Our society considers monitoring appropriate for all sorts of things, but the instant it's checking on parents taking care of kids, everyone gets all huffy.
LaserGuy wrote:Tyndmyr wrote:If you flatten income enough between the absolute top and bottom, then you decrease potential earning differences. If everyone is gonna get 50k regardless of how little skills I gather, does this not reduce economic motivation to go to college?
I think Australia has already solved this problem. Their minimum wage for adults is $14.50 USD and they have slightly higher participation rates than the US in tertiary education, despite professionals being paid less (or taxed more, at least), and lower unemployment, despite much higher minimum wages.
Odd, I'm seeing the US as being higher per the world bank stats.
And Sweden has no minimum wage at all, and seems to be doing pretty fine in terms of wages, education, etc. They're hardly a right-wing state grinding everyone into poverty... it would seem that a minimum wage law is hardly the only way to arrive at a healthy economy OR to flatten income.
CorruptUser wrote:Here's one link.
Call me a cynical paranoid, but I honestly think that part of the fundamentalist opposition towards a welfare system that actually works and improves the lives of the citizens, is that in such a scenario, people won't need to rely on organized religion. If you are poor and welfare isn't available, there is The Church to rely upon.
Sure. Charity is a good thing, but religious charity can sometimes come with strings attached. A lot of charity, including religious charity is a very good thing...but as you get into the more obscure and extreme religious branches, charity, like everything else, can become twisted.