Got a question, about this: So why not community efforts at a ”permanent fund” like Alaska’s that will (1) provide for all to some extent and (2) give everyone a feeling if shared ownership l and desire to protect it? Most communities don't have the oil reserves or any other natural resources that could provide for a permanent fund. Yeah, it's nice to have, but I'm thinking that in a nation as populous as the US is, we just don't have the money to give 320 million people anything like $1600 dollars a year. And the idea of raising taxes on the rich people is ludicrous, they don't have anywhere near that kind of taxable income. Sooo, where's the money going to come from? Practicalities aside, I have some issues with the moral hazard too. Income should be earned IMHO, if you have the ability to do so. We should assist those who need temporary help to get back on their feet so to speak, and those who lack the capability to work ought to be subsidized. Otherwise, giving a paycheck to someone who has not earned it isn't the smartest idea.