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ANDREW YANG – UBI and the 2020 Election


Andrew Yang’s popularity is clearly on the
rise, but I’m not going to lie to you. His odds for 2020 are long. Still struggling to show up at 1% in the polls,
he faces a steep uphill battle. He is competing with a large field of experienced
politicians. That field is currently topped by Bernie Sanders—probably
the most influential progressive in the country, with decades of experience, and a powerful
movement behind him. And were he some how able to beat Sanders,
to become President, Yang would still have to topple Trump: an incumbent president running
on a strong economy, and backed by an astoundingly loyal following. Facing all this, Andrew Yang has few assets
in his arsenal. He’s not a career politician, or a famous
billionaire. He doesn’t have the name-recognition, the
donors, the staff, or the popular movement required to become president—at least not
yet. What he does have is an idea. One that is so interesting it’s gotten far
more attention than a fringe candidate is likely to expect. One that has gotten him enough support that
he will likely make past the DNC threshold to appear in the democratic primary debates. Yeah, and I’m going to be on the debate stage
in June and July The DNC has already reached out to my team. Andrew Yang hopes his idea will be enough
to make him the next president of the United States. Can he do it? (#YangGang starts cheering) Andrew Yang’s platform includes support for
medicare for all and changing our measures for determining the health of the economy. We need to get healthcare off the backs of
businesses and families And move to a single payer system
Medicare for all We have a series of bad numbers
YES!!!! GDP is one I’m going to update the numbers so that– YESSS! YESSS!!!! SO WE CAN KNOW WHATS GOING ON!!!! Otherwise we can’t (voice cracks) make wise
decisions Yeah… Our life expectancy has declined for the last
three years for the first time in 100 years because of a surge in self-bang-bang and oopsie
doses How can you say an economy is healthy, when
our people are not living? It makes no– I LITERALLY COULDN’T– I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ON THE OTHER
ISSUES… (Yang doesn’t like to hear that) But the focus of his campaign is what he calls
the Freedom Dividend. It’s his own spin on a Universal Basic Income. The idea is simple: to give every American
over the age of 18, regardless of income, and without any kind of work requirement or
other test, a thousand dollars per month. Anyone can opt into the program. The only exception being that those who are
currently on welfare programs, food stamps or disability would have to chose to lose
their enrolment in those programs, or have the costs of those benefits deducted from
the 1000 dollars they would otherwise receive. The idea of UBI may seem simple, but it’s
seductively positioned to maximize appeal across the political spectrum. The left can easily support the idea as a
simple method to directly alleviate poverty. The fact that it is given to everyone means
the program will be resilient, and will not stigmatize the poor. But it’s also hard to challenge for the right. UBI does not really expand the size of government. It has no risk of creating a bloated public
bureaucracy. The payout is lower than a full time job at
minimum wage, and unlike many other government assistance programs, there is no disincentive
for those enrolled to work. So, UBI is unlikely to create so-called ‘welfare
queens’. UBI is also not a form of socialism, as Yang
has argued: “UBI is capitalism where income does not
start at zero.” Yang has also answered the dreaded “how
will you pay for it?” question. Partly, the spending will come from the 500-600
billion we already spend on welfare and other poverty alleviation programs—the ones that
whose recipients would lose the costs of those benefits from their 1000 per month. Yang also expects to generate the same amount
from new revue driven by economic growth as a result of instituting the program. He got this figure based on The Roosevelt
Institute’s numbers, which suggest the program would grow the economy by 2.5 trillion. Yang expects to tax about 500-600 billion
from that. Next, Yang expects that the program will cut
100-200 billion dollars in government spending on issues like health care, incarceration
and homelessness services, as some studies have shown that poverty is a major driver
of crime and illness (both physical and mental). I think we can all agree that studies don’t
need to show that poverty is also a major driver of homelessness. Finally, Yang expects to collect around 800
billion dollars from a Value Added Tax, a form of corporate tax that is particularly
difficult for large businesses to avoid paying. The tax is specifically aimed at corporations
like Amazon, one that frequently avoids paying taxes, but is expected to be a major beneficiary
of automation, which many, including Yang, consider to be a key reason why a UBI is necessary. According to Yang’s website: “Andrew Yang wants Universal Basic Income
because we are experiencing the greatest technological shift the world has ever seen. By 2015, automation had already destroyed
four million manufacturing jobs, and the smartest people in the world now predict that a third
of all working Americans will lose their job to automation in the next 12 years. Our current policies are not equipped to handle
this crisis. Even our most forward-thinking politicians
are unprepared. As technology improves, workers will be able
to stop doing the most dangerous, repetitive, and boring jobs. This should excite us, but if Americans have
no source of income—no ability to pay for groceries, buy homes, save for education,
or start families with confidence—then the future could be very dark. Our labor participation rate now is only 62.7%
– lower than it has been in decades, with 1 out of 5 working-age men currently out of
the workforce. This will get much worse as self-driving cars
and other technologies come online.” UBI is often tied to automation, and embraced
by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, but the idea is by no means new. The idea has gone by many different names
over the years–basic income, guaranteed income, negative income tax, mincome, and unconditional
free money—but its been advocated for, as far back as the 60’s by the likes of Martin
Luther King and Richard Nixon. The idea has, in fact, been tested in a variety
of ways throughout the world. Alaskans began receiving about ten percent
of total petroleum revenues in 1976 through the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. Finland did a pilot test of UBI with about
2,000 unemployed citizens. A city in Manitoba, Canada gave its 8,000
residents a minimum income in the mid-1970s. The city of Stockton, California is currently
giving residents 500 dollars per month. Several experiments have been conducted throughout
the developing world, and there are plenty of examples I haven’t listed here. So far, the signals are generally positive. The Finnish test group self-reported higher
levels of health and happiness, although, partly because of how the government muddled
the parameters of the experiment, the pilot test did not indicate a statistically significant
increase in employment for those on UBI, compared to other government assistance programs. The more substantial, but older Manitoba test
indicated that the basic income could completely eliminate poverty without creating a work
disincentive. Several experiments found reductions in hospitalizations
and crime. On the whole, I think its reasonable to expect
that UBI would alleviate poverty, increase happiness, reduce crime, create better health
outcomes, and be, at worst, neutral when it comes to employment rates. Still, none of the experiments I have mentioned
have been sufficient to establish specific, definitive expectations of how a basic income
would impact the US economy. Compared to a program like Single Payer Health
care, UBI is still relatively untested throughout the world. It seems reasonable to me to pick away a bit
at the figures Andrew Yang gives for how he’s going to pay for the program through increased
economic activity and decreased healthcare and incarceration costs. His numbers are fairly precise, and he supports
them with just one evaluation: the Roosevelt Institute’s projections. UBI could end up underperforming when it comes
to these general economic changes. At the same time, it could exceed all expectations. The one thing that I think requires no grand
economic evaluation or pilot test to conclude is that Yang’s freedom dividend would reduce
inequality, as it’s design directly redistributes money from the wealthiest corporations through
a VAT, and puts that money into the pockets of everyday Americans. That, in and of itself, may be enough to convince
millions of Americans to support the program. The idea has been polled, somewhat, with the
American people. A data for progress poll from the summer of
2018 found UBI to have net positive support among people of color and the white working
class. Support for the program was shown to be high
amongst young people but quite low amongst older folks, for an overall negative support
of -2% overall. A poll from the fall of 2017, conducted by
Northeastern University and Gallup, with about double the sample size, found similar results,
with a net support of negative -4%. However, the support was a solid 65% amongst
democrats. It should be noted of course, these polls
were done before Andrew Yang began advocating for the idea in the media, independent and
establishment, progressive and conservative. The reason Trump is president is because we
automated away four million manufacturing jobs… …with Amazon sucking up 20 billion dollars
of commerce every year, 30 percent of main street stores are closing… People talking about retraining coal miners
to be software engineers That makes no sense My question is do we have to sit back and
let this happen to the country? Well, that’s why I’m running for president Under my plan everyone will receive a thousand
bucks It’s the sweet spot bc it’s enough to be impactful,
but it’s not so much that it will push people out of the labor market I don’t know how much… I can’t do math… (flabbergasted, but still condescending) Do you have an agenda for black people? …It overlaps with my main one… (Still UBI)
If his appearances have been effective, its quite likely support for UBI has gained traction. If its is an idea you would like to support,
however, it may seem hopeless, since the ascendency of Yang to the white house remains an improbability,
at least when it comes to 2020. That said, electing a President Yang is not
the only way to move toward UBI. –If enough Americans support his campaign,
and Yang gains a serious voice in the democratic primaries, his central policy will no doubt
become a significant point of discussion. Americans would have a chance to consider
the proposal seriously, and likely be polled on the subject again and again. Should polling indicate growing, majority
approval, major candidates may be moved to adopt it into their platform. Think about the impact Bernie Sanders had
on the 2016 Democratic platform, despite losing the primary. The truth is, I’m sure Yang would love to
be president, but he’s stated that he would consider it a victory just to get the idea
in front of the American people. To accomplish his real objective, making UBI
a mainstream idea, Yang only really needs to get other candidates to adopt the idea
into their platforms. When it comes to this far more modest goal,
Yang supporters are not likely to have a hopeless answer to this question: Can he do it? Thanks for reading the captions. If you know other languages, why not translate
this video? You will receive no reward except an internal
feeling of being better than everyone else you encounter.

100 Comments

  1. Mitchell Doornenbal
    Mitchell Doornenbal March 11, 2019

    One of the most fascinating candidates in the field, especially considering how thoroughly alt-right online circles have taken to him. Although I can't shake the feeling that he's just some rich dude who read Rutger Bregman's Utopia for Realists and decided he knew everything.

  2. Buck Reggin
    Buck Reggin March 21, 2019

    Just pay white people the universal basic income, then we’ll have more money to have blacks and other minorities work for us.

  3. rchavezj
    rchavezj March 21, 2019

    I noticed online he's now 6% on the poll ( https://markets.predictwise.com/politics/2020-us-presidential-election ). #yang2020

  4. Question Time
    Question Time March 21, 2019

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  5. Edward Cin
    Edward Cin March 22, 2019

    You could say, his odds of becoming president are a long wang.

  6. Maritza Piccarillo
    Maritza Piccarillo March 22, 2019

    Is he SINGLE?
    What the fuck!!
    A single virgin President!!

  7. Maritza Piccarillo
    Maritza Piccarillo March 22, 2019

    UBI will fail in the USA
    It probably works for Finland because their lifestyle differs from HERE in the USA.
    Too many unproductive drug addicts people and uneducated will just not understand fully how to improve their lives!!
    Just another form of WELFARE. If people today are selling their food stamps for drugs and alcohol… why should it be different when they receive UBI

  8. Max the Big Bad
    Max the Big Bad March 22, 2019

    I don't think Yang will win, but I hope he does well. We as a country need to start discussing how automation is going to be handled before it's too late.

  9. food
    food March 22, 2019

    The election will belong to the one that works the hardest and is willing to fight till the end and connect with voters

  10. Rick Larsen
    Rick Larsen March 22, 2019

    lolz at all the peeps who just want the freebies. $12,000 bucks the people who "need" this money most will just go to Vegas with it or spend it on their weed.

  11. c a t
    c a t March 22, 2019

    VAT is an interesting way to fund it. I mean personally, I would go with more wealth and passive income taxes for the rich like Bernie, and a carbon tax to fund his programs. Because while a VAT increase will mostly be okay – this can easily be put on consumers, unneccesarily cutting the realistic power of each $1,000 UBI payment. ]

  12. Last Greatest
    Last Greatest March 22, 2019

    Yang for President.

  13. LalalalaLola
    LalalalaLola March 22, 2019

    I like ubi. It's just baffling to me that fox news isn't screaming "socialist". What's up with that?

  14. Spoofy Tofuwu
    Spoofy Tofuwu March 22, 2019

    yang gang!!!

  15. jenny hansen
    jenny hansen March 22, 2019

    UBI would cause inflation and price increases. There would have to be freeze on prices to really enjoy the infusion to the economy.

  16. jenny hansen
    jenny hansen March 22, 2019

    I see where some of the progressives would be a great cabinet members for Bernie.

  17. cro4591
    cro4591 March 22, 2019

    Lose the useless and distracting soundtrack ''music'.

  18. cro4591
    cro4591 March 22, 2019

    As long as we continue to use economic indicators to assess quality of life, the disparity and dysfunction will continue.

  19. cro4591
    cro4591 March 22, 2019

    What part of finite resources do capitalists not understand.

  20. cro4591
    cro4591 March 22, 2019

    So I'm 64…fuck me, I guess.

  21. Florida Keys Wooden Boat Fishing
    Florida Keys Wooden Boat Fishing March 22, 2019

    It's interesting that people on social security were the least likely to support a UBI.

  22. smb12321
    smb12321 March 23, 2019

    The Guaranteed Income idea has been kicked around for some time and of course what is never said is that this would entail essentially gutting Social Security and Medicaid. I t would immediately become politicized with the usual cries of, "Why should anyone earning more than (fill in blank) get this money." In other words, it will become yet another welfare system. My problem with it is that we have shown zero pensity to save a dime and without SS what are these folks going to live on at age 65 unless they were to save the $1000/mth? The idea that we will suddenly start banking $10k/yr vs new iphones, vacations, nice eats, clothes, 4K tvs, etc is absurd

  23. Payden Allen
    Payden Allen March 23, 2019

    Democrats support modern welfare programs, Medicare (compared to a privatized healthcare system), social security, and free public education to the tune of practically 100%. However, for some reason when they come across a new redistributive program like a UBI, they take a long time to sniff it out and feel divided over the issue. 20 years after Andrew Yang's participation in the debates, Democrat support for UBI will rest entirely on whether or not Yang gets the policy through. If he does, UBI will be heralded as the solution to poverty in America, without an argument. If he doesn't get it through, in 20 years Democrats will dismiss the UBI policy out of hand, again without an argument. This is very strange from a political science perspective, but at least it's predictable behavior.

  24. Thomas Gant
    Thomas Gant March 23, 2019

    Yangsters fight on

  25. Thomas Gant
    Thomas Gant March 23, 2019

    I don't talk yang haters. Yang gang bitches!

  26. Vanna Mae
    Vanna Mae March 23, 2019

    My question for UBI is what policy does Yang have to make sure the market doesn't inflate the price of goods and make $1000 useless. and if another administration comes along and tries to dismantle UBI how to we make sure workers do end up screwed?

  27. Chris Ulmer
    Chris Ulmer March 23, 2019

    I like Basic Income but it should only be given to the poor so they can have more money from the program. I’m a successful business owner so I would not need this money. But I say give it to the former coal miner in West Virginia who lost his job due to the collapse of the coal mining industry. Or to the former auto worker in Detroit who was replaced by a machine.

  28. Quinton Rogers
    Quinton Rogers March 23, 2019

    He's a joke with another big government solution gtfo with this dumb ubi crap. You want people to have more income you cut taxes drastically and let them keep their own money.

  29. SJNaka101
    SJNaka101 March 23, 2019

    The elites of our nation need to start pushing this guy if they wanna fucking survive. Andrew Yang is the only one who will stop the pitchforks and guillotines from coming

  30. Mia Lovely
    Mia Lovely March 23, 2019

    I don't think Yang is necessarily running to win the presidency. I think he is doing what Bernie did in 2016. He is running as a message candidate. He wants to get the UBI idea in people's minds. We know this works. Because Bernie was very successful in doing this in 2016 with M4A, income inequality, and climate change. Another unexpected positive of Yang's campaign is that it seems like he might be converting some of those crazy 4chan MAGA chunds. Which makes me super happy. I much prefer the Yang gang over racist maga chuds.

  31. Anton Voltchok
    Anton Voltchok March 23, 2019

    Really happy someone like Yang is running, I couldn’t think of a better person to explain these concepts which are truly not that difficult to understand to the corporate sector who seems too fucking dumb to comprehend anything outside of what they already know.

  32. Anton Voltchok
    Anton Voltchok March 23, 2019

    Never thought I’d say this but I’d actually be equally content with Bernie or Yang at this point, I don’t think I ever have had 2 candidates to pick from in a democratic primary that were this good, or 2 candidates which were at all good haha

  33. Al Loomis
    Al Loomis March 23, 2019

    dems have to remember that trump is in the whitehouse because they thought they could ignore the mid-west industrial cities. which currently look like post-war slums. alone among democrats, yang has a pl;an to re-vitalize america. the core is simple: re-claim from the government enough money to support universal basic income.
    the choice is simple: the jobs are gone, to china and robots. either substitute ubi, or prepare for civil war- because armed people do not watch their families starve. either share the national wealth, or watch it disappear as the 1% move on to their private islands in the sun, and investment in china.
    beto and mayor pete are full of sunny talk, but it's empty. gabbard is clear that usa should get out of the bandit business, but has no idea what to do to spread that money around, bernie would have been useful in the 1930's, but that was then.
    yang has a serious weakness. he's too far out in front of america. the american electorate is semi-literate and born yesterday. the american political culture is crooked, entitled, and does not attract smart people, just sly people. you can't be an american politician and have ethics, and if you try, well, look at bernie- propped up by the dem apparatus to create an appearance of interest in the welfare of america just long enough, and then dumped. and he paid off: backed clinton who had nothing to say about the mid-west, too busy on wall-street. between the two of them, trump slipped in. and still the dem establishment talk about 'centrists.' they have learned nothing.

  34. Mattias Hoz
    Mattias Hoz March 24, 2019

    Simple solution: Let’s all pester Bernie until he chooses Yang as his 2020 VP!

  35. Alex
    Alex March 24, 2019

    VAT has been a major government tax income in China for decades, for its simplicity and efficiency. It is very interesting to see an American propose that tax.

  36. Süway Máy
    Süway Máy March 24, 2019

    We don’t need a smart and intelligent person like Andrew Yang who will give us a $1,000 per month for being an outstanding U.S adult citizen. What we need is a dumb President like racist Donald Trump who will spend $7 Billions on a wall, which will probably never be built. All the racist white folks want the wall to keep the illegal Mexicans from taking their housekeeping jobs and janitor jobs. 🙌🙌

  37. jarhead0627
    jarhead0627 March 24, 2019

    Yang for labor

  38. Velocity Raptor
    Velocity Raptor March 25, 2019

    Found my candidate!

  39. G erman C arrasco
    G erman C arrasco March 25, 2019

    Tulsi in better. This guy is a centrists that will keep the war machine running. Yang buys the "Russiagate" , he wants more sanctions on Russia and says that Trump "is beholden by them" (Search for "Yang What about foreign policy?").

    Don't get fooled with the promise of free money. That is the old Bread and Circus to avoid revolts. Yang will keep the Military Industrial Complex running and will turn a blind eye to any war crime perpetrated by Israel, making the world more unstable. He is more of the same. The UBI will buy regular people just like the PACs buy politicians. You do what they say or you lose that free money you got to rely on to survive.

  40. ADHD
    ADHD March 25, 2019

    Aroooooooooo

  41. Chris Broughton
    Chris Broughton March 25, 2019

    Yang is attracting proud boys and other racists, no thanks.

  42. truth and common sense warrior
    truth and common sense warrior March 25, 2019

    Fuck that asshole. He's a democrat. Enough said.

  43. truth and common sense warrior
    truth and common sense warrior March 25, 2019

    TRUMP 2020
    Take your Yang and stick it up your thang.

  44. Herp McDerp
    Herp McDerp March 25, 2019

    Oh god, next time, please warn me before showing a close-up of Trump's warped face. That came out of nowhere.

  45. The Progressive Update
    The Progressive Update March 26, 2019

    Tour De-Force Explanation, Matt!

  46. jhuang2007
    jhuang2007 March 26, 2019

    The UBI policy actually is a great way to revive every small and medium towns and to create local jobs from the bottom up (the trickle-up economy) whether or not the automaton or AI is going to eliminate jobs.  We have been feeding the wealthy and big companies with tax credits and tax cut … and hoping them to create jobs … we know it's not effective.  When the economy is bad, we all get laid off anyway.  It's time to think differently!  Invest our own people first – Humanity First!  UBI and YANG 2020!!!

  47. Jay P
    Jay P March 26, 2019

    The democratic party has become an over-radicalized three ring circus more focused on identity politics and PC culture than issues that actually matter. Yang is a breath of fresh air and I believe someone that quite possibly could unite both moderate liberals and moderate conservatives.

  48. I Control My Fate
    I Control My Fate March 27, 2019

    His UBI is an interesting idea, but in my opinion, without things like the Green New Deal to create new jobs, and making school tuition free, its not enough, its merely a check written to people so they don't revolt.

  49. J.J.
    J.J. March 28, 2019

    Here's a few scraps to keep you peasants subservient and give a small boost to your buying power, in turn giving the same corporation that gave the ubi the money back. Meanwhile automating away even more jobs. We need to address education,corporate tax evasion, military complex, environment issues, and Medicare for all. I like Yang. I just think this is not the way to go about solving the many problems with America.

  50. Gerkee
    Gerkee March 28, 2019

    Lets build a trickle up economy by investing in the people of America. #YANG2020 #YangGang

  51. leslie bond
    leslie bond March 28, 2019

    Ubi actually encourages people to actively engage in work rather than rely on Welfare because the gap between work and no work is formed again.

  52. Brian Smith
    Brian Smith March 29, 2019

    Excellent even-handed overview. Well done. #YangGang #Yang2020

  53. Sir_Valion
    Sir_Valion March 30, 2019

    The Ds have been hugely unsuccessful without a very savvy and
    charismatic candidate going back 40 years in runs for POTUS. There seems
    to be none of that ilk on the horizon for them, and their extreme
    policy positions today will make it quite difficult to succeed even if
    they were to find someone like that. While they have an advantage
    electorally it will probably take a dramatic event or change in
    circumstances to unseat Trump. The POTUS has a great advantage when
    running for reelection. Going back to 1933 only two POTUS have really
    been one termers. It would be unheard of if the economy remains robust
    and there is no war dilemma afoot for Trump to lose. Granted most of the
    corporate media opposes him and that's a problem, but he should still
    prevail barring the aforementioned possibilities.

  54. Bdubz
    Bdubz March 30, 2019

    Yang and trump are the only 2 who can truly do good for our country at this point #Yang2020 #Trump2020

  55. Lawrence Schultz
    Lawrence Schultz March 31, 2019

    I like the idea of a UBI, but don't like the idea as presented by Yang, where Jeff Bezos ane Howard Schultz would get this $1000 basic income (even though they'd never know the difference), yet many of the poor would as usual be left out or partially left out. If you recieve other federal help (food stamps, welfare, HUD funding) because your cheap billionaire employer will not pay you a living wage, these will be deducted from the $1000! The plan is good, but don't ignore those for whom it is most important: the working poor, single mothers, and their children. Better say, if it is a 'basic income', that those already earning over say $200,000 a year obviously already have more than a basic income, so give it those who need it. We really don't need to be giving more free money to the rich, while continuing to leave out much the working poor.

  56. Sherry Hull
    Sherry Hull April 2, 2019

    His $1,000 a month IS NOT FARE. Why do seniors, disabled have to give up their Social Security and SSI just because they can't work? Just because some can work why do they get the $1,000 and the rest of us who became disabled after years of working or unable to work at all because of a disability.

  57. peccatoribus64
    peccatoribus64 April 2, 2019

    Wowwwww!! And now since there's not enough candidates already we have one more but this one is a CHINO!!. We already have some Islamic Muslims infiltrated in our Government and now we may even have some Triads!! OMG!! What will happen to America the beautiful??

  58. Rick Jackson
    Rick Jackson April 2, 2019

    Like i said, I am good with calculation. (Dark Knight)

  59. leslie bond
    leslie bond April 2, 2019

    UBI is fair because it is not like bailing out the wall street when only the banks and the financial sector reaped the benefit while made no contribution to the job market and manufacturing.

  60. Yusuke Muramatsu
    Yusuke Muramatsu April 4, 2019

    100% Yang Gang.

  61. Dee Clay
    Dee Clay April 8, 2019

    Gaaaaaaannngggggg

  62. Oblitorix
    Oblitorix April 10, 2019

    Gang Yang 🤘

    fuck wait

  63. Jonathan Kim
    Jonathan Kim April 11, 2019

    Andrew Yang is going to win it all. Keep up the good work and keep spreading the word. YangGang!

  64. Smash-ter
    Smash-ter April 11, 2019

    Yang's UBI plan is dumb. And besides, all Democrats slaps Medicare for All as a policy. If you have $1K per month, would this mean you give up Medicare for All?

  65. Johnny
    Johnny April 13, 2019

    so as President , HE will sign a bill and FORCE big companies to pay .. F U Yang . companies will MOVED

  66. Marc Padilla
    Marc Padilla April 13, 2019

    Bernie is givin away free plastic surgery.

  67. Marc Padilla
    Marc Padilla April 13, 2019

    Idc Im voting for Yang. UBI is right on target. Doesnt Finland have a similar allowance.

  68. John Howerton
    John Howerton April 14, 2019

    There
    are 243 million Americans of working age. If they all get $1000 a month then that is 243 billion a month or 2.9 trillion a year. Here is the breakdown of what is considered "Welfare" by the government.

    Currently it looks like this: Earned Income Tax Credit ($55 billion), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ($21 billion), Supplemental
    Security Income ($43.7 billion), food stamps ($75 billion), and housing vouchers ($18 billion) and the Child Tax Credit. All together, that’s around $212 billion dollars. This is normally what is considered "Welfare". However, there is also this; Medicaid $228 billion on the non-elderly population, and children’s health insurance plan takes up another $13.5 billion. Total 241.5 billion. I don't think this is included in his welfare plan since he already has a healthcare plan that would address this. Next we have; Title 1 grants ($14 billion) and Head Start ($7.1 billion) in this category totaling 21.1 billion. I don't think that Yang is suggesting that these be included in welfare either, but I could be wrong. And lastly we have; Adoption assistance ($2.5 billion) and low income taxpayer clinics ($9.9 million). Again. I doubt he want's to eliminate these programs and replace them with $1000 a month. So realistically we are talking about replacing a 212 billion dollar a year program/s with a 2.9 trillion dollar a year program. The numbers don't work.

    Mr. Yang has a short fall of 2.688 trillion to fund his $1000 a month plan. If he gets 800 million from VAT then that takes him down to roughly 1.8 trillion. Remember we are also carrying 22 Trillion dollars in immediate debt. If you add unfunded liabilities you can ratchet it up
    another 200 trillion. Just for fun. If you want to get your head around how much a trillion dollars is, look at it like this. 1 trillion seconds takes 31,709 years. So where will Yang get the 1.8 Trillion?
    Remember he will need to do this every year.

  69. Walter Chin
    Walter Chin April 14, 2019

    Excellent summary of Yang's domestic policy.

  70. carter
    carter April 15, 2019

    We need more candidates like Yang. #YangGang

  71. Grim The Ghastly
    Grim The Ghastly April 16, 2019

    YAAAAANG GAAAAANG!!!

  72. ben boulet
    ben boulet April 16, 2019

    Hahaha gang bang yang can't wait for him to try Trump

  73. Astro Mars
    Astro Mars April 19, 2019

    Impossible! That creep Biden is in the lead…The Dems are doomed again! LOL

  74. Astro Mars
    Astro Mars April 19, 2019

    Bernie is at a loss when it comes to understanding the challenges ahead. Seriously, a $15 minimum wages for jobs that are disappearing fast or no longer exist? That will drive the country off of the cliff!

  75. Olkeriil Remengesau
    Olkeriil Remengesau April 20, 2019

    America for all Americans, so give Tulsi and Yang a chance to unshaft America in 2020. America first and foremost. Much Aloha

  76. J J
    J J April 22, 2019

    Just donated. first time ever to a candidate.

  77. Sonia Rhodes
    Sonia Rhodes April 28, 2019

    I'm curious, are there any downsides to UBI? like would it accelerate inflation, for example?

  78. Ryan Staley
    Ryan Staley April 28, 2019

    While I don't support Yang for president (a congressional seat would be cool though), I am very close to supporting UBI. Yang is making a concrete argument that makes sense to even the least politically involved. I really just need to further read up on the numbers to confirm my position, but so far I'm certainly favoring UBI over no UBI.

  79. W K
    W K April 29, 2019

    Better than no policy pete

  80. American Jobs Factory
    American Jobs Factory May 2, 2019

    He can win! He has the most dedicated supporters.

  81. NutLover360
    NutLover360 May 6, 2019

    3% now

  82. Born Blazed
    Born Blazed May 7, 2019

    yang ftw

  83. Dave Terry
    Dave Terry May 7, 2019

    Milton Friedman supported it.

  84. David An
    David An May 8, 2019

    Media is so liberal

  85. Jay Camacho
    Jay Camacho May 9, 2019

    He is way better then Creepy Joe Biden

  86. Andrew Herman
    Andrew Herman May 15, 2019

    Hey, vote for me, I give you money! other people's money! I'm Socialist…..BIG Socialist. Pretty soon, you need wheel-barrel of cash for loaf of
    bread! That's our plan….BIG Socialist plan. Same crap we've pulled before….we going to do again!

  87. Michael Anderson
    Michael Anderson May 18, 2019

    Just remember people where laughing at Trump running 2016 saying no way possible

  88. Rick O'Shaughnessy
    Rick O'Shaughnessy May 24, 2019

    Andrew Yang is really moving forward, this guy has every chance of success… listen to him, he's really on the ball, intelligent with a clear policy forward

  89. andersonnick038
    andersonnick038 May 24, 2019

    Polling at 3% last I heard > Yang 2020!!! 🇺🇲

  90. Oma Cool
    Oma Cool May 27, 2019

    Lol. BERNIES got alot of EXFOLLOWERS. Bernie burned us bad w his pact w SHITLERY B E F CR E THE PRIMARY. THEN LET US BELIEVE HE WAS HONESTLY RUNNONG FOR US AND RAISED $200 000 000 FROM US. PLUS HE SAYS HES ANTIWAR BUT VOTES FOR THEM W REPIG. HES CLASSIC CORP DEM NOW.. HES PROFASCIST ISRAEL NO MATTER WHAT. THEY DO I GENOCIDE AND THIEVERY AND BULLYING THE PALESTINIANS AND NEIGHBORS IS FINE. TRUST HIM?
    NO!
    AND ONCE AGAIN…THE POOR ARE THE ONLY ONES PUNISHED. EVERYONE GETS TO KEEP THEIR INCOME BUT THE POOR. IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE EFFECTIVE IT MUST BE GIVEN ON TOP OF CURRENT BENEFITS OR ITS JUST MORE OF THE SAME BULLSHIT. PUNISH THE POOR FOR BEING POOR. YOU WANT TO PAY FOR EVERYONE ELSE BY ONCE AGAIN SCREWING THE POOR. NO THANKS YOU HYPOCRIT.
    TAX THE RICH MORE TO PAY THE DIFFERENCE. YOURE JUST ANOTHER CORPORATE SHILL PUNISHING THE POOR TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR EVERYONE ELSE.
    ARE YOU SURE THE CORPS WILL MAKE MORE JOBS? I DOUBT IT. IT SEEMS LIKE A DEFACTO BAIL OUT FOR THEM. THEY GET TO KEEP THE BILLIONS THEY EXTRACTED FROM US BY BRIBING LEGISLATURES TO FIX E V E R Y T H I N G IN THEIR FAVOR. AND YOU KNOW THEYLL START LOWERING WAGES AND BENEFITS..
    SONIC IN OHIO ALREADY TRIED TO PULL A FAST ONE BY CUTTING THE WSGES TO $4 AN HOUR PLUS TIPS. IN A DRIVE THRU BURGER REST! ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES QUIT. THIS WILL BE MORE OF THE SAME UNLESS THERE ARE REGULAR WAGE INCREASES AS WELL WE WILL ALL WIND UP ONLY HAVING THE 1000 A MO. IWHICH IS ABOUT THE SAME OR LESS THAN CURRENT MIN. WAGE.
    UNLESS THOSE GUARANTRES ARE INCLUDED IT WINDS UP IMPOVERISHING US A L L .
    E V E R Y B O D Y.
    ITS A DIRTY TRICK IF NOT DONE RIGHT. AND WHO HERE TRUSTS THE POLS OR CORPS TO GET IT RIGHT.? ONLY IF YOURE INSANE.
    TRUMPS FOLLOWERS ARE CERTIFIABLY NSANE ZEALOTS. AN ODD MIX OF A CULT OF PERSONALITY MEETS A MESSIANIC CULT. NO RATIONAL THOUGHT AT ALL.
    TIME TO INCREASE CORP TAXES TO 50% MIN.
    TIME TO NULLIFY THEIR EVERY ADVANTAGE OVER US.
    NO MORE CITIZENS UNITED NO MORE CORP WELFARE NO MORE TAX BREAKS NO MORE OFFSHORING MONEY AND TAX THEM HEAVILY FOR EXPORTING JOBS NOT GIVING THEM TAX BREAKS FOR EXPORTING OUR JOBS.
    NO MATTER WHAT TRUMP SAYS ,WE RE STILL HEMORRHAGING JOBS AT A GREATER RATE THAN EVER BEFORE. OK SO WE RE GAINING AN EXTRA 60000 JOBS A MO…CORPS ARE STILL CLOSING LIKE FORD STILL COSTING US JOBS. WE NEED TENS OF MILLIONS OF PERM FT LIVING WAGE JOBS W FULL BENEFITS FROM NOW ON TO RAISE AMERICANS OUT OF POVERTY FOR GOOD.
    THE ECONOMY AS ALWAYS IS DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFITING THE RICH AND EMPHATICALKY N O T TRICKLING DOWN. HIS TARIFFS ARE RAISING THE PRICES ON EVERYTHING CREATING INFLATION AS REPUGS A L W A Y S DO.. OBAMA HAD NEGATIVE INFLATION. SO REPUGS ARE SCREWING US AGAIN.
    WHATS YOUR STANCE ON T H A T?

  91. Oma Cool
    Oma Cool May 27, 2019

    Im pro UBI IF DONE RIGHT.

  92. kj Nightbird
    kj Nightbird May 29, 2019

    Intelligence elegance (with heart) just might trump Trump!
    ✨✨Andrew Yang 2020✨✨
    ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨

  93. disabled submarine vet
    disabled submarine vet June 1, 2019

    I am a disabled vet would he give folks like me the 1k a month ?

  94. jhuang2007
    jhuang2007 June 3, 2019

    Universal Basic Income = Buying Locals! Yang2020!

  95. patriot 483
    patriot 483 June 17, 2019

    Ayyy YANG GANG

  96. Skara Caesar
    Skara Caesar June 29, 2019

    Andrew Yang for US president. You'd be mad not to vote for him.

  97. Jukebox300
    Jukebox300 July 1, 2019

    Andrew Yang claims to be the antithesis of Donald Trump but the truth is that he couldn't be more like him. Similarly to Donald Trump, Yang is a one-policy candidate: Trump's policy was barring immigration, and Yang's is UBI. I want to be clear here in saying that I think UBI is an amazing idea, and I detest Trump's immigration policy, but being president is a huge job that only an experienced politician can really take on. Therefore, I can't really give Yang my vote. However, I don't want the end of Yang's candidacy to mean the end of UBI. I want to see it on another candidate's platform, in Congress, or even better: I want to see Yang on the next president's cabinet.

  98. world peace
    world peace July 27, 2019

    Of course he can do it it’s Andrew Yang the guy with the most policies and the best policies ever! Yes he’s going to have to work really hard to fight the DNC and then after that it’s a piece of cake!

  99. LavaringX
    LavaringX July 28, 2019

    I think Andrew Yang could become President in the future, but not this time. People need to actually see the stuff he's talking about happen before they finally take him seriously.

  100. Jim Mage
    Jim Mage August 6, 2019

    Just a reminder #Yang2020

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