After Los Angeles launched a pilot social assistance program guaranteeing basic income, the similarity of the name to the one established by communist leader Mao Zedong in 1958, in which millions of Chinese died, was noted. 

The name is “Great: Leap,” and it seems not just a coincidence that it is similar to the “Great Leap Forward” promoted by Mao, given that both grew out of socialist ideology according to conservative media outlet Trending Politics on Oct. 31. 

“Now the California Democrats have created a—wait for it—Mao-themed welfare program. That’s right, they apparently named a welfare program, “BIG: LEAP,” which is strikingly similar to Mao’s “Great Leap Forward,” writes Trending Politics.” 

It adds, “It’s unclear if the similarity in name was purposeful, but it would be odd for LA’s foray into socialism to only coincidentally be named after one of the most famous socialist programs.”

Among those who sign up for the “Great: Leap,” 3,000 quotas will be drawn that would pay a thousand dollars a month to each family selected for one year. 

“Its name perfectly captures what we’re doing here in LA. Because we’re taking a big leap forward in our generational fight to end poverty—to break the back of our addiction to poverty—here in America,” stated Mayor Eric Garcetti, according to the ABC.

This type of state subsidy has generated significant controversy in several countries. For example, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) referred to it at an Anti-Poverty Forum convened by The Heritage Foundation.

At that time, Rubio opposed two proposals that the left promoted to solve poverty but which undermined the dignity of work: a universal basic income and a federal employment guarantee.

In the senator’s view, these approaches only duplicate the default of paying low-income workers to be “unproductive,” since they would receive their paycheck even if they don’t work, losing the dignifying option of fulfilling a job. 

On the other hand, journalist Jerry Dunleavy referred to Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” disaster by mentioning a “revised” version of China’s history released by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

This version “skips over the tens of millions who died during the Great Leap Forward, ignores the failures of the ruling party, attacks the Tiananmen Square protests as backed by foreign foes,” Dunleavy wrote.  

The CCP launched that “revised” version as it celebrated 100 years since its founding. However, a U.S. House of Representatives resolution condemned this event, citing “100 years of gross human rights violations” committed against the Chinese people. 

“This centenary is not a cause for celebration—it is a time to reflect upon the egregious acts the Party has committed and honor the tens of millions of victims who suffered under the Party’s cruel regime,” said Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), sponsor of the statement.

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