Listen up North Carolina | NowThis

Listen up North Carolina | NowThis

The main issue is funding. It seems to me that the collective we can fund whatever we feel is important. However, in North Carolina, most of the collective we aren’t important. And this spans both political parties in this state. It’s almost as North Carolina has “Alabama” level aspirations in their interaction with minorities in general.

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Microsoft News puts a special focus on poverty in November

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I like how Microsoft News is doing what the Mainstream Media refuses to do in this political atmosphere. As long as Microsoft and it’s partners adhere to journalistic standards, and it appears that they are, the cries of “fake news” ring quite hollow.

Across geographic, social and cultural landscapes, Americans from backgrounds of all kinds don’t have enough money to meet their basic needs. Even when the larger economy is robust and job reports are positive, millions of Americans aren’t a part of that picture. They are white, rural, urban, black, married, single, Native American, Hispanic, gay, straight and gender nonconforming. They are religious and they are not. They are elderly and they are just babies. They are our relatives and neighbors – they are us.

 

This November, Microsoft News is putting a focus on Poverty in America with a 2-week series examining the root causes of poverty, what poverty really means to the many different kinds of people affected, and what we can do to contribute to the most meaningful solutions. We teamed up with some of our most trusted news partners to bring you custom content and highlight quality journalism that helps us understand these issues.

 

Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on wait list (H/T = @scottsantens & @AP_Politics)

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I can vouch for this as my application process took about 3 years to finally get my benefits. I truly believe this is done on purpose because they know if it’s finally accepted, they would have to go back to the beginning to pay all of the back awards. Universal Basic Income solves this problem nicely.

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans await a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait nearly two years — longer than some of them will live.

All have been denied benefits at least once, as most applications are initially rejected. But in a system where the outcome of a case often depends on who decides it, most people who complete the appeals process will eventually win benefits. The numbers come from data compiled by the Social Security Administration.

About 10.5 million people get disability benefits from Social Security. An additional 8 million get disability benefits from Supplemental Security Income, the disability program for poor people who don’t qualify for Social Security. The disability programs are much smaller than Social Security’s giant retirement program. Still, the agency paid out $197 billion in disability payments last year.

Recipients won’t get rich as the average benefit is $1,037 a month — too small to lift a family of two out of poverty.

Source: Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on wait list (H/T = @scottsantens & @AP_Politics)

Some say people on disability just need to get back to work. It’s not that easy.

Some say people on disability just need to get back to work. It’s not that easy.

The Washington Post does an excellent job covering this topic. This blog has alluded to one of their stories specifically on this matter. DISCLAIMER: I am a paying subscriber to the Washington Post national digital edition.

One of the overriding themes of this blog is an advocacy for a Universal Basic Income that is coupled with Universal Health Care. It shouldn’t take a natural disaster such as Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey to realize that everyone deserves a place and feeling that they are not abandoned or uncared for, not to mention unloved.

Lisa Daunhauer wanted to be one of the few to get off benefits. But first, she had to succeed at Walmart.

Source: Some say people on disability just need to get back to work. It’s not that easy.

Mayoral candidate Ingrid Lafleur proposes a universal basic income for Detroit – The Michigan Chronicle

Ingrid LaFleur –PHOTO CREDIT: Justin Millhouse

H/T Scott Santens via Twitter.

I really like the idea of a citywide Universal Basic Income. Half regular money $1000 and half cryptocurrency $1000.

A cryptocurrency (or crypto currency) is a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of new units. Cryptocurrencies are a subset of alternative currencies, or specifically of digital currencies. Bitcoin became the first decentralized cryptocurrency in 2009. Since then, numerous cryptocurrencies have been created.

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The current Federal Poverty Level is $1,005 monthly per person and $348.33 additional person. This means that the FPL will be covered, and the D-Coin concept takes care of city services and businesses as it is basically the modern version of scrip. This past weekend, I spent quality time with family members who live in and around Detroit at a family function; The direct topic did not arise, but attempting to catch up with Mom’s side of the family, Detroit’s renaissance was a topic. Doubts about the veracity of it were communicated, but we shall see where it lands.

via Ingrid Lafleur proposes a universal basic income for Detroit | The Michigan Chronicle

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The U.S. Could Adopt Universal Basic Income in Less Than 20 Years

Any discussion of Universal Basic Income must also include Universal Healthcare. Medicare and Medicaid are the primary vehicles to make this happen. It’s worth the time and effort to read, study, and explore these concepts with an open mind. Also, with the political leadership, this can happen within the next 5 years, but that will be a long-shot as politics as sport reigns supreme in Washington.

Scott Santens is a writer and advocate of universal basic income for all. He is the moderator of the Basic Income community on Reddit and Founder of the BIG Patreon Creator Pledge. His writing has been featured in the Atlantic and Huffington Post.

Source: The U.S. Could Adopt Universal Basic Income in Less Than 20 Years