Tulsi UBI Comments
In a comment from my last essay, I noted that some here seem skeptical of a universal basic income (UBI), that Tulsi is now supporting. Today, she re-emphasized this in a Twitter video:
Some reasons I would support a UBI:
1) In Yang's proposal, the UBI would go to everyone--rich and poor alike--so nobody is screwed.
2) With automation taking over jobs in coming decades, UBI may become the only way that civilization can survive. Many jobs will be overtaken by robotics and automation--it is only a matter of time. Self-driving cars (there go all the taxi, Uber, semi-truck jobs, etc.) are just one example, and with machine learning right around the corner, you'd better believe large companies are looking at harnessing that to replace workers.
3) There was one comment about UBI as a free handout to lazy people who don't want to work. Where I live, there are a ton of people who work full time, or even two jobs, but can't afford houses, apartments, or even rooms to live in. It's called 'gentrification', and is common in larger urban areas across the country right now. It means lower-end, working-class jobs don't make enough to pay for the cost of living. There was a great video PriceRip posted in this thread that explains it all very accurately:
One of the glasses technicians at my eye doctor said they cannot find any assistants because nobody in the area wants to get paid so little. They may need to shut down in a handful of years when the current eyeglass technicians retire. He then went on to tell me how a year earlier, their biggest competitor closed down, and as he walked past their empty store, a sign on the front read "Closed Due to Lack of Staff".
There are thousands of people living in RVs or old ambulances at the side of the roads around here. It's the only way people can make ends meet and not be outside living in a tent under a bridge. Almost all of these people work non-glamorous jobs--janitors, shopkeepers, grocery store clerks, etc.--but they are necessary jobs.
A universal basic income could help to even things out there. I'm not saying it is the only way, but it is a possible way. And as more people's jobs are automated out of existence, it is one potential path forward.
Just asking you to open your mind and consider a future--and even a present--where circumstances have changed, and maybe other options are needed.
Thoughts are welcome--especially regarding other options! (Other than eating the rich . . . which is also valid, I suppose.)