Aberdeen, South Dakota fits those requirements except alas, no bus that I know of. Don’t need a bus though if you can walk a few blocks. Or if you don’t like the big city of 10,000, there are any number of towns from 100-500 people that would be glad to sell you a house for a couple thou.
Seriously, in Time this week (which has turned into an almost worthless magazine) has an article on increased interest in a guaranteed income for every adult. We have the EIC that was a start and in general I have not been a big fan because I thought it tends to discourage self-reliance and industriousness, but maybe I’m wrong. Maybe instead of spending all the billions in payouts and staffing for umpteen government programs, it would be better to just have one-an expanded SS program for everyone regardless of income. Then do with it what you will. Buy a car, fix a car, take the bus, move to Arkansas or Boston. Nobody would care. Think of a world without food stamps, SNAP, WIC, Section 8 housing, insurance subsidies, and on and on and on and all the people supporting these programs. Just one simple program for everyone. Work and live better or sit home and eat fried chicken-no one would care.
I don’t know what it would cost but I like the idea of a base salary where everyone would pay 10% of that for taxes, period. No free ride. Everyone contributes and no complaints. I’m a person that likes solutions, not temporary patches, so maybe that’s it. McGovern talked about it and Nixon tried to implement part of it, but I like the idea of a total clean sweep of all the agencies in favor of one single simple program. For all the money I pour into food shelves, Salvation Army, and so on, I could afford a tax increase instead.