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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Swiss reject free money for immigrants

The Swiss figured out that they cannot have a generous welfare state with open borders, according to the Wash. Post:
On offer in a Swiss referendum this Sunday: a guaranteed monthly income for every adult, paid for by the government. ...

But Gfs.bern, a Swiss firm monitoring voter opinions, projected that only 22 percent voted yes for "free money" on Sunday, based on a partial count of ballots. ...

The reason for the opposition isn't what you'd expect, either. Most aren't worried that a universal basic income would disincentivize workers from finding jobs or turn Switzerland into a Marxist dystopia. The fear is that $2,500 a month would make the country too attractive to economic migrants.

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