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 […]

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. […]

Northern Europe Dominates Happiness Rankings Once Again

Northern Europe Dominates Happiness Rankings Once Again

Colorful drawing: Happy man holding Finnish flag. Getty For the second year in a row, Finland has been named the world’s happiest country. The latest World Happiness Report lists Denmark, Norway and Iceland as the runners-up, while Sweden are ranked seventh. It’s not the first time the Nordic countries rank so highly on quality of life rankings, so what exactly is going on?

Nordic countries rank high in all measures

The top 10 countries including all five Nordic countries rank well in all categories, as well as emotional measures of well-being. The same is true for immigrants. While native-born […]

Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang to Make First Democratic Debate

Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang to Make First Democratic Debate

Andrew Yang Pete Buttigieg 2020 Pete what? Andrew who? The first few Democratic debates , which will kick off in June, may be filled with a variety of candidates, both largely known and some largely unknown, in the world of politics.

Thanks to the rules adopted by the DNC which allow for lesser-known candidates to gain access to the debate stage by hitting some fundraising thresholds, we will see more diversity of background on the debate stage, not simply a milquetoast gathering of seasoned politicians with focus-group tested answers.

Let’s look at a few of these candidates you probably never heard […]

Economics and the tilt to socialism

Economics and the tilt to socialism

My son was home from college for spring break. As we ate dinner one night, he described to my wife and me how a professor warned the students that many of the jobs they are studying for will be gone within a few years. Artificial intelligence and automation could put millions out of work in the very near future, the professor had told the class, and my son seemed genuinely worried.

In the next breath, he recounted a speech he heard from one of the lesser-known Democratic presidential candidates who discussed a future where U.S. citizens may receive a “universal […]