Lion of the Blogosphere

Jobs in the robot economy

View the NY Times article about Latino under-enrollment in Obamcare for the photograph. The caption of the photograph reads: “Jesica Arias, a program coordinator, helped an insurance applicant last month at an AltaMed Resource Center in East Los Angeles.”

This demonstrates the kind of jobs that people will do in the near-term robot economy. Even though the federal government and the states have created a completely automated Obamacare enrollment process, we see that poor people with low IQs are not smart enough to use the self-service solution and require a human “program coordinator” to help them (and because she works for AltaMed, I assume that the poor people with low IQs walk out with a health insurance plan that’s profitable for AltaMed).

I predict that jobs helping poor people with low IQs will be a growing sector of the labor force in the robot economy.

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Not related to robots, but you have to love this excerpt:

California allows young people who were granted deportation deferrals by the Obama administration to sign up for Medicaid. State Senator Ricardo Lara is expected to introduce legislation this week that would allow immigrants living here illegally to sign up for the exchange and receive state subsidies.

Welfare benefits for illegal aliens, no wonder why taxes in California are so high.

But the illegal aliens are afraid to sign up because they can’t believe that we would give away free stuff to people who are breaking our immigration laws. They think that gringos can’t possibly be that stupid and it must be a trick to get them to identify themselves for deportation.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 14, 2014 at 9:09 am

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  1. “But the illegal aliens are afraid to sign up because they can’t believe that we would give away free stuff to people who are breaking our immigration laws. They think that gringos can’t possibly be that stupid and it must be a trick to get them to identify themselves for deportation.”

    I can’t believe the gringos are that stupid either. I mean, it seems incredible. But they truth is, yes, they are just that stupid. Right now nobody, even Mexicans who should know better, really believes that the world’s sole remaining superpower would be that idiotic to basically open it’s welfare state to anyone in the world who can get here.

    However I think that day is coming when the world will finally get just how stupid we are, and when it does, there will be such a world wide rush for our borders to cash in before the system collapses or the gringos wake up.

    Mike Street Station

    February 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

    • The world is already quite aware that anybody can get in here and get on the dole in short order.

      peterike

      February 14, 2014 at 11:46 am

    • CA signing them up for Medicaid kind of makes sense when you think about it. CA doesn’t have the power to deport them (because the Feds handle that), and if the illegals get sick or injured, by federal law (EMTALA), CA hospitals have to treat them. So why not sign them up for Medicaid, which is at least partially federally funded, and let the Feds cover some of the cost?

      Dave Pinsen

      February 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

  2. California isn’t even a state any longer. It’s just one giant grift. Fortunately, the history of Hollywood, tech and agriculture keeps the lights on there: for now. At some point the invader hordes will be more weight than even those three great engines of wealth can sustain.

    peterike

    February 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

    • A steadily increasing portion of the movie industry is leaving Hollywood to save production costs and escape unions.

      Camlost

      February 14, 2014 at 10:46 am

      • Not really. In contrast to the theories of the WSJ editorial board, and fantasies Texas’s governor, Hollywood is still the center of the movie industry and Silicon Valley is still the center of the IT industry, despite California’s high taxes, onerous regulations, and high cost of living. Both industries make enough money that they can afford to be based there; critical masses of skilled labor and allied professionals are in the respective regions; and industry participants like living in both places.

        Dave Pinsen

        February 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      • Hollywood and Silicon Valley also have armies of tax lawyers devoted to avoiding high taxes.

        Also, maybe this is just my class envy talking, but I think lots of high income people cheat on their taxes.

        The Anti-Gnostic

        February 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm

  3. The last two sentences in Lion’s post are comedy gold. As they say, it’s funny because it’s so true!

    steve@steve.com

    February 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

  4. “I assume that the poor people with low IQs walk out with a health insurance plan that’s profitable for AltaMed.”

    It says so right in the name: AltaMed is Spanish for high [priced] medical.

    Mark Caplan

    February 14, 2014 at 9:58 am

  5. OT: Tom Perkins is at it again with more “controversial” comments, suggesting that only tax payers should get votes, and in accordance with how much tax they pay:

    http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/14/investing/tom-perkins-vote/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    Camlost

    February 14, 2014 at 10:02 am

    • It would have the advantage of taking the current ID fraud/suppressing the minority vote high profile coded kerfuffle off the table. After all, the real battle, as opposed to the publicized one, has to do with Democrats developing even better ways of getting the dumb, lazy and feckless to the polls in off year elections and the Republicans taking measures to make it less easy to do so. Each side understands that the overwhelming number of dumb, lazy and feckless who fail to vote without massive prompting from political operatives are Democrats. What is so annoying is having to endure the coded morality speeches from each side that aim to avoid discussing the real dispute (at what point should we quit encouraging the dumb, lazy and feckless to vote) in favor of a proxy morality tale (KKK Republicans vs. Let Freedom Ring Democrats). If you had to pay taxes to vote the ‘beneficiaries’ of the Democrats current morality play, the dumb and feckless, wouldn’t qualify anyway.

      Curle

      February 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  6. Well, it has nothing to do with stupidity, obviously. We are controlled by an elite that thinks only in terms of global citizens and collectivism. They see no difference between a citizen and non-citizen or foreigner except they have a visceral dislike for the “little” people when they actually encounter them, and those people are usually citizens.

    CamelCaseRob

    February 14, 2014 at 10:50 am

    • You got to be kidding me….

      The elite only care about the returns on their capital, and use their political and financial power to maintain the ownership and profitability of their capital. And if the policies arising from their desire to maintain their assets immiserate, alienate, and defranchise the rest of the country, then so be it!! To suggest that their underlying motives are more abstract and philosophical is asinine.

      Latias

      February 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  7. NYT, 02/13/14 – One-Fifth of New Enrollees Under Health Care Law Fail to Pay First Premium

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/us/politics/one-in-5-buyers-of-insurance-under-new-law-did-not-pay-premiums-on-time.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0

    …the White House urged insurers to give people more time, and many agreed to do so. But, insurers said, some people missed even the extended deadlines…Obama administration officials said they did not know how many people signing up for coverage had paid their premiums because the government had not finished building the “back end” of the computer systems needed to pay insurers.

    E. Rekshun

    February 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    • Just give everyone free basic healthcare. Doling Obamacare cost about a 1 billion. But of course, politicians only care about fleecing the sheeps.

      JS

      February 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      • Obamacare is the gateway drug to universal health care. One step at a time.

        peterike

        February 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      • One step at a time.

        Yep, inch by inch.

        E. Rekshun

        February 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      • Slowly I turned…

        CorkyAgain

        February 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

  8. Speaking of jobs…. Saudi’s make life tougher on immigrants. TWO MILLION self deport. But NAHHHHH, we can’t do this is Amerikkka.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/29/saudi-arabia-foreign-labour-crackdown-migrants

    peterike

    February 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

  9. Wait, wasn’t there a GOP Congressman that yelled “YOU LIE!” at Obama when he said illegals wouldn’t get tax payer provided health insurance?

    The GOP is more right (less wrong?) on policy, but can’t seem to win politically.

    dsgntd_plyr

    February 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    • I still remember the shock on Pelosi’s face that anyone dared to think their puny voice could delay the unstoppable juggernaut.

      outsider

      February 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

  10. This goes to show you that America is a proletariat – slave nation, where people work to live. Compared to Europe, America has no legalized paid vacation and holiday pay.

    http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/no-vacation-update-2013-05.pdf

    Scroll down to Vacation and Holiday Laws.

    JS

    February 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  11. “I predict that jobs helping poor people with low IQs will be a growing sector of the labor force in the robot economy.”

    Hey, that’s what I do now! Since the internet ate my laid-back steady career as a copy editor, I now work at the railroad helping 2-digit IQ truck drivers use the automated intermodal gate software. The automation, which my employer supplies to the railroad on a contract basis, itself permanently ate 30 jobs. Two of us now do what those 30 did 5 years ago. The idea was that the drivers themselves would now be responsible for ingating and outgating their intermodal units using our specially constructed computers at the gate of the railyard. My job is to run interference between machine and man.

    Truck drivers are an unusually ornery lot. In addition to not being very bright, they are in that job because their social skills are terrible. They can’t get along with people, so they find their way into a solitary job. Any attempt to help them is almost always loudly and vigorously resisted. I’ve never seen anything like it. All of them over 40 are totally freaked out by computers, displaying a heartbreaking learned helplessness. I don’t know how far off the robot future of truck driving is but when it arrives there will be a lot more dull-witted men on the dole.

    Miss Conduct

    February 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm


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