Yang’s Basic Income Plan Comes With a Deadly Catch

Yang’s Basic Income Plan Comes With a Deadly Catch

I thought he was cool—he stood out in the crowd of candidates that were all trying to outdo each other, and there he was smiling, authentically himself. He told us we could trust him, he told us he wasn’t like the other Democrats. He thought my favorite economists and authors were cool too, which was a major plus. It turned out to be another election year fling, however, and I should have known better the moment he started talking about being America’s sugar daddy and giving us all $1,000 a month, no questions asked. Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang […]

Michael Tubbs on universal basic income: ‘The issue with poverty is a lack of cash’

Michael Tubbs on universal basic income: 'The issue with poverty is a lack of cash'

Only a few policy ideas have the potential to disrupt the racial wealth gap or poverty. Universal basic income (UBI) is one of them. But its promise depends on how it’s presented, its design, and the public narrative. In various guises, UBI has gained attention in policy circles, and field demonstrations have been mounted worldwide. It is variously framed by conservatives as a cost-saving alternative to welfare, by progressives as a poverty remedy that frees vulnerable workers from exploitative employment, and by some as a hedge against automation. And though various UBI schemes differ in their details, all provide […]

Andrew Yang’s Basic Income is Stealth Welfare Reform

Andrew Yang’s Basic Income is Stealth Welfare Reform

When I first heard Andrew Yang was running on a UBI platform, I thought he was running to popularise universal basic income as a policy option for the future. It has become increasingly clear, however, that Yang thinks he is a real presidential candidate and that his UBI is for now , not later. The thing is, UBI is traditionally marketed as a post-work policy. The point of UBI has always been to give every citizen a large enough basic income to give them a real choice about whether or not they take a job. This levels the playing […]

Why Women’s Jobs are Disproportionately Threatened by Automation

Why Women's Jobs are Disproportionately Threatened by Automation

If the automation revolution is as bad as some researchers believe, almost half of all occupations in the United States are at risk of replacement by 2026. Truck drivers will be swapped out for self-driving AI. Manufacturers will use smarter machines instead of hands. Supermarkets will go cashier-free. Even more conservative projections acknowledge that some kind of transition is coming: The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that the overall number of jobs of the future will grow , but that 1.4 million current ones could soon become "redundant."

As it rages, the automation debate has tended to center on […]

New Interview With John McAfee Talks Presidency And Cryptocurrency, Spat With Calvin Ayre

New Interview With John McAfee Talks Presidency And Cryptocurrency, Spat With Calvin Ayre

John McAfee Talks Presidency And Crypto

In an exclusive interview with AMBCrypto, John McAfee spoke about a number of currency topics such as his upcoming presidential run, the crypto community and twitter feuds.

One of the first things that he touched on was his upcoming presidential bid and whether he felt that a future president could embrace crypto. According to him, this is quite unlikely and if a president did roll out a Cryptocurrency, it would have to be federally regulated. As for his presidential campaign, McAfee doesn’t actually plan to win the race but instead it using this as […]

Democrat Presidential Candidate Yang Makes History With Stance On Circumcision

Democrat Presidential Candidate Yang Makes History With Stance On Circumcision

Report Ad x Report Ad x Report Ad x Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images After tweeting last week about an issue about which he says there are many false "preconceptions" and much "misinformation," Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang spoke with Daily Beast to explain his strong stance against circumcision. His call for action on the issue, Daily Beast’s Will Sommer points out, appears to make Yang "the first presidential candidate in history to take a public position on circumcision."

In response to the entrepeneur-turned-presidential candidate tweeting that we should consider decriminalizing opiates "in order to more effectively treat more people […]

Andrew Yang, Presidential Candidate, Proposes Spending $3-4 Trillion Annually on Money for Everyone

Andrew Yang, Presidential Candidate, Proposes Spending $3-4 Trillion Annually on Money for Everyone

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, founder of the non-profit Venture for America (VFA), filed his paperwork to run for president of the United States on November 6, 2017.

Yang, who will seek the Democratic Party nomination in 2020, has recently campaigned in electoral-vote-rich and solidly Democratic California, addressing 3,000 supporters in San Francisco on March 15.

Part of Yang’s platform is his plan for giving every adult American $1,000 a month.He asserts that the idea of a guaranteed income not only has wide historical support — including from Thomas Paine, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., and Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman — […]

Is Medicaid Expansion Affordable?

Is Medicaid Expansion Affordable?

Over the next few months Montanans will debate Medicaid expansion in the Legislature and the press. When proponents speak about Medicaid expansion, you can be confident that the cost will not be part of the conversation and you will hear how foolish it would be to require work as a condition of receiving health care. To clarify, this debate is not about vulnerable populations as they are covered under Medicaid. Medicaid was designed in the 1960s for the mentally ill, disabled, pregnant women, children and impoverished seniors. Medicaid expansion provides healthcare coverage for able-bodied individuals under 138 percent of […]

CENTER OF GRAVITY: Learn from Finland’s experiences

CENTER OF GRAVITY: Learn from Finland’s experiences

Hide caption Sen. Bernie Sanders, again running for the Democratic presidential nomination for 2020 and the leader in many polls, routinely touts Finland’s socialist type systems – universal basic income and most especially their universal health care system – as systems the U.S. should take a look at and adopt. Just last April, Bernie tweeted: “Take a look at what Finland, the happiest place in the world, is doing. If Finland can provide everyone with health care, send everyone to college for free and provide affordable child care, why can’t the U.S.?”

So I did. I took a look and […]

Democrats Campaign To Disenfranchise Everyone Who Doesn’t Vote For Them

Democrats Campaign To Disenfranchise Everyone Who Doesn’t Vote For Them

On the show today we get into the Democratic Party’s push to abolish the Electoral College, the U.S. Senate, and the court system. When they can’t win they push to change the rules.

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Nearly every candidate running for the Democratic nomination is advocating for the disenfranchising of “red America,” the massive area between the coasts that generally votes for Republicans. They want to abolish the Electoral College , which was created to make sure any candidate for president could appeal to as much of the country as possible and not just a few population centers. […]