The terrifying cost of Labour’s UBI


Labour has been discussing the possibility of introducing a Universal Basic Income. The idea is to give every person over 18 years old a set amount of money. This will supposedly allow us to scrap the welfare system, and will ensure that everyone has the means to afford at least a basic standard of living.

At just over $200 a week, this would come to roughly $11,000 per person per annum.

I’ve done a few back of the envelope calculations in order to show just how nuts this idea is, and guess how much this is going to cost the taxpayer? I’ll tell you. It’s going to cost us THIRTY-TWO MILLION BILLION TRILLION DOLLARS PER ANNUM!

Do you know how much that comes to for every man, woman and child in this country? Well there are about four and a half million of us, so we are looking at roughly SEVEN BILLION TRILLION DOLLARS PER PERSON!

Yes, I know that number sounds too crazy to be true, but it’s a reasonable estimate based on what we know about Labour’s plans, and when we factor in various other things, like the cost to administer the scheme, projected population growth, and the possibility of Weimar Republic-style hyperinflation one day hitting us.

John Key is right. This is barking mad. How could we ever afford such a scheme? It’s crazy. We would have to start taxing Apple and Facebook in order to pay for it!

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4 thoughts on “The terrifying cost of Labour’s UBI

  1. When the 90 % or even the 60% have no job, who is going to buy the goods that the automated computer controlled businesses make then? Oh yes, the small number 10 % who still have a job. But they will not buy the large numbers needed to make it worthwhile to produce. So they will stop producing stuff. Then they will not make any money, how sad. The economy then collapses. Unless the 10% give them money to buy the stuff.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thiswayup/audio/201783416/rise-of-the-robots?utm_source=This+Way+Up&utm_campaign=b30c907d95-RNZ+TWU+23+Jan+2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_94546ea4a8-b30c907d95-75925925

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