Nice thought but it just wouldn't work here. To become a town here you have to have at least one commercial and one industrial business. If you later fall below that bar, any town nearby can annex you any time they like.
The problem is they also have to yoink a continuous tract of land between themselves and the town they want to annex. This being Oklahoma, there is enough open land between towns that it's just not feasible. Any town taking our worst speedtraps over would have to annex and supply town services to ten, twenty, maybe thirty miles worth of highway frontage to get there.
Personally, I think I'd prefer an good "we're going to take money from them and give it to you" system rather than dressing it up as social programs. It's at least more honest about what's being done. I just don't see anything coming from it but bad results though.
Replacing all the pet subsidies that taxes currently pay for with the basic income you mean? It could never happen. The kind of people who would vote in a basic income subsidy would be the same ones who would scream loudest if their other subsidies were taken away. In short, they would want both the current subsidies and the basic income subsidy. At the very least they would not stand for reduction in current subsidies.
As for democratizing how much spare time they have... I'll take freedom over democracy every single time. The entire reason pure democracy does not exist on this earth is that everyone with half a brain knows it would result instantly and without fail in tyranny of the masses. All minorities of any sort would be oppressed under it. Even proper fascism would be preferable.
There is no 'afford to do this'. The only thing that would happen if this were done is instant and insane inflation. The poor would still be poor, the rich would still be rich, and the middle class would slowly erode into poverty.
It's not pandering because it's inaccurate, it's pandering because the bleeding hearts think we'll cry if we aren't called something politically correct.
We didn't have a problem being Indians. I don't have a problem saying "feather not dot" if that causes confusion or American Indian if levity is inappropriate. I find none of them offensive in any way.
Just to clarify, Redskin is only a racist term to overly sensitive douchebags who are looking for a reason to be offended.
The one that most offends me as an Indian is Native American. Everyone born here is a Native American, so it's both inaccurate and pandering. We don't need pandered to. We're not whiny little pussies like some ethnicities.