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Comments Off on Good News on Unemployment, but So-So News on Jobs and Dependency

INTERNATIONAL LIBERTY – There is a lot of good news about the job market in America. The official unemployment rate, released just yesterday, is down to 4.1 percent, which is the lowest its been since the end of the Clinton years. Even more impressive, the number of people getting unemployment benefits (i.e., getting paid not […]

Comments Off on Finland Turns Against “Basic Income”

INTERNATIONAL LIBERTY – I’m conflicted. I’ve repeatedly expressed skepticism about the idea of governments providing a “basic income” because I fear the work ethic will (further) erode if people automatically receive a substantial chunk of money. Moreover, I also fear that a basic income will lead to an ever-expanding burden of government spending, particularly once […]