posted on Jun, 7 2016 @ 08:35 PM
originally posted by: onequestion
a reply to: Edumakated
A basic income would not get rid of any of our current welfare state problems. It would just exacerbate them over the long run.
If you haven't noticed we don't need anymore people in the workforce.
What do you suggest we do with the people that aren't needed?
Making some people lazy might be exactly what we need.
There are certainly some structural issues with the economy, but I think it is a bit of a leap to say we don't need people in the workforce.
A basic income simply will not work. It will be inflationary and do nothing to get people out of poverty. People claiming they will pursue other
interests are full of it. After inflation kicks in they still won't have enough money to do anything and will be right back where they were before
the basic income was even around. The price of everything would sky rocket.
Where is the money going to come from for a basic income? If you gave every man and woman in America 30,000 that would be $9 trillion per year. We
only take in like $3 trillion in taxes. We can argue that we could get rid of social programs but that is simply not going to happen. Liberals are
not going to suddenly accept personal responsibility in trade for a basic income. Some dumbass is going to blow his basic income on rims, hookers,
and booze and then will be on TV crying about he can't feed his kids. All the bedwetters will come out the wood work demanding welfare on top of the
The issue our work force has right now is complex but it really boils down to the fact that globalism is destroying the standard of living for many
Americans because we cannot compete against cheap third world labor. In addition, our school system is not preparing people for todays job market. We
are pushing too many people towards college who simply do not have the intellect for that level of schooling and to compound matters, they are taking
on tons of debt to study topics that are pratically worthless in the job market. Many of these people would have been better off learning hard
vocational skills like mechanics, plumbing, electricians, etc.
I do agree that the productivity gains from technology may actually wind up being detrimental to society as a whole. Generally, technology
advancements create jobs in other places, but I do fear we are about to cross a point where we are eliminating tons of jobs and not really replacing
them with anything else. There are entire swaths of the populace that are essentially worthless. They have no skills, no education, and no prospects
whatsoever for any kind of productive existence in society.