Through out my life, I've heard the Republicans rally the working class behind their flag by accusing welfare mothers and other socially undesirables of milking the system so that they wouldn't have to work. It plays to the crowds idea of "I work hard and carry my water, but those people over there are just slacking." When I lived abroad, I was treated to new conservative parties with the same message of all these loafers who are living on our tax dollars. Work is seen as a virtue, and poverty is proof that you don't have the virtue of hard work. Why should society support the unvirtuous?
Well, my mother was a single welfare mom, and she put herself through a four year university program while trying to raise a toddler on her own. She then went on to work. And I've known a few people who received social security disability, and they REALLY hated not being able to work.
So, here's what I know about the human condition: work gives people a sense of meaning and there are very few individuals out there who are truly parasitic. In fact, the most parasitic people, in my experience, are the sociopaths who statistically have more wealth and power than the rest of society. Sociopathy, in my opinion, is in itself a parasitic adaptation. The glaring majority of people are NOT sociopaths and would there for look for ways to give back to the society that took care of them. Basic Income would provide all strata of society with everything needed for a basic lively hood, and free us up as a species to start tackling the really hard problems, instead of seeking smaller and smaller profit margins on things that have little value in, and of, themselves. Pet Rock, anyone?