No, I agree, there's no call to destroy the 21st century version of textile manufacturing with wooden shoes.
My point was to say that this sort of worthless lame duck pontification is doing nothing but playing on peoples fears that their jobs will further be taken over by the "other," and the "unknown" in an attempt to solidify a "legacy," and trying to force the hand of the incoming administration. If we really needed a stronger safety-net to protect against the mechanization of manufacturing it was needed hundreds of years ago, the argument if "AI & Robots," is just pressing the latest hot-button, and in this case it's Technology.
You could make the exact same arguments about a better social safety net for any of the following reasons:
* Uncontrolled Immigration
* Income Inequality
* Regional and Global Government Debt Ratios
* Global Political Unrest
* The fact that milk is more expensive than gasoline
I wasn't saying that safety nets are unnecessary. I'm saying using AI & Robots to push a social political agenda is a Luddite Argument.