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Is Guaranteed Income A Baited Trap?



UBI Proponents know how you should live — not like them!



IS GUARANTEED INCOME A BAITED TRAP?

by William Thomas


How does receiving “Free Money for Life” sound to you? After two failed attempts to introduce Universal Basic Income in Canada, its latest iteration has passed first reading in the House off Commons.

     Promoted as a way to “expand the middle class,” while “restoring pathways” to entry with funds that “helps our most vulnerable,” Bill C-223’s guaranteed income for every adult (18+) in Canada may prevent nationwide unrest by paying off everyone displaced by robots, stagnant wages, or jobs lost through “cancelling” the Bad Country providing up to 40% of Europe’s energy and the Global South’s basic food needs. 


 #leah gazan ProudLakota (she/her) -Tumblr


WHO CAME UP WITH THIS LATEST UBI PROPOSAL?

Her initiative came “in response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,” explains MP Leah Gazan. “We know there's a direct correlation between violence and poverty and having women actually have a true choice.” 

The Winnipeg MP also wants to give migrants without landed immigrant status the same  guaranteed living stipend outlined in C-223, once they are admitted into Canada. 


WHO’S DOING THIS?

When Universal Basic Income was tested in Finland, Kenya and Japan, 7 in 10 recipients experienced “less stress” and “a significant increase in happiness.” Divorce rates were reportedly cut in half. Since I would be camping out if my basics were not covered by Canada’s “Old Age” pension, I, too, thankfully felt “less stressed”.

     Not anymore. Not when follow-on edicts could link all social support to updated injections, approved online speech and similar qualifiers. 


Liberal UBI robot says it all. -ubiworks.ca.webp


SO HOW MUCH DO I GET?

A previously proposed $500/month Universal Basic Income (regardless of earnings) and $2,000/month Guaranteed Minimal Income (depending on wages) would be combined into single Guaranteed Livable Basic Income. Here’s the deal in 5 breathless minutes:


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WHAT’S THE TAB?

Faster than anyone can say, “vaccination required” or “you’ve been bad,” some 38 million eligible recipients could be handed $465 billion/year to stimulate Canada’s $2.3 trillion economy. Of course, when a cash tsunami chases the same goods and services, the resulting inflation sharply reduces its purchasing power.


WHO PAYS FOR ALL THIS?

Nobody! According to the small print in a little-viewed GLBI spreadsheet, this ambitious program to nearly double Canada’s outstanding debt to $2 trillion will be paid by “quantitative easing”. Translation: “lots more borrowing”. At least initially. Before compensatory Tax Reforms kick in. If C-223 eventually becomes law, the Bank of Canada will simply crank up its Magic Money Machine and upload monthly stipends into your personal account. Most likely with a bank already freezing the funds of folks who backed the Freedom Truckers bid to reinstate our Charter Rights and Freedoms with donations or online support. 


Liberal robot theme repeated. Is there a hidden message?


WHAT IF I’M NOT A CYBORG YET? 

No smartphone? No bank account? No worries! Until you get chipped, you might receive a government-issued debit card, which, like the welfare plastic already in use Down Under, may restrict certain foods, beverages and other purchases. For your own good, of course.


Canada Revenue Agency -nationalpost.com


WHAT TAX REFORMS?

For starters, says gov.ca: 

* Levy a 2.91% tax on all land values. This additional real estate tax “could be structured to be paid by equity (lien) rather than cash” — making the government part owner of your property.  

* Redefine “luxury”. Reinstate the luxury tax.

* Institute “European-level GST/HST” with a 10% increase on top of current GST.  

* Reduce Federal Business Subsidies to make it even more difficult for Canadians to start businesses. Private ownership is a big nono in Schwab’s Great Reset.

* Raise the Carbon Tax to $75/ton.

* Go after federal and provincial private Capital Gains.

* Eliminate tax advantages for foreign digital service companies. And half the corporate capital gains exemption.

* Tax offshore accounts. (Bitcoin?)

* Eliminate the federal and provincial Basic Personal Amount tax credits. 

* Cut federal and provincial RRSP/RPP tax breaks in half. 

* Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies. (At the wellhead? At the  pump?)

* Tax the Electromagnetic Spectrum!

* Charge rent on corporate logging in public cutblocks.

* Charge rent for catching publicly “owned” fish.

* Charge rent to rip up public lands for minerals.

* Put a 20% tax on “sugary drinks”. 

* Tax landfills. 

* Tax water use.

* Tax breathing. (Just kidding?)

* Target $50 trillion in annual electronic financial transactions with a 2% “micro tax” on all financial transactions, including online purchases, in Canada. 

* Maybe make that 5%.


Total funds “saved” and expropriated = $874 billion.

Maybe.


 Calgary Stampede -blazingsaddle.ca

The resulting rush into Canada’s vibrant cash-and-carry “shadow economy” will almost certainly “necessitate” replacing paper currency with government-trackable digital wallets incorporating your ID, health data, psychosexual profile, criminal record, real-time tracking and social compliance score onto that same “convenient” app or chip.

     Under a similar tracking system, China has banned 23 million citizens from buying travel tickets for “social credit” offenses. AP and the Guardian also report that bank loans are being denied and passports summarily cancelled for saying negative things about the government.

     

GROW OP

As Leah Gazan (she/her) tweets: “Its time to choose to put people first & ensure every person living in Canada lives with dignity, security, respect & human rights.” Who can argue with that? Not the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis, which figures that a Universal or Unlimited Basic Income could:

* grow Canada’s economy $80 billion a year

* grow the economy more than the GLBI costs  

* generate $22 billion/year in government revenues

* see private capital investment hit $15 billion/year 

* prompt businesses to hire nearly 600,000 workers over five years, who will in turn spend their $32 billion in wages on more stuff.

     Maybe.


HOW’S CANADA’S REAL ECONOMY DOING?

“Not too bad,” as Canuckians say. In 2019, combined federal and provincial indebtedness totalled 87% of Canada’s economy. In 2021, that debt equalled 92% of the annual output of the entire Canadian economy.

     GLBI will push it over 100%. 

     In laying out his government’s priorities, the words “deficit” and “debt” were not mentioned once in Trudeau’s most recent throne speech last November. But hey, everybody’s doing it. Ontario, PEI, Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador/New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are already running deficits exceeding 100% of their economies.

     Meanwhile, the $5.5 billion British Columbians forked over in interest on the combined federal-provincial debt in 2021 would have paid for the provincial Medical Services Plan. With change leftover.

     Even crazier, the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan invest in stocks and non-government bonds to meet their obligations. Fortunately, the stock market will never crash. And all those unsecured bonds are going to be just fine.


(April 20, 2022) see real time Debt Clock here


FUN WITH NUMBERS

Trudeau and the Liberals slithered to power in 2015 promising to continue balancing the budget. Instead, deficits ballooned every year before the lockdowns. In 2020, emergency funding racked up $381 billion in deficit spending. This “broke” the Canadian Taxpayer Federation’s Debt Clock, which ran out of numbers when national insolvency exceeded one trillion dollars.

     In 2021, taxpayers paid almost $50 billion in interest payments on Canada’s combined federal and provincial government debt. For a family of four, interest payments on government debt were $4,236 in BC; $10,416 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

     As the costs of the coronavirus “crisis” continue to recede, and galloping inflation boosts prices paid at the cash register — inflating GST revenues by the same amount — the feds have announced a much smaller budget deficit in the first eight months of fiscal 2021/22 compared to the same period a year ago.

     This is akin to filling your tub halfway, turning the spigot down, and allowing the water to keep running…

     No money is earmarked for GLBI in the current federal budget.


ICEBERG DEAD AHEAD!

“The more money governments spend on interest payments, the less money is available for programs and services that matter” to Canadians, points out Steve Lafleur, co-author of the best-selling, Federal and Provincial Debt Interest Costs for Canadians.

     He’s referring to less money for health care, social services and promised tax relief. This is called kicking the can off the cliff. 

     And pursuing it.


Canad's Official Poverty Dashboard, March 2022


POVERTY IN CANADA

The Government of Canada says poverty occurs when someone is unable to acquire the living standard needed to integrate and participate in society. (Define “integrate” and “participate”.)


Canada’s 2009 Low Income “poverty lines”:

1 person: $18,421

2 persons: $22,420

3 persons: $27,918

4 persons: $34,829 

[Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Statistics Canada]


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WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

Who doesn’t want to protect indigenous women from longstanding abuse and murder, while expanding our endangered middle class and lifting three-million Canadians out of poverty?  

     “The concern is that under the format proposed for delivery of the GLBI,” cautions Mark Friesen of the People’s Party of Canada, “the federal government will acquire the unfettered right, without consultation with the public or the elected representatives to impose federal social and health standards annually on the delivery of all income programs.

     “We cannot say they will impose this standard, but it is concerning based on their actions in the past two years, including mandatory vaccination for employees and travelers. The government is also starting to tie illness to climate change so they can impose standards related to consumption and disposal.” 

     An analysis of COVID relief-related programs, including both CERBs, and onetime payments to seniors, found more than one-quarter ($81.6 billion) provided assistance to individuals and families with questionable need

     “Key takeaways?” asks the Fraser Institute after their UBI meta study. “A basic income program will be very expensive regardless of design. It will provide a disincentive to work and may not effectively alleviate poverty.”


Canada's unmet-health needs to 2020


ARE WE DONE YET?

Remember, even if passed in the House and Senate, C-233 and S-233 will not instantly give you money. Instead, this “framework” bill would require Trudeau’s handpicked WEF cabinet to convene selected “stakeholders” and come up with their own political football for the provinces, territories and feds to kick around, until scoring an own goal. 


Not taken into consideration by UBI enthusiasts is a real world inconvenietly facing:

- everything shortages

- boomerang sanctions 

- workers not showing up, or cutting hours to avoid payment reductions

- 84 million people forced from their homes in 2021

- more arms purchases to cheer up Bad Putin, including $19 billion for breakdown-prone, speed-restricted F-35 jets costing $35,000/hour to operate. 

- more lockdowns

- supercharged inflation (governments are “currently borrowing at historically low rates.”)

“Prudent fiscal management,” urges the Fraser Institute, “means not gambling that the next crisis is far off” — by creating even more money-as-debt out of rapidly thinning air.


Deep income poverty in Canada



COULD WE ELIMINATE POVERTY WITHOUT UBI?

We already are. In 2018, the Government of Canada made a historic commitment toward reducing poverty. Opportunity for All — Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy was aimed at “building a Canada  where every Canadian has a real and fair chance of success.” 

Opportunity for all

     Between 2015 and 2019, over 1.3 million Canadians were lifted out of poverty, including 435,000 children and 45,000 seniors.

     A 20% reduction in poverty by 2020 (relative to 2015 levels), was “reached ahead of schedule.” A further 50% reduction in poverty is sought by 2030, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

     Speaking from experience, when my health and aspirations were no longer crushed by relentless money worries, society benefitted. The question for all social justice warriors  is: how can we more rapidly transition impoverished Canadians of all ages into a re-stabilized middle class, without changing national spending priorities for political ads, suppressing citizens, weapons and war? 

     Who doesn’t cringe at Trudeau’s childish belligerence? And the outrageous income disparities between partying oligarchs and everyone else? I’ve spent enough time on the front lines of escalating eco wars to want to move smartly to avert ecological collapse — without further hammering vanishing species and the world’s burgeoning poor, who are now in dire difficulty as sanctions-driven food and energy prices begin to bite.

     Wokesters never seem to realize that cranking up the money printers is more national sabotage than magic wand. Like the Green New Dealers, UBI promoters believe that the answer to systemic problems generations in the making is drowning them in cash. 

     Seriously?


FOCUSING IN

Is there another way to ensure that indigenous women and girls receive the funds and support they need prevent being murdered and disappeared? 

     Perhaps a targeted approach to addressing destitution in native, homeless, unemployed and addicted communities might prove more useful and respectful to all participants than just paying everyone off and saying, “good luck”. Instead of turning this strong and proud nation into a welfare state of dispirited dependents, why not double-down on a countrywide Poverty Reduction Strategy that is already working? 

     Why not prioritize hungry kids, single mothers, struggling seniors (note my personal bias), and people with disabilities — including Canada’s 1 in 10 forgotten citizens who are either hard of hearing or deaf, and who suffer cruelly from an inability to “read” masked faces.

     What about attending to all the children suffering severe mental, emotional and developmental damage from two years of unnecessary lockdowns, social isolation, masking and hate speech as reprehensible as, “You'll kill grandma if you don’t wear your muzzle and get vaxxed!”

     How are these even questions? 

Mosakahiken Cree Nation members hug in front of memorial at former Kamloops Indian Residential School -Cole Burston AFP/Getty

      Chief Rosanne Casimir, head of the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc First Nations, told reporters that the remains claimed to have been discovered at a former residential school near Kamloops, BC provide no evidence of mass burial. “This is not a mass grave. These are preliminary findings,” Chief Casimir said. 

      “There’s no discovery. We knew it was there, it’s a graveyard,” stated Sophie Pierre, former chief of the St. Mary’s Indian Band and school survivor speaking of another alleged “mass burial” site. “The fact that there are graves inside a graveyard shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.” 

      Perhaps even more alarming than claims of “genocide” are extremely destructive — though often politically useful — false claims of genocide.


 Ground penetrating radar ground anomalies questioned. Old cemetaries? GPR errors, “deliberate hoax” or “genocide”?                  32:24




$40 BILLION FOR INDIGENOUS REDRESS

In 1883, Sir John A. Macdonald called Indigenous children living with their parents, “savages.” Canada’s first prime minister told the House of Commons that these children should be kidnapped and locked into schools “where they will acquire the habits and modes of thought of White men” — when it should have been the other way around. 

     After being forcibly removed from their families, at least 150,000 Indigenous children were forbidden to express their language and culture. Many were physically and sexually assaulted. Thousands died fom tuberculosis, accidents and fires, beatings, suicides and attempted escapes. Infants born to young girls and fathered by priests were murdered.

     Pope Francis refuses to apologize. But in 2021, Trudeau was forced to stop fighting compensation claims brought by the Assembly of First Nations and other litigants during a 30-year court battle, when nearly 1,000 unmarked graves were found at former church-run Indian Residential Schools in Kamloops and Saskatchewan in 2021. 

     “The magnitude of the proposed compensation package is a testament to how many of our children were ripped from their families and communities,” said National Chief RoseAnne Archibald of the Assembly of First Nations. Compensation will total $40 billion, including $20 billion to those families and $20 billion to fund longterm — and long-overdue — reforms.


GLBI will likely be disbursed through Central Bank Digital Currency. CBDC will be tested in Canada in September 2022.                  14:42


UTOPIAS RECONSIDERED

So much for MacDonald’s utopian vision. History teaches that modern-day utopians pushing for an abracadabra transition to a perfect world without a single flu virus, burnt emission, or excluded individual could birth a dystopian nightmare. 

     The most despised man in Canada has convincingly demonstrated that any GLBI recommendations forbidding discrimination in disbursing its funds can be changed in its enacting legislation. Or simply ignored.

     Why would Trudeau desist? Is it worth the irretrievable risk of allowing this Trojan Golden Calf to dangle cash contingent on authorized speech, behaviour and consumption inside our personal sovereign gates?

     Why not take the vision and intent behind C-233 and that recent First Nations settlement to reimagine how to best achieve a more just, harmonious and prosperous nation? Without disturbing Karl Marx.

     Make no mistake. Or at least, not this one. Once digitial handcuffs are made compulsory, there will be no going back. Instead, let's kickstart a Great Rethink by telling ourselves new stories. War, poverty and injustice are only “inevitable” if we agree. Noncompliance and alternative everything are the ways ahead.


William Thomas

Apr 21-26, 2022



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