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February 24, 2012


the sad thing about this is that the people who need social assistance the most, do not benefit. While the only people that do are the bureaucrats and managers in the system. They live high off the hog of tax money, while the poor get a few miserable crumbs spit out the back end of the machine.

There is a far better solution. Lets save the cost by sacking these overpaid, often under-qualified bureaucrats (many welfare workers were "grandfathered" into the system and as such, do not even have university degrees!) and replace the whole system with something more efficient:

a guaranteed annual income.

And no, this is not a left-wing socialist position. The idea comes from Milton Friedman, who called it, initially, a "negative income tax". Now its actually (real, old-school) conservatives that are promoting this the idea the most:


"And no, this is not a left-wing socialist position."

Yes, it is.

My question: what's wrong with that?

John: nothing really, IMO :)

Just the optics of it make it a difficult sell in this particular zeitgest, which is all characterized by a neo-liberal trend in tax/government reduction. Although this idea is not really a welfare program, its a hard sell with the typical "small c conservative" voter.

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Joanne Shuttleworth is the newsroom lead in municipal affairs coverage for the Guelph Mercury. She is a former Guelph YWCA Woman of Distinction honouree and a past winner of an Ontario Newspapers Award for her work as an editor. You can reach her at jshuttleworth@guelphmercury.com

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