So that is not an argument - the fact a cockamamie idea is endorsed by a particular person or people. And in fact like all credentialist arguments, it is not an argument at all, but a way of shutting down argument and discussion, because you can't respond to a credentialist augment other than to say the "smart guy" making the argument is, in fact, an idiot. Never confuse getting lucky with being brilliant. We hang on the every word of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs or that Zuckerberg kid, as if they have some great insight to the future of technology, when in reality, these were people mostly in the right place at the right time - smart enough to take advantage of opportunities dumped in their laps (unlike most of us) but hardly brilliant innovators who had a vision of the future.
A better approach than to say an idea is endorsed by celebrities is to examine the underlying idea itself. And if you "do the math" you quickly realize that doubling the national budget and giving away money in a wealth redistribution scheme are really not ideas that hold water or add up in a mathematical sense.
Suppose, for example, we could enact "guaranteed basic income" or "guaranteed minimum income" or whatever you want to call it. And let's say we give everyone $10,000 a year - an amount bandied about by proponents of this plan. How would this play out?
Bear in mind also that while $10,000 may seem like a "lot of money" (it isn't) today, it will quickly evaporate its earning power as inflation - which will rise as a result of this scheme - eats away at the earning power. So you quickly have to raise the "guaranteed basic income" to $12,000 then $15,000 and $20,000 and so on. You'll be carrying money to the bank in wheelbarrows before long, as inflation skyrockets - wiping out most of the country financially.
These posited "nightmares" of massive unemployment and layoffs and "make-work" jobs have yet to materialize. In fact, we have record low unemployment at the present time, and millions of jobs going unfilled for lack of qualified candidates. The problem is already that we have too many incentives not to work and not enough incentives to work. Piling on a huge non-work incentive will just make things far worse.
This is an insane idea. And even more insane that "guaranteed basic income" is the idea that I would ever support this concept or be persuaded of it, after posting over 3,000 blog entries emphasizing personal responsibility in the world. Sorry, but no sale, just as I am not about to get all weepy about some asshole who refused to leave his seat on a plane (I see he got his payout - mission accomplished!).
What our country needs isn't more victim-mentality, but less of it. We have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and for other people who put themselves in harms way and then claim to be "victims." It never works out very well for anyone involved.
Self-actualization is a far better path. Put down the bong and get back to work!