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Switzerland votes on introducing guaranteed basic income for all

Possible ways of paying for it include:

  • fees on salaries of people who earn more than the minimum
  • savings from welfare programs that would be discontinued
  • taxes
  • spending cuts in the state budget

Switzerland’s basic income push is among the most advanced in Europe. The Dutch city of Utrecht wants to start a two-year experiment with a similar plan, handing money to residents who already receive welfare benefits.

Related: John McDonnell: Labour taking a close look at universal basic income

  • Pie in the sky!

    • That’s $30,000 US per year. Why would anyone work if a substantial portion of their earnings were going to support people who don’t work?

      Again and again socialists ignore the basic tenets of human behavior.

      This probably won’t pass today, but eventually it will somewhere – and we will once again watch socialism’s failure be blamed on the right.

  • H

    I watched “Brexit: the Movie” recently and in it Switzerland’s economic success was contrasted with the economic failures of the EU and its bloated bureaucracy. Once again, the Swiss demonstrate their common sense by rejecting this foolish, costly (and perhaps ultimately, crippling) “progressive” plan of guaranteed basic income.

    • tom_billesley

      It was in a referendum that they banned minarets. Sensible people.

  • FYI: When this article posted the vote had not been finalized. The linked story’s title is now “Swiss reject universal basic income for all in referendum”.

    Which is good.

    • Surele Surele

      Good thing they could vote on it. Do you think Wonder Boy would ever allow voting on such a wonderful, progressive motion?

      • Alain

        The requirement to hold a national referendum on all major issues is part of the Swiss system that I have always admired. It has allowed the citizens to squash more than a few darling projects of the elite.

        • Justin St.Denis

          That, and the Swiss insistence that citizens be armed. I like that very much. It’s helpful.

  • DMB

    The only way for this to work is for the government to use existing money and amalgamate all social assistance benefits into one for existing recipients only. It would streamline the bureaucracy making it more cost efficient. However having said that it is not in the nature of liberal governments especially in Canada to reduce the size of government or making it more efficient. They will use this guaranteed basic income to expand the size of government, bureaucracy and the amount of dependents on it in order to appease the public sector unions as well as it will give the government an excuse to interfere as much as possible in the day to day lives of people. Generous welfare benefits and other liberal policies have created a lot of societal problems we have today which is why the best social welfare policy the government can ever do is to create intensives and the economic climate for people to have a job as well as save money for their retirement pension that will not burned taxpayers. The federal Liberals reduction of TFSA limit from $10,500 annual limit to $5,500 a year and the Ontario Liberals introduction of the ORPP will do more harm then good.

    • mauser 98

      am now on the 7th Community Care Access Centre ( Ontario at home care ) case representative in less than one year for re my mothers care
      …unionized make work project i was involunteered into

      • DMB

        I wish you the best of luck on your situation with your mothers care.

        • mauser 98

          thx… unknown $$$ billions pissed and she will probably be re-elected

          • simus1

            Lumping GLLKDW in with run of the mill CEO sociopaths is very unfair to that growing segment of the mentally ill populace.

    • canminuteman

      I think it might theoretically save money compared to the way things work now, if you worked under the assumption that everyone who works in a low wage job doesn’t decide to just quite and live a life of leisure. If I was a low wage worker, I would quite my job and work under the table for cash, and I expect that millions of other people would make the same decision. The economy would crash, because no one would bother to work any more.

  • tom_billesley
  • P_F

    Another push by socialists to destroy working/middle class.

    • canminuteman

      I wouldn’t remain in the working class if they had a system like this, I would join the mooching class.

  • Dana Garcia

    A guaranteed basic income is the only coping mechanism I’ve seen proposed to the automated future where many or most humans no longer earn money from working at jobs.

    Martin Ford recommended it in his important book Rise of the Robots. Charles Murray discussed the idea positively in the WSJ a couple days ago: “A Guaranteed Income for Every American”:

    “Exactly how bad is the job situation going to be? An Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study concluded that 9% of American jobs are at risk. Two Oxford scholars estimate that as many as 47% of American jobs are at risk. Even the optimistic scenario portends a serious problem. Whatever the case, it will need to be possible, within a few decades, for a life well lived in the U.S. not to involve a job as traditionally defined. A UBI will be an essential part of the transition to that unprecedented world.”

    • V10_Rob

      I remain highly skeptical of the scheme. Seems like just another spin on welfare and wealth redistribution, that incentivizes people not to work. Still, I wouldn’t mind seeing it implemented somewhere to see how the theoretical rubber meets the road of reality.

  • k1962

    Sure. Just in time for the summer migrant hoards looking for free stuff.

  • simus1

    The Swiss tend to talk a good lefty game until someone puts a price on the nonsense and then it’s “emergency power, all turn 180 to starboard” as they say in the Swiss Navy.

  • Doesn’t anybody do some simple addition over matters like this?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Those who can do ‘simple math’ are already earning more than the minimum.
      Odd how that works!

      • Yes:

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Due to a very convoluted and unlikely chain of events, I now find myself enrolled in a 4-unit pre-algebra class where I will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in such things as “long division”, so that picture’s ironic irony is not lost one me.

          • Oh dear….

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            It will be a fascinating summer!
            8-units of absolutely bottom-level English and math, and 4-units of “Intro to Information Systems” which is the exact same class, but at a different university, that I passed with an A- not much more than a year ago.
            Oh Dear…
            Same thing. 😉

          • Look at it this way: you are employing teachers who have been shafted by union schlubs whose mistakes create the need for remedial classes.

            Go slumming. Wear flip-flops. Make those little paper planes in class. 🙂

  • BillyHW

    “If a man will not work, let him not eat.”

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Instead of Jesus overturning the money changers, I want to see a painting of him kicking over the fat people riding on motorized scooters in Walmart that are buying more food with food stamps.

      • Alain


  • mauser 98
    • Justin St.Denis


      • mauser 98

        weird #$@% going on

  • ismiselemeas

    This is the way of the future. There will be very few good paying jobs. Canada could potentially save billions with the eradication of the civil service that is currently needed to manage the system.

  • Minicapt

    Dauphin ‘Mincome’: