Brazil has not only had a Basic Income Law enshrined on the books since 2004, they've been making cash payments to their poorest citizens since then.
Cutting their Poverty Rate in Brazil by a full ⅔rds:
From 22% of the population living below the Poverty Line in the year 2003, to 7% of the population in the year 2009:http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/to-beat-back-poverty-pay-the-poor/
So we already have a clear and very direct Proof of Concept that this works on large, vast and sweeping scale.
And can be implemented on a National Level very quickly, and have results that are practically immediate.
Now I have no doubt that there is not a single member of the US Congress and Senate or any one of our 50 State Governors, (to include Sarah Palin who owed her Sky High Approval Rating of 80% as Alaska Governor in the year 2008 to Alaska's Permanent Fund, she tripled
the Annual Payment that year to $3K per Eligible Alaskan Adult), that is not fully aware of the success of Brazil's Basic Income Program.
A key question is that of cost.
As in, just how much will it cost?
Surprisingly, very, very little.
Providing every single adult in the USA today between the ages of 18 and 62, (who have an annual income of under $1 million dollars, thus making America's 16 million individual millionaires and billionaires ineligible to receive a weekly Basic Income check), with $20K a year of Basic Income would cost a mere $4 trillion dollars.
Figure everyone between those ages and income level is roughly 200 million people, cutting them a weekly check, to spend as they please, of $400 dollars and that is what that number comes to.
Is this feasible?
Of course it is, it's certainly not that we don't have the money, because we do.
$4 trillion dollars is still _less than half- of what we loaned the TBTF banks:http://money.cnn.com/2010/12/01/news/economy/fed_reserve_data_release/index.htm
A key difference being that this $4 trillion dollars would not just gather dust in a bank vault, doing no good for anybody, the bulk of it would go directly back into the US Economy because most people would spend what they have right away on the Basic Necessities of life.
Which, in all likelihood, would make Wal-Mart one of the main beneficiaries, and judging from the growth that they've seen in Brazil over the course of the last decade http://walmartstores.com/AboutUs/259.aspx
just like with our Top Tier American Politicians I'm quite certain that Wal-Mart's Board of Directors is quite aware of just how much a Socialistic National Basic Income Program would enhance their Bottom Line.
They'd be lying through their teeth if they were to deny this.
So what we have here is pretty compelling evidence that the Benefits of a National Basic Income Program in the USA would far exceed any Negatives that any such Program would have, yet, politically, all the Foot Traffic is going in the exact opposite direction that it needs to.
Not just in the US, but currently as I type this every single major 1st World Government, especially here in the EU, is pushing hard against the very idea and bending over backwards to dismantle their Social Safety Nets.
We just saw this quite clearly in the course of the last 2 weeks with Germany's Economic Annexation of the Nation of Greece where we got ourselves some real 'Lebensraum' that is much, much prettier than Czechoslovakia.
Just sayin', and no that last part was no joke.
I can't but help to think that this is deliberate on the part of our blessed TPTB, because by the time the years 2020 to 2025 roll around, and today's Austerity Programs reveal themselves for being what they truly are; a way for the Wealthy Elite Bandits at the top of the Global Economic Food Chain to accrue even more for themselves and give the people nothing, they can just turn around and say, 'It's too bad that you people voted for this back then, we didn't set these Rules, you
And this, for the Elite Owner-Operators at the top of our Economic Free Market Capitalist Food Pyramid, is not
about amassing and concentrating Wealth, they've already got that, but gaining and keeping Power.
They want this.
Want they don't
want is for Americans to have any sort of Economic Freedom that a Basic Income Program would provide, because the Bottom Line is is that this is a threat to their power.