Andrew Yang is a serial entrepreneur, but he has a noteworthy goal for an Asian man who’s never worked in politics: to step into the white house as the next US President. Yang is a Democratic candidate for the upcoming election in 2020, championing a flagship policy of universal basic income. In short, he plans to pay every American adult $1,000 a month, free and clear, regardless of social or economic status.
Age 44 and the son of Taiwanese immigrants, Andrew Yang spent the last seven years running an organization called Venture For America, helping entrepreneurs build startups and creating thousands of jobs in Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Baltimore, and other struggling cities in the United States. During the process, he realized that while he was creating thousands of jobs for the US economy, millions more were being decimated by automation.
According to Andrew Yang, Donald Trump did not win the election in 2016 because of Russian hackers, Chinese manufacturers, or racist voters. Trump became president because the tech industry “automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs that left thousands of American communities decimated.” Yang dug into the statistics and discovered a straight-line up correlation between states that voted Trump and states where manufacturing jobs were replaced by automation.
Trump framed the job crisis as a symptom of jobs being shipped overseas, so when he promised to renegotiate trade deals with countries like China and levy tariffs on imported goods, he secured votes from millions of working-class Americans who were swayed by his claim. However, Andrew Yang’s findings show that most jobs were replaced by automation at home rather than by manufacturers overseas.
When Yang consulted politicians in Washington D.C. about how they planned to handle the threat of automation, the top three responses he received were, “We can’t talk about that because it will scare the public,” “We need to do more research,” and “We should focus more on job retraining programs.”
The first two responses are flat out horrifying. In his book, The War on Normal People, Yang writes that 30% of US malls are projected to shut down in the next four years, due to Amazon sucking billions of dollars out of the US retail market. Currently, the most common job in the United States is a retail worker; yet, most politicians aren’t even beginning to address the retail jobs that will be lost to automation.
On top of retail workers, truck drivers are at risk as well. “Truck driving alone is the most common job in twenty-nine states with 3.5 million drivers — 94 percent of them male — and an additional 12 million workers supporting them in truck stops and motels across the country,” Andrew writes on his presidential website, Yang2020.com. “What happens when the trucks start to drive themselves?”
As the founder of multi-million dollar companies including Manhattan Prep and Venture For America, Andrew Yang has friends in Silicon Valley who are building self-driving trucks. “[They] tell me they are 98 percent of the way to automating away truck jobs,” Yang claims.
In a Q&A session with Rolling Stones, Yang explains that “the economic incentives for [building self-driving trucks] are staggering. $168 billion dollars per year not just in saved labor cost but in fuel efficiency and equipment utilization, because the trucks can run day and night, and [there would be] fewer accidents. About 4,000 Americans die in accidents with truck drivers every year. We have some of the smartest people in the country working on solving this problem — but when they succeed it’s going to be disastrous for hundreds of thousands of workers, and thousands of communities around the country.” Choosing not to talk about automation or waiting for more research to be done are dangerous options, to say the least.
The politicians’ third most common response of investing in job retraining programs seems like a viable way to help workers cope with job loss. However, independent studies show that this is not the case. The number of people who find a job after taking government-funded retraining programs ranges somewhere between 0 to 15 percent.
“My economics textbook said that [the manufacturing workers] would be retrained for new jobs and that the economy would grow and all would be well,” Yang recalls. “But that’s not what the facts were. Turns out that almost half of those manufacturing workers left the workforce and never worked again. And of those that left the workforce, about half file for disability.”
We can reasonably predict that With such low success rates, job retraining programs simply won’t prepare Americans for the incoming economic and technological transformation. Economists “fourth industrial revolution.”
In response to the “greatest economic and technologic transformation in the history of the world,” Andrew Yang
His flagship policy is Universal Basic Income, where everyone 18+ in the US gets $1000 a month
This has already been passed in the state of Alaska, and they pay for it using oil money
In the US, this will be paid for with technology. He plans to implement a Value-Added-Tax, where… , so that the profits made by tech giants like Amazon and Google are circulated back into the economy.
4 million jobs have been lost to manufacturing
His campaign is focused on solving the most pressing issues of the 21st Century
His following has increased steadily in the past few months
His internet following is called “Yang Gang”
He has spoken on the Joe Rogan Podcast, the Ben Shapiro Show, the Morning Breakfast Club, and is currently forging ahead at 3% national popularity.
In spite of running as a Democrat, many right-winged citizens have expressed willingness to
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