Here’s the Background Story:
(RightWing.org) – Virtually every US institution is searching for answers on how to most effectively deal with the destruction wrought by COVID-19. Without a vaccine, the best we can do is damage control, practice safe hygiene, and be more mindful of our actions. As far as the government’s response, Congress has passed trillions of dollars worth of legislation providing direct aid to big corporations, small businesses, and the average citizen.
Among those direct aid measures, was a one-time payment of up to $1,200 for adults depending on income thresholds and another $500 for each qualifying child. This cash infusion was certainly helpful, but it took weeks to distribute and not everyone’s convinced $1,200 is enough to cover their bills. Across the political spectrum, the idea that a temporary universal basic income (UBI) might be required to help the people get through this crisis is gaining traction.
Is UBI a good idea in a COVID-19 world?
Here Are the Contributing Factors:
While UBI is a partisan issue, the fact is a lot of people are out of work until their state economies open back up. Essential workers are mostly in luck, but non-essential ones are left to wait at home and eat through their savings until they get their jobs back. As of May 8, a total of 33.5 million unemployment claims have been recorded, and that doesn’t count those who are still working through the system or have given up.
The economic devastation cannot go overlooked. America is witnessing the highest unemployment rate — currently at 14.7% — seen since the Great Depression. States are beginning to reopen their economies, but it may not be fast enough to keep hundreds of thousands or even millions from falling through the cracks created by the coronavirus.
That’s why Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) are teaming up to propose a temporary $2,000-per-month UBI. It would go to adults and children (up to three per household) for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Passing the initial $1,200 one-time payment was already a struggle, so this new proposal has quite a battle ahead of it.
Poll: Is UBI a Good Idea in a COVID-19 World?
64% Voted Yes
36% Voted No
What Do You Think?
Still, there’s always hope and an upside, even with the destruction this virus has caused. Though America’s recovery might be slower than expected, it’s still getting there. Many states are reopening their economic sectors and getting people back to work. It’s a rough road ahead, but the transition from pre- to post-COVID-19 is happening.
Even with America’s gradual recovery, do you think a temporary UBI is a good idea during this crisis?
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