Pants-of-dog wrote:Because refusing to vaccinate your child has clear health risks for the children and the whole community, while those few lazy teenagers that skip school for no good reason are merely annoying.
Really? So skipping school, particularly to the point where it ends in dropping out of it, is not a big loss for society at large as well? Having kids fail school even when it was avoidable isn't a big loss for society? Are you sure you want to make this sort of claim?
Pants-of-dog wrote:A universal basic income is supposed to be for everyone, and should not be limited to those we feel deserve it on some moral level.
It's not based on simple morality though. School attendance and vaccination are compulsory because society at large believes it's necessary to make it so. Society bans things like murder, and sends people to jail for it even, for the same reason - not getting as many social benefits is a rather mild punishment in comparison.
If anything, the idea that everyone should get a basic income regardless of their behavior is in fact based pretty much entirely in morality. For what it's worth, it's wholly based on ius naturalist notions.
Also, why wouldn't parents be compensated for doing things that we believe are necessary for the collective good regardless of their personal beliefs on these matters?
But if you want that, fine, give them a basic income regardless, and see just how many taxpayers are willing to pay for programs giving money, with no strings attached, to (for example) murderers or child rapists. But do give parents who fulfill some basic conditions such as those I mentioned above, a higher one. I bet plenty of families will still go for it.