Why do we have to work for money? I don't mean to get a lot of money without doing anything for the government, but just enough for basic expenses like housing, basic goods and food, and then people who wanted to earn more could work.

Updated on : January 21, 2022 by Mckayla Kaufman



Why do we have to work for money? I don't mean to get a lot of money without doing anything for the government, but just enough for basic expenses like housing, basic goods and food, and then people who wanted to earn more could work.

Who works to get you the basics of housing? Who supplies builders with wood and concrete and roof tiles? Who works to build the things you need in your home, like furniture, appliances, and plumbing? Who works to produce electricity or natural gas, to heat or cool your home? What happens if any of those things at home break? Who are you calling? Who makes mobile phones and who provides mobile services?

I suppose you want to eat, nothing fancy, of course, but who works to get wheat, corn, soy, and dairy? Maybe you're vegan, but still, someone has to grow those grains, transp

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Who works to get you the basics of housing? Who supplies builders with wood and concrete and roof tiles? Who works to build the things you need in your home, like furniture, appliances, and plumbing? Who works to produce electricity or natural gas, to heat or cool your home? What happens if any of those things at home break? Who are you calling? Who makes mobile phones and who provides mobile services?

I suppose you want to eat, nothing fancy, of course, but who works to get wheat, corn, soy, and dairy? You may be vegan, but still, someone has to grow those grains, transport them, and then process them into food. Someone has to deliver those harvested crops, from the farmer to the processing plant, to a shelf at your grocery market.

Do you plan to wear clothes or will you walk naked, unprotected from the elements? Who will make the clothes you want and need? Who will make shoes, coats, and underwear?

Do you see where I'm going with this? Even the "essential" things to live require the effort of MANY people. There are no trees from which we can simply pluck these essentials, people have to produce them. Shouldn't such people be paid for their services? Farmers, builders, plumbers, electricians, supermarket workers, clothing manufacturers, and people who work to supply utilities?

I'm not sure if this question comes from an idealistic high school kid or a frazzled hippie, but it shows an incredible lack of understanding of basic economics. There is no free lunch, someone has to work.

A minimum income has been proposed several times. The idea has some merit, but it is not a solution to financial inequality and / or poverty. We are currently trying to solve the problem by creating jobs, including thousands of made-up public jobs, or government-required jobs in industry. We also have a negative income tax for heads of household. No one is starving in the United States simply because they cannot or do not want to work.

If there were not an excess of people, such efforts would not be necessary. We could go back to the John Smith edition, "If you don't work, you don't eat," with a good conscience. I am

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A minimum income has been proposed several times. The idea has some merit, but it is not a solution to financial inequality and / or poverty. We are currently trying to solve the problem by creating jobs, including thousands of made-up public jobs, or government-required jobs in industry. We also have a negative income tax for heads of household. No one is starving in the United States simply because they cannot or do not want to work.

If there were not an excess of people, such efforts would not be necessary. We could go back to the John Smith edition, "If you don't work, you don't eat," with a good conscience. A more utopian idea would be to reduce excess people. A world population of 8 billion people is in chaos, and there is a naturally high rate of non-survival in places with little or no resources.

I pay thousands of dollars in taxes every year. I am happy for the part of my efforts that goes towards supporting those who cannot contribute. I'm angry about the part that goes to those who don't want to contribute. I am also dissatisfied with the portion of my taxes that goes to pay the wages of those who have made-up jobs. Especially if the made-up job duties include making my life harder.

Also, people who don't have a job to occupy their time and energy are the most likely to cause trouble for those who do, or just to get into mischief in general.

My plan for a minimum income would include the requirement that those who receive it report to some type of program, where they would be supervised for 8 hours. per day, as do the workers who provide their income. The supervision, of course, would consist of made-up jobs, but it would be worth it. The supervisors could be teachers (and probably some policemen); and the programs can be educational. And those who resist the programs could go to jail or starve, as far as I'm concerned.

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