You will not believe what these people did with this income lifeline

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During the pandemic, some politicians toyed with the idea of helping people by making sure they had a “guaranteed income.”

While the idea has not caught on, it hasn’t stopped some progressives from experimenting with the idea, and the results are appalling.

Now these taxpayer-funded schemes are coming under fire after it was discovered that some recipients are not using this monetary lifeline the way the leftists thought they would.

Guaranteed income programs are in the spotlight

In some parts of the U.S., guaranteed income programs are shelling out up to $36,000 to struggling families with absolutely no strings attached.

According to an analysis from DailyMail.com, the schemes total over $125 million and have become more popular since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Progressive lawmakers are enthusiastic about the cash handouts, which typically go directly to Americans living below the poverty line.

However, these taxpayer-funded schemes are under fire after one mom-of-three in Washington, D.C. spent over half of her $10,800 lump sum payment on much more than necessities.

Canethia Miller, 27, spent $6,000 of the money she received on a luxury vacation to Miami, Florida for herself, her three children, and her partner.

She also bought 15 new outfits for her children, spent $180 on a haircut, and blew even more of the money on a makeover.

Meanwhile, similar programs continue to be implemented in cities all over the country, offering payments of up to $1,000 per month for three years with absolutely no conditions on how the money should be spent.

For most recipients, eligibility for the program is based on the federal poverty level, with current income guidelines at $15,060 or less per year for single people and $31,200 or less per year for a family of four.

Supporters of these schemes say they help lift people out of poverty by giving them more financial stability so they can reach their goals, including getting out of federally subsidized housing.

Many people who have received the money say it has changed their lives, and in some cases, it has brought people out of homelessness.

However, critics say that these taxpayer-funded schemes “destroy fundamental elements of the social contract and create the wrong incentives for people,” with many citing Miller’s case as a prime example of what happens when people are given money with no rules about how it can be spent.

The schemes continue

Despite the fraud committed by nefarious actors, guaranteed income projects are slated to continue, with over $125 million going to approximately 10,000 people nationwide across 30 programs.

These programs may last up to three years per data published by the Guaranteed Income Pilots Dashboard.

Other data from Stanford University’s Basic Income Lab found that there have already been at least 153 guaranteed income programs throughout America, and 68 of those are still active.

Not surprisingly, this data doesn’t include details or information about any recipients who have committed fraud or used the money for anything other than what it was intended for.

The largest program is the Big Leap program in Los Angeles, which provides 3,200 people with a guaranteed income of $1,000 each month for one year, costing taxpayers $36 million.

Payouts go to adult residents of the city who are pregnant or who have at least one child and have incomes under the federal poverty level. 

New York City has the third largest of such programs, giving 600 people between $500 and $1,000 a month for three years. 

According to Miller, when asked about her spending, she said, “I wanted to blow it. I wanted to have fun.”

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.