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Democrats in one California city are experimenting with a privately funded solution to wipe out poverty - by giving away free cash.

125 residents in Stockton, California don't have to worry about where there next meal is coming from. They receive $500 in "universal basic income" each month. No strings attached.

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Susie Garza is one lucky recipient of free cash. On the 15th of every month she receives $500 on a debit card from a nonprofit organization that is experimenting with universal basic income to determine if it makes a difference in the lives of people earning below the poverty level.

Garza, who may or may not be a legal U.S. citizen, is unemployed. Her husband doesn't work either, so the extra money she receives each month comes in handy.

According to the Associated Press, Garza can use the cash however she wants. She says she uses $150 to pay her cellphone bill. Another $100 goes to her vet for her pet dog.

She also lavishes birthday gifts and junk food on her grandsons. She used to be a drug addict but that's in her past. She says she's been off drugs for 18 years now.

"I like it because I feel more independent, like I'm in charge. I really have something that's my own," she tells the AP.

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The experiment is monitored by a group of researchers whose goal for the program is not finances but happiness.

Jovan Bravo, a 31-year-old Stockton native and construction worker, is married and has three children, ages 13, 8 and 4.

He says the extra $500 he receives each month gives him the freedom to spend more time with his wife and kids.

He said before the free money windfall he had to work multiple jobs and he didn't have enough time for his children.

Now he only works one Saturday a month. He uses the other Saturdays to play with his kids in the park.

"It's made a huge difference," he told the AP. "Just being able to spend more time with the wife and kids, it brings us closer together."

Republicans criticize the program because they say it encourages people not to work for a living.

Democratic candidates hope to expand the free cash program nationwide, if one of them is elected president in November 2020.

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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a leading candidate for the nomination, has a proposal to give up to $500 a month to working families.

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur who is a long shot for the nomination, wants to give $1,000 to every American.

Harris' plan to give $500 a month to working families earning up to $100,000 annually would cost about $275 billion per year, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Yang's proposal to give $1,000 to every adult in America would cost $2.8 trillion per year.

Both candidates say they will pay for their free money programs by reversing President Trump's tax cuts and increasing taxes on corporations.

Garza, who is the only breadwinner in her family, says she doesn't know what she will do when the privately funded program ends in July 2020.

She says she asked the program director how she was lucky enough to get into the program.

"She goes, 'Because you're blessed,'" Garza said. "And I just left it at that."

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Ohhh they trying to put their money where their mouth is? Oooooo money talks and bs walks they say? ?? but seriously I do feel like working families should be provided emergency funds or assistance when needed or some sort of monthly money like this some ppl don’t have enough to make ends meet even when only spending on bills and food alone so yes I’m here for it!!

  • Alextra Ballard

    I hope the generosity travels further south

  • Soon2BWife

    Wtf? This sounds like a story from the Onion.

  • Sushi

    I think this is great for our country, I feel as long as people are working at least full time 35-40 hrs a week, this will be a great thing....

  • Gloria

    Been preaching about the benefits of universal income and a resource based economy for years. Capitalism is such a flawed financial hierarchy. I'm glad to see little experiments like this taking place in this country. Gives me hope!

  • Overpower Radio

    "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you've fed him for a lifetime."

  • Phillybruh

    I'm sure those in Red States like coal miners who refuse to learn a new trade would appreciate this. A program like this certainly would reduce crime in a lot of areas and boost the economy. Having money to spend any way you want is a good thing, the way this post is worded makes it seem irresponsible and dirty.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I hope those ppl in the experiment don’t fux it up for the rest of us acting like they done hit the Lottery use that money to pay bills and put some in savings! Dam!

  • Scromes1212

    Increase taxes on corporations and wages will go down smh same old ideas. Just throw money at the problem and hope it fixes itself

  • Phillybruh

    But its not for that, its for them to spend how they want.

  • Phillybruh

    Until the fish stop biting and he refuses to learn a new skill.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Wages won’t go down if they establish a living minimum wage and increase it every few years

  • Phillybruh

    Wages have been stagnant for years if wages were progressive than this wouldn't even been a discussion or a pilot program.

  • Overpower Radio

    Expecting people living below the poverty level means that even poor, they are living above their means. $500 is relief for however long it's gonna last. It's not a solution. They need to support giving them the illusion of financial freedom by making growth opportunities available to them as well.

  • Scromes1212

    Increase it to 15 a hour and force employers to give health care and you will put small businesses out of business smh it's great for Google employees but not the guy with the lawn service or a family restaurant

  • Scromes1212

    Wages are up smh cut it out

  • Phillybruh

    But with the breathing room the 500 gives, it gives a person the space to learn something new, where as before they didn't have the time because they were constantly working.

  • Phillybruh

    wages are not up. But continue to think that.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Nonsense! People tend to Spend what they make. I didn't see anybody talking about investing that extra money or starting a small business.

  • Scromes1212

    That ain't breathing room lol they live check to check. They will spend that as fast as they get it. Financial literacy is the key

  • Gloria

    Wages actually are not up. In some places, $15 is the minimum wage in this country. If you compare that to the $5 minimum wage during Henry Ford's time and consider inflation, that is only a dollar difference of increase. Wages remain stagnant, while inflation continues, which is why people remain in poverty.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You've got to use that extra to change your lifestyle and lift yourself out of your current situation or your life won't change permanently. You'll be back where you started...or worse.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Let me share something with you all the other week I worked 32 hours in a 36 hour time frame YES you read that right! I work in healthcare so I’m on my feet 90 percent of that time now those 32 hours was not the end of my work week. In a two week time frame I worked 145 hours YES you read that right. See the problem is I don’t qualify for any assistance and I have to work like that so that I can not only pay my bills but have something to show for it outside of just working to pay bills. When times get hard or I gotta make ends meet I can’t fall back on assistance I have to fall back on my credit cards or work over time which takes me away from spending time with my child! I feel like ppl who are working everyday and find it hard to to keep up with the cost of living should be able to get some assistance and financial help PERIOD! Mind you I budget to the MAX! I’m not out here partying and just spending money. Some of my money goes to a acquiring new licenses and keeping the ones I have active and learning a new skill or trade that I pay for OUT OF POCKET cuz again “ I make too much money” for any form of assistance and some trades and skills are not covered my grants and loans.

  • Scromes1212

    Yes they are just do your research. They aren't up much but they are up

  • Overpower Radio

    The quote doesn't just pertain to fishing skills, but survival skills. If I give you $500, you'll need money again when you run out of it, but if I teach you how to make $500 whenever you need money, then I just set you straight for life.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    All money ain't good money Chile.... this sounds like a trap ..... bye!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    That should apply to corporations or companies making over a certain amount come on now it’s not hard at all to make this happen it’s common sense

  • Phillybruh

    I work in HR, Hiring is up but what we base pay has not increased in a decade.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I would if they gave it to me

  • Sushi

    Thank you, but the far right want to continue to say that you are lazy, get a second job, don't splurge or live outside you means. The majority of struggling Americans are in the same boat as you are, and some just 1, or 2 paychecks from being homeless

  • Scromes1212

    Lol again not true smh most states do not have 15 dollar might minimum wage smh money doesn't change your circumstances if you are not financially literate. In my city you can have a house and a car and a comfortable life off probably less then 10 dollars a hour but black folks don't have financial literacy in poor areas

  • Phillybruh

    Oh I know what it pertains to, just pointing out. that across the board people refuse to learn something new even if it means never working again.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Good 4 U because we've[Black folk] got to change the way we think about $money$.

  • Scromes1212

    So one poster just said minimum wage is up to 15 dollars a hour and you agreed lol! Now y'all just saying anything lol

  • Overpower Radio

    I agree. I just wouldn't burden anyone of them with such expectations, because that's not a condition by which they were offered the money. Someone might have the will to do just what you said, others are like the lady / people in the article ...it's money to pay a phone bill (living above their means) give a pet health care (can't even afford to have a pet, but has one) ...gifting their grandchildren (again, above their means) ...affording a father the opportunity to take 3 Saturdays off per month (because he values that quality time he couldn't afford) ...again, examples from the article. I know the struggle from the depths of poverty. $500 is stress relief. They are still living a check-to-check lifestyle.

  • https://disqus.com/home/discussion/freakkboxshawty/freakkbox_on_strikingly B A B Y ?

    youre not about to live comfortable making under 10 an hr lol especially if you got responsibilities . you must be from the boondocks in arkansas

  • Scromes1212

    "Have something to show for it" what does that mean?

  • Gloria

    It blows my mind that people will blame poor people for being poor. Sure, everyone will take a financial literacy class and just get out of poverty? It does not work that way.

  • Overpower Radio

    Gotcha..

  • Phillybruh

    I work in corporate America and we typically start our employees between 18.35hr and 25.00 hr that has not moved in a decade. 15.00 is new but most companies have been above that for a long time. Now the areas that are catching up are these low wage employers like Walmart and Popeye's.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Oh I left out the part where those hours are from my main job I also work a second job now when do I get to stay home? How much sleep I getting? Because I’m on my feet all day my feet are now bad off I got plantar fasciitis in one foot and insertional Achilles tendinitis in my other foot. I recently paid for my real estate license and class spent over 2-3k but I can’t sell a house because I’m always at work trying to make ends meet so I won’t be homeless

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Meaning extra money to put to the side a new pair of drawls! Some decent shoes that are worn out food in the refrigerator! That’s something to show for my hard work other than just paying bills and having gas to get to work! Hell some money to buy a house wtf you mean? You think I’m taking about a Gucci belt and a purse or some shitttt? Not today this is a touchy subject for me cuz I know I work hard and I know other ppl that do and even with budgeting it’s hard to stay afloat when housing is so expensive and everything else!

  • Scromes1212

    It blows my mind that people don't understand that it does smh you want a story since we telling stories lol every year I try to talk people into using there tax money to get a house so that will be done with paying rent or mortgage and every year every body I try to get to do it has an excuse then they go out and put ALL there money on a down payment for a car or they buy a bunch of stuff they don't need and they back to square one smh black folks don't want to do what's needed to get themselves out of poverty. We have to change our mentality.

  • Phillybruh

    Going out for a meal with friends everything can't be work to pay bills.

  • Scromes1212

    So you saying you believe wages are up to 15 dollars a hour in most states from 7.25 a hour and wages are not up? Smh come on bro pick a argument smh

  • Scromes1212

    Black folk mentality smh

  • Sushi

    Wow, most won't understand the struggle, or turn a blind eye to it. We need a program in place for the ones that work hard and still have a financial struggle. ..I pray you a financial blessing in the MOST HIGH. Much respect. .....

  • Scromes1212

    Thank you

  • Phillybruh

    15.00hr does not keep up with the market. Its a start, yes. But 15.00 an hr with 2 kids in school and rent will not keep your head above water.

  • Scromes1212

    So wages are up?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Money to invest in my businesses and get them off the ground something like that to show for it! Or how about buying my child a townhome or condo while they attend college instead of paying for a dorm so my child can have something when they graduate college

  • Phillybruh

    no they still don't meet the demands of the market.

  • Gloria

    Sometimes, renting is cheaper than buying a house. And furthermore, not everyone wants or needs to be home owners. Americans are brainwashed into believing that they have to own a home. A home is NOT an asset, its a liability. It cost homeowners money and does not put money into the homeowners profit. So so what if they didn't take your advice? You sound like you need a financial literacy class as well. Here's a video to describe more in detail about why the wages in the country have been stagnant for decades.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M3vTvm2cfM

  • ClaireHuxtable

    new phones...bigger tvs...Jordans...wkly hair appts...new rims...smoking[reefer or cigs]...

  • Scromes1212

    And this is why you broke smh

  • Gloria

    These people are still working full time. They are not being lazy but go off.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Everybody wouldn’t do that

  • Dowoop

    $150 for a cell phone bill?!

  • Scromes1212

    Lol ok

  • Gloria

    You don't even know me though lmao. Called you out on your BS and you had to result to insults? Yeah, I knew when you said "wages are going up" that you were not a bright light bulb to begin with. Good day

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Ms. D, do you have an investment property? In case you don't that other stream of income could be very helpful to you. A good property with a good tenant may give you the extra time you want to spend with your baby.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Everytime somebody ask for some help or little boost in income they are called lazy!! That’s that slave mentality kicking in once they slaves started asking for money and refused to work for free they were called lazy and now til this day black folks get called lazy
    For asking for a decent living wage! Or help when they can’t make ends meet

  • wigmon68

    "Garza, who may or may not be a legal U.S. citizen, is unemployed. Her
    husband doesn't work either
    , so the extra money she receives each month
    comes in handy."

    "She says she uses $150 to pay her cellphone bill. Another $100 goes to her vet for her pet dog."

    So much wrong with her story. I recall having no cable, no pets, no eating out, leftovers, patched pants, no cell phones, etc. Stop spending money on unnecessary things if you can't afford them.

    Quick story. I went with a friend one year to deliver Thanksgiving meals that our church was giving out. My friend and his wife were in school and lived in a basement apartment. They had a 21" TV, but no cable and were saving everything they could to put themselves through school. We delivered 8 meals that day. Most of the places weren't very nice, but most had TV's with cables and video game consoles and of course pets running around. I'm all for helping the poor who cannot help themselves, but I'm not in to giving handouts to those that spend stupidly and/or are lazy.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    That's what I thought! Gee!

  • Scromes1212

    So up top you complaining cause you want to buy your child a townhouse but down here you talking about not owning a house smh ok

  • Disgustd

    Want to give money away to everybody BUT the descendants of the people whom they NEVER paid their just dues who are owed a debt for 250+ years of FREE labor that is the primary reason the US is the global powerhouse it is.

  • Navybeans95

    Ain't nothing wrong with receiving help especially when u work full-time or have to work 2 jobs just to make ends meet....
    laying around popping out babies with no job and not going to school I just can't relate to...

  • Scromes1212

    And that wasn't a insult. You going up a down this thread complaining about being broke. I just agreed with you. I meant no ill will

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ????????

  • wigmon68
  • MsSapphire9800

    This statement...."Republicans criticize the program because they say it encourages people not to work for a living."

    I can almost guarantee you, that not everyone recieving this money is a Democrat...it is almost like in 2002...when that fake news about reparation payment for Blacks surface...every damn person who sworn they were Indian and others...change and claimed they were Black.

  • Gloria

    Where did I say I was broke? Lol

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Everyone won't, but too many will.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    You got a point cuz you certainly are incompetent! And you using all your tools today and it shows!

  • TheWildChild

    So Garza is the household Hustler (breadwinner) but doesn't work ? not once did she mention paying rent, I assume she's living on skid row of Stockton or with someone. Cause if she's on HUD, I'm reporting that extra income ? and for the other dude, talking about he can spend more time with his family ? Urhmmmm ? Sir is prolly going straight "Lotto" with them coins. This experiment may have been more beneficial to seniors 65+ struggling below poverty with that $700 a month SSI check ?????

  • Gloria

    I don’t even have a child wtf, is it crack you smoke? What is it?

  • wigmon68

    That would mean wages aren't up at your company. Look at the stats. They are up. They weren't up much during most of Obama's presidency, but they made gains every year. This past year wages are up nearly 4%.

  • Soda

    So poor people shouldn't have a single thing that makes them happy?

  • wigmon68

    Start a business and you can pay people whatever you want.

  • Scromes1212

    Poor people mentality smh

  • Scromes1212

    Lol my bad you right I'm getting you and the other poster mixed up lol my bad

  • wigmon68

    Thats their choice to make.

  • Disgustd

    Homestead Act made it possible for whites & recent immigrants to own land & was implemented by the US govt --while black people were relegated to sharecropping, convict leasing and peonage. Did I mention this was free land? And also keep in mind that when social security & unemployment insurance were first implemented there was a deliberate clause to exclude blacks, farmers & domestics--guess who "coincidentally" fell into those last 2 categories, so I don't want to hear no bs about black mentality when our ancestors BUILT THIS MOFO FOR FREE & have NEVER GOTTEN A RETURN ON THEIR FORCED INVESTMENT.

  • Phillybruh

    lol your that black person

  • Scromes1212

    My bad I was responding to the wrong person lol

  • wigmon68

    Who said anything about being happy. Things don't make you happy.

  • Scromes1212

    I said in my city.

  • Gloria

    You can just look at the comments and see who is brainwashed ?. People are really defending an economic system that purposefully created financial inequalities amongst racial groups and are blaming victims for their own financial hardships. You hate to see it ?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    My career path has nothing to do with price gauging has everything to do with it! Let me state that I don’t get out of my bed for less than 20 bucks and hour and when I’m working overtime I at close to 40 bucks an hour where I live the average rent for a two bedroom is 1200-1600 a month the places that are 1200 charge all these fees for trash and water and other stuff that the monthly rent ends up being 1500 not to mention food water lights etc. keep in mind the average wage where I live is about 12-15 an hour you do the dam math! The rent is raised when the housing market is doing well so right now the rent is right inline in what it costs for a mortgage it’s actually more than the average mortgage this is done this way to keep you renting and not being able to save to purchase a home. I’m done going back and forth with you! My career path will keep me employed for years to come and some! My issues isn’t my career my issue is price gauging. Have a good day! Oh and I thought about moving out of the city I live in but I would have a 1-2 hour commute which would most likely have me running for work late often and then at risk of losing my job!

  • Scromes1212

    You don't have the money to go out a eat then you don't go out and eat smh I can't tell you how many females I know that spend they last going out to eat with some folks they don't even like smh

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Baby I know I gotta get one dam protect first!!! That’s all I can think about is getting an investment property so I can get out of this sucks trust me I’m working on it my child graduates high school early I got have the kind to live out a van but her a place to stay and stack my money so that I can invest in properties . It’s a shame working ppl have to even consider such things

  • Scromes1212

    Preach

  • wigmon68

    "These people are still working full time."

    I don't think you read the article above.

  • TheWildChild

    Indeed ?? ...these recipients should be provided with life-skills and budget counseling. I was the only minority volunteer back in the day for a transitional housing program for single parents. The challenges were unbelievable, the game and excuses each week why they couldn't budget the household. Mind you? all material resources were provided by some wealthy contributors, but still these people were lacking in life skills so bad. I would never back down on their budgets like 'Becky' did with such empathy.

  • Scromes1212

    Move somewhere that's more affordable

  • Phillybruh

    No one stays at the rate they started at, most move around and get the salary that comes with the new position. 25.00 an hr for a 22 yr old phone rep and its her first job is healthy for this market. 18.35 is usually for mail room staff and cleaning people. 80% of jobs in my organization are salaried and those are based on a different criteria but our entry level positions are competitive with salary and benefits.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    That’s why I’m about to get outta this thread before I cuss and auntie end up blocking me.

  • MsSapphire9800

    They would never consider Seniors, Disable and low income working people...it will be like doing the right thing. Also these candidates probably feel a certain group of people will not come out to vote...so they count them out. 500.00 extra a month could help many low income people.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "Republicans criticize the program because they say it encourages people not to work for a living."
    -----------
    Republicans give lots of free money to the rich by way of tax breaks & loopholes, and corporate welfare, so what's the difference?

  • Gloria

    Don’t leave me in here with these fools, I’m right behind you!!!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    You know those companies make you pay for your phone upfront right? Most of those who are paying 150 for a phone bill it’s because their phone is financed into their monthly bill so they are paying for the phone and services

  • Scromes1212

    I got a flip phone from Wal-Mart. 25 dollars a month. You just making excuses for people lol

  • Seldomseen

    What’s good for the goose.......

  • Seldomseen

    Sis, I admire your hustle but that doesn’t sound healthy...

  • Starburst

    I'm almost certain that everyone of us in this thread would take the $500 from the government without hesitation. Some will buy something extravagant and others perhaps would invest the money. And that's the truth.

  • Navybeans95

    Apparently some people are blind to these facts...

  • Phillybruh

    You are arguing with broke folks who have all the answers on the internet...lol

  • TheWildChild

    Yep ?....those $800+ phones are bulk of the bill. Not like the old plans, sign 2yr plan and get phone free. According to carriers, they're losing money on the phones.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I was wondering what kind of cellphone service she has that costs $150. I pay $45 a month and get unlimited talk, texting, and internet/data.

  • wigmon68

    Certainly you shouldn't expect someone to pay you so that you can buy your kid a condo to attend college do you?

  • Scromes1212

    Exactly but people act like it's rocket science lol just buy a phone you can afford and stop trying to be cool smh

  • Soda

    Things do make you happy, and since this is an experiment in happiness that has a one year limit, I say let them spend this fortune on whatever pleases them since that's what it's for! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c8f113a1e071ba5f673fdf29ea4c96ec539584a810f51e61a6222294033d3afa.gif

  • wigmon68

    The Southern Homestead Act was passed shortly later and provided access for a fee to anyone. When the Homestead Act was passed, it only allowed for free men to access it, but it wasn't free for anyone.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Any program that benefits the poor and working class, the Republicans always seem to have a problem with it. These people make me sick.

  • Scromes1212

    Familymobile. I had it for like 8 years I think

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Read the entire thing I was asked what I meant by working and having something to show for it! A condo or townhome is and investment it cheaper than paying for my child to live in a dorm it’s something she can have and if she decides to buy another home she can then rent that out to college students who live off campus I was speaking to why I work so much is so that I can have something to show for just paying bills. Knock it off!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    U just closed the car door on your $850 dress, Iya!

  • CookieMobster

    Yes poor people should have things that make then happy BUUUT they should also be saving every dime they can to put towards something that will help them get OUT of poverty.

  • Scromes1212

    Lol it's all good. It's just different opinions, it ain't that serious :)

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Bunt if I were to get extra money from a program like that I would certainly use it to INVEST in a business or property. Guess I should go hit Jordan’s huh?

  • wigmon68

    I come from a family of farmers and I guarantee they work harder than 99% of this nation. They seldom buy new close (repair the ones they have) and put food on the table by growing it and harvesting it. Ain't nothing wrong with hard work and they pleasures are just sitting down with those you love and care about at the end of a hard day.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Thank you I’ve decided to leave this Conversation alone some of these ppl prolly typing from their grandma basement stealing their neighbors free wifi and eating canned meat acting like they financial advisors

  • lovelygamour

    $500 extra per month for a year is a life changing amount for some people. that's moving money. they should buy 1 splurge item and the rest be used for a certification course or savings. this program can change lives.

    however, its not going to do anything if there is no financial education. I understand they live in the valley or by northern California but that cell phone bill is ridiculous. they don't have any Verizon mno's around there. no pageplus.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Who is y’all? I’m bout to block yo asssss today I’ve tried to ignore your trolling but you on rare form today! My phone I paid cash for and I’ve had for over 6 years I keep insurance on it that way of it gets broke it can get replaced! But you tired it TROLL!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    It’s not!

  • Disgustd
  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    No I’m explaining why their bill costs that much

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    It’ll cost me over 3,000 to relocate to somewhere affordable and a 1-2 hour commute to work does that sound logical to you? I’ll spend that money I’m suppose to be saving in gas

  • Scromes1212

    Yeah but why make excuses for them lol at some point people have to look in the mirror and ask themselves what am i doing to keep myself in poverty. Our community has to do better

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I’ve done the math but thanks for your advice! Also looked into moving somewhere cheaper and getting a job in that area guess what I would take a 7 dollar pay cut and still be in the same boat cuz the money the job would bring in would still make it hard to cover the rent somewhere cheaper.

  • lovelygamour

    out of state and foreigners buy up all the apartment buildings and charge ridiculous rents. if they actually lived in the area the rents would reflect that. a lot of people go in on a house with a relative. think about it. you would qualify for a mortgage at 6% or lower interest cause of your work history. you could afford a lot of house depending on where you live. a good mortgage from like bank of America, you could throw the rent money on that and be done in 15-20 years.

    in my case it was easier to buy a house then qualify for an apartment and I offered to prepay the rent for a year. my income isn't steady, its feast or famine. its hard to find local owned housing. the usa is going to have to be like china and kick these overpriced landlords out.

  • Rayne

    My $500 would be under my mattress. I know me. I ain’t spending chit!

  • lovelygamour

    I understand people just want to be human for awhile, but the organization should tell them you can splurge for a month but after that you need a plan.

  • CookieMobster

    Ms. Gloria, if you are born into poverty you have every opportunity to make good choices in your life to make sure you don't stay poor. We were very poor when I was a child. Both my brother and I are now in the middle class, he is probably upper middle class. We both made bad decisions when we were high school age and early 20's but we got our sh!t together and worked extremely hard to get to where we are now. If we had not we would be in poverty now too and that would be our own faults.

  • Phillybruh

    Waiting for the 15.00 min wage increase before those sandwiches are put back on the menu...lol

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile that’s one ugly dress

  • lovelygamour

    it sounds like a trap to say poor people make poor choices. but its not like these latinos can just move anywhere. they tend to live by each other due to racism. so they don't want to leave the community. then there are other issues. they should teach the recipients about saving. like help that woman get on a cheaper phone plan!!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. If you're poor, you dont need the latest iPhone or Samsung smartphone. Around here, every phone store has some basic phones you can get for $100 or so, that will get the job done.... No need for all the bells and whistles. But nowadays we see broke negros buying brand new $800 phones and financing it on a 2 year plan. smh

  • lovelygamour

    yep, its expensive to be middle/poor class. just look at her phone bill. there aren't a lot of cell towers in the valley of California. she may be stuck on Verizon but general a mvn is around like pageplus. then all the stores have a high mark up.

    I hope these people at least lie and say they have some money tucked away at the end.

  • Disgustd

    Black codes were passed to keep southern blacks from fleeing the south via practices such as sharecropping, peonage & convict leasing. Then Jim Crow laws were enacted. There were a small number of blacks who were able to take advantage of the Homestead Act but the overwhelming majority were white & recent immigrants. The irony is that if the US had of honored Field Order #15 from General Sherman, blacks would have had the same opportunities for land ownership (altho the acreage promised was smaller) as offered to whites via the Homestead Act of 1862--which did require an application fee, which most free blacks could not afford---but then the south would have lost their captive population and the illusory/deviant sense of power it gave them. But as been said many times over the centuries, black prosperity & economic independence/success was never part of the Amerikkkan plan. Our ancestors were enslaved to build paradise for the white man and the continual & organized theft of collective black wealth proves this--beginning with the end of Reconstruction & extending all the way up to the 2008/2009 organized sub-primed mortgage scheme. Every time we amass collective wealth, the US govt, it's proxies and criminal cohorts swoop into steal it. Every time.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ????
    Thats the bullshit!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    You in California? Why your real estate license cost that much?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    *sigh*
    It's not from the government.
    Read the actual article because Auntie is trying to frame this as Democrats giving away free money.

  • Pamela

    Relocating to Stockton ASAP??????????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Whats wrong with spending money on something OTHER than bills and kids?
    Do you think people work to pay bolls and keep a roof over their heads?

  • Renee26

    Sounds like welfare to me. TANF has been a thing forever.... But thanks for highlighting these people's laziness and entitlement

    Poor people don't take their animals to the vet... They take them for a long ride

  • Nathan Hastings

    Exactly smh

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Look I have 'poor' people in my family.
    The problem with them is is they despise what the DO earn.
    After years and years of watching soap operas they have been brainwashed to believe if they don't have millions of dollars in the bank they don't have anything so they don't use the money that they do have wisely.
    They don't spend the money that they do earn wisely and they don't save.
    Look my mom has been single all of her life. She supported me and both her parents on her salary until her mother died in 2011 and she's always had money saved and left over.
    Her older sister on the OTH has been married for almost 60 years worked full time until 1989 and has been getting a good retirement since then. Her husband had a good job but he pissed his money away helping his worthless relatives. They have zero credit or bad credit and neither one of their two children help them. Hell they seem afraid to ask them for help but they will still ask my mom for help when all she lives on his her Social Security and small retirement she got from her job.
    They also have bad habits of having more children than they can afford which puts them further in poverty.
    So poverty is at least partially a mindset and bad choices.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    That’s for the class the books the test to sign on with a company the license website and cards that’s how much I have invested total just to get started

  • Renee26

    Am I lyin?? ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You know Auntie had to make it political when a private entity is actually funding the program.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Exactly!! That’s exactly what’s going on! And trust me I’m working hard to get out of this cycle and I’m working on not having my child in that cycle

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Because in the near future a lot of jobs are going to automated-from driving tractor trailers to driving cabs to any type of manufacturing process.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That's not true.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    We must be related! haha . I got family members that do some of the most financially dumb things you can imagine. LIke my brother in law whose credit was so jacked up he had to pay over $500 a month for a used car which should only cost about $320 or so if his credit was decent. Then homeboy lets his insurance lapse 2 months later... Then he crashes and totals the car... And since he had no valid insurance, he's on the hook for the almost $20k loan balance. And while he's paying that off, he still has to go get another car to get to work. So now he's making payments on 2 cars, even though he only has one. SMH. #poorlifechoices

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But, but right-winger Ben Shapiro said that if you have more than one job then you're doing something wrong.
    Ha,ha,ha!!

  • Sushi

    Yesssssss….

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Please don't @ me... But i have a question. If you are poor enough to be considered statistically poverty stricken and you have an unemployed spouse: Is money for dog grooming really on the list of needs?

  • Scromes1212

    If you can't afford to you shouldn't do it or you will be broke living check to check. It's simple

  • Truth ???

    Okay!!! That would be 6k in my savings annually. In 5 years years that's 30k. You can make some life changing moves with that kind of money...pay off dept, put down on a home, add it to your IRA, build your financial portfolio ect...I hope all states consider doing this.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    No you are not!!! If your dog is wearing clothes, eating food you take out of the freezer, and has a standing grooming appointment, you're not poor you are lazy and gaming the system.

  • Scromes1212

    I wish somebody would tell that to these pit bull owners that live around me smh

  • wigmon68

    $500 a month, thats the equivalent of working about 5-10 hours of overtime a week depending on your job. So why not work it if you want the money?

  • Lucky8

    She just lucked out, as usual the ones who need it dont get it, looks like it's fun money for her. They should do that in NY, it would all go to bills.

  • wigmon68

    Um a tax break is not free money, its keeping the money you earned.

  • MissMaryMack410

    My EXACT thoughts when I read that?????

  • MissMaryMack410

    How about having a pet at all. (Unless it’s a service animal) Otherwise, a pet is a luxury.

  • Hazel

    EPIC FAIL! Why should I pay taxes so that some bytch can sit on her a$$, while I pay her cell phone and vet bills? And, she probably IS illegal!

  • Truth Or Die

    Now ask yourself why would they call it UNIVERSAL basic income?

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    100% FACTS

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Um, you call it what you want. I call tax breaks & tax cuts for the rich free money.
    Not here to argue with anybody about this. Have a good day.

  • Ryan

    It says this particular case is privately funded.

  • Starburst

    Thanks! The money is coming from a nonprofit organization in which the Democrats are experiencing with. Democrats are part of the government so I guess we can say both government and the nonprofit organization are working together to determine how this will improve low income citizens.

  • Hazel

    And I'm sure Harris will lie about the 'results' to justify new policies.

  • Ryan

    Reading is fundamental... reasoning is a gift that's becoming more rare. This whole
    write up was done to whip the dogs into a foaming-at-the-mouth frenzy... If "Obamacare" is subject to frequent assaults, there's no way this privately funded test run would happen across the country. Now if they did it in some small sticks town in the south the spin would be different, say in one of those dying coal mine towns. But then you'd have a sharp increase in meth and fentanyl ODs....

  • laidbackgal4real

    How cute ... what’s the catch

  • Ryan

    Calm down, doubt she'll become president.

  • Phillybruh

    i mean do you own a fortune 500 company? If not then even in this story Harris plans don't include taxing you.

  • wigmon68

    Correct, but what HArris and Dems are proposing is not.

  • Eric B

    I guess I grew up old school. I always heard and ultimately believed in saying such as, "you don't work, you don't eat", "hard work pays off", "you have to do for self", etc. For me, believing in these sayings made me appreciate the money I earn more because of the time and sacrifice I made to earn it. If my parents or government or private entity gave me money without any effort from me, I would be frivolous with it and would not appreciate or value it because I didn't do anything to earn it. I have compassion for the elderly and the mentally/physically disabled people in our society. I have no issue providing assistance to and for these individuals. However, for grown people 20-60 years of age not in one of the aforementioned categories I mentioned, you will just haver to suffer if you choose not to work for what you want.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    It's more than that.
    We're ultimately talking about a universal income because in the next few years automation is going to put tens of millions of working age Americans out of work.

  • wigmon68

    I'm calling it what it is. Allowing someone to keep more of the money they earn is not the same as giving someone money for doing nothing.

  • wigmon68

    Correct, which is why I adjusted my post. The Southern Homestead Act was passed a few years later after the Civil War and was open to all people.

  • Phillybruh

    Who said this is coming from democrats besides Sandra? This could very well be republicans to prove the opposite of what dems would be.

  • wigmon68

    If you can't afford it, have her live at home and commute. Or maybe have her do what millions of others have done and use the GI bill and earn money and a free education for 4 years of serving your country.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Fine. That's your opinion. I don't care. You see it your way, I see it my way. Please stop arguing with me about this. Goodbye.

  • Ryan

    Nope, you're not "ol' school". Not by a long shot. An "ol' school" teacher wouldn't type a long winded post in the middle of class.

  • Renee26

    Exactly

  • Harley

    Go to a credible source to read what this is all about! If you really care

  • davine puddin

    Alaska dont even give out that much...

  • https://nylapoprush.com/home twitch.tv/NylaPop

    Such as?

  • AveIvy

    How about groceries, medicine, tuition, textbooks, car registration, car insurance and a gym memberships? I believe that's what the majority of people would spend $500 on but a small percentage of bums would use it for wigs, weaves, alcohol, weed, gambling, strip clubs and other drugs. There are certain people who can't be saved, no matter how much help you give them because self-sabotage is their middle name.

  • Hazel

    Uh, yeah I do. It's called a STOCK PORTFOLIO. Clearly you don't understand how fiscal policy affects main street, and I don't have the time to school you.

  • Hazel

    Have you checked the Dem roster? Biden is the only one who doesn't have plans to fleece America. It's being 'calm' that put Trump in the WH in the first place.

  • Eric B

    In the middle of class? Are you sure about that? I'm a former classroom teacher. Even if I were, teachers get planning periods, lunch break, etc.

  • Phillybruh

    But with that, they aren't out here robbing and killing you.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    nope .. they just get theirs in one lump sum... tax free

  • Phillybruh

    You wouldn't be schooling me on anything.....lol it took you an two hrs to google that...lol

  • Phillybruh

    That's not what put Trump in the Whitehouse and you know it...He's kinda bad for business these days though...lol

  • Gamer????? Chick

    ROFL

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Because it's cheaper than sending someone to jail which costs over $30K a year.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    He was referring to all of the subsidies to oil and gas and agriculture which mostly go to corporations and not individuals.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Exactly.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    She can give me that car tho l0l!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Fleecing America?
    What about redirecting tax money toward programs that don't produce bombs.
    People need to be thinking about the concept of a basic income because we're on the brink of a revolution in automation that is going to leave tens of millions of abled bodied Americans unemployed or underemployed.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah, Wall Street is kinda side-eyeing that tax cut when they compare it to the cost of Trump's tariffs.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But they call Democrats elitists.

  • Li-Wright

    The Wapo has a story about $1000 being given to 20 black mothers. Very interesting reading. What I got from that story was that the women didn't know how to budget, didn't have a savings account, didn't know anything about money. So the NP had to basically hold their hands through the process. It was a 1 yr program. One woman was able to "buy" a Habitat home after living in deplorable public housing.

    Another thing folks -- this is nothing but a new form of welfare. It's a safety net catch. Only you give people cash money. WIth that money YOU must hold them accountable and you MUST demand that they attend money management classes. Otherwise it's a fail.

    She says she uses $150 to pay her cellphone bill. Another $100 goes to her vet for her pet dog. ^^ the money still circulates. From Susie's hands to the cell phone company (a worker) to her vet (a businessman). Jesse once said that money circulates in the white community 20 times; in the black community 3 times.

  • Li-Wright

    That's why there have to be restrictions on the programs. Google "1000 a month UBI programs in America". It's quite common. It's an experiment.

  • Li-Wright

    And it's based on the oil revenue. But at least they're getting some kind of dividend. Do you know that CEOS of big corps get paid 300X more than their lowest worker!!! Something is wrong.

  • Li-Wright

    Google $1000 UBI programs.

  • Li-Wright

    Times have changed. Wages have stalled and COL has increased. Wages haven't kept up. Plus we have all those extras like cable TV, cell phones....etc. I came up with a work ethic and everybody in my family works. Only a couple of my family are making 6 figures. The others are in the middle range $30-50. That sounds like a lot, but you have children, your children have needs, you have houses to be paid, etc.

  • wigmon68

    Why? CEO salaries are determined by a board of directors and are likely worth more than 300x than the lowest worker in the company (seen plenty of workers that if they make a dime they are being overpaid). I certainly wish I made more, but the market determines what value my skills are worth.

  • Li-Wright

    Well, let's hold the BOD accounable for those outrageous salaries. I took a leadership class one time and learned that MOST big companies have a rotation door of CEOs, who fail the company. Companies go into BK, they don't grow, but they keep the CEO on for a long time until he/she is pushed out.

  • wigmon68

    Don't give anyone money. For those who cannot provide for themselves, give them shelter, food and clothing (give, not let them choose). IF you are able bodied, you must pay for these things.

  • Ryan

    If that's true those kids must've done a number on you because every post I've seen from you seems like it's written in digital blackface mode. Gonna trust my instincts on this one.

  • Eric B

    I tend to agree with you. Are you suggesting that everyone should make a 100K a year or that the government should give people money? I believe in capitalism, supply/demand, etc. Take someone who went to college and obtained a degree in social work and another individual who went to college and obtained a degree in aerospace engineering. Both have the same work ethic, integrity, the desire to do and better, etc. Due to supply and demand, the engineer in most instances is in higher demand and their expertise is more difficult to acquire. As a result, compensation will be higher. On the other hand there are many individuals who have a degree in social work. Thus, the demand isn't as high. As a result, the pay won't be as high as the engineer. For me, all I can ask for is an opportunity. If one can choose the path and direction (children, spouse, job, etc.) they want to go in life, what more can you ask for?

  • Eric B

    Lol...alright. #sayless

  • Ryan

    Oh the irony LOL

  • Rayne

    You saying all the right things!

  • Melanated Goddess??

    Y'all ragging on poor people when the gag is all of y'all are poor to someone. If you're not making 6+ figures and up in this economy. YOU ARE POOR! You may not be destitute but that ass is poor. There's different levels to being poor. Not all poor people are living hand to mouth some are the working middle class thinking they're doing something by saving and investing. The same way y'all feel about the poor people in this write up. Is the exact same way the upper echelons feel about y'all. Also working hard to achieve something is a myth the elite sold the people under them. If working hard was all you had to do to become successful and wealthy. There wouldn't be such a large wealth gap in this country. So while y'all sit here and argue about where your imaginary tax dollars are going and what poorer people are doing. The folks on top are laughing all the way to the bank with everyone's money, jobs and resources. Watch this country turn into Wall-e.

  • Phillybruh

    i bet all those folks side eyeing this will take that stimulus check he floated last week to get the economy back on track.

  • Harley

    An actual news outlet hun not an entertainment blog

  • wigmon68

    My parents never made close to 6 figures combined ever (retired about 5 years ago). They get $7k a month in SS and pension income, own a home worth $350K and about $400k in retirement plans. They were able to do that while giving 10% to God every week and put their 2 children through college. Now people today would say I grew up poor, but we didn't miss what we didn't have and had more than enough of what mattered.

  • wigmon68

    The BOD is held accountable by the shareholders. ITs their choice on how they want to run the company. IF you want to be CEO, create your own company.

  • wigmon68

    Its not an opinion. Taxes are money taken out of your pocket by the gov't. That you get to keep more of your own money is not a gift.

    Now, if we were debating about whether the tax cuts were good or bad, that would be a discussion of opinions.

  • wigmon68

    Thats simply a false statement. Conservatives are against handouts, for sure. They are for programs that promote home ownership, education, etc. where people are willing to work to achieve these goals. "HAnd up", not "hand out".

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That sounds like the same gimmick that Bush the Lesser tried in the early 2000's which failed miserably after people found out that you had to include it as income the following tax year.

  • Hazel

    Yang much?

  • https://nylapoprush.com/home twitch.tv/NylaPop

    Thanks

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I don't know why you insist on nagging and arguing with someone who clearly does not want to talk to you.
    You are blocked. Goodbye

  • Conservative

    Come get your reparations and EBT! Clowns

  • FakeNeanderthal Jesus

    Now give me my dam reparations "you fuckers" already!!!!

  • chris

    They give hand outs to the Rich.

  • chris

    Maybe where you live is too expensive. I know over here the jobs pay well but the housing and other cost of living expenses are high. So a lot of people I came up with ended up moving to the next state (PA) and commuting about an hour to work. It's a sacrifice for sure but halves the housing costs. Not sure your situation but just a suggestion, when money is tight you have to consider all options.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Yes but that was the same idea thousands of folks had over the past few years and because of them moving to the outskirts the housing costs have went through the roof in the next state over and towns and on top of that the commute would be about two hours! Because everyone is committing in for work too! It’s not worth because you’ll spend the same amount in gas, time just to try and save a 100 bucks in rent. Further this isn’t a me situation this city has been in the news legislators are running their campaign based on this you have ppl who work a full time and part time job and are homeless there is a housing crisis here because there is no affordable housing they tore them all down. The Realestate here to buy a home is at the lowest 275k to 300k minimum!! I’m affording my lifestyle but like I said I have to work like hell to do it just so I can save and have something to show for my hard work but don’t worry I got a plan! Prayer plus plan plus action gone bust all this mess wide open for me! My point in sharing my story is not everybody that need a little help is lazy or not willing to work! And I feel like if you working hard to better yourself there should be some resources out there to help you! Meanwhile you got these white folks using up and scamming government benefits and make black folks feel ashamed to even THINK ABOUT needing some help. You got folks who don’t even go to school or work and they getting housing, food assistance, utility assistance and medical care. But I can’t ask for help in any of those areas because I make too much money but can barely afford all those things without working like a dog!

  • chris

    Yeah if you only saving 100 is not worth it but out here you drive an hour you might pay half what you're currently paying.

    The middle class is suffering everywhere. You either have to be really poor or an illegal or rich to get by. I learned that at a pretty young age when these colleges wouldn't give me no money but my parents couldn't afford to either. Gotta have revenue from a lot of streams of revenue including some passive streams to get by nowadays.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    You sure are right! They really want a poor or rich no models class society

  • lovelygamour

    yep. I learned as a child because my grandmother had my mother do all her business accounts. so my mother made me do hers. it was rough but I wasn't afraid to deal with banks. some schools still have home economic math and it really should be mandatory. in my school it was only a few months. the class was basically --what do you do when you leave home.