Let the experiment begin. The beauty of the system in the United States of America is the intention of having different areas test out systems of governance and social organization in order to see what works the best.
Innovation and forward-thinking may be Hawaii’s two biggest exports in 2017.
Earlier this month, the state earned the distinction of being the first in the U.S. to formally accept the provisions of the Paris Climate Agreement after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the nation from it, and now, Hawaii is taking the lead in embracing yet another innovative idea: universal basic income (UBI).
Check the demographics of the state. I know race doesn’t have everything to do with things but could be some correlations there and may reduce the temptation to blame racism (ah wait this may be a reason people claim other places aren’t doing the same).
I think Universal basic Income is a horrible idea. Unsure if it is preferable than the current welfare system but one isn’t smoking cigarettes and the other quitting. It’d be more like smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day versus 1 pack and sticking to cigars on the weekend. Cause you know, you don’t actually inhale cigar smoke.
It is Hawaii though, and with a large percent of income coming from tourism the economy of the island may bolster this longer than I think it would with more localized, manufacturing/goods centered type revenue. I know little about their finances but shall be watching from the periphery to see how this goes. Anyone more versed in econ, finance or Hawaii feel free to share your thought in the comments.
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- Farewell Elmo, Hello Welfare.