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I don't think the "get a job" or "let them starve" approach has much merit.

We can do better.


If you want to go that route, I think we pretty much have to go with a UBI. It could replace a lot of social programs. If a justification for SS is so that the elderly won't starve (or "have to eat cat food"), shouldn't that same consideration be provided to everyone?

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On a related note, Denmark used to have 5 years of unemployment benefits. Oddly enough, most people got new jobs either in the first several months or the last several months of that 5-year period. So they shortened it to 4 years. After several years of seeing the same pattern, they decided to cut it in half, to 2 years.

https://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/16/why-denmark-is...

So, from their perspective, the "let them starve" attitude seemed to motivate a lot of people. As long as they had an income, they appeared to have little incentive to "get a job".
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