Bill Gates is So Statist He Wants to Tax Robots

Bill Gates has proven that one can be a genius when it comes to science and technology, while simultaneously being clueless when it comes to economics and politics.

The Microsoft mogul, who recently helped developed the much hated Common Core education standards, now believes that the government should tax not just humans, but robots as well.

In an interview with Quartz, Gates voiced his support for this idea, stating:

“Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.

If you can take the labour that used to do the thing automation replaces, and financially and training-wise and fulfillment-wise have that person go off and do these other things, then you’re net ahead. But you can’t just give up that income tax, because that’s part of how you’ve been funding that level of human workers.”

See the full interview here