Fox Guest On UBI: How Is Giving People Money Going To Improve Their Lives?

"This is about destroying capitalism, not improving people's lives," Justin Haskins said of Universal Basic Income.

Fox News guest Justin Haskins slammed the proposal of first-term Democratic lawmaker Rashida Tlaib to provide trillions in direct cash subsidies to low and middle-income Americans, saying the plan is aimed at destroying capitalism, according to a tweet by Media Matters' Robert Lewis.

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"How is handing everybody $3000 or $6000 actually going to improve people's lives? ... This is about destroying capitalism, not improving people's lives," said Haskins on Wednesday's edition of Fox & Friends. He added that handing people money will only disincentivize them to work harder: "If you're making $49,000, why would you want to make $55,000, if you know you're going to lose your $3,000 check?"

“Instead of direct cash assistance, what poor Americans really need is job training programs,” he argued.

The LIFT+ Act, reported on last week, would offer $3,000 to individuals that make less than $50,000 and $6,000 to families with incomes below $100,000 per year, according to The Washington Post. Individuals with no income would also be eligible for the subsidy.

The bill builds on a similar proposal by Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) that would direct trillions in tax credits to low-income citizens but offers no benefits to the poorest Americans.

The proposed law is unlikely to be approved in the Republican-controlled Senate, but may signal a shift in how Democratic lawmakers think about economic policy, the Post writes.

Tlaib is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and a close ally of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Read more about the proposal here.

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