I, too, am a fan of the UBI, but one problem we must recognize is the tendency of government to want to control the price of anything it pays for. If housing is singled out, then the price of homes will become a matter of great interest to tax hawks who want to be sure “they” are not overpaying for things “they” buy. The UBI must be a national cash dividend, payable on account of our success as a polity, subject to income tax like any other dividend, and used at the discretion of the recipient. Anything else is a “program,” and programs always get politicized.

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