In places where UBI is implemented, it demonstrably massively increases entrepreneurship, meaning people are able to do jobs and work they enjoy and are interested in. This makes them happier, raises the standard of living, makes them more participatory in democracy, and improves the economy.
Can we examine the effects of monetary policy (MP) and productivity gains. Massive productivity gains have been achieved over recent years. Why has this not translated to proportional increases in compensation and reductions in length of work hours? Does MP play a part?
A universal basic income already exists in the USA in the form of the current myriad of welfare programs today. Are we arguing scope/amount? Have the existng programs been successful? Aren't they administersed by an elite class of greedy beurocrats? Should we give them more power over our lives?
The first statement, "A universal basic income already exists in the USA in the form of the current myriad of welfare programs today.", is objectively false because it does not adhere to the definition of universal basic income. For example, the contemporary welfare system is means-tested, negating that it is "universal". Additionally, benefits are highly-specific (such as food stamps or electric assistance), so it is misleading to connect this with the idea of income.
There is no reason to help the poor. Allowing a group of uneducated and unintelligent to freeload only creates a class of freeloaders. Instead, the rich should be encouraged to show empathy by rewarding those who help the poor, and in turn, creating a less cutthroat economy.