Since the invention of the lever, wheel, machinery, computer and robot, government, for reasons beyond my comprehension, still seems preoccupied with putting us all to work. Is not the purpose of all this equipment to eliminate work or jobs and make life easier?

Shouldn't the emphasis be  just that? Technology with the wealth it produces is a common inheritance from which all, not only the rich, should benefit.  
There is no shortage of real wealth (goods and services). Poverty is a myth - an illusion created by the absence of money.

Money exists only to facilitate  the exchange of real wealth and should be readily at the disposal of the owners of that wealth - all of us whether we are working or not...

Come on politicians! You got brains just like me.