Andrew Yang

Twelve Reasons to Vote for Andrew Yang – Another good post about Yang!

I am going to put my “outro” at the start here in case people don’t get through this whole post!

Outro

I think it is vital to get a forward thinker like Andrew Yang in the White House in 2020. I am writing this to request that anyone who is reading this specifically consider reading about Andrew Yang more via his book, The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future, which as always, I will buy for you if you are willing to read it! The book is even on YouTube if you don’t want to buy it. 

You can also watch many of the podcasts Yang had some such as Joe Rogan or Sam Harris.If you think you can support Yang for president, you can donate to his campaign, and please vote for him in your Primary or Caucus for him in your state!

Start – 

I attended an Andrew Yang event in Waterloo, Iowa recently. I ended up eating with someone who is taking time off their job to work for Yang’s campaign.

He is going door to door, talking with people about if they will support Yang in the Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus February 3rd, 2020, not necessarily if they would vote for him in the Presidential race in November 2020. The caucus, along with Primaries in many other states helps determine who the Democratic candidate for president in November 2020 will be. 

Why is he talking to people about the caucus specifically? There are many people who will vote straight ticket in the general election, regardless of who is their party’s candidate is. I had that realization after talking with some people at the restaurant after the event. “I would vote for a piece of poo instead of Trump.” was the person’s exact words. 

I can understand that sentiment. But I don’t necessarily feel that way. I am tired of voting for the lesser of 2 evils. That’s is how Trump won in the first place. Hillary was a bad choice for a candidate.

Andrew Yang acknowledges that there are a lot of issues in the country right now, which some Democratic Candidates do not, and was one of the main issues of Hillary’s campaign. She said things were fine! Many other Democratic candidates think the only problem is Trump. Yang recognizes that Trump is not the problem but a symptom. Trump recognized a lot of the correct problems. The difference between Trump and Yang is Trump is looking backwards, while Yang is the candidate of the future. Many of the other democratic candidates are just making noise.

Yang is the data candidate. He looks at what the data is saying, for example, life expectancy is going down in America, due to suicides and drug overdoses. That’s a problem, but it’s a result of people feeling down, losing jobs, losing economic power, etc.

Although the “Freedom Dividend” (Basic Income), is a policy of Yang’s that gets a ton of attention, I think a more important one is “Human Centered Capitalism”.

There is a saying that goes something like this “You get what you measure.” Since we measure GDP and the Stock Market, we are certainly maximizing those things. But only 20% of people are participating in any meaningful way in the stock market and no one makes money directly from GDP. 

We need to think about people, not just GDP. That’s where Human Centered Capitalism comes in. In Human Centered Capitalism, people come first. If all jobs were 100% automated (a possibility in the future and something that should be a goal) we would have a great GDP and high returns on investment, but how would individual people be doing? With no income, likely not well! We are already somewhat in this situation now. 78% of  people are living paycheck to paycheck, you might even be one of them!
Many people I talk to about this blame the people in this situation. I think that’s a form of victim blaming. 

There are so many factors in each person’s individual journey from child to productive adult. There are many barriers in front of people and very different barriers. We need to help each other achieve our potentials. 

There are many programs available to help people reach their potential, but there is a better way, the Freedom Dividend. This will allow each person some money to help pick a direction to take in life and if it happens they took the wrong direction, they will be able to reevaluate and picka  new direction. The issue with today is if you are stuck in a job, you likely have no way to leave. 78% of people can not leave their job without extreme hardship, due to living paycheck to paycheck. 

Because the government has a vastly larger budget compared to any company, $4 trillion dollars a year, the government has to be a part of solving problems.

People who have a problem with the government being involved in things need to read “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism”. That book cured me from thinking about the government as an evil entity trying to take away everyone’s rights. 

Another on Andrew Yang’s policies, Democracy Dollars, will help get more people into politics via funding, and help lower income people contribute to candidates they like. 

Because of all these things, I think it is vital to get a forward thinker like Andrew Yang in the White House in 2020. I am writing this to request that anyone who is reading this specifically consider reading about Andrew Yang more via his book, The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future, which as always, I will buy for you if you are willing to read it! The book is even on YouTube if you don’t want to buy it. 

You can also watch many of the podcasts Yang had some such as Joe Rogan or Sam Harris.If you think you can support Yang for president, you can donate to his campaign, and please vote for him in your Primary or Caucus for him in your state!

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