What Is This Really All About?
Even at this early proposal stage, some of these EUDP proposals are already under intense fire for what they appear to be about, envisage and entail. In a June 23, 2016 Forbes.com opinion piece, "More EU Lunacy: Robots Should Pay Social Security Taxes For The Pensions They Won't Get", Tim Worstall, media writer and a Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London, blasts the idea of taxing the bots:
"One of the more ludicrous suggestions is that robots should pay social security taxes for all the social security benefits they won’t get...What they really mean of course is that anyone who has the temerity to employ robots should be paying higher taxes for said temerity. It is as if factories should pay more in tax because they use machines."