Businessman Running for President Wants to Pay All Americans

Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur running for President speaks at a conference in 2015.

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Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur running for President speaks at a conference in 2015.

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It became evident during the election season last fall, LCA students can be passionate about their politics. Many hold more conservative views due to their religious beliefs, and they tend to back more conservative candidates. However, there are some quality people and candidates on the other side of the aisle. Although the next presidential election is still more than a year away, many candidates have announced they will be seeking the nomination for the Democratic party. Most of them currently hold public office or have served in politics before. One who has not is businessman Andrew Yang. Yang’s key promise is to help support people who have lost their jobs due to automation or those who are in-between jobs. Jobs that could potentially be automated include factory and driving jobs. Yang wants to help those working in these fields transition to other areas by giving a fixed income of $1,000 to all adults 18+. Many people criticize this plan as saying “it will be to expensive to fund.” However, Yang says on his Twitter, “We are the richest society in the history of the world – $20 trillion GDP up $5 trillion in the last 12 years alone.  We can easily afford a dividend of $1k/month per adult if that’s what we want to do. Anyone who says we don’t have the money isn’t looking at the right numbers.” Yang is also a strong advocate of paying college athletes.

Critics argue that Yang’s views are very progressive, however, and border on redistribution of wealth. Despite his promise of money for all, conservatives do not appear to be too concerned about him. Junior Brennan Graham said,  “As far as I’m concerned, he has absolutely no chance of winning, so we shouldn’t care about his policies.” Mr. Perkins concurred.