I never thought I would see the day that the Republican Party unveiled a plan for a guaranteed minimum income – even if that income is $100:
The Senate Republican plan to mail $100 checks to voters to ease the burden of high gasoline prices is eliciting more scorn than gratitude from the very people it was intended to help.
Aides for several Republican senators reported a surge of calls and e-mail messages from constituents ridiculing the rebate as a paltry and transparent effort to pander to voters before the midterm elections in November.
“The conservatives think it is socialist bunk, and the liberals think it is conservative trickery,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, pointing out that the criticism was coming from across the ideological spectrum.
Now, I’m going to be the only liberal out there to endorse this – not because of its merits, but because of its potential for expansion. If this gets passed, and we get a Democratic congress, we could eliminate the requirement that it pay for gas. Then we could bump it to $250. Then $1,000. Then $5,000. And then, by the time we reach $10,000, we’d have ourselves a real minimum income. Socialist bunk? Perhaps. But it’s some excellent socialist bunk.