I had a sociology teacher in 12th grade who claimed that automation decreased the number of real jobs -- but stated that for the sake of social stability society, as automation increased, would create unneeded jobs -- fake jobs so to speak -- to give people the illusion of working. And with the constant expansion of the Federal Government I was somewhat shocked to see over the years that what this teacher said was true. Now liberals want to take away the illusion of working and just give people a check. How do you suppose people will get self esteem from openly doing nothing? Ever read "The Machine Stops?"