Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Teachings of Jesus

I am confused by how much the vision of Jesus and the treatment of the Poor as the pathway to redemption  differs from the vision of modern day Leviticus style Christians who insist that  obedience to Religious Dogma is the Path to Paradise. 

Jesus taught in Matthew 25: 31 - 45 that service to those in need was service to him and the Reward was eternal Life.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 

36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

Modern day Christians call for adherence to the Dogma of the their particular Religious views as the Pathway to eternal Reward. Most often those views are of a materialist nature.



WWJD

Friday, September 8, 2017

Supplemental Security Income

Future of Robotics


The Future of technology & Robotics will be to replace Human labor at all levels where cost is lower. The  only safe low labor cost jobs will be where Humans will work for less income than it cost to build a robotic system to replace them.

That analysis will in fact apply to Jobs at all income levels that software can run robots and computer programs more efficiently than Humans  The necessity of establishing Unconditional Basic Income will be essential, unless we are prepared to eliminate excess people.



We already have Social Security paid from FICA taxes on wages that can be supplemented by a parallel program for the Disabled and the lowest income Social Security recipients. It is called Supplemental Security Income [SSI]. It is paid out of the General Tax Fund.  


If we make the SSI program Unconditional for people over 62 without a Means Test from the "Bureau of Begging" and withdraw Medicare payments  from that program instead of Social Security payments, we will have the beginning of an Unconditional Basic Income system 
 
You should automatically start drawing it at age 62. You can start drawing Retirement Social Security at whatever age older than 62 that you chose. The older you are - the bigger the check.

In the meantime  you keep lowering the age limit on the SSI check over time to  apply to all adult citizens Doing is over time will moderate the effect on the Economy while expanding Medicare to cover everyone.


by William Hodge