Wrong again. UBI is intentionally set below the poverty line at around $1000 — $1500 (US) a month under most proposals. No one would be able to live off UBI alone, or live very well at at any rate. This creates a work incentive.

That said, people would be free to work less and would likely be empowered to take greater risks (i.e. starting a new business) if they knew UBI was available to keep them from falling below a certain point. UBI would also give financial support to people that currently receive no compensation for work they do that’s incredibly valuable to society, such as stay at home parents.

Finally, UBI comes with no strings attached. People would be free to save the money or spend it as they see fit. We would be able to eliminate much of the bureaucracy that currently polices the poor receiving welfare or unemployment payments to make sure they are behaving the way these programs require in exchange for the assistance received.

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