Bill Gates has a bright idea: Tax Robots.
“In a recent interview with Quartz, Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and to which humans are particularly well suited. He argues that governments must oversee such programs rather than relying on businesses, in order to redirect the jobs to help people with lower incomes. The idea is not totally theoretical: EU lawmakers considered a proposal to tax robot owners to pay for training for workers who lose their jobs, though on Feb. 16 the legislators ultimately rejected it.”
Yeah. That will happen.
The whole reason that the plutocrats are replacing the serfs with automation is to avoid paying for labor. That the government loses income tax when the worker is a win-win to the starve-the-beast crowd. And frankly, no one in the Congress is going to float an idea that might actually help the poors and the unemployed. Those moochers need to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.
A rising tide raises all yachts.
Paul Ryan (bless his heart, as they say in the South) no doubt would create tax incentives to automate every job—except lobbyists—in the country; someone has to buy him his nightly $350 Amero bottle of pinot noir.