RE: `capitalist' character values

From: Smigrodzki, Rafal (SmigrodzkiR@MSX.UPMC.EDU)
Date: Tue Jul 24 2001 - 23:59:33 MDT

Lee Corbin wrote:

<I'll go on record as guessing that if we switched over tomorrow
<to a GI of $10,000, without loss of other government benefits,
<a lot of people (who have had a rough day, or who hate their
<boss, or who are daunted at preparing their resume) would find
<a way to live on it, and that we'd have, say, about a third of
<the workforce quitting within five years. Sound too pessimistic?

I agree with Lee that GI would most likely result in major economical
problems. Also, the idea of giving money for nothing, of taxing the poor
working people like me to feed the lazy, is rather upsetting, to say the

How about providing a guaranteed 1500 kcal of cheapest food/day, about
30sq.ft space in a shelter, and other necessities, no cash. This would
assure that only those who really need help would take it (and only those
who need it actually deserve it).

Rafal Smigrodzki MD-PhD
Dept Neurology University of Pittsburgh

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