It's already 200 bucks "more than you need".
In communism, maybe.
What UBI means is that I can tell an employer to take a flying fuck and I still have enough money to survive. But UBI money only permits survival. UBI money plus a pre-UBI basic minimum job still doesn't get me up to the 50th percentile. So while I might be able to get a little bit ahead on UBI + 200, even at UBI + 1000 I'm not going to be buying all the cool stuff I want to own. If I'm a good worker, employers are going to be in a bidding war for my services, because they're going to be getting exactly zero out of the lazy bunch. Those guys won't even come in. And, they aren't going to be hiring that dreamer, either, because UBI is going to let him survive until his home business gets enough of a reputation for him to start making money while being self employed. Employers could hire at below minimum wage because if there's UBI, there's no reason for the government to force them to pay a minimum wage. Market forces are a different story. UBI will reduce the number of employees interested in being in the job market, so the ones who remain will be worth more.
and put us on the short end of a deal.
Kinda depends on who's "us." The corporate investors, the corporate board of directors who serve them, the workers put out of a job when the corporation switches to outsourcing, the customers who get shit when the corporation decides to make a cheap, shitty product - all four groups are US citizens.
I missed it...when exactly did it become wrong to want your country to come out on top when dealing with the rest of the world?
I also missed it...when exactly did it become wrong to want your country to hold to a better standard than that of looters during a natural disaster? Whatever happened to "I could not love you half so much loved I not honor more" ? When did we decide that our collective behavior as a nation should dive to the same level of shortsighted behavior as that of the assholes among our citizenry who switched to outsourcing, and for the same reasons?
If you want to talk about what the Chinese government builds, perhaps you'd care to look at how they tax?
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