Here, at least, the people most adamantly against UBI are also the ones starving government-funded non-military programs of funding.
For the moment. Most citizens/legislators have not yet come to grips with the fact that higher unemployment and either (a) high taxation rates or (b) social collapse are inevitable. Businesspeople live in the moment and politicians are not much better.
I believe that the US GOP will evolve on this rather quickly when the day comes where unemployment rates start to move up and their own economists tell them that they’re not coming back down again. Once they realize the choice is between funding people to do nothing, and funding people to do something, they’ll choose the latter.
The underlying question, then, is — how can we use this automation to the advantage of our people, and use it to ensure that people no longer have to work three jobs just to keep from being homeless and starving?
Well, I agree completely. That’s largely why we saw the Trump “thing” emerge this last election; voters in previously prosperous mid sized midwestern towns, raised by a father who worked a union job in a plant, suddenly found that both mom and dad had to be working multiple jobs at lower rates to pay the bills.
That’s not a recipe for success. :-( And the fact is that not everyone has the aptitude for a STEM degree.