What do people here think of Andrew Yang?
Couple people (including myself) have posted about him in this thread. I don't know much, but he makes the most sense to me of any of the Democrats I've heard. Not even sure about his resume, but his ideas are just plain superior...imo.
Universal basic income of $1000 per month for every adult?
would seem less than what those collecting Welfare or unemployment are getting.
on the face of it, I would think there'd be a lot of opposition to just giving people money that they're not earning and this proposal would really need to have a lot of the details hammered out before it should ever be proposed as a govt program. things like:
- how old is 'adult'? is it 18? is it 21? is it 26 when children can no longer be covered under a parent's insurance per the ACA?
- is this meant to supplement those people working a full-time job that pays them less that $1000 per month to get them up to that much? ex. someone earns $800 a month, are they getting $200 to get them to $1000 or are they getting a full $1000? If it's a supplement to get the working poor up to $1000 a month, that's something that can be discussed with some merit. if it's $1000 for everyone, is that any more or less acceptable to the masses? would people making $40,000 annually object to getting another $1000 a month? maybe not. I'm sure people would be absolutely against people like Trump getting another $1000 a month. would there be an income level cutoff for receiving this and if so, what would that be?
- are those people receiving this $ and not working going to be required to work for it in some capacity? If so, would their be exceptions (Health-related, disabled, young children, job-training instead of work, etc...)? If they must work, in what capacity and would it be as part of a federal program or would the States have a say in what type of work it should be? (trash collection on roadsides, crossing guards, office work, etc... low-level positions commensurate with the money being paid out)
- Who are these people receiving this without working and why wouldn't the already be eligible for Welfare or Unemployment or Social Security (health-related recipients under 65)? is there anyone out there not collecting some govt money already that would be eligible for this?
just things to consider about this proposal. I think with the main topic broken down into these pieces (and there's certainly more breakdowns/questions to be made), this goes from something dismissed out of hand or ridiculed to something that might merit some consideration if more details are put to this idea.