Finally, someone running for the 2020 presidential nomination as a Democrat that I can get excited about. Maybe he won’t get elected but he will get an important discussion into the public sphere, if nothing else. I’ve long been disappointed that no establishment politician talks about the REAL problem with jobs disappearing in an honest way. Finally, someone is and they are putting their money where their mouth is.
I have found my guy who speaks the language of my heart. I’ve been saying this for a long time. Meet Andrew Yang running for the 2020 Presidential election as a Democrat.
New technologies — robots, software, artificial intelligence — have already destroyed more than 4 million US jobs, and in the next 5–10 years, they will eliminate millions more. A third of all American workers are at risk of permanent unemployment. And this time, the jobs will not come back.
As president, Andrew Yang’s first priority will be to implement Universal Basic Income for every American adult between the ages of 18 and 64: $1,000 a month, no strings attached, paid for by a new tax on the companies benefiting most from automation. UBI is just the beginning. A crisis is underway — we have to work together to stop it, or risk losing the heart of our country. The stakes have never been higher.
With the proceeds from selling a business he started, Andrew Yang founded Venture for America, an organization that helps entrepreneurs create jobs in cities like Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.
VFA resonates with so many people because it’s clear there’s a growing problem in the U.S.: automation is destroying jobs and entire regions are being left behind. For years I believed new business formation was the answer — if we could train a new generation of entrepreneurs and create the right jobs in the right places, we could stop the downward spiral of growing income inequality, poverty, unemployment, and hopelessness. VFA created jobs by the thousands and continues to do amazing work across the country. But along the way, it became clear to me that job creation will not outpace the massive impending job loss due to automation. Those days are simply over.
Once he understood the magnitude of this problem, he saw that even our most forward-thinking politicians were not going to take the steps necessary to stem the tide.
Two of his other policies are “Medicare for All” and what he calls Human Capitalism — The central tenets of “Human Capitalism” are:
Humans are more important than money
The unit of a Human Capitalism economy is each person, not each dollar
Markets exist to serve our common goals and values
The focus of our economy should be to maximize human welfare.
This is the most exciting politician I’ve personally encountered in a long time !!