A new proposal from Democratic lawmakers has a simple approach to helping lower-income families: Simply give them $300 in cash a month.
— Read on time.com/5501177/child-tax-credit-michael-bennet/
Basically, an interim ‘poverty pension’ that might work if other resources are readily made available to them, such as job training, psychosocial counselling (if appropriate), life skills, etc.
There are now 258 million international migrants in the world, a reality of our increasingly globalized society that can’t be ignored.
— Read on time.com/longform/migrants/
The world is changing, literally, as people move from country to country in vastly increasing numbers, for reasons mostly of “escape”.
This is a sad indictment of global politics, and particularly of the impotent role of the UN in facilitating re-settlement issues, not to mention its prior responsibility to ‘prevent’ forced emigration from its member countries. Increasing diverse populations is a real home policy conundrum for hosting nations who want to preserve their historical sociological identity at the same time. Or at least have time to adapt their institutions to this social change.
The right of refusal of entry stands as a major moral problem for some countries, in the face of large numbers of refugees seeking asylum. Often ethical obligations to accept are mitigated by internal socio-economic constraints, i.e., there just isn’t an accommodating superstructure to handle the size of the potential influx.
We need an effective world governing body for this spaceship earth, and it appears that the sooner the better is a must.
‘Guilt by association’ is a predictable public mind-set in circumstances like these, in which prejudices and facts intermingle. The truth eventually washes out and provides us both assurances and protection, and lingering doubt.
- Fewer beer
- Fewer miles on the car
- Better care of my body
- Becoming a minimalist in everything
- Hugging more people
- Re-editing my book
- Giving more seminars
- More fundraising for the Symphony
- Planting a better (not bigger) garden
- Finishing final renovations
- Win more often at dominoes
- These folks are not us, just friends of friends