Socialist Democrats are ready to double-down on poverty and job-killing taxes as the city of Newark, New Jersey, prepares to dole out a living income for dead beats who sit on their hands, play video games or just get high.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has embraced the liberal extremism sweeping the Democratic Party in which the likes of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are vilifying large companies that employ thousands of people, provide healthcare benefits and sustain the economy. In their place, Mayor Baraka and his gaggle of Washington elites are moving forward with “Sanctuary Freeloader Cities” that would not require residents to do a lick of work to get paid.
“We believe in Universal Basic Income, especially in a time where studies have shown that families that have a crisis of just $400 a month may experience a setback that may be difficult, even impossible to recover from,” Mayor Baraka reportedly said.
Newark is currently conducting its research not tailored to shy away from the inevitable economic collapse Socialism brings. Oh no. The liberal mayor wants to be the first to determine just how high a free salary should be to appease his impoverished residents. And poverty is the operative word in Newark.
Although Baraka continues to hide the details about who in the city of 285,000 residents would benefit from remaining unemployed, the income statistics in the liberal stronghold formerly run by now-Sen. Cory Booker tells a disturbing tale. Nearly 28 percent of people living in Newark are currently below the poverty line. And the average Newark household income stands at just over $34,000 per year.
Considering New Jersey’s largest city is an expensive place to live and high taxes, making less than half of what nearby New York boroughs earn is particularly problematic. Rather than reverse the course of Democrat policies that are inhibiting prosperity in Blue states across the nation, Newark’s leadership continues to race down the socialist rabbit hole.
According to reports, Stockton, California, dipped its toes into the free money stream by doling out $500 prepaid debit cards to approximately 130 people in its low-income neighborhoods. Debit card recipients were under no obligation to spend the cash responsibly on food for their children, clothing or home necessities.
In Oakland, California, a group started handing out $1,500 per month to randomly chosen residents. That plan would top an estimated $60 million annually.
Other leftist cities such as Chicago are also weighing how to entice people to stop working and take free money stolen from taxpayers.
But none of these Socialist programs seem to be referencing the 2017 model pilot program launched in Finland. That program handed out 560 Euros ($584) to 2,000 citizens who were out of work. With no requirement placed on them to go out and find a job, they didn’t. The entire program was scrapped in under two years because it promoted sloth.
In the face of socialist regimes such as Venezuela in desperate economic straights where people riot over water and street fights break out over garbage, why are Democrats pushing this and other failed policies? The answer is far more complicated than hard-working Americans might imagine.
One of the key reasons is that Democrat strongholds such as Newark, Oakland, and Chicago have run communities into the ground based on faulty economic policies. They have overtaxed businesses and wealthy Americans who continue to migrate to Red states. That’s a double-whammy when liberal politicians are counting on tax theft to fund sweetheart programs. The well has simply run dry, and mayors such as Baraka have to appease voters.
And much of this “Sanctuary Freeloader City” push is about controlling voters. Putting money in people’s pockets can be a powerful incentive to garner votes. It’s particularly compelling when the other candidate starts talking about having to go back to work and earn your keep.
Even more troubling is the fact the Democrats routinely use scare tactics against the elderly and poor to secure their vote. Just say the other candidate wants to “take away” your Medicare, Social Security or welfare check and even some proud Americans are afraid not to vote their wallet.
If Democrats had acted in a fiscally responsible and business-friendly fashion in the first place, the people of Newark would already have good-paying jobs. Sanctuary Freeloader Cities will attract the worst possible criminals, illegals, and deadbeats. Perhaps Mayor Baraka could rename the city “Venezuela, New Jersey.”