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Wed Oct 23, 2019, 09:03 AM

'A Game Changer': Andrew Yang Explains How He'd Give Every American $1,000 Per Month

When you hear a big idea from a presidential candidate, do you ever want to ask: How would that work?

Two undecided voters John Zeitler, a 48-year-old attorney for an insurance company, and Hetel Jani, 38, who runs a nonprofit focused on education and mentorship, wanted to know more about the so-called "freedom dividend" from first-time presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

The voters, along with Morning Edition host Noel King, sat down with Yang at a midtown Manhattan a dumpling shop called Baodega part of Off Script, a series of interviews with 2020 presidential candidates. Listen to the group's conversation about the freedom dividend by clicking the audio button above. Watch the full conversation here.

Yang, a tech entrepreneur and author, proposes that the government give every American adult $1,000 a month a form of universal basic income, no strings attached. He says this income is necessary in order to address wide-scale job losses due to automation. It would help people have the resources to afford to look for work, care for a loved one, start a business or do nonprofit work.


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redqueen Oct 2019 #1

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Wed Oct 23, 2019, 02:09 PM

1. Sadly, Alex Leff seems to be stuck, as so many are, on the issue of VAT being regressive.

I wish he'd pay attention to the way that factor is mitigated when it's used to fund a UBI.

This makes all the difference in the world.

A VAT is how many of the European countries whose social safety nets we have been admiring for years actually fund the things.

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