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

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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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