It would seem

That Switzerland has a functional school system

Swiss Reject Plan to Give Themselves a Guaranteed Basic Income

Swiss voters rejected by a wide margin on Sunday a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone living in the wealthy country after an uneasy debate about the future of work at a time of increasing automation.

Supporters had said introducing a monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,563) per adult and 625 francs per child under 18 no matter how much they work would promote human dignity and public service.

Opponents, including the government, said it would cost too much and weaken the economy.

Provisional final results showed 76.9 percent of voters opposed the bold social experiment launched by Basel cafe owner Daniel Haeni and allies in a vote under the Swiss system of direct democracy.

Haeni acknowledged defeat but claimed a moral victory.

23.1% is not even a moral victory. He just got interviewed by a news agency and he’s treating it like his participation award.

That link goes to the HuffPo, in case you couldn’t tell by the phrasing of the headline. “Give Themselves”? These writes have no idea where the money would have come from.

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2 Responses to It would seem

  1. Jack says:

    Hats off to the swiss citizens. Very very brave decision to do.

  2. Pete says:

    To play Devil’s Advocate, I think it would have been a good small-scale test run to see just how fast the hand-basket goes to hell. The overall talking points regarding welfare reform sound good on paper – “Give everyone the same and fraud enforcement becomes a non issue”. The problem with that is how once formed, .gov agencies never really go away. Ever.

    The ultimate failures of Socialism and it’s twin Communism are that it REQUIRES some people to be “more equal” than others to direct the whole thing. I almost (but not quite) feel bad for the fools that support these at the grassroots level, because they’re usually the first to die once they get who them want in charge.

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