So you sneakily left out of this post the price tag of a basic income, which depending on the model you use, could be astronomical to the government.
So how would you pay for it? By eliminating welfare and other social programs? Good luck with that. Yang I believe prefers a VATs tax but what he leaves out is that that tax disproportionately affects poorer people and will lessen the total amount these people will ultimately get in the end. Also good luck trying to get a handful of Republican politicians to hand out what they would view as free money to people. It won’t be as easy as you think. To me UBI is a concept that works well in theory, but still needs a lot of thought before it can be executed.
On the other hand, a study on reparations is desperately needed. Especially, when you have people like Mitch McConnell saying that no one alive today had anything to do with slavery so why pay reparations as if slavery was the only issue. What that says to me is that there is a serious lack of understanding on what exactly communities of color have gone through over he last century apart from slavery. Having a commission that can center real awareness and then make recommendations based on that research to figure out the best way to truly make amends for that is important to America’s identity and really to moving on as a country. And maybe the ultimate compensation is a series of programs or money or even something else entirely. The point is we don’t know but we want to charge a bunch of smart people with figuring it out.
Reparations to me is far more about healing a wound than a lump sum necessarily. And UBI certainly isn’t the panacea for all the worlds economic ills as you make it out to be.