old and in the way
I disagree, just tax business -- to fund the programs -- that works!
But in the world you describe there wouldn't be any businesses to tax. What possible incentive would there be to starting a business if everything is handed to you on a platter? What's more, there wouldn't be any money, since the stuff would be useless.
Of course, somebody would have to be handing that platter to you, and putting the stuff on it, and somebody would have to be making the stuff to put on the platter in the first place, and on and on... I suppose you could call that work.
Even in a barter system you would have to be producing something (aka working) that people would be willing to trade for. Hmmm, a bit of a pickle, dontcha think?
If you mean that people shouldn't be forced to work many hours at jobs they hate in order to turn over a large portion of their hard-earned money to some faceless corporation, only to be dropped when life goes bad, then yeah, I agree with that.