Ontario is ending their universal basic income program over a year earlier than originally intended because it wasn’t tenable. Via The Daily Wire:
Universal basic income is “clearly not the answer for Ontario families,” explained Children, Community, and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, adding that the program was “not sustainable.”
Though the welfare program was intended to last three years, it will be coming to an end this week, announced MacLeod. She promised the program’s exit would be done “ethically” and would provide “more detail at a later date.”
Roughly 4,000 Canadians, regardless of unemployment status, are enrolled in the program. “[A] single person could have received up to about $17,000 a year, minus half of any income he or she earned. A couple could have received up to $24,000 per year. People with disabilities could have received an additional $6,000,” reports CBC.
MacLeod was lambasted for pulling the plug on the unsustainable system by Canadian politicians and program recipients. Andrea Horwath, the Ontario provincial NDP leader, for example, said the call to end the program was “shameful.”
“And this callous, mean-spirited premier sees this as a priority? Making poverty worse? Making life worse for families? Absolutely disgraceful. Shameful,” blasted Horwath.
Dave Cherkewski, a program recipient, complained, “I had a three-year plan and now it’s gone.”
As President Trump and his brand of politics continues to spread and fundamentally alter the political landscape, I suspect people like Andrea Horwath will slowly fade away, and not a moment too soon. Socialism is one of those ideologies that is easy to talk about how great it would be for everyone, but those who spread this dangerous message rarely ever have to suffer the consequences of their virtue signaling. Sorry, Andrea, but it is not “shameful” or “mean spirited” to end a program that would bankrupt the country. Isn’t it possible that MacLeod may have some concern for the rest of the country and those paying into the system in the first place? And Mr Cherkewski, perhaps you should re-tinker your 3 year plan to one that doesn’t depend on free handouts to succeed? Just a thought.
It’s been said many times before but universal basic income at this juncture isn’t sustainable. Theoretically in the future as more automation and robotics develop maybe that will be a different story. Even so, is it the best thing to do? Will rewarding slothful behavior really yield positive benefits down the road? The entire argument against Communism and Socialism is that people want to be justly compensated for the work they put in. Not this “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” Marxist BS. It is far too easy to job the system and human nature is clearly more suitable for a more capitalistic ideology. The gall of Andrea Horwath to call it shameful. Where exactly does she think this money is coming from? Yet another black mark on our educational system that the most basic of economic principles isn’t taught properly or entirely ignored in schools.