Diapers Show Why America Needs a Basic Income

Incredibly, America’s welfare programs do not pay for diapers.

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The Diaper Dilemma

Diapers are a problem for the poor because it costs between $70 and $80 a month to buy disposable babies for a baby, The National Diaper Network reports. That’s $840 to $960 a year to buy diapers for a child.

The Diaper Dilemma Shows What’s Wrong with American Welfare

The diaper dilemma exposes everything with America’s bureaucratic welfare system.

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Is Basic Income the Solution?

Diapers are just one of many needs that real families in the real world have that bureaucrats and politicians do not know about.

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Cash solves the Diaper Dilemma

We can distribute cash to the poor with a simple electronic payments platform that puts few bureaucrats to work.

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Andrew Yang has a Solution to the Diaper Dilemma

There is a presidential candidate who is offering a solution to the diaper dilemma. That candidate is Andrew Yang (D-New York) whose signature issue is the Freedom Dividend.

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Why the Freedom Dividend is better than Welfare

However, Yang’s proposal is far better than our current system. In particular, I think the Freedom Dividend could be more politically viable than the current American Welfare system.

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Why the Poor Hate Bureaucrats

In contrast, other progressive proposals such as subsidized jobs, the Jobs Guarantee, and increased unionization will not help most poor families. Interestingly, I think programs such as subsidized jobs could increase poverty.

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Daniel G. Jennings is a writer who lives and works in Colorado. He is a lifelong history buff who is fascinated by stocks, politics, and cryptocurrency.

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