In October, Swiss voters submitted sufficient signatures to put an initiative on the ballot that would pay every citizen of Switzerland $2,800 per month, no strings attached. Similar efforts are under way throughout Europe. And there is growing talk of establishing a basic income for Americans as well. Interestingly, support comes mainly from those on the political right, including libertarians.
There is a remote possibility that House and Senate Democrats may be able to craft a bill that lowers cuts in the Food a Stamp Program. The cuts in the program would in essence be the result of an administrative fix. If the fix can be agreed, people would not lose current Food Stamp benefits. The negotiations are part of the discussions on the farm bill.
Obviously, the great limiting factor is the Republican Hose and Senate members. There would have to be enough Republican House votes to allow the bill to pass. There is a glimmer of hope that Food Stamp benefits would not suffer the expected loss associated with the previous Republican proposals.
It wasn't just that we could supply stuff, or that we had the factories or know-how or capital, it was that we created our own demand and started exporting that demand throughout the west. And the standard of living made it possible to manufacture stuff at an incredible rate and sell it.
And how did we do that? We did that by not giving in to either side. That was the new deal. That was the great society. That was all of that argument about collective bargaining and union wages and it was an argument that meant neither side gets to win. ...
Ultimately we abandoned that and believed in the idea of trickle-down and the idea of the market economy and the market knows best, to the point where...
Hillel is one of the rabbis in the Jewish tradition most associated with the spirit of questioning, argument, and debate. Indeed, so intense and multiple were his disagreements with Shammai that a saying emerged from their disputes: “The one law has become two.”