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Wed Jan 15, 2020, 11:45 AM Jan 2020

NYT Editorial board - Andrew Yang, Businessman from New York [View all]

Andrew Yang’s message is remarkably similar to Elizabeth Warren’s and Bernie Sanders’s — the American economy is not working for enough Americans, and it’s going to require structural change to do better. Where Mr. Yang differs — beyond his almost complete lack of government or political experience — is in his prescriptions, including his signature Freedom Dividend.

Mr. Yang previously ran a successful test prep company and created the nonprofit Venture for America, which he argues is a strength, offering him fresh perspective and critical distance from the workings of Washington.

In an interview on Dec. 4, it was clear that Mr. Yang has done his homework, traveling across the country and listening closely. “He really seemed to have an almost emotional sense of what people have been going through and what the problems are,” a board member [Related: What Is an Editorial Board?] said afterward. “His portrait of the fundamental economic problems were more moving than Bernie’s, and Bernie has been selling this for 30 years.”

He articulated a vision for the future of work, education and technology for the nation. The board also delved into Mr. Yang’s approach to foreign policy and military intervention, and learned of his fascination with aliens and fear of flying vacuum cleaners.
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Well deserved! loyalsister Jan 2020 #1
I hope so too! redqueen Jan 2020 #2
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