Headline, LA Times: “Stockton’s young mayor has bold turnaround plan: Basic income and stipends for potential shooters.”
If that makes sense to you, please move to California, and stay away from me.
Stockton’s young mayor’s plan is just as backwards, ethically corrosive and dumb as it sounds. The headline is correct. Michael Tubbs, wants to give at least $500 a month to a select group of residents in a pilot program to test the impact of “guaranteed basic income,” a socialistic fantasy that has failed everywhere it has been tried. We know the impact of guaranteeing people money they don’t have to work for.
But wait, there’s more! Led by their young, brash, clueless mayor, Stockton is about to award stipends of up to $1,000 a month to residents deemed most likely to shoot somebody—I’m not joking!— in a program called Advance Peace,or, in its long version, Let’s Allow Thugs And Violent Creeps To Extort The Government Into Paying Them To Not Hurt Anybody, While Penalizing The Citizens Who Don’t Pose A Threat.
I agree: Advance Peace is catchier.
“Let me be clear, Advance Peace is not a get out of jail free card,” Tubbs wrote in explaining the program on Stockton’s public safety website. “Participating in this program doesn’t erase the past, but it does help these young men learn how to make better choices for their own and our community’s collective future.”
Oh, I don’t know: it looks like threatening to shoot people is a great choice in Stockton. After all, they pay you for it!
“We get 50 constituents a week, if not more, calling and emailing us to explain why they would benefit from a $500 monthly stipend,” Tubbs told an LA TImes reporter. “It’s heartbreaking that they’re asking, but it’s also exciting that we can do something for these people.” Wait, who wouldn’t benefit from an extra $500 a a month? What’s heartbreaking is that they know they have a sap for a mayor who is so gullible he’s ready to take the hard earned money of working taxpayers and hand it over to those begging to take and use someone else’s money.
And if they threaten to shoot someone, maybe they can get even more.
Tubbs, we are told, graduated from Stanford. When did they stop teaching about perverse incentives at Stanford?
(Do I sound snarky? I’m sorry: I lost just about the whole day working on the frivolous, libel suit in Massachusetts filed by a disgruntled banned Ethics Alarms commenter, getting more angry by the second. Then I saw this story…)