Andrew Yang - It's Not left it's not right-It's Forward

Reader’s will notice routine updates to this article over the next few months.  Please check the bottom of this article for new videos  This process is intentional and part of our deeper dive into this uniquely qualified presidential candidate.  It is our conclusion, that Andrew Yang has correctly diagnosed our current economy better than any other current candidate and has the best solution for addressing the safety net concern addressed in his realistic diagnosis.  Today our YouTube algorithm feeder gave us a very thoughtful and thought provoking interview Andrew Yang gave before the Des Moines Registers Board. (see video below).  Please watch this video before you decide on a candidate and ask yourself how many could deliver a humble, factually accurate introduction the way Andrew Yang does in this video.   The word, “qualified” resonated through my mind while watching this video.

Andrew Yang is making sense. Last night’s debate demonstrated to this voter why Yang deserves our full attention. Two main Democratic Presidential candidate’s, Andrew Yang positions resonate with me, Universal Income and how the Robot Apocalypse can bring our divided nation together.  The dark side of automation is a looming issue creating deep chasms in our already divided nation.  Consider how well our current Executive in chief exploited this group’s legitimate feelings of economic loss. We are in the midst of a major transition to artificial intelligence (see automation).  The President has blamed immigrants when the clear nemesis is Artificial intelligence-the advance of technology. Imagine how farmers felt during the genesis of the industrial age.

Consider truck drivers. There are 3.5 million truck drivers on the road today (robot trucks will be here within 3-5 years and quickly replacing drivers). The savings are considerable ( replacing human drivers with self-driving trucks that can run all of the time) will save an estimated $168 Billion a year.  Artificial intelligence is replacing thousands of call center jobs right now. About 8% of American jobs are in the STEM field, 92% are not. The 5 most common jobs in the U.S. right now are 1) Administrative and clerical 2)  Retail and Sales 3) food service 4) Truck Driving 5) Manufacturing. Right now all aforementioned jobs are in the midst of a change to Artificial intelligence (automation).  32% of Americans graduated from college, 68% with a high school diploma or below. 68% of Americans are working in the at-risk to automation industries.    We need an interim solution for the margins to keep the most at risk from going off the rails-into much more expensive societal concerns (incarceration, homelessness, drug addiction, emergency room healthcare).  Remember an extra $1000.00 for the average working American, living paycheck to paycheck, would largely end up right back into the economy in the form of retail, deferred car repair payments, dining out, out of pocket healthcare costs.  This purchase activity would result in revenue back to the states/Fed.  We would see the revenue back and save on societal shared marginal costs.  Easy to take the jaded view and consider these payments a form of welfare.  Remember that we practice corporate welfare every year by allowing companies to pay the equivalent of ZERO income taxes.  Why not ask these companies benefiting from automation to provide a dividend back to all of us and especially those displaced by automation?

 

 

The monthly stipend, which Yang dubs the “Freedom Dividend” is intended to ameliorate economic insecurity, wealth inequality,  and the other symptoms of social malaise stemming from capitalism”.

Honda Wang, Jacobin

 

  

 Automation is more efficient than  – human labor. Automation is more efficient by any metric.    Robots, not immigrants are causing economic dislocations. Just consider how loyal any company is to your interests when it comes to their bottom line.  Do we protest the inevitable accelerating transition towards greater efficiency or address this problem with a practical solution- see Universal income?  Practical solutions or protesting the inevitable?  Time to manage the transition. Time to take a look at Andrew Yang.

Please join me in asking Mr. Yang to lose the “We are 10 years too late on Climate crisis” despondency.   Ask Mr. Yang to look closer at a not too late if we do this today solution of someone he already respects, Google X genius, Tom Chi.

Trump supporters, disillusioned with the current real economy, tariffs, and twitter communication, should pay attention to Andrew Yang.  Consider the details below of Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend.

Important Caveat:  During any new technological or industrial shift there are those who win and those who “lose”  In this case, as in the Industrial revolution, Americans displaced outnumber winners by significant margins.  What to do? Firstly back political candidates that address these critical challenges with viable solutions, then learn more about the technology that is currently changing your job outlook, lastly prepare by learning new skills.  Andrew Yang’s Freedom dividend provides a household safety net for so many Americans who have no savings.  The Freedom Dividend gives every American a dividend to use as they deem appropriate. $12,000 a year is a start in the right direction.

 

Andrew would implement the Freedom Dividend, a universal basic income of $1,000/month, $12,000 a year, for every American adult over the age of 18. This is independent of one’s work status or any other factor. This would enable all Americans to pay their bills, educate themselves, start businesses, be more creative, stay healthy, relocate for work, spend time with their children, take care of loved ones, and have a real stake in the future.

Other than regular increases to keep up the cost of living, any change to the Freedom Dividend would require a constitutional amendment.

It will be illegal to lend or borrow against one’s Dividend.

A Universal Basic Income at this level would permanently grow the economy by 12.56 to 13.10 percent—or about $2.5 trillion by 2025—and it would increase the labor force by 4.5 to 4.7 million people.  Putting money into people’s hands and keeping it there would be a perpetual boost and support to job growth and the economy.

 

 

Article 25 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 25

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.


 
From 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a captivating account of how “a skinny Asian kid from upstate” became a successful entrepreneur, only to find a new mission: calling attention to the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy amid rapid technological change and automation.

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future–now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve years–jobs that won’t be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society?

In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation software are making millions of Americans’ livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire-but is it unavoidable?

In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different future–one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision’s core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income-and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls “human capitalism.”

I received this email today (09/14/2019) from Andrew Yang:

Before I decided to run for president, I was running an organization I founded called Venture for America (VFA). This non-profit mentored hundreds of young entrepreneurs and helped them start businesses in Detroit, St. Louis, Columbus, Baltimore, and many other struggling cities.

Over those years, what I saw shocked me and taught me two things:
The American economy no longer works for most Americans, leaving millions of families and communities behind.
Opportunities for Americans have been getting wiped out by the millions because of artificial intelligence and automation, a problem that will get much worse in the next decade.
Walking through abandoned neighborhoods and boarded up businesses served as an eye-opener for me. I decided to put my thoughts into a book and wrote The War on Normal People.

In my book, I tell the story of most Americans. Automation, not immigrants, has wiped out four million manufacturing jobs since 2000, and it’s about to do the same thing to people who work in retail, food service/prep, customer service, and transportation, but it’s not going to stop there. Industries such as insurance, accounting, medicine, and the law will also see the impact of AI and automation. Many reports have shown that 15-47% of current jobs will be automated by 2030.
Andrew speaking at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire

We are going through the greatest technological and economic shift in human history, and our American communities and values are crumbling. We’re leaving behind a poorer world for our children.

As I came to terms with the state of labor in America, I traveled around speaking to Congressional leaders, governors, and even tech leaders presenting my findings. I asked a simple question: What is our plan to deal with the greatest technological shift in human history?

Not a single one had a real answer. The most common answer was, “We should retrain Americans for the jobs of the future,” despite our government being terrible at retraining. Sadly, our political establishment is out to lunch while automation is quietly reshaping our economy in a way that doesn’t work for most of us.

After hearing our leaders present no reasonable solutions, I decided to run for President.

This is not a decision I made lightly. My brother and I were raised in upstate New York, the children of Taiwanese immigrants. We spent our time reading sci-fi and comic books, not dreaming of the White House. Our parents pushed us to do well in school — I ended up studying economics at Brown, and Law at Columbia. That is what I was ‘supposed’ to do — be good at school, get a good job. While we never thought of running for office, my brother and I did grow up believing in the American dream because we were evidence of it.

Sadly, that dream is now dying. The chances that an American born in 1990 will earn more than their parents are down to 50%; in 1940, that same figure was 92%. Right now, in the richest nation in the history of the world, in year 10 of an economic expansion, 40% of Americans cannot afford an unexpected $400 bill.

Today, I’m the husband to an amazing woman and the father of two young boys. I know the country my sons will grow up in is going to be very different than the one I grew up in, and I want to look back at my life knowing I did everything in my power to create the kind of future our children deserve. An America of opportunity, freedom, equality, and abundance. An America in which you can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough.

I am not a politician — I’m a problem solver, and I’m running to solve the biggest problems of our time. My ask to you today is simple — will you join me? Will you stand up against our broken system, and build a new economy — one that puts humanity first?

If you believe in what we are doing, please contribute $10 or more to this movement today. We don’t accept corporate PAC contributions and over 75% of our total fundraising comes from grassroots donations — so you know your donation matters.

Thank you for being a part of this,

-Andrew