Guaranteed Income Plan

  • By:Helen B. Shaffer
  • Content Type: Report
  • Publisher: CQ Press
    • Publication year: 1966
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Archive Report

Interest in Guaranteeing Income to All

Plan to Aid Poor and the Future Unemployed

Aradical yet simple solution—or first step toward a solution—of the poverty problem is gathering support so rapidly that it may burst forth soon as a major domestic issue. It is the proposal that the federal government guarantee, by one means or another, that every person or family will receive a minimum income sufficient to prevent privation or the humiliation of being forced to go on relief. The plan would in effect blanket all of the rock- bottom poor with straight cash benefits to meet living costs, without regard to fine points of individual eligibility.

The presidentially appointed National Commission on Technology, Automation and Economic Progress is among the responsible groups that have recommended ...

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