Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a government program in which every citizen receives a set amount of money every month. The goals of a basic income program are to eliminate poverty.
How Would Universal Basic Income Work?
UBI would guarantee that every citizen above 18+ would receive at least $1,200 a month for life while those under 18 years of age would receive a minimum of $500 until they have reached the age of 18 to receive the full amount of $1,200. But how would we pay for this? Many big tech companies make a profit off of our data but keep it from the general public. If we get a tiny slice of every Google Search, Facebook ad, Yahoo Search and Display Ads, Microsoft Server Revenues, Amazon's Retail & Web Services, Apple Services, Robot Truck Mile, Alphabet Search & Web Browsing, etc. The majority of these companies are profiting from our data. A simple Google search or single click gives Google up to $50 per click, keyword, or phrase. You use Google to search for anything, like local weather, local restaurants, the best place in town, etc. You have then appointed a list of search results that are generated by Google's algorithm. With all of this, we can easily afford a UBI for every American Citizen.
UBI will not leave the country broke, we are one of the world's wealthiest nations, and by putting money into our hands, it will eventually move its way across the country as people spend it.
What Does This Mean For Welfare Programs?
Anyone who is currently on a welfare program such as SSDI and SSI would choose to stay on their welfare program or get a Universal Basic Income. Many people would prefer to take UBI over their SSDI or SSI even if they are making more than $1,200 a month because UBI has no preconditions. UBI will not replace any programs. It is only a choice, like any other program.
Who Came Up With The Idea Of A Universal Basic Income?
You may have heard UBI from a former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. But this was not Yang's idea, and it is not my idea; this is the people's idea. The American citizens of this country. UBI was also Martin Luther King's idea. He called it "A Guaranteed Income" This is what Martin was fighting for leading up to his final week of assassination. He dreamed that the government must eradicate poverty by providing every American a guaranteed, middle-class income. We can make this dream a reality by carrying out what Martin Luther King was fighting for a basic income. With your help, we can provide a Universal Basic Income for all Americans.
We can give every citizen 18+ of $1,200 a month while those under 18 a minimum of $500 a month.
Encourage big tech companies to get involved with paying for a Universal Basic Income.
Means test UBI across Utah to those in need and struggling and see how it affects their day by day lives.
Make sure that we get something off of our data. There should be no more earning profit off of our data unless we get something out of it.
Adults 18+ $1,200 and 17- $500
I propose that every adult gets $1,200 while those under 18 get $500; this will improve and trickle-up the economy—our Families, our Communities, our people up. We can make UBI a reality! If we keep on fighting for every citizen of this country, we can make this happen. Ask yourself, "What would I do with $1,200 a month?" Those who have children will get more if adding together; this will end poverty and give people hope, achieving their dream, accomplishing their goals, putting food on the table during this time of need, and homeless people will no longer have to try to find money to sleep somewhere. They would have a home they can be proud of calling home; this is the future and, ultimately, the way forward.
Encouraging Big Tech Companies
While this may seem like a long shot, companies or ultimately anyone who is a millionaire gets tax-breaks, literally paying $0 in taxes. Do you know what Jeff Bezos, Co-Founder & CEO of Amazon had mentioned in an interview? He said that Amazon had paid nothing, literally nothing in taxes, because it was the law. Can you believe that one of the biggest, most profitable companies in the world paid less in taxes than you? Someone who is trying to work hard on a minimum wage supporting your children and paying taxes compared to a trillion-dollar company paying nothing in taxes? I believe this can change, and I will promise you this; we will make sure they pay their fair share of taxes, more than any of us, and if not well, they will give us profit they are making off of our data.
Means Testing Universal Basic Income
I will personally be giving families in need and struggling by means test UBI of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child struggling. This campaign will provide the test of a Universal Basic Income to all citizens, and this means that those who are struggling the most will be contacted by the campaign staff to means test UBI for their family for six months. After six months, we will then interview them and see how over the past six months has a Basic Income affected their lives and what has changed in their daily lives with this means test of a UBI.
Our Data Included
We have the right to the data we share. What do I mean by Giant Tech Companies making a profit off of our data? Mat Travizano once said, "Well ultimately, these companies used to influence your behavior. Ad targeting practices. One innocuous Google search becomes an onslaught of ads stalking you around the internet, to treacherous fake news and fake accounts impacting elections. All aspects of your user experience are lower, to automated algorithms focused on "engagement," with little-to-no regard for the larger consequences and long-term impact. You are left to suffer the ramifications while they are allowed to profit." Anything and everything you do on the internet is being shared and sold to companies. But have you got your data check in the mailbox or your bank account? The answer is "No." Billions are surfing the web every day without knowing that they share their data; this needs to stop! If they can profit off of us, why can we not get a Basic Income from this? Let's stand together and fight for what is ours.