The issue is not the automation.
It's not the lack of a specific social program.
It's an issue of scale.
We still allow any company interested in buying another to do so.
We bring over hundreds of thousands of immigrants ranging from lowest skill level to highest.
We have the same amounts immigrating illegally.
We do not tariff anymore. We just tax the people and the companies.
What does this amount to?
Well, when you have a large amount of people, and only 3 companies they can work for, you get high unemployment.
Imagine if we had zero illegal, and abused H1-B immigration?
Imagine any imported goods and services, where already locally available, were taxed at a local market rate?
Imagine what would happen if the exported labor and H1-B labor was taxed at a local market rate?
it's not about guaranteeing an equality of outcome, it's about ensuring the local market is not undercut by foreign entities.
And finally, the majority of cities now have populations as large or larger than that of the entire state in which they reside in from 50 years ago.
Localize and protect the workforce. Prohibit the buyout culture.
That would do wonders in and of itself.