Andrew Yang for US President

Andrew Yang’s platform has converted Doretta Lau into a member of the Yang Gang

Andrew Yang Family (photo by Clara Lu)

 

Andrew Yang is America’s best hope to take on Donald Trump in the US Presidential election. His ideas go beyond party politics. But first, he has to win the Democratic nomination.

Why am I a fan? (And I’m the kind of fan who wants one of Yang’s Math hats.)

His policies are listed clearly on his website

You know where Yang stands on pretty much any issue. There’s a robust policy section on his website. On the topic of universal basic income or the Freedom Dividend the website states:

Andrew would implement a Universal Basic Income, ‘The Freedom Dividend,’ 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.

Universal Basic Income is a real solution to the problems that Americans are facing at this moment. Everyone receives it, so there is no stigma attached to it.

If there is going to be a revolution (and that is what people seem to want without understanding what it entails), a policy like this prevents suffering and bloodshed, while creating real change.

He can speak about his policies in a straightforward way

Here’s Yang on the Breakfast Club, killing it. He’s not trying to be cool. He is in a total comfort zone, sharing his ideas. Even when he has a misstep, he returns to his policies, which he can do because he’s actually thought through his platform and how to pay for all the programs he wants to implement. Sometimes you just need a math guy.

Plus he’s smart enough to give himself a nickname before Trump does: Comrade Yang.

He’s thinking about people, not political positions

He is pushing for Medicare for all, but also acknowledges that the US isn’t suddenly going to become a socialist utopia with his policy on human-centered capitalism. I like his slogan Humanity First–it’s a very clever takedown without having to spell anything out for anyone. He understands how propaganda works and he’s the only Democratic candidate that is using language to his advantage in our social media dank meme universe.

He turned an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience into a star-making moment

There are people who dislike Rogan’s podcast, but there is a huge audience tuning in for information. Yang spoke on so many policies and really made sense to me. (I also really dig his dad presence. Yes, I really miss my dad, but that’s not a political thing.)

This appearance and the subsequent donations boosted him to Democratic debate stage. Yang 2020!

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