The Guaranteed Adequate Income Proposal
So, reader, I suppose about now you're saying: "Enough why's. It's time for how." OK. It's time to suggest how this theoretically appealing idea is to be implemented. I do so under three headings. First, there is a listing of the nonnegotiable elements; second, a discussion of the other variables which can be the subject of democratic debate; and finally, a description of just how the GAI is to operate.
When I refer to some components as "nonnegotiable" it is not because I have a desire to dictate. Rather, it is because without these elements, the plan loses its raison d'être. This will become clearer as I discuss the components themselves.
This is the basic premise of the guaranteed adequate income. Those who have control of the wealth of the country commit themselves to share it. Those who receive a payment are neither getting a gift nor are they on welfare or public assistance. They are simply receiving their share.
Who is entitled to receive this share? Everyone! I cannot emphasize this too strongly. This includes you, it includes me, it includes disabled persons and able-bodied, it includes mothers of small children, fathers of older children, the children themselves, criminals, mentally retarded, lazy geniuses, street people, managers, owners of businesses, doctors,