Is actually having to work for a living an old fashioned and outdated idea? About a quarter of the Swiss people think it is. Thankfully about three quarters of the Swiss still have their common sense and voted against this revolutionary proposal on their ballot.
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“Conservative Switzerland is the first country to hold a national referendum on an unconditional basic income, but others including Finland are examining similar plans as societies ponder a world where robots replace humans in the workforce.
Olivier, a 26-year-old carpenter who works on construction sites and runs a small business designing and building furniture, said he voted “yes”.
“For me it would be a great opportunity to put my focus on my passion and not go to work just for a living,” he said.”
But plans like this are being considered in other European countries. What people do not realize is when you give people a free basic income then you take away all incentives for people in lower income jobs to work.
In many ways President Obama has tried to give a free basic income through expanded food stamp programs and other government assistance programs over his two terms in office.
Food stamp recipients up 42 percent under Obama
There is a simple truth in the world – when you give people free food they will work less or not at all. That is why it is no coincidence that under Obama we also have one of the lowest workforce participation rates since the Great Depression.
The Bible while encouraging us to help the truly poor and needy does not ever tell us to give unending free government assistance to people. This concept can be found nowhere in the Scriptures.
This is the Bible’s answer to motivating people to work:
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. ” – 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV)
As Christians and as Americans while we must help those who are truly in need we cannot in our trying to do good encourage the sin of laziness.