I was starting a different post for today, but then I read this.
If you’re too lazy to click on the link, let me just tell you that I couldn’t be more proud of my Swiss heritage. Just a little snippet from the short article:
“Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis.
A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800) per month from the state, with the aim of providing a financial safety net for the population.
Organizers submitted more than the 100,000 signatures needed to call a referendum on Friday and tipped a truckload of 8 million five-rappen coins outside the parliament building in Berne, one for each person living in Switzerland.
Under Swiss law, citizens can organize popular initiatives that allow the channeling of public anger into direct political action. The country usually holds several referenda a year.”
I don’t know why, I just think that’s really funny, especially the dumping of 8 million coins outside the parliament building. I’m sure you’d get arrested for that here in the land of the free. Who knows if it would ever happen, and who knows if the country could even afford to do that. Where do they get all that money? But then again, if they get rid of all their other welfare and entitlement spending in favor of this, maybe they could afford to do it. Either way, who cares? It’s Switzerland! The people there would rival Texas with how proud they are of where they’re from. Although with Switzerland, they actually have something to back it up 🙂
So if any country could do it, it would be Switzerland. And the fact that they government gives its people so much influence is awesome. There’s another proposal going through to limit executive monthly pay to no more than 12 times their lowest-paid staff gets paid in a year. Again, I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but I like how the people can force their hand in getting their parliament to talk about it, and it’s a really good message to other countries *cough cough* that there’s a problem. In the states, it seems that the majority of influence on Congress comes from lobbyists and wealthy constituents.
And of course, that raises the question of government involvement and responsibility to provide a safety net for its citizens. I guess with all citizens receiving the same benefit, there’s no respecter of persons in that sense. But let’s not let all that political talk ruin our good fun. There are too many talking points going around the internet these days anyway.
Instead, let’s just sit back and imagine a life where we got $2,800 a month for doing nothing…that sounds delicious. Time to move to Switzerland!