Did I Just Get Yanged?

Andrew Yang is showing what healthy populism looks like.

Comments: 300

  1. He's the greatest. I hope Biden picks Yang as his running mate. He says things we all need to hear about the future of automation, how American factories have abandoned US workers and his idea of a universal basic income is brilliant.

  2. @Sasha Stone Joe would pick a younger woman as VP. Yang, on the other hand, needs an older Congressional connection VP to get stuff passed. Joe is the perfect proven VP and team player, and is on good terms with Yang. Got to back Yang to make that happen though!

  3. @Sasha Stone I don't agree with that statement because #yanggang is going in all the way my friend

  4. I hope Warren lucks Yang!

  5. Earlier last year, I was getting emotionally tired of all the focus on Donald Trump. I think Trump is a terrible president, but it's not motivating to know that what is happening in Washington are pointless battles going on in congress and in the media. When I heard Andrew speak for the first time, it was eye opening. He talked so clearly about the problems the country is facing and about his vision for the country. He doesn't blame Trump in his stump speech and instead calls him a symptom of a larger set of problems he hopes to solve. His vision, his clarity, his focus on solving those problems are so bright, optimistic, and hopeful that you can't help but feel excited for it. I have felt that Donald Trump should not be president and that any democrat would be better. So I can understand the idea of voting for the candidate that can beat Trump. But now I realize if you want to defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box, you have to pick the candidate that you would feel excited for regardless of Donald Trump. Right now the candidates are betting on Democrats feeling angry at Trump to come out and vote. If they are not angry, they will not turn out. If you choose a candidate that you are excited for, a vision that excites you, you will turn out regardless of Trump. To beat Trump, you have to pick a candidate that excites Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives and Independents so much they forget about Donald Trump. And the best one to do that is Andrew Yang.

  6. @George George, you are eloquently half right. While some people will only come out to vote because they are enthusiastic about a candidate, there are others who are primarily motivated to vote to get rid of Trump. In order to defeat Trump in 2020, Democrats will have to maximize their support from both groups. The one question I would like to see asked of every candidate at the next debate is, "If you are not the Democratic nominee for President, will you enthusiastically and without reservation not only endorse but actively campaign for whoever the nominee is and ask your supporters to do the same?"

  7. @George Which is why Andrew Yang says: everytime we talk about dump, we are losing. that the democratic candidates should be presenting an alternative vision for American citizens which they are excited about and want to see happen. That's another reason why Andrew Yang is the one to vote for.

  8. @Steve Fankuchen You speak for millions who make yes or no answers to litmus test questions the preferred basis of political engagement; I believe you sweep along a good many others who really haven't given it that much thought.

  9. Yang makes a better running mate for Sanders. Their views are far more in line with each other's. But my view is that the Dem VP candidate won't come from the pool of failed presidential hopefuls. It might be Abrams. It might be Michelle Obama. It might be Cuomo. Or it might be someone that the media hasn't latched onto yet as a darling.

  10. @Roger T Practically speaking, VP will probably be someone from a swing state that will help deliver that state or even region.

  11. @Roger T It won't Cuomo. He's got his hands full and no a small amount of baggage.

  12. Yang was my first ever political donation. I'm a young millennial and this is truly the first time in my entire life where I felt motivated to be a part of this nation's political process. The "Yang Gang" is more akin to a big, welcoming family than a political movement... On top of that, Yang is not a politician, and he seems to have a better grasp and understanding of the root cause issues that plague this country than any politician out there. His proposals for a Universal Basic Income, as well as "Democracy Dollars," are probably two of the most important policies to be put on the table by any presidential candidate in many, many years, and could do wonders for our democracy. I truly think Yang is the best candidate to beat Trump as he is likely the only one who can garner significant support from both sides of the political aisle. He is the candidate who can actually mend the deep wounds of division in our country, and the data backs that up by showing his support from liberals, disaffected Trump voters, and independents alike. He has my vote.

  13. @Scott Thanks for supporting Yang! I'm closer to the other end of the embodiment arc, and Yang is the best I've ever seen. I'm excited to see the Freedom Dividend and Democracy Dollars rejuvenate the nation's cultural, economic, and political systems. I don't know what will happen on Monday, or over the next Months, but I, like you, and so glad to have become a part of the Yang Gang!

  14. @Scott >Yang was my first ever political donation. Mine too. And he's not even my favorite candidate. But his ideas and way of thinking about problems are so unique and refreshing, I just wanted to help keep him on the debate stages. (Actually, my first ever donation was to Booker, also because I wanted him to remain in the debates, but it was rejected because I live overseas. Yang takes donations from expats.) My biggest concern is that according to the numbers, the Yang Gang is the least likely to vote for the eventual nominee should it not be Yang.

  15. @Bill in Yokohama Yes, I have no doubt that his Dem supporters, like me, will VoteBlueNoMatterWho. But his Big Tent appeal has attracted many disaffected voters with no intrinsic loyalty to the DNC and, significantly, flipped many Trump supporters to vote blue for the first time in their lives. What worries me is that that is our margin of victory in 2020, but it is not reflected in polls of exclusively Democrat voters.

  16. Yang probably won’t win the nomination, but whoever the nominee is ignores Yang’s message at their peril.

  17. I do not adhere to a single political ideology myself and am behind Yang all the way. The Rogan interview is a must see. You cannot come away from it without gaining great respect for Yang and his vision. He is the real deal.

  18. @Daphne YES! There are pieces of both spectrum of the political ideology that are valid. To say only one is correct, is naive. It's not left. It's not right. it's forward!

  19. Earnest, agile, smart as a whip, quite progressive *and* fiscally responsible, humane, and honest — this guy would make the ideal veep. Let’s be real: he’s not gonna get the top spot this time. But it would be great if he gets a place in the room where it happens. I’m voting for him.

  20. Even though Buttigieg is still my preferred candidate, I have become increasingly impressed with Andrew Yang. His positivity and civil tone have not gone unnoticed. As a fellow Asian- American, I am also impressed at his efforts to stick his neck out and do something (Asians, for all their successes, are politically apathetic and probably the least well represented in government). The presidency will be a long shot. But our country is fortunate to have people like Andrew Yang and I hope he gets a prominent position on the next presidential cabinet.

  21. @SYJ Pete and Andrew are both smart people. The key difference to me is "values". Pete went to Harvard and McKinsey and shortest path to Presidential run through the DC-connected wine caves. Yang earned his million then quit to start a non-profit(?) before running a small donor campaign with just ideas and no establishment backing. I was personally interested in Pete until the whole South Bend shooting, which made me look into his claim of having "reduced Black poverty by more than half" but which in fact was only 6%, during a regional recovery. Yang seems the much more trustworthy and admirable candidate, especially for those of us who are looking for a unifying figure?

  22. @SYJ My preferred candidate is Pete Buttigieg as well. I do like Andrew Yang and would vote for him if he is the nominee. But I would appreciate it if Yang's supporters gave Pete the same respect we show Andrew's ...the yang gang commentary does not help.

  23. @in-the weeds That's an unrealistic expectation. Pete's supporters are all democrats. Yang has a wide variety of supporters from across the political spectrum, some of which aren't going to be so nice to the other dem candidates. Don't worry about what they say - just worry about what Andrew says.

  24. I think the trouble with Yang is absence of any meaningful program to address the problems. $1k per month is nice, but it could not replace the lost due to automatization income. Add to that the increased prices, because VAT is the way to pay for $1k to everybody, and 1k seems like much smaller. Good personality and optimism could not make up for absence of the valuable ideas. "We are the solution, not the Government" is not a program, it is a slogan, deceitful one, considering that $1k is coming from the Government. Talking about divorce from reality.

  25. Listen more closely. He explains that the benefit is certainly means tested and has other criteria. More important, he discusses consequences of his policies refreshingly thoughtful and original in this politic.

  26. @yulia Yang has said multiple times UBI is the foundation that you can build a functioning society on top of. There are needs for certain programs, but there can't be a government program for every problem. Once you get past big issues like healthcare, social security, medicare, disability and a few others, you get increasingly inefficient at solving problems. The core competency of the federal government is its ability to fund and send a large number of checks out every month. The universality of the dividend allows people to use the money on the things they need, instead of needing the government to pass a bill and then set up bureaucracy to administer the program. I would say the slogan is accurate, its about empowering people with a little bit of cash to solve their own problems, rather than trying to use the federal government to prescribe solutions for millions of different people. Crowdsource the individual decision making and fund it through the government. The 1K a month on its own doesn't replace the lost income from a middle class factory worker, you are right. But it would put millions or billions of dollars of buying power into their local community. How many new businesses open up there? That person now has some cash to get by on and gives them a chance to do something like start a hobby shop or develop a new skill. Maybe they see some hope for themselves and their kids and they stop killing themselves at record levels.

  27. I did listen carefully, and I haven't heard anything that would make me think that his solution is a right one. It seems like the "mean test" is a different VAT for different products, but that has internal contradiction: if you have low VAT, you have no money to fund UBI. If you increase VAT, the real UBI will go down. If you increase the VAT too much for some products, while keeping VAT for other products low, fewer people will buy the high VAT products, again decreasing fund for UBI.

  28. Great article! What he lacks in experience he more than makes up for with his willingness to listen and capacity to learn. And what a wonderful personality! 💙

  29. One of the top Andrew Yang articles I have read. Incredible job embodying the message and vibe and momentum of his campaign thus far.

  30. ‪Andrew reminds me of the Dutch people—incredibly bright yet modest as well as sensibly, solution-oriented realists. Good ideas usually transcend politics, so naturally he doesn’t tow a party line, however it disconcerts many when they feel like they can’t peg someone. His lacking political office experience (i.e., being a seasoned co-conspirator for what’s given us the status quo), is a frequent point of dismissal. His detractors also cast him as a one-trick pony for his flagship policy despite having 160+ policies and Hillary Clinton’s campaign platform in 2016 almost being UBI, and even Pres. Obama suggesting the idea, (check YouTube)—seems too convenient. Whatever the reason(s) of his detractors, surely they can hope that America will experience a political era without mudslinging or rhetorical turmoil. That the eventual nominee will make Democrats, Independents, Republicans and Libertarians the LEAST bit annoyed if they are not their top candidate. Problem is, who else aside from Yang can muster such a task?

  31. @Daniel If elected, he would have the good sense to take the advice that Mike Bloomberg gave to Trump when he was elected: Appoint plenty of people who are smarter than you. We are all now living with someone who did not take Bloomberg's advice.

  32. @cl Unlikely to have a Yang/Bloomberg or Bloomberg/Yang ticket. This would be really interesting, though. Not at all practical in appealing to different sectors of the electorate. I'm not proposing it, iow. Both are familiar with tech, but in different ways. Both have done philanthropic works that line up with their values. One young, one old (with plenty of experience in politics). In different ways, I think both are willing to step outside the box with fresh ideas.

  33. Yang better have a good answer if Trump says he'll give everyone $2000 a month if he gets re-elected.

  34. @Ed He does, and he explains it in several of his popular long-form interviews on YouTube. Basically, $1k a month brings everyone out of poverty, and it is affordable given America's economy. In time, adjusting for inflation, it will likely rise to $2k.

  35. But 2k will increase the quality of people's lives better than 1k . And 3k will be even better. I guess the candidates could set up the auction for the President post - who offer more of free money, paid by higher prices.

  36. @yulia no, the 1K is also carefully structured so as not to disincentivize work, as it is right BELOW the poverty line It is also fully paid for with VAT + carbon tax + financial transactions tax. 2K would go into deficit spending mode and lose support from fiscal conservatives. Besides, does anyone trust Trump to give 2K Dividend? He'd give himself a trillion bonus, $1 to everyone else, and blame Democrats

  37. Yang understands that automation is not bad in of itself (just as industrialization was not bad in of itself), but the way that it’s handled makes all the difference. Are we going to have demagogues that use people’s pain like gasoline to fuel false narratives, or leaders that accurately explain to people what’s going on? Are we going to use 20th-century style solutions like job guarantees, or recognize that in the 21st century if anything people should be able to work less while still maintaining a healthy standard of living? Whether or not Yang wins this election, he’s already done a great service to the country by bringing some of these ideas into the mainstream.

  38. Yang is thoughtful, intelligent, willing to do the work, humble, inspiring and can bring morale authority back to the presidency. What he lacks in experience, he makes up with a willingness to listen, innovative problem solving and the ability to surround himself with great people who believe in him. Electing an Asian American and a son of immigrants will show the world that the American dream is still alive.

  39. @Andy I agree that Yang, unlike trump, would surround himself with experts and would certainly listen to and learn from them, especially concerning areas with which he is not practically familiar, such as foreign policy. He's so smart, so capable, and, frankly, so kind. I hope that at the very least he is in the cabinet of whoever wins - and I would be proud to call him my president if he wins.

  40. This seems too much like worshipping at the alter of the "disruptor". Mr. Yang seems incredibly intelligent, tremendously sincere and in many ways the kind of visionary needed to deal with many of today's issues. But discounting experience as a prerequisite for the office of the presidency goes beyond foolish. This isn't a Silicon Valley start up, the Executive Branch is not an industry in need of unicorns. Some people are mentioning the vice presidency. I don't see him holding many of the skill sets that takes either but fair enough. There are plenty of ways for him to make America far better than it is today, short of pretending one person holds every talent required to turn our country around. I wish him the best, and much success in what I hope is a long and happy life, but maybe at least one stepping stone before the Oval Office would be of benefit to us all.

  41. @trudds But the President doesn't work alone. Far from it. I trust Yang's judgment (including in picking advisors) and his humility (to listen and learn).

  42. @trudds I agree that experience matters, but disagree on the type of experience necessary. The best presidents have been those with the capacity for deep thinking (Jefferson), decisive action (FDR), and ability to build coalitions (LBJ). Upon reading Yang's book, I can attest to his mental clarity and insight. His outstanding debate performance demonstrate his quick decisive temperament in the face of unexpected challenges. His broad coalition of Republicans/Independents/Democrats attest to his leadership. Can we say the same of any other candidate?

  43. @bess At no point would I question Mr. Yang's many positive attributes, some of which you've mentioned. Knowing who would read this, I expected most here would disagree, but judgement is not just an innate talent. It is a skill honed and strengthened like most. In times of the greatest crisis, only one person ultimately makes the decision and bears the responsibility. For people who believe, having never been near these types of situations a supremely well-intentioned and educated individual can walk up and make that happen with or without amazing advice, I cannot disagree more strongly. This doesn't infer, every situation is a crisis, that Mr. Yang isn't capable of the vast majority of the job, and definitely which candidate(s) may be ready. But the learning curve for mistakes there is steeper than anyone outside those halls normally understands. Good luck and God bless.

  44. Yang won't win, but he is in touch with some serious issues that are being overlook by others. Especially in regards to automation and other glaring issues that aren't mainstream in regards to attention. I feel like he needs to be tap for either a cabinet role, or a prominent role within the DNC or getting involved in a congressional level.

  45. @Patrick -- No, that would kill him. AS IF the DNC would accept him into the inner circle of their ossified leadership, the embodiment of the status quo. The DNC is doing everything it can to marginalize all the creative, disruptive candidates. They won't abide anyone but a Clinton clone. As for running for Congress, Yang needs to be in a leadership position, not one of several hundred legislators who get nothing done; Congress is where innovative ideas go to die. The NYT editorial similarly suggested he get involved in NY politics. The machine would grind him up. The fact that Yang has not been part of government is precisely WHY he has his innovative ideas. To use the language of many of his supporters, his inexperience is not a bug, it's a feature.

  46. @Patrick Saying anybody won't win at this juncture is counterproductive and ill-informed. Yang offers a vision, intellect, and temperament that uniquely positions him as one of the most liked presidential candidates of our time. Liberals, progressives, moderates, conservatives, Trumpers, young, old, disengaged, tech "nerds" highlight his diverse coalition. This article makes that glaringly clear. Every other candidate alienates a major portion of the electorate (Warren/Sanders) or fails to bring enthusiasm (Biden/Klobuchar) needed for a movement strong enough to overcome Trump. Yang may not be your candidate but dismiss him at your own peril. He's the only one presenting a pragmatic case on how to beat Trump, not just superficial rhetoric on uniting the country.

  47. @PL Love it. His inexperience is NOT a bug it is FEATURE!

  48. Andrew Yang is a refreshing voice in the campaign. He looks at today's problems with fresh eyes instead of set-in-stone doctrine. And he backs up his policy ideas with facts and figures instead of stereotypes. I've seen him on television and he never seems to be stumped for an answer to any questions. While I have some concerns about his lack of foreign policy experience, I believe he could be a wonderful president for domestic issues especially with regard to the future of work in our country.

  49. I have been flip flopping on for whom to vote. But this article gave me a new way to think about it. And all of the comments also - they have a hopefulness and optimism that is the solution I dare say to the cynicism in the white house and the anger in the democratic party itself. As the saying goes, you can't fight fire with fire. So let's try a gentler approach, and even sharper intellectually... I may have just been converted to the Yang Gang myself by this read alone. It feels like I don't have time or energy to follow too much more of this race yet I know, in a way, that it is, quite literally, the fight of our lives. So in the times we are living in, it does seem time to give someone like this the chance not to be an actor but a player.

  50. @Alias Please check out the Joe Rogan interview. Andrew Yang talks fully about his ideas and there is a coherence to his views. Truly.

  51. Andrew Yang on Joe Rogan's podcast stands out as one of the better things in 21st century America: an engaging candidate speaking without commercial interruption and at a leisurely pace with a host that enjoys good conversation with a wide spectrum of people. Like you I took away a positive impression of Yang and feel he has the temperament needed to start to turn our country a little left where the day to day worry is lessened by doing more for the average American. I agree totally that if we just continue with business as usual we are going to be in a very bad place: this crazy inequality trend has to be reversed.

  52. I would urge anyone curious about Yang to look up interviews with him on Youtube. There you can see how thoughtful and genuine his positions are. This article does a really great job of describing the Yang gang, but where he really shines is innovative policy positions and explanations of issues in a refreshing and pragmatic way. I know the Freedom Dividend and some of his other proposals are disconcertingly unorthodox, but I would really just suggest listening to the man for a few minutes.

  53. Thank you for this piece on Mr Yang. I have been avoiding the debates and only recently watched the NYT videos of the candidates answering questions. I've purposely put off following every news cycle as it feels oppressive and frenetic and overwhelming. I was impressed with Mr Yang. I think he brings a refreshing and current view of the world around us. He has weaknesses that others have pointed out, but strengths that others don't seem to have. My greatest wish is that when the votes fly and flurry is over, we can all unite, enthusiastically and sincerely, behind one individual who isn't going to be that many people's first choice. And rather than turn aside from the current candidates, that the eventual candidate will choose a running partner and (fingers crossed) cabinet and administrative officials from this group. Recognizing that within this group lies the true scope, depth and breadth, of the heart of Americans.

  54. I agree that automation is coming and no form of government intervention will stop that. That said, there is no reason that the companies that become more profitable through automation should not also pay more in taxes for the privilege of operating in a country where a percentage of the people need to be supported through government programs. Why can't we create a 21st century public works program? We need infrastructure. We need art. We need educators. Of all the candidates only Yang seems to truly understand the truly unprecedented nature of the cause of our problems. And understanding the problem is the first step to solving it. Yang as Biden's VP works for me. Get him on the inside and see what he can do.

  55. @JohnFred Yang is for public works and increasing teacher pay (his startup paid teachers 10x market wages!), and creating a creative economy through the Dividend. :) I think Biden would pick a young female running mate. Yang, on the other hand, is friendly with Joe and has declared the need for a partner with deep Congressional connections. Joe was a great VP, he should be that again.

  56. @JohnFred Biden is not electable. Neither is Warren (tendency to fib), Bloomberg or raging Sanders. Sorry but It's time all the three-four-five (?) millionaire fossils retire.

  57. @JohnFred Yeah, To me, that's a winning combination, Biden and Yang. Biden already supports Yang's concerns about automation and the 4th industrial revolution. Biden gives Yang the experience of a life time of working in the beltway and then retires after 1 term, letting Yang run the show for another 2 terms. By then, it's a done deal.

  58. Andrew Yang, as you learned, has a lot of appealing attributes, including a slant, grasp, or perspective on the immense problem of "the end of work" that perhaps no other candidate has. It is, nevertheless, very difficult to imagine him as president, and the enthusiasts you interviewed are less than persuasive, by word and example. Recall what it says, in the book The Best and the Brightest, about the Robert McNamara/McGeorge Bundy types who bear considerable responsibility for the Vietnam War fiasco: they and the rest of us might have been better off if they'd run for sheriff, or some other office, first. Although Donald Trump is a unique case--thank God!--he nevertheless shows what it's like to have a president with no political experience whatsoever, We would do well not to repeat that experience.

  59. Voting for any or inexperienced president (however you articulate that) needs to consider the candidate’s choices for cabinet and other members critical to the governing process.

  60. @Scott But how can we know their choices for cabinet ahead of time? Presidential candidates rarely announce such choices during their campaigns, and maybe that's not such a bad thing

  61. @Just Ben two responses: If you look into Yang's recorded credentials, he's what the normal citizen would call, a highly intelligent. Yang is a different guy compared to the current self-proclaimed unrecorded 'stable genius' in the WH. Second, the familiar politician preference to be president does not guarantee this person will make a good president. A debate between an actual genius and Trump would be something l look forward to.

  62. Sadly Mr. Yang will never gain any traction in the big show. I believe he should, but the machine of politics has no place for the fresh ideas with real thinkers behind them. There are other countries on the planet that would welcome Mr. Yang and his forward thinking....The USA isn't one of them. Mr. Yang is too good for this country. Mr. Yang makes too much sense for a country who would elect the loser we have had as president for the last 3 years and change. We don't deserve Mr. Yang. We don't deserve Elizabeth Warren either.

  63. With Yang, US politics feels hopeful. He's not a dystopian fear mongering, rage endorsing candidate and that's something the country really needs. Yang pinpoints the pain of those left behind by our current economy and talks about it in a way that no other democrat would. As a well-educated, well off millennial who has benefitted tremendously from tech and innovation in this country, the economy has never felt like it's been rigged against me. However, I can tell you that I and many others like me know that something is not right with our economy and country. As Yang would summarize it, the system is rigged against normal people on all sides of the political spectrum. His ability to inspire people from everywhere to reflect on our humanity is why I'm voting for him this election cycle. I love Yang's policies, but I also love his politics and his humanity.

  64. He's got some great ideas. Everyone who wants to succeed needs to work on their weaknesses and Yang's is public speaking. Sometimes he sounds hectoring and scolding like some of the much older candidates. But Yang is a young man and has plenty of time to smooth out his delivery. He has a future.

  65. Andrew Yang’s gallows humor and ability to unite groups of varying ideologies is the perfect antidote to solving the problems our country is currently facing. Tribalism has commandeered our society, and as each side is yelling at and blaming one another, Andrew Yang is listening to people’s concerns and highlighting the common humanity that connects each one of us. We can no longer cling to our archaic notions of a meritocracy; Walmart will continue to replace people with self-checkouts, Tesla will continue to develop autonomous vehicles, MGM will continue to replace its bartenders with novel robot cocktail shakers, and as these economic shifts keep occurring, more and more people will get left behind. $1000 a month isn’t meant to be the perfect answer to all of our problems, but it is the easiest/most straight forward way to ease the tensions, anxieties & stress of the 78% of Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck. When nearly 50% of Americans can’t afford an unexpected $500 bill, how can we expect people to be concerned about the macro issues of the world? We need an economy that recognizes our human values, our stay at home parents, our volunteers, our care-givers, our artists; all of the things that bring our communities closer together. We need to find our way back to valuing the vibrancy/uniqueness of the individual. Andrew Yang is anything but the ego that wants the limelight. He elevates everyone around him by genuinely caring about the well being of us all.

  66. @Erik He is polling at a couple percent, so perhaps his ability to unite diverse groups is not quite what you think it is.

  67. @Sparky Hey Sparky, I’m speaking about his ability to garner support from disaffected Trump voters, Independents, Libertarians and people who have previously been divorced/disinterested in politics. I’m not merely talking about registered Democrats with landlines that get polled. Polling a minuscule subset of registered Democrats and extrapolating that to the entire country is a mistake, with which we’ve already seen when Trump was running against Hillary. Favorability rankings amongst candidates are better indicators of who will come out to vote. Feel free to read this article detailing flaws with polls and modern approaches to gauging electability. https://medium.com/@benamy.yashar/a-data-scientists-take-on-electability-and-the-democratic-candidates-77426ea3f97

  68. @Sparky I would counter that by asking you, how diverse do you think the groups of people generally being polled are? Is that an actual representation of the diverseness of personality, situation, and thought of most Americans?

  69. I haven't read though the whole article yet, but I read some of it. My favorite candidates of the campaign are Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang. Honorable mention for Tulsi Gabbard. Guess what they all have in common, they all appeared on Joe Rogan. I literally found out about Andrew Yang through Joe Rogan podcast. I think I'm a Joe Rogan Democrat. Overall, I'm looking for a candidate who wants to class warfare against the rich and who offers optimism. Or more simply, I want a future. I think we have an economy that's badly messed up, with major concerns being wealth inequality and the robots. It's not whether we are in a recession or booming economy. It's that we let certain industries like Wall Street and Big Tech get out of control, to the point we had the 2008 recession and major concerns about privacy, amongst other things. We've created an economy where the upper middle class are workaholics and the working class struggle to find decent work. Giving all our money to the rich via tax cuts or giving all working class jobs to robots only will make things worse. I don't want normalcy. Even under Obama our current normal wasn't working. I want a political revolution. I want optimism. I want authenticity, which Sanders and Yang have in spades. I want someone who travels the country like Yang did and who represents the people. Yang is the sort of candidate I wanted even before I knew such candidates still existed.

  70. @James Agreed, though I would say where Sanders is the boxer, Yang is like a wrestler. Sanders has endured but never been much for winning. Yang goes on Fox News with a smile and uses arguments thrown against him to force agreement. He wins and the opponent even feels good about it! Yang can re-balance the economy through the Dividend without forcing class warfare. The ultra-rich will pay, and feel good doing it.

  71. @FLRepublican Sanders has at least won elections before. Trump win without having been elected before, but he was already a worldwide celebrity. Yang doesn't have that type of support or fame needed to win a presidential election. His only hope is to play spoiler in a Democratic primary by attracting disaffected Republicans (who will likely vote for Trump in the general). Yang wouldn't even be getting this much traction if the RNC hadn't canceled their primaries to protect Trump from any challengers within his own party.

  72. @wb7378a I liked Bernie in 2016. Donated. Then he lost, became a millionaire, and bought his third home. Now he is older, more pro-big government, and just had a heart attack. Yang just won the Iowa Youth Straw Poll over both Sanders and Biden! Guy's working hard for us, 5-6 events a day for 18 days straight now. Could Bernie still put in that kind of fight? Or will he continue to be coddled by the campaign?

  73. I'm a white, upper middle class, late 40s libertarian who leans towards the right. Last month, I made my first ever political donation to Andrew Yang. #YangGang Great article Bari!

  74. @Will Your endorsement is exactly why I can’t take AY seriously. Not an attack but it crystallizes our differences.

  75. You can’t take Yang seriously because he appeals to people with different political views? How do you plan to build a winning coalition?

  76. @DRM Wouldn’t you like to see people across all political spectrum uniting under the vision of the nominee/president whoever that might be?

  77. Great article Bari! I'm going to be voting for Andrew Yang in the SC Primary. Politics has always been the distorted shadow of economic reality, and the boundaries of economics have always been expanded by technological innovation. Yang says that we are in the 4th industrial revolution. I think he's right. However, it's not simply robots that we should be concerned about (R2D2 won't be delivering the mail anytime soon). Disintermediation is the source of the real problems caused by technological advancement. Technology is what allows humans to find the shortest route between labor and productivity. It could be a robot, or it could be an app that connects people who need a ride with drivers willing to provide the service. Or a massive conglomerate of retail suppliers connected with everyone's home address. Technology takes out the middleman. Things that once appeared inexorable, (taxi medallions, small town storefronts) become devalued towards a vanishing point. Yet, GDP keeps going up due to these increasing market efficiencies. It's easy to see the shocking number of job categories that are currently vulnerable to technological disintermediation; and it's hard to imagine what forms of human labor will eventually replace those lost jobs. UBI in the form of Yang's $1,000 a month Freedom Dividend is the economic breathing room our citizens need to figure out what the future holds. That future is coming at us too fast for capitalism to remain at a standstill.

  78. How true! My 15 year old educated me about Andrew Yang and advocated that I vote for him in the primary. I will listen to my son this time around since in a few short years, it's his world.

  79. @Linus Well said, I hope more parents consider what their children say. It used to be hard to get young people to care about politics and if a young person is that passionate about something, it's definitely worth listening.

  80. @Linus Just the opposite for me...I'm 65 and I got my 24 year old interested...

  81. 24 year-old people these days have seen so much they’re already cynics. Good on you for getting the critical thinking rebooted.

  82. I forgot to add due to word count that I think this is a great follow up to your discussion with Joe Rogan. This seems like a very nice and thoughtful piece. It is right to be published as an op-ed, but this is legitimate journalism. You actually took the time on the ground to speak to Andrew Yang supporters and experience their enthusiasm and reported what you observed and experienced. This shows a lot more curiosity and investigation than I tend to see from the news industry at the moment.

  83. I think Yang has the right ideas here. Whenever I see candidates, politicians, or economists say that people just need educational opportunities I have to laugh. Sure, an education is better than none and the right education can still help an individual, but it is getting harder and harder, even among the educated, to do well today. The truth is that automation and the gig economy are decreasing the number of people needed to do a job and decreasing the pay of those who are still needed. Good paying jobs are now requiring people who can move further and further to the right of the skills bell curve, whether that is intelligence, salesmanship, artistic ability, sports, etc. That leaves more and more people at the left end of the curve to suffer with no or low paying jobs. As more automation and AI kicks in, this will only get worse. At some point we will have to change our economic system to recognize this. Yang sounds like he is already thinking in this way. As a result, he is probably the best candidate for 2020.

  84. @L osservatore At the same time, almost half of college graduates are underemployed (do not have a job that requires a degree) while being loaded with school debt. Labor participation rate is at multi-decade low (slight uptick only the past 2-3 years), new business formation rate at multi-decade low, moving a crossing state at multi-decade low - these are all indicators for economic dynamism that underpins sustainable, long term growth. What’s at record high: stress, anxiety, suicides, drug overdoses, deaths of despair. What’s also at multi-decade low: life expectancy and new births. These are all long term trends that are beyond the usual notion of business cycles.

  85. @L osservatore Workers' pay is rising at a faster rate because we are finally mobilizing, and, as a result, multiple states have passed laws that increase the minimum wage. Regulations work.

  86. @Todd Johnson I'm someone well educated (2 degrees), have worked for the public and private sector, stayed home for the kids and worked the gig economy for a while. Now running my own business. Yep, I'm a Yang Ganger for all the reasons you mention even though I'm doing alright. My business is in the business of reducing the number of workers by relying on technology. Even as I believe in the economic sense of my business, I think we must help those who have lost their jobs thanks to applying technologies of the 21st century as my business has done.

  87. Well, Ms. Weiss, you finally made some substantive observations, but man, did it take some digging. Yang deserves better than character pieces. He's running on his own intellectual steam rather than ideological dogma, and his ideas are genuinely thought-provoking. There are other thinkers in this race, but Yang's come across as unbranded and well-meant. I'm not fond of commenting on politicians' communicative powers - we should focus on issues - but Yang does have a gift with engaging people. And honestly, if he's conning us, he has me fooled. Yang isn't the anti-Sanders, and he's not a spoiler candidate to pin conservative hopes on. I think if he was running as the sole outsider challenger to Biden, as Obama did to Hillary, he'd likely prevail. In such a crowded field, who knows? The best reasons to consider Yang that I've heard are: 1. His genuine appeal across party lines and 2. His supporters argue his U.B.I. could actually get passed, even with a Republican Senate. And while U.B.I. wouldn't solve anything completely, it could help everything. I'm waiting to see what happens in Iowa. Sanders, Warren, and Yang all have my attention. They all have plans to tackle our corrupt campaign financing status quo. Biden and Buttigieg are running courtesy of that status quo PAC funding, and they're last on my list. We can't fix anything until politicians represent the people who voted for them, not the people who funded them.

  88. Fair enough. I do hope whoever wins the nomination, you’ll consider voting for them.

  89. I am pretty sure that Reps will love the UBI idea that will help them to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid and SS, especially if UBI is funded through VAT. In this case, the rich will become richer, while poor will have to find their own ways to help themselves.

  90. Really nicely put Chris. He’s getting a lot of attention overseas too, as his platform and character are unlike anything we’ve seen before in our respective countries.

  91. The "best actors to improve people's lives is 'not our government, it's us." Great idea if people were angels and based their actions on what was best for the general good not just themselves. However, this isn't the real world and it's frightening to me that someone who is supposed to be taken seriously believes that. As to that Yang supporter who complains about Sanders having the same policy positions for decades. Maybe that would you give you a pretty good idea what he would do as president. You can disagree with those positions but he hasn't had to twist himself in a pretzel like Biden and Warren to explain how their current selves disagree with the positions they previously held for years.

  92. If you don't trust people then I'm sorry to inform you that government is run by the same people you seem to distrust. I personally trust the people can and will buy food and shelter if given the resources to do so. Also the other point about Bernie's same policy positions. Its great that he's been on the right side of history and has been consistent in his message, but there are things that he has no clue about. As a 78 year old, he is just enough equipped to handle the challenges of the 21st century - things like how to handle tech companies, strengthening cyber security, handling automation/AI & job displacement as a result, social media usage and its impact on children, etc.

  93. @Steve "Great idea if people were angels and based their actions on what was best for the general good not just themselves. " - so it makes sense to give more power to the government and place the lives of millions more in the hands of "good politicians"? Yang's ideas are just as old as Bernie's. They just happen to fit our time better. Being fixed in your ideology is not something to brag about. Yang has had his position changed throughout the year because he's received more thoughtful arguments to the contrary. That is the type of leader we need - a humble intellect.

  94. @Vincent Good thing Bern's got a young savvy staff and advisors that he listens to and implements. That is what the cabinet and administration are for. No Pres. has command of all issues and situations. But he does have is decades of experience, history, receipts and the scars to prove it. He knows better than many how the sausage is made, the game is played and where the levers are. https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/04/what-would-a-left-cabinet-look-like https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2019/12/16/bernie-sanders-first-100-days-president-white-house-administration-084447 https://inthesetimes.com/article/18806/this-1983-profile-of-bernie-sanders-shows-how-his-success-in-burlington-mir Hopefully those YG's know the Sanders tent is always open and they'd be more than welcome to lend a shoulder to the wheel if they find themselves looking for a place to land.

  95. I love the tone of his campaign. Any of the people you've written about are people I'd like to be in the same room with. Comfortable despite a range of differences from me and from one another. I love that he's a math guy and understands tech differently. I like that he's gone on those different podcasts, even ones I disagree with and that he disagrees with in many ways. I like to look at ideas I disagree with because it is clarifying. I still don't have a good sense of him, but plan to watch those podcasts. Of course everyone would like that $1000, which seemed a bit gimmicky at first, but if it worked it would provide a great foundation for people. But that's not the main consideration. The main thing is whether he can win. Still, anything can happen and learning as much as I can about all the candidates is a good idea. It certainly is an interesting field overall. Although Democrats are accused of being in disarray, you can't say this party is boring with so many differences and good candidates. In one way a person could see it as a wealth of talent. In its own way remarkable!

  96. The one question I would like to see asked of every candidate at the next "debate" is, "If you are not the Democratic nominee for President, will you enthusiastically and without reservation not only endorse but actively campaign for whomever the nominee is and ask your supporters to do the same?"

  97. A great piece but one I wish appeared before the last debates, so that it might have stirred moderators to direct more questions towards Yang—who unfailingly offers thoughtful and thought-provoking ideas, and who is a thoroughly refreshing figure on the greater political stage. If elections are really about ideas, Dave Chappelle is absolutely right: Yang’s are worth checking out.

  98. @Daphne -- Don't worry, Yang has qualified for the next debate! You'd never know it by the polling chart the Times has yet to update (like the fundraising chart).

  99. I don't think the author got to the $1000 a month dividend payment, financed by a Value Added Tax until the end of the article. I would vote for him just for that. It is a fair and just way to take the sting out of class division. And it meets the constitutional call for government to look out "for the general welfare." People go homeless because they get evicted over $600.00. A monthly stipend will alleviate a lot of stress and that will reduce medical expenses. It is a universal good and it is a measure of Andrew Yang's compassion for people. He also recognizes the need for a Green New Deal; and he has a thousand other great ideas. We'll see how he does in Iowa and then New Hampshire. Finally, he is a fresh face, and that can be worth a lot in a presidential race.

  100. What is the fairness in UBI funded through VAT? The millionaires will get their millions plus 1k per month. The poor will get 1k per month, and everybody will get higher prices, although it will affect mostly poor who either would be consigned to limited choice of products or will have to pay higher percentage of their income to pay for goods.

  101. @yulia Essential goods like food, clothing, and diapers will all be exempt, so the less well off are the least affected. Yachts, mansions, spaceships, will have higher VAT, so the vast majority of the funds will be from the top 6% of high spenders. Finally, Alaskan Dividend proved that overall inflation after implementation became LOWER than all other states, as competition and mobility reined in price hikes.

  102. @yulia 78% of Americans live pay check to pay check. I would suggest that another 80% of the those 12% of 78% to 90% live with varying amounts of savings and spare cash. Also, VAT can be calibrated to exclude essentials. In the UK< Books, Food and diaper are not subject to any VAT. Handbags, shoes, cars, pedicures and manicures all are. The poor don't change cars every year and a 2nd hand cars need not be subject to VAT. So all in all, a VAT which is COUPLED with UBI can be extremely progressive. If you are a young couple with 2 kids, the family gets $24k a year. It's hard to believe that for a young couple, that inflation would eat up the whole $24k and it would not improve their lives.

  103. I like a few of the ideas by several of the Democrat candidates. But Yang is the only person running that, if elected, could truly live up to the title, "Leader". He has ridden tot he top of the hill and looked over to the other side. And, from there, is telling us which way we should send the caravan. Having said that, I'm not sure of his electability. But, in a perfect world, he's the guy that would bring the best set of ideas and prescriptions for getting us to the year 2050 intact.

  104. I like your comment but why so negative about his electability? I will assume you are a Democrat. My position, which I think should be everyone’s position, is we need to vote for the best possible candidate in the primary. If he/she doesn’t make it, vote for whoever the Dem nominee is… But please don’t question Mr. Yang’s electability! If you believe in Humanity First, give him his best shot!

  105. Yang’s universal basic income funded by taxes on wealth is a redistribution of income that appeals to working people. In national debates, rallies, and interviews, he comes off as genuine and honest, dedicated to UBI, empathetic to average Americans, and he’s an outsider with no support from the Democratic establishment. UBI would help people, but for the vast majority of Americans, the $1,000 cash per month would be eaten up in paying bills—it doesn’t change the American system that keeps people economically trapped and politically powerless. American working people want jobs they can be proud of to support their families, not handouts, and a say in political decisions, empowerment. Yang means well, proposes a partial solution that is radical to the Democratic Party establishment and mainstream media, and his rise sends a message that the American working people want major change.

  106. @Bruce Shigeura You're right that $1,000 a month is not meant to replace people's incomes or let them live in the lap of luxury but that's not the point of UBI. And $1K is not arbitrarily pulled out of nowhere but based on research. You talk about bills. Do you truly know what that means for someone struggling on the edge? With $1k a month, many people might be able to avoid getting evicted, pay for meds to keep themselves healthy and continually employed, fix that car so they can get to their job, start paying off credit card bills that pile up, avoid jail time for really minor, nonviolent offenses, etc. In contrast, without that, many Americans may start off owing a small amount, be unable to pay if off, have to take out a loan, and watch the amount they need to pay back balloon to an amount they can NEVER pay off. That is what keeps them trapped and impoverished. Go watch some John Oliver on Youtube. Something like 60% of American don't have $1k in savings even. For many readers of the NY Times (myself included), $1K a month may not seem like a lot but to others, it is a life saver. Alternatively, other than paying bills, it might mean they have a bit of extra to start taking classes, investing in a business, etc. A UBI experiment in the Netherlands involving chronically homeless people found that giving them small amount monthly was enough to help many --by their own volition - stop drinking/ taking drugs, find a job, take a class etc.

  107. The genius of the plan is that it provides a floor on which individuals can build and not a ceiling like welfare. And by making it universal it can really power philanthropy and community building i.e. it frees up resources and time for essential volunteer and care-based activities. It also removes the stigma of a ‘handout’ - it is your right as a valued member of the most affluent and powerful society ever.

  108. @Bruce Shigeura Not sure why you call it a redistribution of wealth. Every American citizen gets the 1000 dollars. It’s not means tested. He doesn’t tax the wealthy. He taxes everyone the same across the board. VAT is universal across the board and doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor you will be taxed if you buy something. If the rich don’t want to be taxed as much, then they can just not spend. Warren Buffet probably will pay as much VAT as the next “normal” citizen since he doesn’t have any extravagant tastes. If anyone that is left out, it’s really the immigrants both legal and illegal. Giving everyone 1000/month except immigrants can be seen from the angle that we are putting immigrants at disadvantage every month by a 1000 dollars. They pay the VAT like everyone else but they don’t get the Freedom dividend. I find it fair as it’s the dividend for being a citizen. Like Yang says it will incentivize immigrants to become citizens.

  109. There are some good people in the Democratic field with good ideas and good hearts. Unfortunately, we have a very complex society and governmental structure that need a basic level of familiarity with it before stepping in as the 'leader'. Another negative with these original thinkers is that the age group with the greatest voting percentage is the older more conservative group that is understandably skeptical about many of the policy propositions being advocated. I would like to see the younger people get more governing experience before getting to the top spot. The extra time will also ascertain that many of the old geezers will kick the bucket and no longer be an obstacle.

  110. In hear you, but this assumes we’ll have several more years. If Trump wins this election, there might never be another. Or at least another we can possibly trust. Whoever the Dem nominee is, regardless of age, I’d suggest that’s who to vote for.

  111. @kirk I haven’t seen any evidence in my lifetime that governing experience makes for a better president. Trump is not a good president but that is not because of his lack of governing experience.

  112. @kirk Yang is the one, he's inspired so many even in Germany. No one has set this precedent since Obama. 2020, is build for Yang's time to be president, his message is so on par on what is coming. Germany will fall in love with President Yang.

  113. I like Andrew Yang. I also like Amy Klobuchar. My donations are with these two. Admittedly I donated to Mayor Pete earlier but I need to support a candidate that actually has a chance. It probably won't be Yang. But he needs to be on the next debate. I'm all in for Amy.

  114. @Leading Cynic Amy is tough and smart, but she is an inside operator. Remember when Yang called out Russian interference and Amy accused him of making "moral equivalence" between American interference in other countries and that of Russia, and pretended the US never did such things? I would suggest that an honest, visionary leader who isn't afraid of acknowledging our own flawed past is best to lead us into the future.

  115. @Leading Cynic you're in luck! Yang has in fact already qualified for the next debate! I'm looking forward to the debate as well.

  116. I’m a moderate Democrat, Andrew Yang is the best candidate in the field. He is nothing like Senator Sanders in my view, because he tries to convince rather than shout and engage all Americans with his campaign. He is unique, not left, not right but forward.

  117. @Paul Bern That’s a great policy. Forward. I saw him say that hackneyed phrase three times in 14 minutes. He doesn’t appear to be a man of substance.

  118. Yang is right on the diagnosis. The automation of jobs will require us to run a society with 40% less job according to some estimates within a decade. Fewer jobs and inequality will require two different economies. The consumption-based model will need to be transformed into a circular economy. Yang's plan is too simple for the enormity of the problem. However, he is still the only one who is discussing the challenge and offering something for the real problem facing the new generation of voters.

  119. @OpEd I would agree the problem is too complex for one solution. Yang says this too. The Dividend is the first step, a floor to build on. Others of his policies are aimed at creating a creative, entrepreneurial society that we can all be proud of.

  120. While some people will only come out to vote because they are enthusiastic about a candidate, there are others who are primarily motivated to vote in order to get rid of Trump. To defeat him in 2020, Democrats will have to maximize their support from both groups. The one question I would like to see asked of every candidate at the next debate is, "If you are not the Democratic nominee for President, will you enthusiastically and without reservation not only endorse but actively campaign for whoever the nominee is and ask your supporters to do the same?"

  121. @Steve Fankuchen Yang has been asked this many times and repeatedly affirmed his loyalty to the Democratic ticket. Unless the nominee adopts the Dividend and Democracy Dollar policies though, many will fall back into apathy. We have a chance at a landslide election with Andrew as the nominee. Please give him consideration, and we can ALL win!

  122. I don’t understand why I’m reading this article and my tears are welling up. I’ve been listening to Mr. Yang since April last year. Not even Obama’s “hope” can compare to this hope Yang inspires. ‘Infiltrates’ is more like it.

  123. I'm wary of extreme promises coming from an array of candidates, e.g.$1K/mo; free college for all; Medicare for all. Such promises may draw wishful enthusiasm, but they may also go the way of outlandish Trump promises (e.g. the Wall). We need a pragmatic idealist (or an idealistic pragmatist?). I'm increasingly impressed by Steyer and Bloomberg ads in terms of style and content. As an octogenarian who has never missed an election, and one who decries with disgust all that Trump has proved to be, I'm afraid he may not be defeated by some Democrats for whom the country may not be ready. Although any one of them would be better for the country than he is in terms of integrity and intelligence!

  124. @my2sense2018 I would advise you to read historian Rutger Breman's book "Utopia for Realists", specifically the chapter on universal basic income. You can also watch his TED talk. https://www.ted.com/talks/rutger_bregman_poverty_isn_t_a_lack_of_character_it_s_a_lack_of_cash?language=en Breman is not affiliated with Yang. He wrote his book pre-Yang and was a skeptic when it came to UBI. So was I. But after reading his book and doing some research on my own, UBI made a lot of sense. Instead of making assumptions, look at the data. Contrary to what people may think, the great majority of people who receive UBI actually do the right thing with it, whether that's paying off bills, visiting their doctor, buying food for their kids, or taking classes to get a better job. If you want a quick example of UBI, Canada essentially has a version of UBI for all families with children under 18. Some families get more while others get less. (I can confirm this as my relatives are Canadian.) Their child-related poverty rates and outcomes are nothing like ours. Meanwhile the child poverty rate in the US is 1 in 5 children. The US is and continues to be a wealthy country. Don''t buy into the idea we can't afford healthcare, reasonable college fees, etc. After all, we manage to spend billions-trillions annually on warfare, more than the next 7 countries combined.

  125. @my2sense2018 Sir, as someone on the other side of the aisle, I'll say Yang is a moral leader and problem solver that Republicans can and will support. He doesn't need the deep pockets of billionaires to buy votes. The Dividend is a much better solution than the Wall, proven to work in Alaska and eradicates poverty without Big Government. Let's do this together, and win for all our children!

  126. The problem with Yang's proposal that it gives 1k to every family, and is going to pay for that through VAT that increases prices. Extra 1k for everybody is invitation of inflation. And although it is nice to have 1k, it will not solve the problems or replace need for the safety net. Although if he offers 5k per month it could.

  127. I am both a Sanders and Yang supporter and contribute to both campaigns monthly. I hope if Sanders ends up the nominee, he will pick Yang. Yang is not only super=smart and rational, he's also funny, able to distill issues down to their core immediately for the general public, and - like Bernie -- appeal to a very diverse group of people. I'm occasionally on Youtube and he's the only politician where people with a variety of political backgrounds can agree on his views and actually not disparage each other. I used to think his universal basic income idea was weird until I did some research and found out that both conservative and liberal economists have supported the same idea for decades. Also, studies show that such a plan -- although seemingly expensive initially -- actually cuts costs in the long run and helps people across a number of outcomes whether it's health, housing, employment, stopping substance abuse, etc.

  128. @ms I doubt Sanders would pick Yang as VP man. He is too wedded to his big government policies, else he would have co-opted the Dividend and be crushing the election. Yang might pick Sanders as VP though, as the Congressional expert and grouchy old whip.

  129. In an outraged world, Yang's imperturbability is a huge asset. His non-ideological, practical/pragmatic approach presents us with a way forward, a bridge across the chasm that seems to be dividing people everywhere, not just in the USA. His is a 21st century to 21st century issues raised by automation and AI. Compared to him, even the most progressive of the other candidates seem trapped in a time warp. Every one of the debate moderators switches quickly away from the issues he raises, after giving him a polite hearing of a minute or two. Clearly they are out of their depth. The more honest response might be to seek further explanation rather than dropping his ideas like the hot potatoes they quite clearly are to them. Even to someone raised in the mid-twentieth century, on another continent, & computer illiterate, his ideas make eminent sense. I was Yanged about a year ago... Go Yang!

  130. @Angela Koreth This is not a criticism of Yang but he is not getting away from ideology in politics. This is not possible. His emphasis on technical solutions to social problems, for example, is very ideological. Overall though, he is one of the candidates who makes one happy for the way the field has opened up to people outside government. However, he needs more experience in government before entering national politics at this level. I hope he will run for something and marry his innovating ideas to greater experience.

  131. @McQueen I agree that ideology underlies every assumption we make. So, yes. No one is non-ideological; even fence sitters. To clarify my earlier observation: Yang's responses are thoughtful and he doesn't immediately crouch into a readily identifiable 'political' i.e. 'party ' posture; hence his appeal to cross-over voters such as the folk interviewed in the article. And always, he puts individual well-being at the core: it is that, apart from his under-stated humorous style that enlarges his appeal.

  132. Anything to block Bernie. It isn't working (watch the interchange between the author and Joe Rogan to get an idea of where this is coming from). Would we be reading this if Yang were as close to actually winning as Sanders is? Does it say anything that Yang (who is fantastic and whose day, I hope, will come) has nodded to Sanders in the Iowa caucuses? I don't understand why, as in this article, we keep reading about "the 78 year old" senator from Vermont. Why don't we see more of "the 77 year old Biden" or "the 77 year old Bloomberg"? Is twelve months or so decisive?

  133. @Craige Champion Anything to block Bernie? Yang supported Sanders in 2016. Sanders just might pick Yang for VP if he gets the nod. Hope so.

  134. @Craige Champion To me, the reason why we emphasise Sanders age is because he has had heart problems and at his age, it can be very debilitating. That's all.

  135. @Craige Champion Huh?? This is NOT about Bernie. This article is about Yang. The author made one comment about Bernies age and it is not unreasonable, as the age issue applies to Biden and Bloomberg as well. The Bernie comparison just happened because Yang and Sanders are BOTH anti-establishment candidates. Being a former Berner myself, I totally understand your position, but please dont make an article about Yang another Bernie issue. Cause its not.

  136. I agree. I'd love to see him be the Democratic nominee. I didn't expect to feel that way, but reading his responses to the Editorial Board interview really compelled me.

  137. I am down for the universal basic income. It reminds me of John Maynard Keynes short book Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren. Written 1930! UBI would help so many Americans, myself included. I am going into my second year as a vegetable farmer, leaving a much more lucrative gig, and UBI would REALLY help me make ends meet. It is difficult to keep up with rising land and housing costs. I am still a Bernie supporter (I don't personally identify him with a sense of rage as the author suggested, although I can see it), but I wish Yang all the best and would love to see him more in public life as President, Vice President or elsewhere.

  138. @Ben I respect Bernie a lot. But I think his ideas are somewhat out of date. It's not left or right but FORWARD! Wealth taxes don't work. How do you even begin to value antiques and art work? Stocks and bonds unless they are sold (average cost? average market price?) What about off shore wealth? Units trust investment in China and India? And then again, how are they valued. Federal Jobs Guarantee - does not help someone who cannot work because of care taking responsibilities. Children and elderly parents, especially those with disabilities. Or if I live in an area which does not have a federal job for me. Do I have to travel to the job? What if it takes me 1.5 hours travel time each way (3 hours in total) and I still have to take care of 2 children of 8 and 10 years of age and I'm a single mother. How do I juggle that? Single payer M4A without private health insurance. I've already talked about this. Don't see why I should be denied my Private Health Insurance if i'm able to pay for it and if my job gives it to me.

  139. We already have the wealth tax, it is called property tax. We don't sell our houses every year, there is assessors who estimate our houses and we pay taxes on our property according to these estimations. I don't see any problem to apply same method to other items of wealth. Beside the guaranteed job, there is also program for the affordable childcare, and earn income credit. And I doubt that many people want to live with two children in 12k.

  140. @yulia heh, would the government assessors being going through your jewelry? how about using a metal detector on your yard for buried gold? what's the value of Rihanna's song collection or the worth of a small business? you take a 6% cut every year then what, you would have to sell stuff to generate liquidity Lawsuit if you disagree on valuation?

  141. I'm so glad to see this article about Andrew Yang, I've been supporting/following him for months now. I'm not part of his demographic- 62 years old, white liberal. I love how he is so clear, brings all people together and reminds us that we are all Americans. If you read his website he has a deep understanding of all the issues and brings a fresh 21st century prospective to what's troubling our country. I hope he gets more attention going forward and at least that his ideas permeate the political sphere just as Bernie's did in 2016.

  142. Yang is in about the same position Sanders was in 4 years ago. He lacked name recognition. The people that got nominated in both political parties last time also had the most name recognition. Lack of name recognition caused Sanders to lose the south to Hillary who in turn lost the MidWest to Trump. The median wage has been flat for 48+ years despite the GNP growing 150% during that time w/ 90% of those gains flowing to the <1%. There’s an enormous amount of repair work required that we need to do and it’s going to take at least 4 administrations to reverse and fix the problem. I’m hoping for a Bernie miracle this time around and for instant relief of student debt. Medicare for all will be tougher & might take 4 or 5 years, maybe an infrastructure deal that maps to the green new deal can be done early. Those measures alone will boost people’s lives immensely. During this time I hope Yang’s prominently placed so he get’s name recognition and exposure, to come in behind Sanders perhaps in his administration maybe even his VP. As soon as we have M4A, canceled student debt, free university education, infrarstructure/green new deal in place it will be time for Yang’s ideas. In the Star Trek series money was never the issue. The purpose of life was self improvement.

  143. @Tim Kane Hi Tim, I'm sorry to say though that Bernie's M4A as I understand it: single payer, no private health insurance is going to be impossible to get through. If you are a doctor working in private practise and charging consultation fees of say $250 for the first visit and $180 for subsequent visits, how is Bernie's plan going to pay for that? Or will Bernie have to tell the doctor, you get paid $160.00 in the first visit and all subsequent visits being the standard M4A fee and your patient has to pay the balance $90 or $20 out of his own pocket. And because the patient cannot get private health insurance anymore, he can't take out top up health cover. Now I may be wrong in how I see Bernie's Single Payer system being implemented so help me here. Am I correct? If I am correct, then I see many people pushing back on this. And the doctors too. Some doctors may think that $160 is too low because of their experience, specialised knowledge and bedside manner. You cannot make the doctors charge only $160 and no more as you are restricting his basic human right to charge whatever his customer is willing to pay for. On the other hand, there will be many citizens who will be upset that they have to fork out $90 if they want to to see their own doctor. And if they want to stay in a private room rather than shared room in hospital etc etc..

  144. You can, just because the Government covers ALL population. Of course, the doctor can charge more than the Government agree to pay, but in this case he will have very few patients, and therefore, his income will be quite low despite the higher price. That's why many doctors accept Medicare. Medicare for All will have even higher bargaining power.

  145. @Tim Kane Looking that Bernie's numbers in the latest Monmouth Poll, you can see his net favor-ability is around -11%, right up against Trump's -12%. Yang is +4%, the ONLY candidate that is not negative. If Bernie goes up, it'll be a toss up at best. If Yang, then we will have a landslide. Lets put up the best candidate to win, then have Bernie be the VP. It'll be like Obama/Biden except a lot more Progressive and given Yang's cheerful mission-focused personality, a lot more productive.

  146. Watched the entirety of one of his campaign speeches on C-SPAN. Didn’t identify one issue and a proposed solution. He sounded more like a hackneyed stand up comic trying to get the most laughs. Very disappointing. Vacuous is the best word to describe his speech.

  147. @Shamrock what speech did you watch, and have you checked out his website? He's got more policies than any other candidate -- 160+. Many of us know his stump speech by heart and he absolutely speaks about automation, the issues that got DT elected in the first place, the Freedom Dividend, more recently term limits, democracy dollars, etc, but then he usually takes questions so he can answer the concerns of the actual people in the room in lieu of assuming what they want to hear about. You should watch his long-form interview with Joe Rogan or a Town Hall.

  148. @Shamrock I'm not sure you watched the correct Yang. He calls out many problems, and has many policy proposals and ideas. I'd recommend trying to find another video or two or checking out the policies on his website. The assertion that Andrew doesn't propose solutions is wildly inaccurate. Cheers!

  149. @Shamrock you should check out his book, where he lays out all of the statistics. it's called "The War On Normal People" and there is an audio version on youtube. alternatively, you can check out any of his long form interviews. the speeches are for people who are curious, there is infinite depth beyond those. his core issue is the future of work and human value in the face of artificial intelligence.

  150. A note on this article to non-American readers who are citizens of other democracies: in the US "populism" means "democracy". In your country you're probably used to politicians campaigning on how they will improve or "promote" the general welfare. In the US it's just suggested that that's what its politicians should do in its constitution. There further progressive taxation to promote the general welfare is controversial. It's "sticking it to billionaires". It's "class rage". It didn't always used to be this way, but for decades now in the US, democracy has meant attracting the votes of people by appealing to their particular identity when campaigning, relating to their particular hurt and prejudices, then when elected declining to provide for them through government such things as you enjoy and take for granted, like universal healthcare and paid parental leave - but for all other Americans too. Real nice and "democratic" - see? Andrew Yang's style represents a refreshing change from this. It's authentic democracy - I mean "populism" - but "healthy populism" because he's planning to give every American $1000 dollars per month regardless of their particular identity - even billionaires - without "sticking it to billionaires". God only knows how he expects to pay for it. That's not important. What's important is that he's optimistic. He conveys hope.

  151. Unfortunately, the U.S. has been "McConnelled," meaning that the agenda of the uber-wealthy and minority States dominates the country today. The Senate, which represents about 18% of the population, has become an unassailable barrier to anything progressives or liberals propose. This includes real reform of health care, investments in infrastructure and education. It won't be long before the social safety nets are vigorously attacked. For the wealthy, this is great. I don't think most Americans realize that life is going to get even harder in the future.

  152. @mrfreeze6 Please checkout Yang's Democracy Dollar proposal on his website. It is literally the key to citizens taking control of our democracy. What McCain couldn't accomplish in a lifetime, we can do make happen 2021!

  153. Won’t it be cool if getting “yanged” came to mean getting ahead? Like Mayor Pete, he is more than capable of doing the job but he lacks the appeal required in a time of fear. At this point, the early primary voters don’t seem to think he can win. As good as he is, the Democratic electorate of 2020 lacks the required imagination to pick Yang. It’s another sad truth in this sad time.

  154. @Lee Eils Yang just won the Iowa Youth Straw Poll! Hundreds of volunteers are walking through snow to knock on doors. I just spent 2 hours phone banking. WE can get him there!

  155. @FLRepublican So did Trump

  156. I would rather listen to Andrew Yang talk and relate to an audience, than any other candidate. Very very smart. Very very personable. Even if not president, I hope he does something nationally to improve our political culture, and our sense of public responsibility to citizens.

  157. I've been Yang curious since the very beginning and like everything about him. I think he's still a long shot for the nomination but I'll make one bold prediction - if he is the nominee, he'll receive more votes than any presidential candidate in history, thanks to his ability to attract voters from across the political spectrum, and his general likeability.

  158. The Yang Gang has been upbeat and optimistic on the whole. Thank you. Well done. If or when Andrew bows out, the Sanders tent flap is always open. You'd be welcomed with open arms. NotMeUs

  159. @Dobbys sock :) No thanks. We prefer the younger, more tech savvy, more cheerful, and more innovative candidate. Bernie will be welcome to the VP slot though. He is, after all, the #2 choice of Iowa Youth Straw Poll, after Yang.

  160. @Dobbys sock Thanks! I like Bernie on principle but think he would ultimately be bad for democracy. He has not shown willingness to adapt to change or learn from mistakes or listen to others. It seems it's his way or no way and I don't like the cult of personality that's formed around him. That's not his fault but I don't think it's good. And frankly I'm concerned that he has been so quick to jump to executive action when asked how he would pass things (in more recent interviews). That to me is a bad precedent Trump is leaving us with and I'm not convinced Bernie would reverse that. He is a good man and has pushed the conversation positively. I supported him in 2016 but cannot in good conscience do so now. Would still vote for him in the general though!

  161. @FLRepublican Then you'll understand that a candidate can't be all knowledgeable and all seeing. That's what staff and advisers are for. Sanders is chockfull of younger, tech savvy, cheerful and innovative supporters. Bern having the largest online presence short of maybe DT's, you already know this. All good. When/if you guys need a place to land, please give the Revolution a look once more. Most of you know us already. @Daniela Sorry, we disagree on Bern's willingness to adapt, much less learn. For an example, when Sanders heard (and listened to) Unions HC concerns with M4A he and his advisors sat down and revised it to better fit our Union Sisters and Brothers. Bern has advanced on his gun stance as his constituents have in VT. He was told he need a more inclusive POC outreach despite his working for ALL Americans. This primary has been a large shift in who and where and why in his outreach and learning/listening to POC and women. As for his followers...they aren't Bernie. But again, most of you guys know this already. As the YG has found out this campaign, the blackouts, and black Ops are true and virulent. When one goes against the establishment and are in position to fight back, much less win, all kinds of machinations, shenanigan's, dirty tricks and out right lies and cheats will take place. Please keep this in mind when you denigrate and accuse Sanders supporters of being a cult and "mean". We all know multi-millions were are spent do falsify a movement.

  162. "Conventional wisdom would say that Andrew Yang should be nowhere this close to the American presidency."?? The same "conventional wisdom" that discounted governors Ventura, Schwarzenegger, Ross Perot's chances in 1992, or the rise of Trump? "Conventional wisdom," it seems, presumes (against massive evidence of recent years), a functioning two-party system.

  163. If I'm mistaken his proposal is to give the $1,000 to everyone, not just the poor, billionaires included. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  164. Senor Yang's progressive plan to give every poor person $1,000 a month is brilliant. Such is easily affordable by our growing cadre of billionaires and would boost business enormously.

  165. I'm Bernie supporter but I like that Yang is willing to take risks and experiment with policy. I hope if he doesn't win someone finds a place for him because we need people willing to try and fail if we're to figure out our problems. Also nice subtle reference that Sanders people are all Bernie bros. real classy.

  166. @Aaron I was for Bernie in 2016. Gone too Big Government for me this time. So no, not all Sanders people are angry commies. :) Most free-thinkers have jumped on the Yang Yacht though. We're going to win this, just like the Iowa Youth Straw Poll! Bernie is a fighter. Yang is a uniter. United, we will ALL win.

  167. From a foreigner's point of view who really follows US news and the campaign, Andrew Yang is by far the one candidate I wish would win the primary. Beyond being a force of progress in the US, I think he would be the spark the world needs to finally tackle the existential problems that we all need to address. Global warming, GAFA taxation, data protection, curbs on AI development. Anyone I convinced to invest time into googling it was blown away. By the fact based logic, by the lack of populist rhetorics, by the clarity he answers every question, no matter how loaded, biased or tough. Above all, Andrew Yang seems like a genuine nice human, who got into the race not because he wants power, but because he felt he had to, because no other candidate understands that the 4th industrial revolution is going to obliterate our society if we do not adequately prepare for it. This is the very first time in my life I truly wish I was a US citizen, just because I would like to vote for him and help him win.

  168. @thomasbw :) you can make campaign phone calls on his behalf, all online, linked on his website down to the wire and I just spent 2 hours to convince 5 Iowans. It's fun and an exercise in P2P persuasion

  169. Andrew Yang is a bit like the Donald Trump of 2020. He gets attention because he's completely different.

  170. Think hard on that thought. The only commonality I see is no previous elected experience. He isn’t buying his way to the primary (as Trump did), he doesn’t personally attack his competition, he has a truly viable option for addressing poverty and the new jobs market that offers young and old alike hope for the future, and he truly understands how our diversity does make us stronger (and I admire any person in the public eye that is proud and willing to share parenting of a child with special needs).

  171. I like Yang. He has a refreshing personality, humorous. I'm middle-aged and make $16 per hour working as an aide in a public school. I've got health insurance, with a $5,000 deductible. Basically it's catastrophic insurance, should I get cancer or hit by a bus. So I could really use $1,000 per month. I'd get dental work done and a colonoscopy. Try to put a little away for retirement. Join a gym. But Yang isn't going to win. So I'm sticking with Bernie.

  172. Yang isn’t going to win because of people thinking the way you are. Vote for Yang in the primary and if he doesn’t make it out then vote for Bernie in the general. No need to play it safe with our futures in the line.

  173. @Tim No, I like Bernie better than Yang still even if he isn't as chill as Yang. Most of what I'd spend the $1,000 on would be healthcare and if we had Medicare for All that would be covered. I'm also voting for Bernie because he has the strongest climate action plan. I'm wary of nuclear energy which is a part of Yang's plan.

  174. @A Stor mo Chroi Ughh, you do know Yang just beat Bernie in the Iowa Youth Straw Poll right? Yang tied Bernie on Mock Caucus night, so Monday might be a shocker for you! In any case, gotta fight for your Freedom Dividend or you might just end up with the min wage hike, to $15. Big bill approach to M4A with mandatory signups and taxes for a new bureaucracy only has 30% support so that's unlikely too.

  175. "I am pro civilization." Lol! I love his energy. Even if he doesn't win the nomination there should be a spot for him in a democrats administration. We will need his sense of humor and positive energy to clean up Trumps mess.

  176. I have to say that I really like Yang's personality, his humor, and his refusal to attack others. I am not too sure about all of his ideas, especially universal income, but I recognize that he is smart and that he thinks outside of the box. He might be a real contender in the future.

  177. @Sophie If you have some time, I would really invite you to listen to his interview with Joe Rogan here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTsEzmFamZ8 I wasn't convinced about the UBI before, but listening to him and making my own research afterwards convinced me. Regardless, it is a really interesting discussion with fact based arguments between reasonable and intelligent people, and one of my best 2 hours I spent in 2019. Good day to you and your loved ones, Thomas

  178. He never seems to be indignant or baited easily. The man has got a compassionate forgiving heart. He often shed tears upon hearing the story of personal hardship on the trail. Yet, he is very rational about discussing policies. The best candidate by far. He deserves more credit for what he achieved - bringing attention to the real issue of the states such as the suicide epidemic, opioid crisis, and underappreciated role of carers and mothers.

  179. I am impressed by Mr. Yang's intellect, most evident to me through his extemporaneous speaking skills on a wide range of subjects. As regards the UBI: Consider the essentially 100% reinvestment back into the U.S. economy which would occur, then contrast that with the huge corporate tax cuts delivered by Trump, which added over $1 trillion to the U.S. federal deficit, and resulted primarily in stock buybacks.

  180. @Alan R Brock Yes, and let's do the math. UBI would cost about $2T per year (based on 160 million U.S. households - HHs). About 50 million of the uber rich HHs could be exempted (adjusted for cost-of-living in some states), so that gets us down to ~ $1.3T which is far less than 1/3 of the federal budget... and easily less than waste, fraud, abuse therein (heck, probably $.5T could be found just in the Spentagone alone ;-). Let's do this!

  181. Yang is a very likable and affable guy but I think most of the people who support him just want $1000 a month and could not care less about the rest of his ideas.

  182. @Joe I completely disagree. I've been out canvassing since October. It's certainly the hook. But in general the money can be a turn off for most folks until you engage in deeper conversation about the future of work.

  183. @Joe I don't there's anything wild or disengenuous about voting in your own best interest, no? Aside from that, it's a valid intuitive reaction but I think if you look a little closer and read what his supporters are saying you will find the opposite is true for many of them. I hear a surprising amount about his Democracy Dollars idea, designed to flush corporate money out of politics. It's an intriguing idea but gives me some pause so it's not my favorite. While the extra 1k means a lot to many people, myself included, I am much more interested in his idea for the American Scorecard (moving us past only caring about GDP to measure our country) and ranked choice voting. He has a lot in there focusing on bolstering democracy in this country, which is imperative in my estimation.

  184. Unfortunately, Yang is ahead of his time. Fortunately, More than a handful of Americans are beginning to catch up by catching on. Hopefully, their numbers will increase exponentially. Zigging while the rest of America continues to zag is refreshing to observe with a purity and maturity rarely found anymore. Buttigieg comes closest thus far. Yang is challenging us without frightening us and transcending traditional politics. Ironically, he's a threat to Trump that the Republicans could learn to support as well. Now that would truly be The Big Yang Theory.

  185. If Mike Bloomberg or Biden became the candidate and asked Mr. Yang to be VP along with the commitment to implement the universal basic income policy, there would be a landslide over Trump that would be almost comical to see. Mr. Yang should be the nominee but they cannot take him seriously in the establishment, however, as a VP with a goal of establishing the freedom dividend, it would transform this country and assure real change for hard working Americans. The FED prints Trillions of dollars to prop up the stock markets while the people go hungry or homeless. It is time for that wealth to reach the people that need it most not those who need a 4th or 5th car or 3rd home!

  186. @James hmm, the Dividend would represent a radical restructuring of capital flows away from Wall Street and directly into Main Street. No longer would Big Banking be Too Big To Fail. Stimulus spending would no longer depend on bankers distributing loans trickling down to small business. Do you really think Bloomberg would continues to make his billions through Wall Street would care to make the Dividend a reality? I am skeptical considering his record as mayor of NYC during which millions in tax breaks were showered on Wall Street while public infrastructure continued to deteriorate.

  187. In the '80s, I tried to engage friends and acquaintances in conversations about what was going to happen to people when jobs performed by humans were taken by robots. I had come to my conclusions via a steady diet of SF in my youth and by my success in investing in Japanese robot maker Fanuc which at that time (early '80s) had just built a factory in which robots were building robots. Human presence in that factory was minimal. Virtually no one was interested in these ideas, but I realized that if there weren't a national conversation and action that followed, a disaster was looming. Thirty years later, we are on the verge of that disaster, and many are still blaming offshoring as the villain while ignoring the root of the problem. Andrew Yang is the only person in the field of candidates who understands the problem and what needs to be done, if only temporarily. The US and the world will ignore this problem at their peril, and if past experience is an indicator, it will be ignored unless there are persons in leadership positions who will address it and try to solve it. So far, only Yang has exhibited these qualities.

  188. Well, I sure hope Yang catches fire. He's the only one who seems to know where we're at and where we need to go. The others, not so much. And Trump is driving us straight from the frying pan into the fire.

  189. Such a negative tax might be interesting. Why not do it and measure results? Call it a strange experiment on your economy!

  190. @M. C. Major It might be different from a negative tax – which I believe might be zero when beyond some threshold of revenues.

  191. @M. C. Major The best is due for his campaign. I wish him the best!

  192. @M. C. Major we've been running a Dividend experiment in Alaska for 40 years - lower poverty - lower wealth disparity - lower inflation - better health - more jobs

  193. A $1 trillion budget deficit due to lower corporate tax rates to allow for more corporate share buybacks is the wrong direction for this country. A $1,000 Freedom Dividend to invest in each American to carry the United States forward into the future seems to be the right direction for this country. The Freedom Dividend is not a hand out but rather an investment. This needs to be communicated to the country. This is no different than the government subsidizing corporations for years with some success, but mostly failure and corruption. Time to put that investment into the hands of each American and see what innovation is created by that investment. Yang is the person to help us go in the right direction!

  194. The youg person who characterized Bernie's consistency as a liability instead of an asset is spot on. We can't meet the challenge a robotic revolution with a leader who robotically recites 1960s revolutionary propaganda. Here's the Trump campaign ad: just stitch together footage of Bernie saying the same thing year after year, getting older and more curmudgeonly in every clip, and throw in some way-off-base statements about the Soviet Union and Castro's Cuba to round it out. Set it to the right music and get some reaction shots of fellow Senators rolling their eyes. Andrew Yang won't be president, but he's an ideal cabinet member for Joe Biden, and he has a bright political future.

  195. @Patrick Only one in the candidate line-up that can defeat Bernie, is Yang. Yang just beat Bernie in the Iowa Youth Straw Poll, while Biden was way lower. In the Mock Caucus, Biden failed to gain viability, so Yang tied Bernie. This Monday is going to up-end a lot of expectations.

  196. @Patrick Yang just won the Iowa Youth Straw Poll! Over Bernie and Biden! Yang will need an older Congressional connection VP to get stuff passed. Joe is the perfect proven VP and team player, and is on good terms with Yang. He just needs some adult supervision, like to stop him from voting for wars and stuff. No one can stop the gaffes of course, but in a VP that's just fine eh?

  197. I have a millenial son that supports Yang's ideas. What I just can't get my head around is how if we give every adult a $1000 a month how that wouldn't cause a rapid rise in inflation. Sure I would love for my wife and I to have an added $2k a month, but if all my neighbors get it too how will businesses not start raising prices because so many people are now flush with extra money to spend.

  198. @A P If people have more money, they can buy more things. It's more beneficial for businesses to leave their prices the same and sell more than to raise the prices and sell less or the same amount of things. On the other hand, raising the minimum wage (which should also happen, in my opinion) is more likely to raise prices because it raises costs of production.

  199. @A P First, the Fed has been printing $75 bn a DAY since Sep '19 to give to big banks for free to cover Wall Street gambling debts. Have you seen any inflation? nope, and Dividend involves $0 printed, all with money already in circulation Second, market prices are determined by supply and demand, so as demand for goods increase with more cash in hand, prices will go up briefly, but then supply picks up bringing prices back to original price at equilibrium over time for all competitive market goods. Third, historically, Dividend was implemented in Alaska in 1981. Starting in 1982, and in every year since, Alaskan inflation in CPI has been LOWER than that of the other states. Competition and mobility apparently works in practice.

  200. @A P There are two factors to consider for this. First, inflation is caused by an increase in the monetary supply, which the Federal Reserve controls. The Freedoms Dividend wouldn't actually increase the money supply, but rather it would redistribute it so that even the poorest American starts just about at the poverty line. Second, businesses wouldn't raise prices because we are still price sensitive. If Starbucks decided to raise price of coffee by $2 but Dunkin didn't, people would stop going to Starbucks and go to Dunkin instead. In the famous words of Jeff Bezos, "their margin is my opportunity." Hopefully that helps!

  201. Well, I'd like to respectively disagree. Set aside the "self-financing factor." You know, the uncomfortable one person, one vote thing, political equality, what the Dems are supposed to stand for. The Dems are supposed to be the ones against gerrymandering, Citizens United, etc. etc. Right? So what of Yang's obsession with math as some sort of panacea? If Yang were higher in the polls, he would be subject to greater scrutiny. He would be challenged, asked less superficial questions, such as if elected, how he would govern? By relying exclusively math: STEM without STEAM gave us Bernie Madoff. Unless you consider the human factor and advocate for a humanistic component in education (e.g. ethics, foreign languages that allow you access into a diverse forma mentis, necessary in a global economy unless you want to colonize the world) you run the risk of advocating technocratic analysis as the best tool available for governance. Sorry, we aren’t robots and it just doesn’t work that way. You see, we get “yanged” when we don’t pay close attention, but get caught up in emotions. It happens when our unpredictable, non-mathematical human side comes into play.

  202. @Joe While it is understandable that you think Yang’s slogan, “MATH” refers to mathematics, it actually is an abbreviation for “make America think again.” Every time I see the abbreviation on one of his baseball caps, I cringe precisely because it is so easily misunderstood. Really bad marketing on Yang’s part.

  203. @Joe "Superficial questions"? He's been interviewed by Ben Shapiro, Tucker Carlson and Chris Wallace, name another Democrat that's walked into such hostile waters. He's done several long form interviews where he was probed in depth about his policies. I should also mention his slogans of "Humanity First" and "Human-centered Capitalism"

  204. Mr. Yang may be dismissed by older Americans because he has no previous political experience and no military experience. However, he seems to be the only clear-eyed futurist in the bunch. Also, V-P choice, Cabinet Appointments and Staffing Hires are a better way to widen your experience. Yang seems like someone who could select a great team to surround himself with and intelligent enough to debate strategy and course of action. He understands best the New World we live in. And that World needs a sane, pro-civilization leader.

  205. Populism is real. The stakeholders over shareholders movement is real. A lot of the "good" movements are real and are in response to a rigged game. They will eventually result in change that matters, but like civil rights it takes way, way, way too long for the system to come around and concede the right thing. I'll believe Trump is a populist when he lets normal people freely mix in with all his elite friends at all his hoity toity properties. You better believe he's reaching for the hand sanitizer as soon as possible after mixing with the normal people. He's a con man and always has been. Like Ann Coulter said he picked up the $1000 bill of populism laying on the ground when no one else would. To the relief of the powerful, he's dribbling out some of the cultural populist stuff to the normal people, while fortifying the moat of the powerful. Even Steve Bannon said he would support a progressive populist if need be. Recognize who the enemy is. You are being manipulated, metric-ed, and squeezed relentlessly so, eventually, there will be nowhere to run and live a good normal life. At the very least, fight the consumerism manipulation and shiny stuff they keep putting in front of you. Focus on what matters. Avoid debt like the plague, unless you're investing to grow wealth. It's super hard these days because debt and financing are what they're ultimately selling. And get some equity in the rigged game: low cost index funds, property, or a small business. Good luck out there.

  206. My son turned me on to Andrew Yang. Despite just starting a new job he has maxed out his donation limit. I am giving as well. And the reason I support Yang is not because I need $1,000 per month; my wife and I live quite comfortably. The reason is that I fear for America's future and my grandchildren's future. Yang's book "The War on Normal People" makes persuasive arguments and proposes solutions. Let's give him a fair chance by discussing his proposals.

  207. Yang won't win, but whoever does must find a role for him. The universal income idea is interesting, but it's not what Yang is essentially about. Urging America to face up to the challenges posed by an ever-rising tide of artificially intelligent bots is Yang's true value.

  208. @Tim C Here's another thought experiment: What has Andrew Yang done to help any Democrat other than himself? Democratic candidates all over the country can tell you how Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden have helped them. And Mike Bloomberg's promised millions in the fall elections are going to be a godsend to candidates from the top to the bottom of the ticket. What has Yang ever done like that? I might also direct the same question towards the followers of Sanders, Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar. All of those candidates would make fine presidents, but they can't do it by themselves.

  209. @A. Moursund You're keeping tribalism alive and well. This is what got Trump elected in the first place. I don't focus on what people have done for my tribe, I focus on what candidates will do for the country, because you're right presidents can't do it alone, they need all the tribes.

  210. @Brian If by "tribalism" you mean I care more about electing Democrats than WHICH Democrat gets elected, I plead guilty as charged. Warren and Biden have spent countless time and energy supporting Democrats all over the country, whether or not you're aware of that fact. And Bloomberg has promised to do the same in the general election. What has Yang ever done that's remotely comparable to that?

  211. A thought experiment: If Yang had served a term in the House then the criticism of a lack of experience would have melted away. Instead of the often mentioned media line that he’s “survived longer than governors and senators” wouldn’t be used. He would get more in depth media spots on national broadcasts. He has yet to be on WBURs On Point, but William Bennet was on not that long ago. With all of that, what would serving two years in the House do that would really prepare him for the Presidency? Is it necessary to see first hand the sausage making of legislation to really be effective as a President? I’d imagine someone might argue that he would better be able to navigate the world of Washington. I can see this argument in another era in which negotiation was a viable route to accomplishing things. We do not live in those times anymore, we have over a decade of hyper partisanship from the Republicans. No Democratic candidate, including Biden, is going to be able and wheel and deal with the Republicans to get significant legislation to their desk as President. If we want something to happen then you need a big vision of what is possible and Yang provides that. We need a vision to have the people coalesce around. One where the Senate can be flipped, which means policies that are broad, popular, and relevant to everyone. UBI, Democracy Dollars, and American Sore Card all fit into a vision the majority of Americans would desire and vote in people who support it.

  212. I don’t agree with Mr. Yang on a lot on his platform. But he has my respect on how he leads his campaign, listens and acts toward others. His supporters are the polar opposite of the Bernie Bro’s, they are polite, respectful and explain their ideas without shouting. He may not make intro president but I would love to see I’m in some capacity helping Americans.

  213. So tired of this Bernie Bro trope. Supporting Bernie has not magically transformed my anatomy; still female, last I checked.

  214. Yang's no more of a magic bullet than any other of the contenders with internet armies who think that their candidate can win over this group or that group that's going to be critical in November. Sorry, folks, but the most important people today are the ones who are out there REGISTERING voters in the swing states who will vote for ANY Democratic candidate, no matter how much writers like Weiss disparage all the candidates but her current mancrush. And though they're miles apart ideologically, the only three candidates with a record of helping Democrats get elected all over the country are Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Mike Bloomberg, who's vowed to throw his millions behind the eventual nominee, no matter who it is. Yang's an interesting and likeable guy with an engaging sense of humor, but like the BernieBots, his followers seem far more like a cult than a real world political movement. I only hope that the "Yang Gang" doesn't just throw up their hands and sulk when the primaries are over and Yang remains in single digits. We've already got too many "My Way or the Highway" voters as it is, and we don't need another group of them poisoning the internet with their negativity against the nominee.

  215. @A. Moursund Yangs supporters arent straight down the line democrats. Many of them are either young, Trump supporters or nonvoters. Many definitely wont vote for other candidates because those candidates arent trying to reach them. Also, these people dont show up in polls where its discussing "Lkely democratic voters" using information from the previous elections. Yang set up a huge apparatus in Iowa and New Hampshire. He is registering the people I said above. Furthermore, Bloomberg spending billions of dollars to register people is great news. But that has literally zero to do with why anyone should vote for him for presidency. Elizabeth Warren is falling in polls and as someone whos respected her for more than a decade, I like many others were speechless with her actions the last few months. Biden doesn't have the mental capabilities to speak one full sentence without losing focus.

  216. @Virologist J I'd gladly vote for Yang if he should pull a rabbit out of his hat and get the nomination, but the nasty tone of your comment directed against two of the three leading candidates only reinforces my thought that Yang represents more of a cult than a lasting political movement, bright and interesting as Yang himself may be.

  217. It's good that the media seems to have dropped the "tech entrepreneur" descriptor for Yang. From what I can tell, neither part of that is accurate.

  218. @Joe C not the "tech" part, but the entrepreneur part is true. Yang personally founded one company, joined several others, then founded the non-profit Venture for America that helped young people create hundreds of companies Maybe "social entrepreneur" is most appropriate.

  219. A billionaire with no political experience? What could possibly go wrong? Automation isn’t going away and so how are you going to harness it to enrich everyone, not just a small group of very rich & powerful investors? How will Mr Yang inspire people who actually vote to vote for him? Will he enthusiastically support whoever becomes the eventual nominee and will he campaign for that nominee? I do agree with Ms Weiss that an alternate perspective such as Mr Yang’s would be a useful addition to someone else’s cabinet. Just want to ensure that the current occupant of the White house gets replaced. That is job #1.

  220. @mlevanda It frustrates me to no end that there are these misconceptions of him, like he is a billionaire. His net worth is estimated to be around a million dollars, the 2nd lowest. You can check out his tax returns if you don't believe me - he started a non profit after selling a business, which he got some several millions for but also gave a lot of the profits to his employees. I really encourage you to check out any of his long form interviews on YouTube and I think you could understand why people support him and are incredibly inspired by him.

  221. @mlevanda - He’s not a billionaire, he’s a low millionaire like everyone else on the stage, sans billionaires. - You harness the wealth of automation with a VAT tax which corporations can’t get out of paying, the distribute to everyone as a dividend. - Yang inspires plenty of people already through his ideas, keeping to the data, and his non-divisive approach. - Yang has already said many times the most important thing is Trump getting out of office and he’ll support whoever is the nominee. - Yang provides a clear vision of where we can go in this country that appeals across party lines. He can win with that kind of vision.

  222. @mlevanda Yang has the third from lowest net worth of all the Democratic candidates. About 1 million which less than 1/10 of Warren's or Biden's. His ideas are the most considered, innovative, and practical by far.

  223. A question. Mr. Yang wants to give $1,000 to everyone per month. The U.S. population is currently about 330 million. $12,000 a year for 330 million people is about $4 trillion a year. Total spending of the federal government in FY 2020 is projected to be $4.746 trillion, based on $3.645 trillion in tax revenue (leaving about a $1 trillion deficit). So, if I understand Mr. Yang's policy proposal, the cost of the UBI will equal almost all of current federal spending every year, leaving money for little else. How will this be financed and what of the country's other needs?

  224. @Incredible He has explained this at length in many, many interviews. In short... 18 or older, US Citizen. So not the whole population, and thus lower price tag. Opt-in for cash like welfare benefits 10% VAT tax across the nation Carbon tax Long term savings due to people not using other public services. Economic stimulus grows economy and some money recycles into more taxes. There could be other points I’m missing. Yang is worth watching in a long form interview where he can explain his policies in detail.

  225. @Incredible Please checkout his interview with Joe Rogan on YouTube where he goes over the calculations, but in essence the Dividend is paid for through a combination of increasing revenue (VAT on non-essential goods, carbon tax, financial transactions tax, second order tax base growth) and lowering expenses (existing welfare offset, incarceration savings, improved health savings). Also, please consider that the Fed is currently printing $75 bn a DAY in new money to cover recent Wall Street gambling losses in Sept. Cost of Dividend without ANY new revenue would be $5 bn a day. So less than 1/10 of the money currently being printed for bankers would be needed to put $1K a month in the hands of citizens.

  226. @Incredible The federal government doesn't need to raise money through taxes. It can just print and spend it. As long as the economy isn't at full productivity, no need to worry about inflation..... Modern Monetary Theory 101

  227. Thanks for covering Yang. I've been impressed with him from the start, and I'm a near seventy year old retiree. His opening a dialog about a guaranteed basic income is an important contribution, unfortunately one whose time has not yet come. Yang's challenge isn't Yang, as he's obviously plenty smart, and comes across as sincere. His challenge is a country that is too easily manipulated, and mostly in denial about its situation and what the future holds if we don't change direction. But I will watch him with keen interest, as much for what it says about our country as anything else.

  228. @Michael There are hundreds of us on the ground canvasing sir, rain and snow! I just spent 2 hours phone banking today. You can check us out on YouTube and support if you can!

  229. Bernie really feels, and channels, the anger and despair of the “broke-folk”. Elizabeth Warren has been working overtime developing detailed plans to help them. But Andrew Yang is the only candidate that truly gets that the underlying problem is rooted in our exponentially advancing technology and our accelerating use of automation and smart machines. If only Mr. Spock could facilitate a three-way mind-meld between Sanders, Warren, and Yang then we'd have an ideal leadership team that could lead us peacefully through the times in the near future when the jobs dry up.

  230. I saw him on Bill Maher. Now reading this, I’m on my way to being Yanged. I’m a 69 year old white Texas Democrat. Running Biden or Sanders or Warren is a straight line to defeat against trump. Klobuchar represents solid mid western progressivism. Yang represents the future. That’s a solid ticket. Who should be on top? I’ve got until March to figure that out. But it will be either Amy or Yang.

  231. I've liked Mr. Yang and especially so after his appearance on Bill Maher. When the traditional politicians talk, its like a boot hitting your ear. I felt like Mr. Yang understands we're all exhausted by the usual political talking points that just go in circles. He should spend some time focusing on seniors trying to get by on meager Social security payments, who no longer are able to increase their income through work. $1000 a month can literally be life or death. And they vote.

  232. @RogerJ I would recommend taking a look at the latest Emerson poll on which candidates pull the highest percentage of non-voters, Trump voters, plus third-party voters. Yang was #1 with 30.4%, Amy was #10 with 0%.

  233. How about Prez Amy and Veep Yang?

  234. Yang is entertaining and likeable, but his focus on a universal guaranteed income and robotics replacing workers is simplistic. Climate change, income inequality, criminal justice reform, affordable health insurance, and international alliances are all complex issues that require a president with the ability to operate within the political system we have. It's hard to see how Yang could be effective against the likes of Mitch McConnell, et al.

  235. @Dave P He talks about all those issues and has proposals.

  236. @Dave P Every single one of those issues is discussed by Yang on his website, far more in depth than most other candidates.

  237. @Dave P I actually think Yang will be more effective dealing with the likes of Mitch McConnell. The current political climate is vary adversarial. Democrats blame Republicans for all the countries ills and vice versa. Yang doesn't care who's fault it is, he doesn't want to play the blame game, he just wants to solve problems, and is willing to at least listen to anyone who thinks they have a solution. Bill Clinton has been, arguably, the most effective president in our recent history, ethical issues aside. He was effective because of his willingness to compromise and negotiate. I may not agree with all of his policies, but his overall leadership philosophy, and decision making process is second to none.

  238. Some things, regardless of how doable and logical they are, like a $1,000 a month minimum salary, don't connect with the American myth of 'anyone can make it to the top if they work hard'. What needs to be illustrated over and over and clearer and clearer is that it's not that there is no money for this or that but that it is misappropriated. Americans pay, per capita, twice as much as the three dozen countries that have higher qualities of health care, per capita. The reason is that health care in these better functioning systems is seen as a service to be done efficiently. In the US health care is a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder. It's a case of charging what the market can bear. If Americans pay twice as much for a second rate system; couldn't they get at the very least a higher level of health care for the same amount? The money's there, being forked out every month, trillions a year. What it will cost should be less than now. The down side is that a million irritating parasitical people will be out of work. That's why Obama couldn't make the full switch. Unemployment was over 9%. Now, at less than 4%, America can absorb the layoffs and make the change. Then there are the billions of dollars paid to the politicians by the health care industry. These realities need to be pounded into the public conscience repeatedly. We are paying more now for less is the answer to how will we pay for it.

  239. @Issac Basonkavich You said it all in the first sentence. The 'American myth' is just that.

  240. I like him a lot, can't imagine he'll be the nominee but I'd love to support him if he is.

  241. if you like him, please imagine him as the nominee! stranger things have happened!

  242. While I could support an income floor, the idea of giving every adult in the country $1000/mo seems absurd to me. Of course, there is a far reach between a campaign and actually passing it through the Congress. I'd bet my money on 'not going to happen.' Yang's assertion that work as we know it is going away is interesting. Does he mean to suggest that future folks won't work? He does not seem to put emphasis on re-training the work force, further education or preparation for the workplace of the future.

  243. it should be obvious that work is going away. Every technological breakthrough from the printing press to the spreadsheet has decreased the amount of work needed. what we are mostly left with is the "work" of waiting on and serving the rich and upper class.

  244. @Anne-Marie Hislop Please read his book, the War on Normal People, or listen to the podcast on YouTube. It can happen, and it will, if we fight for it! Half the country is now in favor of the Dividend in the latest poll and it is a bipartisan idea shared by Milton Friedman and MLK.

  245. @Anne-Marie Hislop giving the money to everyone actually saves money by not requiring an immense bureaucracy to sort out who gets what. There's not that many millionaires and billionaires relative to lower, working and middle class. Also the universality prevents major opposition from forming against it, like for example the public attitude towards medicaid vs medicare. What he means by changing the nature of work is this: Does taking care of a parent or child count as work? Right now it doesn't when we measure GDP. Many "jobs" people do are not only unpaid, but doesnt allow them to get paid, such as staying at home with a family member. Furthermore, about the changing career landscape, If you do a task thats repetitive, whether it's in manufacturing or white collar/professional work (legal work, some medical procedures), your job could and almmost certainly will be automated. Our history of retraining has been terrible - the jobs arent available to most of those who get the retraining, requires people with no resources to move across the country to work a job that pays a fraction of the salary. Finally, you have your facts wrong: he promotes vocational schooling more than college for careers that dont appear to be subject to automation (plumbing). At heart, NOONE knows the jobs of the future, if there will even be any. So we can train for some things that dont appear to be automated, but giving people the money would allow people to survive the transition.

  246. If people understood the nature of our economy, which is basically driven 70% by consumption of goods and services, then the idea of giving everyone a universal basic income of $1000 per month absolutely makes sense. For folks of means that money will likely just sit in a savings account and do nothing. But for the vast majority it will be used immediately and grow the economy by being spent on food, rent, childcare, education and the ability to work one job instead of two or three to support families. The idea certainly has more merit than tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations which have given us nothing but the higher burden of national debt and annual deficits being past to generations to come.

  247. Andrew Yang. Andrew who? It doesn’t matter. I’m a senior who believes our social political time is gone. After all, we haven’t done such a good job as members of a constituency. We should step aside and support the youth of this country; give them the opportunity to decide their own destiny.

  248. @Cira I've thinking the same thing of late and remembering back to when I was a clear-eyed youngster between 16 and 20 and not afraid to believe in what I felt. Back then I had a sense for who should be the next president...just an intuitive feel. That's how I react to Yang. I wonder...is this something I should pay attention to or ignore? Age (and experience) has made choice more difficult not simpler. So maybe it is time to step aside and let the youth decide what's best for their future while they still have an 'intuitive' feel. That's what caught my ehye about your comment.

  249. @Cira Please, there is no need to step aside, but rather simply keep an open mind. We need your wisdom and your collective memory to help guide us in these turbulent times. The Dividend that Andrew Yang is fighting for is a re-casting of Nixon's Family Assistance Plan and MLK's Guaranteed Income. For the first time since MLK's assassination, a movement towards greater wealth equity and eradication of poverty through a universal basic income is taking shape. Many senior citizens in Iowa are signing on to help complete the legacy of the Civil Rights era. Please consider lending your support as well!

  250. @Cira Is there a reason people with experience and maybe wisdom should step aside? I teach high school and while I love the energy of my students, I also know them as impulsive, pleasure-driven, solipsistic and utterly lacking experience. If I let me teenage kids pick what they want for dinner we would have chips, Dunkin Donuts and Monster drink every night.

  251. “I worry about whether someone with zero foreign policy experience can be the commander in chief.” It seems you had an opportunity to ask him specific questions. Did you ask what were his views on foreign policy or on Israel or endless war or Russia or China, anything? Yang: “Over the past several decades, we have engaged in conflicts that have cost us trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives. These misadventures have destabilized parts of the world, made enemies of allies, and resulted in untold human suffering, both for our brave soldiers and civilians of other countries. While an unfathomable amount of money has been spent on military engagements that have accomplished little, our infrastructure has started to collapse, and our people are living paycheck to paycheck and falling prey to ills like drug abuse. We need to make sure we are strong at home if we are going to successfully project our values abroad.” Yang’s foreign policy views — based on ceasing endless wars such as the war on Iraq which you personally favored — are pretty much the same as those of Sanders, whom you dismiss as “selling class rage”. I suspect that the reason you didn’t engage Yang on foreign policy, obviously an area which concerns you a great deal, is that you know he can’t win, so why bother with it and spoil your column.

  252. @FB *cough* Yang just beat Sanders to win the Iowa Youth Straw Poll. Yang tied Sanders in the Mock Caucus. Please wait and see actual votes before drawing conclusions on who can win

  253. @FB Really wonder? so the con man draft dodger has been doing a wonderful job enriching himself at the expense of foreign policy. How about Pompeo he is a boy wonder. I trust Yang over the stooges in the White House now. A brilliant man who cares ,loves this country not the fool who are running the show now.

  254. Increase taxes on those who actually pay them and give free money back to everyone? Try a higher minimum wage and higher taxes on investment income and the very wealthy. Technology is replacing workers and undermining the economy? Come on. There is a huge need for labor in this country. What we lack are skilled, well-adjusted people to do the work, and wages for low end jobs that allow a person to function in society. Any candidate can point out the obvious: those in the upper 1-2% are gorging themselves on wealth while the bottom 30% can barely exist. If only someone could address this problem while acknowledging that it will always be possible for some people to fail at life due to their own choices. Instead most Democratic candidates can't stop talking about race, gender, free stuff, and the evils of America in the world.

  255. @Teal Hey guy. Remember, really poor people or even lower-middle-class people, won't be paying much VAT tax because it is focused on manufactured consumer goods at a high level. The reason VAT makes sense is all will get a cut when Google buys its next corporate jet; all of us will get some when someone buys a yacht, a limo, a luxury vehicle, etc. The reason this makes sense is that it picks the rich's pocket in a way that income tax cannot. Taxing investment income is not good for the growth of jobs and investment, and that is not good for people. Recommend Rogan's conversation with Yang, he explains it all there in detail. Average Americans have no clue how many billions are spent by the super-wealthy on luxury manufactured items. It is a guaranteed, no evasion way to get the cash we need.

  256. @Teal Small business is condemned by a 15 min wage, and wealth taxes are not sustainable in the least. they actually encourage buying 5 yachts and partying instead of saving to colonize other planets or eradicate polio completely. plus wealth is usually liquid untaxable and the tax would get less and less each time.

  257. @Teal Looking forward to your Presidential run!

  258. I'll be 77 next week, and I hope people listen to, and read about, what Yang has to say. If he is the Democratic nominee, I'll be at the front of the line to vote for him on November 3, 2020.

  259. Bernie/Warren see Capitalism as evil, subscribe to grievance politics where one's life is defined by the failures of the system, prejudice, etc and there is little personal accountability. It is the left's version of Trump-blame politics. Yang is an American not an Asian American. He sees an optimistic future but one based on a balance between personal responsibility and eliminating structural economic problems. I happen to completely disagree with the basic income concept. But his sensibilities are correct.

  260. If we all get $1,000 a month and there's more money in circulation, won't the cost of things like food, transportation, healthcare all go up as well? So there's nothing to save at the end of the day just like there's nothing to save (for me) at the end of the day right now? Won't forty percent of us still be living check to check just like we are now?

  261. @A Stor mo Chroi Supply and demand drive prices, not income. With automation in transport and agriculture, we can have more food, faster, and cheaper because of decreasing human labor costs. Demand stays stable. So what happens when someone gets greedy and wants to charge $10 for a loaf of bread, people with their $1000 have the money to put gas in their cars and drive to another store. Landlords increase the rent? A couple now has $24,000 more a year to move to a new city with a lower cost of living or a downpayment on a house of their own.

  262. @A Stor mo Chroi First, the Fed has been printing $75 bn a DAY since Sep '19 to give to big banks for free to cover Wall Street gambling debts. Have you seen any inflation? nope, and Dividend involves $0 printed, all with money already in circulation Second, market prices are determined by supply and demand, so as demand for goods increase with more cash in hand, prices will go up briefly, but then supply picks up bringing prices back to original price at equilibrium over time for all competitive market goods. Third, historically, Dividend was implemented in Alaska in 1981. Starting in 1982, and in every year since, Alaskan inflation in CPI has been LOWER than that of the other states. Competition and mobility apparently works in practice.

  263. Andrew is not proposing to print new money. He wants to tax big tech. therefore inflation is not an issue. your concerns here are moot

  264. So much of Andrew Yang's agenda makes sense and appeals to our basic need to rebalance a system dramatically biased toward the wealthy. One of his points aligns with something that I have observed many times before. As Americans we all have more in common than in contention but we have been herded into opposing camps by self serving politicians. Someone who can bring that back to the front and unite this country could actually save it. Mr. Yang is really the only potential candidate speaking that truth today and thus has earned my support.

  265. I appreciate Mr. Yang's analysis of Ms. Clinton's failure in 2016. He "sees" the struggles and suffering of a lot of people who Clinton and even Obama did not want to fully acknowledge. This suffering perhaps didn't compute with the technocrats because it didn't match with the booming economic numbers. Yang recognizes this, which is very appealing. The thing I don't trust about him is his faith in enterprise to correct itself, especially when it comes to healthcare. As good as he claims to be about math, he doesn't properly account for the way that healthcare functions, for who it leaves out and for who it's milking for all they're worth. I like him because he understands the need for a people-centered politics, but I don't think he has the economic vision to back it up.

  266. @Jeremiah Crotser I would recommend taking a look at the Singapore universal healthcare system, which costs 2.5% of GDP and delivers first-class service. This is achieved not through single-payer, but rather through private competition. All citizens choose an standard base health insurance package mandated by the government but offered by all the insurance companies, so you compare apples to apples on cost. The government has oversight over services and drug price negotiation. Yang's health plan doesn't count on companies to correct themselves. He would use Medicare to drive down costs, so private insurance must also lower costs to compete. Collective drug negotiations, telemedicine, all these measures can be passed with bipartisan support. When people on Medicare are paying half as much as now, it would be much easier to open eligibility for everyone than to force a legal mandate outlawing private insurance in favor of a new bureaucracy.

  267. @FLRepublican This was the original intent of the Affordable Care Act but the public option was never allowed. Medicare for All includes private insurance and would allow the US to get to the Singapore style plan. There are significant cultural differences between the two nations, in compliance and heterogeneity, but a model where private insurance is an option already is used in many other countries, including France and Switzerland.

  268. @Roberta I supported the ACA as a necessary step towards universal healthcare, even though it was obvious critical cost-saving measures had been cut out. The public exchanges in particular served to expose the underlying cost which used to be hidden from most people. Yang is a much tougher negotiator and operator than Obama, less cerebral and more mission-focused. I would encourage everyone to check out his first Nerds for Yang interview. Be forewarned that there is some profanity.

  269. I think Andrew Yang is great! I certainly don’t fit the typical profile of the supporters in the article. He’s smart, he’s able to look at issues from different angles and he communicates well. I am glad he will be back on the debates stage. The best to hope for is for when (please god!) a democratic administration is in the White House, that fresh and forward looking ideas, and people like him are welcome into the fold.

  270. He's my first choice, even though I've some issues with some of his policy ideas.

  271. While I disagree with Andrew Yang on his signature idea, he is among the most thoughtful and interesting candidate running as a Democrat. You can’t pigeon hole him. Unlike so many of the other candidates, he appears to not be in bed with the ruling elites. Nor does it appear that he has taken advantage of his position to enrich himself and his family much as Biden, Warren and Sanders have done over the years. All that being said, he will not became a so called first tier candidate unless Biden, Warren and Sanders all exit the race, which will likely not occur.

  272. What position of Yang are you talking about? And how Sanders and Warren enriched themselves? By writing books? Or working as a lawyer or professor of University? Why is earning money this way less respectable than way Yang gets his money?

  273. Andrew Yang helpfully moves the Overton window on potentially helpful programs like universal basic income. Unfortunately, Yang's "freedom dividend" (sigh, groan) is not universal, and is perhaps among the worst ways you could implement such a program. Forcing people to choose between Yang Bucks and SSDI or SNAP or any other benefit means you're comforting the relatively comfortable while using non-universal UBI to gouge social programs. There are plenty of potential issues with UBI, but the #YangGang has a poor approach to start with.

  274. @Chris I would argue that the Dividend is as universal as Medicare. 6% of eligible Medicare recipients opts out in favor of private insurance, so it is perfectly reasonable for eligible Dividend recipients to choose between the Dividend and certain welfare programs (note that paid-in SSDI or social security stacks with Dividend). SNAP as a program punishes recipients by withdrawing support with gains in income or disposable assets, with only 62.1% households reporting that the supplement covered grocery needs. What's...not great, yes? non-paid-in SDI (supplemental disability insurance) tops out at $771 a month, and maybe withdrawn if the recipient earns any income or even volunteers(!) I have not met any current recipients of SNAP or SDI that would not find the Dividend preferable in terms of access, reporting burden, or basic dignity. Are you on these programs and could explain why you would prefer SNAP and/or SDI over Dividend?

  275. Yes, it is true that you can not use certain programs, if you earn higher income, but on the other hands it will be non-issue, if due to automation a lot of people will have no job, in this case 12 K will be just not enough to pay for food and shelter, especially if prices will go up due to VAT.

  276. @Chris Let's say I'm rich and you and get $300 a month from government assistance. If the government raises your benefits to $1,000 a month, I think we can both agree, you'd be better off. Now here is where we diverge, you seem to think that if the government then gives me $1,000 too your situation is somehow worse than it was when you were getting $300 a month. The gap in wealth isn't the problem, and we shouldn't try to put a cap on how high people can climb, that is the antithesis of the American Dream. Instead, we should be raising the floor and making sure everyone has the gear they need to make the climb. That's what the Freedom Dividend does.

  277. Yang’s interview with Ezra Klein (on his podcast “The Ezra Klein Show”) is also very compelling. Listening to that one afternoon, unexpectedly, was my first introduction to Andrew Yang, and I donated to him immediately upon finishing the listen. He is a positive, clever, but also semi-somber individual who truly wants nothing but to be a civil servant for our nation... honestly, perhaps like a modern-day Abraham Lincoln. Perhaps exactly what we need to keep this Union together.

  278. Yang is the candidate we need now. He's not over 70, he has policies that appeal to lefties and libertarians alike, he addresses the problems we have but remains optimistic, he has his eyes focused on the future, he is a transformational candidate. Why can't the Democratic establishment or the media get that and support it? If you want to know who's electable, it's Yang.

  279. @Js27 I suspect that he is as unelectable as Buttigieg, Klobuchar, or Warren - I don't believe that the folks needed to vote Trump out of office - the marginalized fly-overs - are quite ready for an Asian president, a white female president, or a young, white, male but openly-gay president.

  280. I know people think Iowa and New Hampshire have too much say in who becomes the candidate, but the downside of that is that we have a huge responsibility that is really daunting. Although Yang is very likable and seems to have the clearest (if darkest) vision of what lies ahead for us, I haven't seriously considered voting for him. After talking to the Yang volunteers who came to my door yesterday and reading this article, though, I'm thinking perhaps I should. I haven't seen him in person yet, but I will try to. Deciding who to vote for in the last few primaries was relatively easy for me. This year I have no idea what to do. Maybe because defeating Trump has made the stakes so high, or maybe because the vision of the future for the U.S. (and the world) is exceedingly dark even if we do acknowledge the problems we face that Yang has pointed out, my vote -- everyone's vote-- has taken on a greater importance than ever before. What I hope is that Yang and all the candidates, even if they don't win, will not merely say they will back the eventual candidate, but will have the support of the DNC to have their voices continue to be heard so that their supporters don't feel left behind. C'mom DNC, recruit them all to keep on speaking so that their supporters can understand that while they differ on many policies, their basic philosophies align. Allot some money for that. We need to do this together. United we stand.

  281. I like Yang for his authenticity. But I think he is a bit too quirky to ever gain anything like the support he would need to become President. And he seems clueless about the real world of government—a huge, bureaucratic ship that operates like an Agatha Christie mystery with untrustworthy people and backstabbed around every corner.

  282. @ehillesum On the contrary, Yang was a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship with Obama, and as a non-profit leader worked with various government agencies national and local. He has said himself that he'd look for a VP with deep DC knowledge and connections, in conjunction with bipartisan thought leaders and science/technology leaders for Cabinet. Definitely not the "run government as a business" approach that Trump takes.

  283. @FLRepublican thanks, I didn't know that as I am a budding Yang-ite. Overall someone who actually uses their brain, the resources available and looks for solutions rather than talking points is kind of what we as a country need. As President one can call on the top minds in every field for counsel - why hasn't this one - he whose name I am loath to mention- done that? (rhetorical question )

  284. Most pundits write off Yang and dismiss his candidacy with a baffled shrug. Bari Weiss gets it. Joe Rogan gets it. Most, though remain too focused on the outrage du jour to pay attention to the voice of one who understands the future. Artificial Intelligence and robotics pose a dilemma as new technologies and applications are rolled out. Efficient, relentless, and expanding in quantum leaps, both displace workers who cannot compete and at far less cost as the expenses are amortized. Yang understands the impact on the lives of the displaced workers and ultimately of businesses that cannot afford or distrust to invest. Pondering policies to implement in the face of a national and global emergency is not a terrific campaign strategy but people understand their own jobs could be next and then what? So count this aging boomer in as a member of the gang. It's not the $1,000 a month, it's my acknowledgement that it's time to pass the torch from the generation who saw a calamity coming right at us - and did virtually nothing to combat it, climate change.

  285. Hopefully after New Hampshire it is the last we see of him - if he really wants to help the Democratic money he should spend his money on voter registration and to help elect Senators to help flip the Senate.

  286. @E This is a very ill-informed comment. Yang publicly disclosed his tax returns and based on his income he is one of the poorest candidates running for president. His income ranged from $150k to $400k as a household and he regularly donates $30k per year to charities (check his website). Bernie Sanders, the champion for the working man, filed only $10k in charitable donations on $1million in income in 2016 KNOWING he would re-run for president. Yang lives in the most expensive city in the world in NYC and his wife was a former L'Oréal executive. Instead of focusing on wealth, his wife turned down 6 figure salary to stay at home with the kids. Yang could be monopolizing his immense talents for financial gains, but he turned his first opportunity for vast wealth selling Manhattan Prep for $6 million into a national non-profit organization. Do you know what it takes to run an national non-profit and the financial sacrifices an Ivy-league educated CEO is giving up to do so over 7 years? Yang is a model human being. He's brilliant, educated, witty, and a once-in-a-generation talent. I have never even thought of politics as place to propose real solutions for the problems of every day Americans. Money and voter registration will mean nothing if electorate remains uninspired. If the last democratic debate is a model of the level of enthusiasm that the democrats plan to bring to this country, there will be no flipping of any congressional seats. We all need more Yang.

  287. this is an article about Andrew not Steyer/Bloomberg. he took in $180k last year... not billions.

  288. @E He has less money than any other candidate besides Pete.

  289. At first I thought Yang and the UBI was ridiculous. But then I saw Yang in the debates and got curious about him. After watching a bunch of videos and listening to the Rogan show, I'm impressed. Generally I don't believe that business people (especially businessmen) should run government--they are NOT the same. But for Yang, I could make an exception to my rule. He's raising the questions we should be asking, and getting past the "hot button" issues into things that will affect our lives. I hope he does well in Iowa. And if he's not elected president, he needs to be in somebody's cabinet in 2021.

  290. Once again Ms. Weiss captures how many of us feel. Time to Human Up.

  291. I am a 71 year old white Democrat, married with 3 adult children and 5 very young grandchildren.Like all people my age, we have lived through the Korean conflict, the Vietnam war, the Cold War, the Gulf war, the Iraq war, the Afghanistan war, 9/11, terrorism, racism, globalism, rampant capitalism, climate change, social mediaism and Trumpism. The paradigms of endless wars and inhumane treatment of the human species must shift immediately and as Andrew says, we must "human up". He is the serious minded, visionary that we so sorely need to uplift us from the downward spiral of our times. I want to see my 5 grandkids thrive in an ever expanding humanist society and country, but have little doubt they will not, unless and until leaders like Mr. Yang are elected at all levels of government. Please join the Yang movement.

  292. Love this article. It frames the power of Yang's campaign so fairly. While I tend to agree with more of Yang's policy ideas, I too was sold on him not purely by his policies, but how he arrived at them and plans to bring America along and unite us to improve our daily lives.

  293. This is a particularly well-done story -- too many others like it turn into mini-hagiographies -- and I read it with great interest. I think Mr. Yang's views on automation (at least as spoken out loud, who knows what complexities are in his head) are oversimplified. I certainly don't want to lower the voting age. In other words, I think he's wrong about a number of things. But, as P.J. O'Rourke said when he voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, he's "wrong within normal parameters." It's much more important now to have a smart, decent person in the White House than to have one who punches every box on my philosophical sandwich card. So take note, Democratic voters: This right-leaning, anti-Trump, swing-state independent will leave the presidential line on the ballot empty if Warren or Sanders is on it. But, along with Buttigieg, Yang is someone I could vote for. And to Ms. Weiss: Along with kudos for a great piece, please think again about expressing surprise that "living in New York" keeps you from experiencing "politically diverse group(s) of people." Srsly.

  294. @Jim asserts "This right-leaning, anti-Trump, swing-state independent will leave the presidential line on the ballot empty if Warren or Sanders is on it." I recommend you heed the aphorism "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." No vote is a vote for Trump.

  295. @Jim Please remember also that a president cannot pass legislation alone. The Congress is necessary, and unless Trump entirely destroys the balance of power baked into our democratic republic, a Warren or Sanders cannot transform the country simply by advocating solutions that you find too left leaning. Warren, at least, has the optimism and energy of a Yang with a mountains of experience and policy expertise. Please do not refuse to vote. That is how Trump won the first time around.

  296. @Jim have you seen the YouTube video of the 6 year old girl that eviscerated the wealth tax while asking Yang a question in a townhall? I would give that girl a vote. Blew away ALL the adults in the room. Then there was the 16 year old campaign volunteer that went on camera and trended #PollThePeople at #1 when the DNC polling drought kept Yang from the Jan "dud" debate Wisdom and intelligence come in all sizes

  297. Bari, let me try to crack the door on convincing you about the wisdom of Yang’s universal basic income (UBI) plan. The two principles components of his plan are time tested. A value-added tax (VAT) has been used with success in Europe for years. It’s more or less a known quantity. The mechanism for distributed payments has also been used with success for years in a variety of places. It’s even been used here in America. For example, in Alaska. On the flip side, what has been shown not to work for economic redistribution is a wealth tax. It’s not that the idea is inherently bad, but it’s costly and difficult, if not impossible, to implement effectively. The chief problem being, how does one quantify wealth when there are so many ways to hide it or when the market value of assets are hard to ascertain? This is a bigger problem than it might seem at first and it’s why many countries that have tried a wealth tax like those being proposed have ultimately abandoned it. Harvard economist Greg Mankiw has endorsed the essence of Yang’s UBI plan for these above reasons. It’s past time to start considering it as the viable economic redistribution mechanism that it is. But don’t take my word for it, start looking into it yourself. You might just come away with a changed view. I know I did.

  298. @Nathan Define the success. Surely, to get taxes from the poor is much easier than from the rich, and VAT is the regressive tax, meaning that the poor are paying higher percentage of their salaries to cover VAT. It is offset in Europe by extensive safety net, that doesn't exist in the US. On the other side, many countries and even in the US many state have the form of wealth tax that is called property tax, that is the important part of the budget. Alaska pays its dividends from revenue, rather than through the tax, and although dividends decreased crushing poverty, it also increased calls for cut in social programs, making lives of poor more difficult.

  299. @yulia, as you've indicated, it's really about how the VAT is implemented, and what kind of offsets are baked in, that influences whether or not it's regressive overall. Carve outs for basic necessities like food have also been proposed as a way to address the added stress that a consumption tax would place on low-income households. Indeed, there are ways to make a VAT net progressive through a combination of carve outs and offsets. And this is exactly what Yang is proposing. Also, to your well-intentioned point about property taxes, just because the most visible form of wealth asset has been taxed effectively doesn't mean that all of the less visible forms of wealth assets will be taxed effectively. On this, I will trust the experts, economists, and the historical record that has together shown the difficulty of taxing wealth assets beyond just property holdings. If you want to talk more about the pros and cons of each of the proposed plans, please do take a deeper look at each of them first and then feel free to debate their relative strengths and weaknesses. But without that holistic understanding of what is actually being put forth by the candidates, then how can we as voters have the truly productive dialogues that are sorely needed?

  300. @Nathan Again if you exempt some things from VAT, you will have less money to pay for UBI. And no matter how easier it could be collected, it is regressive tax, that is offset in Europe by strong safety net that is absence in the US, and Yang doesn't propose how to strengthen such net. And allow VAT is a part of revenue (around 20-30%), but only a part, clearly showing that other taxes generate more revenue