Comment: This idea has been proposed

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This idea has been proposed

Imagine all the bureaucracy that would be eliminated! Giving 10k a year to 300 Million people would be $3 Trillion. The real deficit each year is something like $11 trillion (, most of which is accrued in the form of unfunded liabilities for Social Security and Medicare so it might actually be a lot cheaper to simply give everyone a basic income if you crunch the numbers.