Years back, when I lived out west, we had an Indian friend who had come from the Shoshone reservation near Pocatello, Idaho. What he said was that the Indians on the reservation didn’t do anything beside lay around and get drunk. He said they had to stay on the reservation to get the monthly stipend each month. He wanted to better himself, so he left the reservation and the guaranteed income, moved to Spokane, found a job, rented an apartment, and lived on his own, and he was proud of himself. People can do this, if they want to be different. Look at Dr. Ben Carson, who grew up in poverty, yet managed to become not just a doctor, but a well-respected brain surgeon. Very low income people are already receiving government paychecks, food vouchers, medical care, and many other benefits. They actually have as many benefits as some working people have, who earn enough money to not be below the poverty level. I think that we need to educate these low income people more on how to spend the money that they already get before we start giving them even more money, if it is wasted on things like drugs, alcohol, and junk food. For people who are seniors, I do think that it would be beneficial to raise the base amount of SS pension, and most of these people are already used to making their income go as far as possible.