Do These Idiots Know What They’re Doing?

 

Yep, there are politicians who think we should tax robots which replace workers to make up for lost taxes. Here’s a pull quote:

“A robot that replaces a factory worker who produces say, $50,000 of work annually, should be taxed at the same level to offset losses in income and Social Security taxes, [Bill] Gates calculates.”

Insanity. The left boosts the minimum wage, which either closes businesses outright or results in automation being used to replace workers. Now governments are looking at taxing C3PO who is now making fries in a Seattle McDonald’s. If businesses cannot escape the minimum wage law by replacing workers with robots, the businesses will cease to exist, period.

Way to go, leftists. Way to go . . .

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  1. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member

    This will only accelerate the arrival of the Great Robot Rebellion.

    • #1
    • August 26, 2019, at 2:44 PM PDT
    • 9 likes
  2. kidCoder Member

    And when does this become taxing all scripts and programs and computers?

    • #2
    • August 26, 2019, at 2:53 PM PDT
    • 10 likes
  3. Vance Richards Member

    kidCoder (View Comment):

    And when does this become taxing all scripts and programs and computers?

    That is what I was going to ask. Just what exactly do they consider to be a robot? Lots of work can be automated by better technology. Which technologies should be taxed.

    And if you’re going to tax US ingenuity, is the alternative sending jobs to China and other places with cheaper labor? How is that helpful?

    • #3
    • August 26, 2019, at 3:02 PM PDT
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  4. aardo vozz Member

    In answer to the post title, NO!

     

    • #4
    • August 26, 2019, at 3:16 PM PDT
    • 8 likes
  5. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    kidCoder (View Comment):

    And when does this become taxing all scripts and programs and computers?

    That is what I was going to ask. Just what exactly do they consider to be a robot? Lots of work can be automated by better technology. Which technologies should be taxed.

    And if you’re going to tax US ingenuity, is the alternative sending jobs to China and other places with cheaper labor? How is that helpful?

    Not helpful to U.S. workers. Helpful to the globalists.

     

    • #5
    • August 26, 2019, at 3:19 PM PDT
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  6. Vance Richards Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    kidCoder (View Comment):

    And when does this become taxing all scripts and programs and computers?

    That is what I was going to ask. Just what exactly do they consider to be a robot? Lots of work can be automated by better technology. Which technologies should be taxed.

    And if you’re going to tax US ingenuity, is the alternative sending jobs to China and other places with cheaper labor? How is that helpful?

    Not helpful to U.S. workers. Helpful to the globalists.

     

    Yeah, I think they actually believe that people won’t look for ways to avoid the extra cost. This why state’s millionaire taxes fail, because they never take into account that people will move.

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    • August 26, 2019, at 3:29 PM PDT
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  7. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):

    Not helpful to U.S. workers. Helpful to the globalists.

    Yeah, I think they actually believe that people won’t look for ways to avoid the extra cost. This why state’s millionaire taxes fail, because they never take into account that people will move.

    Oh, I assume they know that, and they’re doing it on purpose.

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    • August 26, 2019, at 3:44 PM PDT
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  8. Full Size Tabby Member

    kidCoder (View Comment):

    And when does this become taxing all scripts and programs and computers?

    Who gets to decide what is a taxable robot?

    Who assesses the “value” of the work performed by the “robot” and on what basis?

    • #8
    • August 26, 2019, at 3:54 PM PDT
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  9. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    kidCoder (View Comment):

    And when does this become taxing all scripts and programs and computers?

    Who gets to decide what is a taxable robot?

    Who assesses the “value” of the work performed by the “robot” and on what basis?

    Shaddup, prole! We get to decide! You get to pay!

    • #9
    • August 26, 2019, at 4:03 PM PDT
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  10. The Great Adventure! Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    kidCoder (View Comment):

    And when does this become taxing all scripts and programs and computers?

    Who gets to decide what is a taxable robot?

    Who assesses the “value” of the work performed by the “robot” and on what basis?

    Shaddup, prole! We get to decide! You get to pay!

    But they won’t tax the brown or black robots. Or the red ones. 

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    • August 26, 2019, at 4:24 PM PDT
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  11. Percival Thatcher

    They have to let the robots vote, then.

    No automation without representation!

    • #11
    • August 26, 2019, at 4:25 PM PDT
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  12. Paul Erickson Member

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    kidCoder (View Comment):

    And when does this become taxing all scripts and programs and computers?

    Who gets to decide what is a taxable robot?

    Who assesses the “value” of the work performed by the “robot” and on what basis?

    And will there be tax-exempt robots that work for charities? Under rule 501 (c) (3PO) of course.

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    • August 26, 2019, at 4:26 PM PDT
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  13. The Great Adventure! Member

    When can we replace the politicians with robots?

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    • August 26, 2019, at 4:27 PM PDT
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  14. Percival Thatcher

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    When can we replace the politicians with robots?

    On it.

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    • August 26, 2019, at 4:37 PM PDT
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  15. The Great Adventure! Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    When can we replace the politicians with robots?

    On it.

    Good Lord – that is terrifying!!!

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    • August 26, 2019, at 4:43 PM PDT
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  16. Jimmy Carter Member

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    When can we replace the politicians with robots?

    Have You forgot about Romney already? 

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    • August 26, 2019, at 4:45 PM PDT
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  17. Percival Thatcher

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    When can we replace the politicians with robots?

    On it.

    Good Lord – that is terrifying!!!

    It’s a glitch in the balance and orientation module. We’ll have a patch tomorrow and a new release by Friday.

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    • August 26, 2019, at 4:48 PM PDT
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  18. The Great Adventure! Member

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    When can we replace the politicians with robots?

    Have You forgot about Romney already?

    I was trying – almost there. Then you had to go and remind me. 

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    • August 26, 2019, at 4:50 PM PDT
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  19. Allie Hahn Coolidge

    I shouldn’t be amazed they’re thinking of this, but I am an optimist. 🙄

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    • August 26, 2019, at 6:59 PM PDT
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  20. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    DrewInWisconsin, Soul Murderer (View Comment):

    This will only accelerate the arrival of the Great Robot Rebellion.

    No taxation without representation!

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    • August 26, 2019, at 8:29 PM PDT
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  21. Paul Erickson Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    They have to let the robots vote, then.

    No automation without representation!

    The cry of the bot-y politic.

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    • August 27, 2019, at 4:04 AM PDT
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  22. OldDanRhody, 7158 Maple Dr. Member

    Vance Richards (View Comment): 

    kidCoder (View Comment):

    And when does this become taxing all scripts and programs and computers?

    That is what I was going to ask. Just what exactly do they consider to be a robot? Lots of work can be automated by better technology. Which technologies should be taxed.

    Next step: charges for many years of back taxes on CNC machine tools, etc.

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    • August 27, 2019, at 5:10 AM PDT
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  23. Pony Convertible Member

    I have spent most of my career implementing automation in manufacturing plants all over the world. Back in the 90’s I was nearly finished with a multi-million dollar project in California, when I received a call from our Accounts Payable department. She wanted to know what account she should draw the California capital investment tax from. If I remember right, the tax was 7%. I didn’t know anything about this tax. I approached my boss, who was in charge of all the plants in North America. He didn’t know anything about the tax either, but his response was quick and to the point, “We will not be spending another dime in California”.

    It wasn’t long afterward that CA eliminated that tax. Apparently my boss wasn’t the only one who felt that way.

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    • August 27, 2019, at 5:29 AM PDT
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  24. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

     

    Vance Richards (View Comment):
    Yeah, I think they actually believe that people won’t look for ways to avoid the extra cost. This why state’s millionaire taxes fail, because they never take into account that people will move.

    Hence the appearance of “moving taxes” and IRS audits that follow you wherever you move . . .

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    • August 27, 2019, at 5:50 AM PDT
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  25. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    kidCoder (View Comment):

    And when does this become taxing all scripts and programs and computers?

    Who gets to decide what is a taxable robot?

    Who assesses the “value” of the work performed by the “robot” and on what basis?

    1. The government.
    2. The basis is the “value” (salary) the replaced worker was earning.
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    • August 27, 2019, at 5:51 AM PDT
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  26. Stad Thatcher
    Stad Post author

    The real question is, how will sex robots be taxed? What if people start marrying their sex robots?

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    • August 27, 2019, at 5:53 AM PDT
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  27. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    The real question is, how will sex robots be taxed? What if people start marrying their sex robots?

    She gets half your stuff after the divorce.

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    • August 27, 2019, at 6:12 AM PDT
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  28. David Foster Member

    A high % of journalists appear to think that Robots are something new…actually, they have been around for a long time. NC and CNC machine tools have been in use since the 1960s; they may not *look* like movie robots, but robots they are. A Jacquard Loom (1802) is a robot, as are automatic dial telephone systems and automatic elevators.

    See my post About Those Job-Killing Robots

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    • August 27, 2019, at 7:09 AM PDT
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  29. jeffversion1.0 Coolidge

    Percival (View Comment):

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    When can we replace the politicians with robots?

    On it.

    Good Lord – that is terrifying!!!

    It’s a glitch in the balance and orientation module. We’ll have a patch tomorrow and a new release by Friday.

    I’m surprised no one put in a ticket to get that fixed before they rolled out the 2016 version. The campaign version was obviously broken. 

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    • August 27, 2019, at 8:02 AM PDT
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  30. The Great Adventure! Member

    Okay I’m calling it right now. @percival to the Time Out Corner for posting that GIF of Hillary. It keeps popping up on this thread and is giving me nightmares.

    Definitely a trigger.

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    • August 27, 2019, at 8:19 AM PDT
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