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Andrew Yang

January 30, 2020

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has become surprisingly popular recently, with the New York Times dubbing him the “Internet’s Favorite Candidate.” An entrepreneur with zero political experience, he approaches problems with a solution-based mindset rather than one focused on public approval. His plans aren’t vague blurbs about America’s values but rather are specific and actionable. This is evident in his Freedom Dividend policy, which would implement a universal basic income (UBI) of $1000 per month for any adult, regardless of work status or any other factors. It’s clear he’s done his research: according to his website, UBI would grow the economy by $2.5 trillion by 2025 and increase the labor force. For all 150 or so of his outlined policies, he lists problems that each policy aims to solve and what he will do as President to implement it. Not only does the Freedom Dividend set him apart from other candidates but his policies have a remarkable level of specificity and design. Yang has shown us that he’s not a politician, but he’s also shown us that it may be a good thing.

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