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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:43 PM

 

Random Man Runs for President


The table was set for perhaps 15 people when Andrew Yang arrived at a Manhattan dinner party in the summer of 2017. The dinner’s sponsor was a club that describes its purpose as “exploring the big, bold ideas” of “America’s leading problem solvers.” The evening’s designated topic of discussion was the future of work. Earlier that year, Yang had stepped down from his job as chief executive of Venture for America, a nonprofit organization he founded to send young entrepreneurs to cities in need of economic revitalization.

Yang “came in and, being Andrew, kind of took over the room,” recalls fellow dinner guest Zach Graumann. At the time, Graumann was a 31-year-old wealth manager who ran a nonprofit on the side that Yang sometimes advised. “I think he’s going to give the Venture for America spiel. And he doesn’t,” Graumann says. Instead, Yang talked about how automation has displaced millions of workers in Middle America, and will soon displace millions more, pushing the country into social crisis. “He drops the bomb that most of America’s waking up to now,” Graumann remembers. “He drops what I call the ‘automation bomb,’ and why Trump is our president today, and he starts rattling off his stats and his vision.”

When Yang concluded by announcing that he was running for president, Graumann reacted in disbelief. “I was like: ‘Of America? President of America?’ ” Yang replied in the affirmative. “I was like, all right,” Graumann recalls. “Cool, man, I’ll help. I’m in.”

Graumann would later quit his job to work on Yang’s White House bid full time as his campaign manager. Together, they and two staff members laid the groundwork for the campaign, working out of an ad hoc office in a Midtown Manhattan apartment that Yang’s mother owned. None had ever worked in politics.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/magazine/wp/2019/06/10/feature/random-man-runs-for-president-the-odd-saga-of-andrew-yang-explained/?utm_term=.543b518e9659
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Andrew Yang

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murielm99 Jun 2019 #1
uawchild Jun 2019 #2
Celerity Jun 2019 #4
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Karadeniz Jun 2019 #3

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:50 PM

1. Random man....

 

why not? We have Florida Man in the White House right now.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Pete Buttigieg

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:50 PM

2. Yang is a time traveler from a better future

 

He really has a lot of forward looking ideas that will become policy in the future, the near future I hope.

I like that he is pushing for a form of guaranteed basic income.

As automation and artificial intelligence disrupt our current economy and workforce, that seems like the only equitable way to distribute wealth gains thru out society and not just concentrating them in the hands of the 1%.

The alternative will be the impoverishment of working Americans.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Cory Booker

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Response to uawchild (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 09:15 PM

4. The main problem I have with UBI is that it will be used as an excuse to slash massive parts of the

 

social safety net and gut the basic welfare state.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Pete Buttigieg

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Response to Celerity (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 06:12 AM

5. I disagree with you on this topic

 

Yes, things will change and change is an inevitable in all things. I don't see it as an excuse to cut the welfare state but an opportunity to either make it unnecessary in some cases and to streamline it in others. If an individual is receiving UBI, the welfare payments currently being received may in some cases be less and the UBI a better deal. As envisioned individuals will be able to take the better of the two for themselves and families and will not be forced into one system or the other.

It will also benefit businesses as the consumers will have more purchasing power which as we know has been eroded over the decades. His plan is also to fundamentally change how we measure and value work in our society expanding the definition of work and creating more balance for all of us.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Andrew Yang

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:59 PM

3. I like him!

 

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

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