on the more than 40 percent of Americans who support him despite endless Progressive attacks.
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Donald Ducks Into California: Will He Be the Last President to Visit this U.S. State?

By Lowell Ponte

Donald Trump scheduled this week for his maiden visit to the most hostile leftist land to him on Earth, the once-golden state of California.

The Spanish named this place after the fabled warrior Queen Calafia (from the Arab word Khalifa, the Muslim religious and state ruler) who ruled a magic island of talking animals. This was the land where 49ers swarmed nearly two centuries ago, with pipe dreams of gaining wealth without work, and actors later followed with stars in their eyes.

mrz031018-color-1-8-mb_origToday California has more poor people than any other state – one-third of America’s welfare recipients, and one-quarter of its illegal aliens. This dependency on government has produced a super-majority of ruling Democrats and a minority-majority state where whites are a minority.

In the north of this first “sanctuary” state, the Oakland mayor has done more than refuse to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) police; she also warned illegal residents that ICE agents planned widespread arrests the next day, thereby endangering the officers.

An Oakland coffee shop called Hasta Muerte (Spanish for “until death”) refuses to serve police officers for the “physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves.” Oddly, far-left residents would punish a cake shop that refused to custom-decorate a cake for a gay wedding, but discriminating against cops is fine. They would evict police, much as the “no go” Muslim zones in Paris do. As the old saying goes, were it not for their double standards, the Left would have no standards at all.

At the state’s opposite end is its second biggest city (yes, bigger than San Francisco), San Diego, where in California’s golden age roughly one-third of residents had some connection to the U.S. military, mostly Marines at Camp Pendleton or the Navy’s Top Gun or Pacific Command Center.

President Trump reportedly plans to arrive in San Diego on Tuesday, be targeted by protestors (some of whom may be taking the San Diego State University course on impeaching Trump), inspect the eight prototypes for his border wall, and fly for 20 minutes up the coastline that night to Los Angeles and a Republican fundraiser where tickets cost from $35,000 to $250,000. In 2016 Trump got more than 4.5 million votes in California. He then will fly home Wednesday, perhaps with one other stop, perhaps in Fresno. He may be the last President to visit American California.

Although Hillary Clinton carried California with ease in 2016, several of the secession movements aim to free San Diego as well as the inland and northern counties from the tyranny of the radical Los Angeles-San Francisco axis – symbolized by the single red star in California’s flag.

Why is this Left Coast axis so leftist? Hollywood is a land of utopian fantasy that at least once upon a time used to be mostly pro-American. But Hollywood is now an almost wholly-owned subsidiary of Communist China, its biggest audience and provider of production money. It is an industry of prostitutes that, as Susan Sarandon says, rewards actors who “Don’t ask questions.”

Typical leftist actor Matt Damon, for example, recently starred in the China-funded propaganda flick “The Great Wall.” He also starred in the American-oil-fracking-is-evil agitprop film “Promised Land,” which was quietly funded by America’s competitor the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. Globalism and anti-American themes are fine in Hollywood movies, but what major recent movies are pro-American?

Northern California’s Silicon Valley is rich with high tech companies that stifle employee free speech as surely as University of California commissars do, and that also help China control and spy on its own citizens. Yes, they still have stars in their eyes – now red stars. These are the rich folks who mock Trump’s wall and nationalism while living in gated communities and pay little to their illegal Mexican gardeners.

But come the political mega-quake, these white rich will be ousted, much as opponent Kevin de Leon, veteran ruler of the California Senate, denied U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein the Democratic re-nomination. As De Leon has said, if the immigration laws were enforced, half his relatives would have to return to Mexico. Instead, come April 1, they and other illegals getting driver licenses will automatically be registered to vote with legal immunity, and we can kiss American California goodbye.

California has already seceded from federal drugs laws, too. Californians used to worry about their state seceding and turning into an alien nation, but, high on Hollywood hallucinations they smoke something to forget that now. This month Steven Spielberg releases “Ready Player One,” which as Craig R. Smith and I discuss in Money, Morality & The Machine is about a dystopia where people live mostly in computer games.

California will label caffeine a carcinogen at Hasta Muerte, but they are putting treated sewage into state water supplies. Do not drink the water, Mr. President. As California Senator Kamala Harris says in criticizing President Trump’s immigration policies: “California represents the future.”
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Democrats Try “Gerrymandering” Elections by Age and Ethnicity

by Lowell Ponte

In 1812, Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry tried rigging elections by redrawing district boundaries so that his Democratic-Republican Party (the forerunner of today’s Democratic Party) would win more seats. One such district was shaped like a salamander, which critics called a “Gerrymander.”


The Democrats ever since have used trickery to win. Pennsylvania Supreme Court judges, all Democrats, have replaced the legislature’s power to draw congressional districts. In 2000, Democrats tried to throw out overseas ballots of Florida soldiers, and the far left Center for American Progress this February proposed making it harder for Americans in uniform to vote overseas, because soldiers tend to vote as conservatives. In 2016, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order giving votes to more than 100,000 felons, who vote up to 88 percent Democratic.

President Barack Obama, as Craig R. Smith and I noted in our book Money, Morality & The Machine, broke all legal limits with his “Obamamander,” in effect stretching the southern border of the U.S. to include voters from all of Mexico and half of Central America. On April 1, California will begin automatically registering all Driver License holders to vote, and will remove any criminal penalty from non-citizens thus registered who vote illegally.

The latest Democratic scheme could be called “gerrymandering by age.” Several efforts are underway – including some reportedly receiving funds from billionaire radical George Soros – to lower the voting age from 18 to 17 or 16. Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett advocates votes for 16-year-olds. Leftist Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe writes that “Teens between 14 and 18 have far better BS detectors, on average, than ‘adults’ 18 and older. Wouldn’t it be great if the voting age were lowered to 16?”

In fact, young voters are inexperienced and naive, immature, dependent on others, and generally have never held a serious job or had to pay taxes or a mortgage. They are easy prey for leftist teachers and demagogues who advocate wealth redistribution, gun confiscation, and other radical schemes.

As with soldiers and felons, leftists want to do more than give votes to immature voters. They also want to take away the right to vote from older citizens who tend to vote conservatively. Time Magazine’s Joel Stein argues:

“Old people vote shortsightedly, choosing the least Progressive outcome. In surveys in the U.S. and the U.K., people over 65 – compared with people under 30 – were nearly twice as likely to be against gay marriage; twice as likely to be pro-Brexit; half as likely to support legalization of marijuana; nearly five times less likely to want to spend money on education; 60% more likely to vote for Donald Trump; and nearly 50% more likely to say immigrants have a negative impact on society.”

“The over-65 generation does not accurately represent our country,” writes Stein, “because they are overwhelmingly white and actually vote. So, unfortunately, we’re going to have to bar them from voting.” Is he joking?

To do this, the Left must circumvent the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says that “The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”

Odds are the Democrats will follow Mr. Obama, who confiscated guns from Social Security recipients not because they were old, but because their need for help filling out government paperwork was “evidence” of a “mental deficiency” Democrats could use to take away their Second Amendment rights. Ironically, Democrats have worked to increase voting by the mentally deficient, whose ballots can be filled out and cast absentee by liberal government social workers…one more way to gerrymander the vote.

The Left already denies freedom of speech and threatens violence against those with non-Leftist opinions, such as disbelief in global warming. How large a next step is it to deny the vote to those who demonstrate their “mental illness” by opposing the Left?


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Will The Supreme Court Defund the Democrats?

By Lowell Ponte

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

This will be a central issue this week as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether a government worker can be compelled to pay money to a public employee union. Although not strictly union dues, the “agency” fees required by such unions typically range from 50 percent to 100 percent of union dues.

WeUnions-630In 1977, the high court’s Abood decision allowed such coercive exactions on the assumption that unions acted primarily as collective bargaining agents for government workers and served their interests. But since the policies of any government employee union inevitably influence government policy, these unions are inevitably also political.

Today, moreover, as the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Henninger notes, these “unions have become political parties” promoting their own far-ranging leftward ideological agendas to enlarge government and advance specific political causes, such as giving the right to vote to felons. Union members now provide both money and shock troops to the partisan Left.

Most would agree that compelling a citizen to pay a hefty hunk of his or her wages to any political party would violate that person’s rights of free speech and freedom of association. The very point of civil service reform more than a century ago was to remove government jobs from the corrupt old political “spoils” system, named after the saying “To the winner go the spoils,” through which activists in either winning party were given government jobs to reward their partisan loyalty.

When public workers are forced to pay unions that have used their coerced money to become the biggest funders of Democratic Party candidates, this violates their rights and corrupts our democratic republic. A National Science Foundation-funded General Social Survey found that 32 percent of unionized government workers identify as Republicans or Republican-leaning independents. But at least 90 percent of all public employee union political contributions are given to Democrats.

Such de facto taxation of workers is all the more cynical because it funds a private union monopoly intertwined with a public government monopoly. The Progressive politicians empower public unions, then divvy up the money that fat cat union bosses have squeezed from workers. Workers who should serve the public equally are exploited by unions to fund mostly one political party.

The politicians use such union money to get reelected, and then renew union power and move to make unionized government even larger. And unlike the private sector, where companies bargain to keep their own profits, in government the unions often have helped elect the very politicians who now sit across the bargaining table – politicians usually more than happy to give away to the unions dollars not earned by government but simply coerced from taxpayers.

The workers lose, and so do taxpayers who pay the cost of ever-bigger, more corrupt government. We get “the best government money can buy,” thanks to Leftist campaigns lavishly funded with what in a free society would be defined as stolen money.

The leftist press is terrified that this week’s court case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 – perhaps the most important landmark case in decades – could put at risk nearly two-thirds of public union campaign money ($166 Million in 2016) that the four biggest public employee unions give the lion’s share of to Democratic candidates. Could Democrats win without this extorted union money advantage? Perhaps not.

After World War II, more than a third of U.S. workers were union members. Today only about 6.5 percent of private sector workers are unionized. By contrast, federal, state and local governments are typically 36 percent unionized.

But, as Craig R. Smith and I discussed in our book The Great Withdrawal, even in “Progressive” Wisconsin unionized workers “given a chance by a new law to leave their union without penalty, have been quitting in huge numbers” of nearly 50 percent. Two states that were key to President Trump’s 2016 victory – Michigan and Wisconsin – over the past six years adopted “right to work” laws that had at least partially ended compulsory payments to government unions. Workers now have a “right to work” in 28 of 50 states.

Public employee union extortion almost ended in 2016, but the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia removed a conservative vote from the Supreme Court and ended the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association in a 4-4 tie vote. President Trump’s appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch replaced Scalia with another conservative. Progressives are right to fear that the court ruling expected by June will take away much of their money and power by freeing their members.
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It’s Time to Disarm Certain Mentally Ill People

By Lowell Ponte

In the wake of the Florida school gunman’s killing of at least 17 victims, it is time we took violent mental illness seriously. It is time to crack down on those sick people who have threatened to attack or kill conservative office holders and President Donald Trump.

Before we talk of further limits on Second Amendment constitutional citizen rights to keep and bear arms, we ought to be willing to disarm those who have openly exceeded the First Amendment by expressing their wish to shoot or otherwise violently attack those who hold different political views. They are shouting “Fire!” and sparking fires in a crowded theater.

It can no longer be treated as mere theatrics or a publicity stunt when singer Madonna tells a crowd in the wake of Mr. Trump’s election that she has thought “an awful lot” about “blowing up the White House.” Or when Johnny Depp declares that “maybe it’s about time” that another “actor assassinated a president,” as in John Wilkes Booth’s 1865 murder of President Abraham Lincoln.

We should no longer tolerate the likes of comedian Kathy Griffin holding up what looks like the bloody severed head of President Trump, or late night host Stephen Colbert, to boost his ratings, depicting the head of White House conservative Stephen Miller impaled on a spike, as in the days of King Henry VIII.

Americans should not approve when New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park depicts the assassination of an actor who looks like Mr. Trump. Nor should we ignore videos by Snoop Dogg or Marilyn Manson in which these singers shoot a character made to resemble our duly-elected president.

These are more than shooting off one’s mouth. These are “how to” hate guides that get broadcast to millions of impressionable young people such as the mentally-unbalanced Florida shooter, potentially motivating them to imitate the anti-conservative violence so stylishly portrayed.

We need to rethink what it means when comic Larry Wilmore jokes that he wants to take “the pillow they used to kill Scalia” and use it to cut off Donald Trump’s “oxygen.” We need to take it seriously when singer Bette Midler tweets “Where’s Rand Paul’s neighbor when we need him?” referring to a neighbor who violently assaulted the Kentucky Republican Senator.

We need to remember that a socialist Bernie Sanders supporter stalked and opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers, severely wounding and nearly killing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. This ideological leftist fanatic might have killed all his targets but was thwarted because Scalise had an armed security detail.

Leftist views favoring coercion and government theft are inherently a form of mental illness. When combined with the emotional advocacy of mindless hate and violence, those drunk on this toxic alchemy should be prohibited from possessing firearms themselves, and should be forbidden from employing any armed “bodyguards” to carry out their wishes.

Unwilling to accept the rejection of their views by voters’ ballots, these leftists now seem eager to remove Mr. Trump and other Republicans with bullets from the violent environment they conjure. If denied the power to rule America, they aim to ruin it by making media voodoo dolls of Republicans and sticking pins in them.

The Left is “normalizing” violence in our society. Any rational person would see that this is anti-democratic, nation-destroying lunacy that threatens to start to a new civil war.

We have seen the “mad” in the minds of those like singer Madonna. We can no longer wink at such violent insanity. America needs to disarm the Looney Left.
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Courting Female Votes

By Lowell Ponte

With President Donald Trump’s approval rising in recent polls, and with Democrat prospects for the November elections sinking, it is obvious why the Leftist media is suddenly trying to polarize America’s largest bloc of voters – women.


Last Sunday, ABC’s “This Week” mobilized a hate fest condemning the President and Chief of Staff General John Kelly for not acting instantly to fire White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, accused of domestic violence by two former wives.

Despite the current scandal, one of Porter’s ex-wives days ago told the U.K. Daily Mail: “I don’t want to be married to him….But I definitely want him in the White House and the position he is in. I think his integrity and ability to do his job is impeccable.”

Porter – a Harvard graduate, Rhodes Scholar, and former Mormon missionary – worked for Senators Rob Portman (Ohio) and Mike Lee (Utah), and as Chief of Staff for Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) before coming to the Trump White House. Only near Trump did lightning strike him.

“This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos, former hatchet man for Democratic President Bill Clinton, defended his man accused of violent rape. But that was a different time, before the rise of today’s hyper-partisan media and #MeToo post-feminist radicalism, heard on ABC’s Sunday show.

Some radicals have gone beyond seeking equality for men and women and instead now, like “gender racists,” want to “overthrow the patriarchy,” to create a new society dominated by women. And some, like former Chief Strategist in the Trump White House Steve Bannon, think this will happen.

“The anti-patriarchy movement is going to undo ten thousand years of recorded history….Women are gonna take charge of society,” Bannon is quoted as saying by Bloomberg journalist Joshua Green.

“And they couldn’t juxtapose a better villain than Trump. He is the patriarch….It’s even more powerful than populism. It’s deeper. It’s primal. It’s elemental….It’ll never be the same going forward.”

America is already being “un-man-ed,” as Craig R. Smith and I explain in our book The Great Withdrawal. Roughly one in five working-age males is not working. Eight years ago women passed men in total American employment; held 51.4 percent of managerial and professional jobs; and were earning 60 percent of college bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
“In a stark reversal,” wrote Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men: And The Rise of Women, “men are now more likely than women to hold only a high-school diploma.” And as managers, women may have more of the skills a post-industrial enterprise needs: social intelligence, open communication, the ability to sit still and focus.

More than forty percent of women are unmarried. More than forty percent are the primary breadwinners in their families, and millions are coupled to Uncle Sam, who brings home the bacon in homes where Government Assumes the Role of Spouse (GARS, as bureaucrats call it).

Brawn in past ages was the key to battlefield and factory success, but good-paying factory jobs have greatly diminished in our post-industrial age, and push-button high tech fights our wars. Millions of men now earn less than women. At the same time, male sperm count has fallen by 60 percent, and America’s fertility rate is too low to replenish our population. A majority of white women voted for Donald Trump in 2016, but single women dependent on government as their provider are inclined to vote for Democrats.

The masculinity behind both patriarchy and patriotism is being replaced by infantilized pajama-boy Leftists. But would matriarchy be better? Or would it become merely a “patriarchal” hierarchy run by women, an artifact that lasts only a brief interval before the Artificial Intelligence robots replace humankind, male and female?
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The Progressive Future: Money For Nothing

by Lowell Ponte

In 2012 the City of Stockton in California’s Central Valley declared bankruptcy. Now, six years later, it is about to become the first American city to experiment with “universal basic income,” simply giving people money for nothing, no questions asked.
This is the next great liberal utopian scheme: give everybody a guaranteed income from the government whether they need it or not, as Craig R. Smith and I document in our book Money, Morality & The Machine. While President Donald Trump is trying to make jobs easier to get, the Left aims to make working unnecessary. When families become hooked on free lifelong income of, say, $1,300 every month, Progressives believe a majority will vote for Democrats forever to keep the free cash coming.

Stockton, of course, does not have the nearly $2 Billion needed to pay each of its 320,000 residents even $500 a month for 18 months. Its ambitious young Mayor Michael Tubbs, 27, a Democrat and former intern in President Barack Obama’s White House, has been offered a $1.2 Million private grant to fund such an income for at most 133 families, who will be studied to see how it changes them.

Roughly a quarter of Stockton residents have incomes below the poverty line in this 13th largest city in California (and 63rd largest city in the United States). Forbes has ranked Stockton, based on crime rates, the 8th “most dangerous” city in America.

Mayor Tubbs calls Stockton “ground zero” for the economic problems that affect many of our cities. He believes people have a “right” to an economic floor below which they cannot fall, and he compares what he favors to the oil fund that each year sends a check to every Alaskan.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., advocated a guaranteed income, as does veteran radical labor leader Andy Stern in his 2016 book Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild The American Dream. Surprisingly, Republican President Richard Nixon and libertarian Nobel-laureate economist Milton Friedman also favored it.

Such guaranteed income would be cheaper than today’s means-tested welfare state, argues American Enterprise Institute analyst Charles Murray. Up to 81 cents of every dollar government spends on the poor never reaches the poor, says Murray; it is devoured by the welfare bureaucracy, which uses the poor to justify their own hefty incomes.

Directly giving everybody, rich or poor, a guaranteed income would eliminate these welfare middlemen…much as is done with Social Security, up to 85 percent of whose payments to those unable to retire are taxed and clawed back by government. When Social Security began, its benefits were not taxed – but politicians are too greedy to let people have untaxed money.

Experiments with universal basic income have been tried from Finland to Kenya. It will be “necessary” in the near future, says Tesla founder Elon Musk, as high tech and robots leave millions unemployed. The European Union proposes funding pay for non-working humans by declaring robots “electronic persons” so they can be heavily taxed.

Stockton Mayor Tubbs’ 18-month experiment will give temporary low pay to a handful of poor families, not create a substantial “universal” basic income that pays, and hence has support from, everybody. But it will study some basic questions. Will giving people what they used to have to earn destroy their work ethic? Will people use it to buy food and opportunity, or booze and California’s recently legalized recreational marijuana?

Will beneficiaries become more free, or freeloaders? What happens to society when the productive pay crushing taxes to subsidize free bread and circuses for the unproductive? Is money-for-nothing the door to a bright utopian future, or a trap door to personal dependency and national bankruptcy? We should consider this now, before Progressives perpetuate their power by imposing this new, universal welfare state on all of us.
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