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Guaranteed income is the ‘solution to poverty’ we need across America

Recent pilot programs for guaranteed income, or direct and recurring cash payments, are improving the daily lives of hard-working Americans across the nation.

Michael Tubbs and Rodney Ellis

The Hill

February 24, 2024

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Appeal to Emotion, Biased Language

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The text advocates for guaranteed income programs, highlighting their positive impacts on participants through specific examples and broader statistical outcomes. It employs an appeal to emotion by sharing personal stories, like that of Lucile O’Quinn, to illustrate the transformative effects of these programs on individuals and families. This strategy aims to evoke empathy and support for the initiative by detailing the struggles and subsequent relief provided by the guaranteed income. Biased language is present in the portrayal of opposition to these programs, particularly from Republican lawmakers, characterizing their actions as "cynical legal maneuvers" and suggesting a lack of cooperation with efforts to alleviate poverty. This choice of words suggests a moral judgment and implies a clear division between those who support and oppose guaranteed income initiatives, without a detailed exploration of the reasons behind opposition. The narrative asserts a strong case for the benefits of guaranteed income programs, drawing on evidence from pilot projects and public opinion polls to argue for broader implementation. However, the moderate intensity of logical fallacies through emotional appeals and biased language shapes the reader's perception, emphasizing the successes while minimizing critical examination of potential challenges or criticisms of such programs.

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