This tweet on Monday startled us. It’s from one of the Yang Gang.
It comes from Twitter user @Kayrosis and it reads:
#Pennsylvania Adult Pop:12,723 Median Income:$39,886 Poverty:11.6% @AndrewYang wants to invest over $12.7 million into it #EverySingleMonth by giving them all $1000 Once you do the #Math, you can see how transformative the #FreedomDividend would really be. #Yang2020
So, before we get too far, we’ll answer the obvious first: What is the Yang Gang?
The Yang Gang is a group of loyal online soldiers and supporters of 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
Who is Andrew Yang?
Don’t even ask; we’re on it: Who is Andrew Yang?
In a few months, he’ll be the guy dropping out of the 2020 Presidential race because America will never be a socialist country and despite labeling himself an entrepreneur, Yang is definitely a socialist.
And the meat of Yang’s campaign potato is a concept known as Universal Basic Income.
Under Yang’s plan, as the tweet notes, everyone in Pottsville and everywhere would get $1,000 a month as a universal basic income. They call it the “Freedom Dividend”
He’s a Socialist
Of course, if you put a grand in everyone’s hand, it doesn’t make that $1,000 very special. There’s really no gain. It’s literally re-distributing wealth. So, it’s no wonder he was popular with our former President.
Here’s what Yang says about UBI on his campaign website: “The most direct and concrete way for the government to improve your life is to send you a check for $1,000 every month and let you spend it in whatever manner will benefit you the most. The government is not capable of a lot of things, but it is capable of sending large numbers of checks to large numbers of people promptly and reliably. We have plenty of resources, they’re just not being distributed to enough people right now. Let’s build a new kind of economy – one that puts people first. If there’s one policy that would transform American lives for the better, it is Universal Basic Income.”
Yang’s got some other Communist SWAG in his campaign platform. Want Medicare for All? He’s got it. And there’s even something called “Human Centered Capitalism” which sounds like an idea cooked up in the mind of AOC.
Now, we’ll admit that some parts of Yang’s platform do sound appealing or sensible: Life-skills education in high school? Yes. Modernize military spending? Sure, why not.
But the Local Journalism Fund? No thanks. Keep “your” money. Increase teacher salaries? That’s just pandering to a powerful union. Doesn’t exactly show game-changing potential there.
Why We’re Worried About Andrew Yang
This is why this caught our attention. First of all, some random online foot soldier for Yang picked out a place like Pottsville to pitch UBI.
And secondly, we think the message might catch on here.
Places like Pottsville are changing. It’s not the same hard-working hardscrabble town we long for today in our trip’s down memory lane. Same goes for places that’ve fallen on harder times than others in the area.
We believe there will be some intrigue into the promises Yang makes.
A grand a month? In the short term, it sounds tempting. You can probably already start planning how you’ll spend it.
But it just won’t work. It’s mass welfare and the idea is to get yourself off welfare, not relegate everyone else to it. Aside from that, the Foundation for Economic Education’s Vijay Menon spells out numerous reasons why UBI doesn’t work and how it’s failed in the past.
So, while we think Yang won’t be the candidate Democrats end up choosing to get routed by Trump in 2020, his policies will be popular and largely adopted by the eventual nominee.