California Town Invests $200K in Taxes to Develop an LGBT Universal Basic Income Program – Opinion

Palm Springs is known for a lot of things — Sinatra…Elvis…nonbinary persons getting paid because they’re broke and say they’re not a woman or man, as opposed to saying they are.

The Palm Springs City Council has created a continuum of historical events.

Desert Sun reported that the Council paid $200,000 to two nonprofits Thursday for the development and implementation of a pilot program.

The program aims at granting $900 monthly — for 18 months — to 20 individuals “who live, work or otherwise spend the majority of their time in Palm Springs.”

But there’s a catch — not only must the recipients meet a poverty threshold; they must admit they’re lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender or nonbinary.

Unanimity was achieved and Queer Works and HIV/AIDS organisation DAP Health were chosen as the charities.

The website for the former flies seven LGBT flags.

Our goal is to alleviate disparities experienced by transgender, non-binary, and intersex individuals as well, and help decrease similar disparities within our lesbian, homosexual, and bisexual community.

Homelessness, homelessness and joblessness are all common disparities.

These disparities are often caused by discrimination in employment, housing and healthcare. There is also risk of violence against the community, rejection from family members, stigmatization and religious rejection.

Desert Sun reported that both institutions were looking for more than just $200K.

[The City Council]The leaders of the two organizations that are behind the project did not agree to the $900,000 they said would be necessary for the project’s success. They also expressed concerns about future offers.

Such “universal basic income” plans allegedly “address poverty and perhaps do so better than other efforts that come with more limits and requirements.”

Of course, not everyone’s psyched. Count among critics Republican Carl DeMaio, who previously served as San Diego City Council’s first openly gay member.

Carl called the idea “outrageous and discriminatory.”

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We’re completely opposed to guaranteed or universal basic income programs, because they ultimately cause inflation and raise the cost of living on everyone — they don’t work.

But Palm Sprints Councilmember Christy Holstege heralded the opportunity “to participate in a cutting-edge, state-of-the-art pilot program which will help get quantitative and qualitative data to show how this [guaranteed income] impacts futures and lives.”

Though state funds haven’t yet bankrolled the actual dough distribution, that isn’t to say they won’t.

The Sun is back:

The $200,000 allocation would pay DAP and Queer Works staff to put together an application for a share of the $35 million the state has budgeted to provide grants for entities looking to set up guaranteed income programs around the state.

There may be a split:

Jacob Rostovsky, CEO of Queer Works, stated that for the state of Florida to finance the program it would be necessary to have Palm Springs agree to match funds.

Over the last few years, Universal Basic Income received a lot of support. That’s not particularly surprising, given the surge in Americans favoring socialism.

It should be noted that many of those proponents, so far as I can tell, believe “socialism” means you magically get to own the company for which you work. So if Uncle Sam is passing out kingship, pour on the communism and let’s bathe in cash.

Southern California’s Gay Mecca West Hollywood has also tried to make assisted living rainbow-centric.

You will be notified when more towns join the initiative.

Perhaps in the end, we’ll all be LGBTQIA+. We might all be paid by some straight people just for being ourselves.

And if we still, for some odd reason, choose to have jobs…we’ll all be the CEOs:



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