Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Let's Be More Like Mexico

Can you believe this?!?

NYC Poor to Get Cash for Good Behavior

Jun 19, 12:39 AM (ET)

NEW YORK (AP) - Poor residents will be rewarded for good behavior - like $300 for doing well on school tests, $150 for holding a job and $200 for visiting the doctor - under an experimental anti-poverty program that city officials detailed Monday.

The rewards have been used in other countries, including Brazil and Mexico, and have drawn widespread praise for changing behavior among the poor. Mayor Michael Bloomberg traveled to Mexico this spring to study the healthy lifestyle payments, also known as conditional cash transfers.

In New York, the two-year pilot program with about 14,000 participants will use private funds Bloomberg has raised because he did not want to spend government money on something that is highly experimental. More than $43 million has been raised toward the $53 million goal, Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs said.

Hey, I'm a well behaved, responsible person. I'm not poor, but I'm certainly not rich, either. Can I have some free money from the government?

Of all the ridiculous schemes. Hell, we won't secure our borders, and now we're going to EMULATE MEXICO to solve our economy and poverty problems?!? If we really wanted to follow Mexico's example, we would start shipping our poor up to Canada, and have them send money back to us. Sheesh...

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