Monday, May 04, 2020

The Pope And Pelosi Agree On Universal Basic Income

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Progressives are not about to let this Chinese virus crisis go to waste. Every crisis equals opportunity---opportunity to advance a secular progressive agenda.

Nancy Pelosi is advocating on MSNBC for a universal basic income for all Americans.

Pope Francis thinks it's a good idea for many countries to do so.

Do they know where that leads?

Unfortunately, they do.

Be informed.

It's well known that one of the fundamental progressive principles for advancing their ideology is to "never let a crises go to waste."

We are seeing that principle in full force as the Left tries to use the fear created by the Chinese virus to advance their agenda.

Pelosi and the Pope are on the same page regarding guaranteed income to all.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC last week that it might be time for America to implement some kind of basic minimum income.

She told MSNBC:
"Let's see what works, what is operational and what needs attention." Then added, "Others have suggested a minimum income, a guaranteed income for people. Is that worthy of attention now? Perhaps so, because there are many more people that just in small businesses...that may need some assistance as well."

The Daily Signal---an arm of Heritage Foundation--- says: "The idea of a universal income, or UBI, has been around for decades, and most recently was touted this year by then-Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who has renewed calls for its implementation.

On Easter Sunday, the Pope resurrected the idea of a universal basic income, acknowledging that for many workers, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns are making it difficult, if not impossible, for people to earn money.

In fact, he feels so strongly about it, he wrote a letter to the World Meeting of Popular Movements. It was published on Easter Sunday by the Vatican.

The Pope said in his letter,
"Many of you live from day to day, without any type of legal guarantee to protect you. Street vendors, recyclers, carnies, small farmers, construction workers, dressmakers, the different kinds of caregivers; you who are informal, working on your own or in the grass roots economy, you have no steady income to get you through this hard time...and the lockdowns are becoming unbearable."

The Pope is making reference to the general global conversation of a universal basic income (UBI) that gives regular cash payments with minimal or no requirements for receiving the money.

As unemployment spikes as a result of America and the world being shut down, more and more people are joining the conversation.

The Pope and Pelosi probably have different motives in pushing these destructive socialistic proposals, but they end up on the same page---in agreement.

The Pope says he hopes "that this time of danger will free us from operating on automatic pilot, shake our sleepy consciences and allow a humanist and ecological conversion that puts an end to the idolatry of money..."

He says: "Our civilization---so competitive, so individualistic, with its frenetic rhythms of production and consumption, its extravagant luxuries, its disproportionate profits for just a few---needs to downshift, take stock, and renew itself."

Spain announced last month that they are preparing to roll out a universal basic income.

Spain's Minister for Economic Affairs said Spain, Europe's fourth-largest economy, will roll out a UBI "as soon as possible" and it will be a "nationwide permanent instrument that supports citizens forever."

Has universal basic income ever worked anywhere in the world?

No. Here's why.

A nation already drowning in red ink simply can't afford to almost double its annual budget permanently.

It's been tried in various forms but has always ended in failure.

The Pope may be speaking merely from his personal beliefs regarding social justice, but Pelosi seeks power, not social justice---even though both are saying essentially the same thing.

History warns against such things.

Consider this:

Alexander Fraser Tytler

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”
I'm pretty sure that the so-called progressive Left in our country cannot push the majority of Americans off the UBI cliff at this time, but they are bending the long arc of human events toward the day they can succeed, because there is a growing obsession among those in power on the Left to seize dictatorial power--- Whether it's Pelosi or Schumer or Ocasio-Cortez, or Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren---you know the names---they are all intent on installing socialism in America, and themselves its administrative officials.

The Chinese virus has certainly impacted all of us.

I support our President and believe he has the best interests of our country in his heart. I believe he is doing the right things---but let's not forget that the government's distributing trillions of borrowed dollars to the citizens is what the path to bondage looks like.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.