Agreed, but the answer isn't more minimum wage jobs either. Anytime the issue of a "living wage" gets brought up, we get the lectures about pulling yourself up by the bootstraps and "back in my day" stories that don't really take into account the landscape of jobs in this country. By far the largest job pools in this country are non skilled. Cashiers, retail sales associates, fast food workers, and waiters and waitresses dominate US jobs. So much so that they've gone from that job you get as a teenager to that job you may have to resort to as a grown adult with kids. Especially those with any history of incarceration(*cough* legalize *cough*).
Don't you think these businesses and corporations are already taxed enough though? I'm not meaning this in a mocking way, just doesn't strike me as something you'd really be on board with.
I don't think he's promoting taxing machines, just saying that's the next logical step. If a business has 1000 employees, each one of those employees wages are taxed, they pay into social security, medicare, etc. The company also pays taxes on them as well. If they can automate a large percentage of their business, say 1000 people becomes 400 people, then the government loses 60% of their tax income, and they're going to want to make it back, so legislation will be introduced, most likely under the guise of lowering automation, to tax the automated equipment. It'll be less than the wages of employees, so businesses will pay it, but the government gets to pat themselves on the back and say, "We did SOMETHING" while still being useless in any practical way.
And regarding the living wage, with there being no in between of minimum wage jobs and college degree jobs, there are a great many jobs yet that don't require a college degree, or even trade school.
Again, going to trade school or similar may increase your chances of getting a job, but not necessarily. You have to demonstrate the skill to keep the job.
Even 20 years ago, there were still apprenticeship programs to get new people into jobs. They aren't as widespread anymore, but that's because trades style jobs are not viewed as desirable.
I know this is conjecture, and I know you hate it, but still. I have no college degree. I work in IT, based on experience I started getting at 8 years old running network cables and helping load Novell on server computers (this was back in 1982 mind you). If you want an IT job, people go to college for computer science, which generally doesn't teach you shit about building and troubleshooting actual computers. You can take classes on Server 20xx, Windows whatever, but very few of those teach anything that someone who has been working on computers and has a lot of experience can't solve faster. I can't even tell you how many "IT Specialists" I have to tell "You're wrong" to because they have little to no experience outside of their little specialty. It's like a car mechanic who spent a year studying brake systems, but is unable to change the oil, a basic and fundamental step that requires very little training and should be fairly obvious to someone who works on another aspect of car mechanics.
I understand the concept of "They powered their way through school, they must be dedicated", but that's woefully inaccurate. It's not 1955 anymore. A college degree is useful for accountants, scientists, doctors, etc. For someone to drive a desk and plug numbers into a program all day? Not so much.