2018-06-02 13:46:42 UTC
Ethics Dunces: Stockton, California, The Mayor Of Stockton, Everyone Who
Voted For The Mayor Of Stockton…
“We’re here for our stipend, Mayor! Double it, and we’ll cut back on rapes,
Headline, LA Times: “Stockton’s young mayor has bold turnaround plan: Basic
income and stipends for potential shooters.”
If that makes sense to you, please move to California, and stay away from
Stockton’s young mayor’s plan is just as backwards, ethically corrosive and
dumb as it sounds. The headline is correct. Michael Tubbs, wants to give at
least $500 a month to a select group of residents in a pilot program to test
the impact of “guaranteed basic income,” a socialistic fantasy that has
failed everywhere it has been tried. We know the impact of guaranteeing
people money they don’t have to work for.
But wait, there’s more! Led by their young, brash, clueless mayor, Stockton
is about to award stipends of up to $1,000 a month to residents deemed most
likely to shoot somebody—I’m not joking!— in a program called Advance
Peace,or, in its long version, Let’s Allow Thugs And Violent Creeps To
Extort The Government Into Paying Them To Not Hurt Anybody, While Penalizing
The Citizens Who Don’t Pose A Threat.
I agree: Advance Peace is catchier.
“Let me be clear, Advance Peace is not a get out of jail free card,” Tubbs
wrote in explaining the program on Stockton’s public safety website.
“Participating in this program doesn’t erase the past, but it does help
these young men learn how to make better choices for their own and our
community’s collective future.”
Oh, I don’t know: it looks like threatening to shoot people is a great
choice in Stockton. After all, they pay you for it!
“We get 50 constituents a week, if not more, calling and emailing us to
explain why they would benefit from a $500 monthly stipend,” Tubbs told an
LA TImes reporter. “It’s heartbreaking that they’re asking, but it’s also
exciting that we can do something for these people.” Wait, who wouldn’t
benefit from an extra $500 a a month? What’s heartbreaking is that they know
they have a sap for a mayor who is so gullible he’s ready to take the hard
earned money of working taxpayers and hand it over to those begging to take
and use someone else’s money.
And if they threaten to shoot someone, maybe they can get even more.
Tubbs, we are told, graduated from Stanford. When did they stop teaching
about perverse incentives at Stanford?
(Do I sound snarky? I’m sorry: I lost just about the whole day working on
the frivolous, libel suit in Massachusetts filed by a disgruntled banned
Ethics Alarms commenter, getting more angry by the second. Then I saw this
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