Hawaii Considers A “Universal Basic Income” As Robots Seen Stealing Jobs, There’s Just One Catch…

Forget social security, medicaid and WIC, today’s progressives have moved well beyond discussing such entitlement relics of the past and nowadays dedicate their efforts to the concept of a “Universal Basic Income” for all…call it the New ‘New Deal’.  You know, because having to work for that “car in every garage and chicken in every pot” is just considered cruel and unusual punishment by today’s standards.

  • passerby1969

    A universal basic income might be less costly to administer than all these means testing for different programs. Work will, in fact, change with the introduction of robots. I am worried about all the men who will be laid off when trucks are self driven.

    • shasta

      And how long do you think it will take for the productive members of society to cut off the zombies that are feeding on them?

    • I seem to recall Switzerland looking into this, and they calculated that it would cost less than the current welfare system due to greatly simplified administration. Other positive aspects seem to be that it will not prevent a recipient working (as welfare essentially does), and it will remove the social stigma of welfare. I think its time is very fast approaching.

      Ironically, the ones complaining about paying for it will probably end up paying less than they do now for the current shambolic, easily corrupted welfare systems throughout the civilised world.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        So, if the cost of administration is streamlined, what happens to all those unemployed administrators?

        • They will get their Universal Basic Income, same as everyone else. They could farm pigs in their spare time, just to annoy the muslims.

    • Manual Paleologos

      We’re a good distance from there, but it’s coming. China has started to robotize their factories, because robots are cheaper than Chinamen – in China. It’s coming here, too. We’re slowly getting to the place where there are few jobs for the unskilled, ineducatables. Not everybody can retrain as a computer repairman. Hell, many are not capable of being a plumber. Old style industry used to be a place those people could work and make a decent living.

      I’m lucky. My industry, light construction and light environmental cleanup, will be among the last to robotize, but the capacity of the industry is limited. We are going to have to come to grips with what we do with masses of unemployable people. A shrinking population will likely to become a virtue, but we will need enough population to defend ourselves against outsiders who will want to take our economic success by force, thereby ruining it. That’s what happened to Classic Rome.

      • jayme

        Millions of muslims sitting around (between head banging sessions) with time on their hands because there are no jobs for them. What could possibly go wrong?

        • Have a look at Europe and you will see. They already have “Millions of muslims sitting around (between head banging sessions) with time on their hands because there are no jobs for them”. Even if there were they wouldn’t take them; Jizya is infinitely preferable to a muslim.

        • Manual Paleologos

          That is a different issue. Islime is existentially incompatible with Civilization. They can stay home and improve their home cesspits, … or not.

  • Old Guy

    Sorry, but I am and always will be a part of …

    The Bourgeois Culture
    Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.
    Trevor Thomas, American Thinker

    A Clash of Cultures: The Bourgeois vs. the Burning Man

  • Hard Little Machine

    In countries like Finland and Switzerland it’s clearly not the intent and people understand it’s not the intent to cradle people for life. It’s meant to be the rock-bottom minimum needed so you don’t die in the snow. People know and are expected to do something else in addition to. I’m not sure that’s clear in the US.