Swiss Rule in Great Income Plans

Swiss Francs five cent coins are heaped in a pile in the old vault of the former Schweizerische Volksbank in Basel

I love the Swiss.  Their hot chocolate, their watches, their knives, those awesome Sigg bottles they make, their kitchen appliances, but most of all, I love Swiss politics and economy.  It just seems they know where to draw the line and where to un-draw it.  Maintaining the only neutral political status in the world is pretty remarkable.  I am sure it helped their ranking near the top of the happiest places to live in the world.  Hands down though, this new vote coming out of Switzerland has to be their best idea yet.  They are voting on a bill that would guarantee $2800 to every adult, yes – the Swiss definitely rule in great income plans.

How are they doing this?  It’s a good question. Perhaps part of their abundance comes from not investing obscene amounts of money into a military which interferes in the rights of other nations.  Instead, the people are their military and are trained as such to act as a public militia, if needed.  The government actually trains its people to use guns in case the people feel threatened and are called to defend their nation.

This new vote would mean that every adult would earn $2800 per month no matter what.  Along with this vote on income, another initiative is being presented for vote.  The new initiative, termed the 1:12, which will be voted upon in late November,  would ensure that the highest paid person in any business could make no more than twelve times that of the lowest paid employee.  What a fascinating concept!

How are such ideas coming up for vote you ask?  Well, Switzerland has a very interesting and people-friendly system.  All it takes the right amount of signatures in Switzerland within a certain amount of time to “call a referendum.”  The grass-roots team which organized this referendum acquired the 100,000 needed signatures and then made a huge statement in front of their parliament building by unloading a dump truck on Friday filled with one five-cent coin for every citizen in Switzerland.  That’s roughly 8 million coins, just in case you were wondering.

That’s right, it could soon be an even better idea to move to Switzerland than ever before.  Besides holding down the lowest crime rate in the world, Switzerland has a pleasantly moderate climate –  it’s never to hot, too cold or too damp.  Where the Swiss lack in space they sure make up for in great income plans.  As the Swiss move to vote on getting every adult at least $2800 per month and ridding themselves of poverty, the rest of the world watches – though how attentively?  What other country would dare attempt such a bold move to support their citizens?  As the world changes and more governments are meeting huge challenges, maybe we will learn from the Swiss, not just how to make watches and pocket knives, but how to take care of our people.

(Op-Ed)

Written by: Stasia Bliss

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