Joe Biden Is Running for President

Drop of Light / Shutterstock / The Atlantic Joe Biden is running. The former vice president will make his candidacy official with a video announcement next Wednesday, according to people familiar with the discussions who have been told about them by top aides.

Seriously, he’s actually made a decision. It’s taken two years of back and forth, it’ll be his third (or depending on how you count, seventh) try for the White House, many people thought he wouldn’t actually do it, but the biggest factor reshaping the 2020 Democratic primary field is actually locking into place.

He wants this. He really […]

What I Saw at the Andrew Yang Rally in Washington

What I Saw at the Andrew Yang Rally in Washington

Credit: Remso Martinez To step off the Washington D.C. Metro is to step into a city that’s anything but ordinary. While every urban area, big or small, has its own perks and personality, something about D.C. makes it seem like it’s in a state of constant flux, with a permanent air of unease.

I’m not talking just about the national politics side of it. Here, even local government issues seem to toe the line between order and chaos. Amid federal buildings, signs flank the sidewalks bearing messages of support for D.C. statehood. At a bus stop nearby, banners endorsing […]

5 Facts about Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang

5 Facts about Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang

By Jennie L. Ilustre

Who is Andrew Yang, and why is he running for president of the United States?

Yang, 44, is a successful businessman in the field of tech investment. He founded Venture for America (VFA). VFA is a national nonprofit fellowship program “that places graduates in struggling communities to help local businesses revitalize the economy.” Yang is one of three Asian Pacific American candidates of the Democratic Party in the 2020 presidential elections. His candidacy is considered a long shot by political experts and the media. One reason: His lack of name recognition.Senator Kamala Harris, whose mother […]

On poll day, Sam Pitroda casts doubt on EVM

On poll day, Sam Pitroda casts doubt on EVM

Sam Pitroda Doyen of the national telecom revolution, Sam Pitroda, has said that he is not satisfied with electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the country. He said the devices needed to be carefully studied to find out the flaws.

"As an engineer, as a technical expert, I am not satisfied. I cannot pinpoint the casue because I don’t have one. If we get it for one year, we can study. One needs to understand the design, software and other things. But we can definitely say that something is wrong. What it is, that we don’t know [ Kuch toh gadbad […]

Hidden costs of in-kind subsidies

Hidden costs of in-kind subsidies

soumyadip sinha Amidst elections, there is talk of implementing models of the Universal Basic Income (UBI). Budget 2019 introduced `6,000 per year assured income support for small and marginal farmers. While the Economic Survey in 2016-17 had discussed UBI as a new paradigm for the country, social insurance in India has mostly taken the form of in-kind subsidies—for example the Public Distribution System, subsidised medical care, LPG subsidies, fertilizer subsidies, etc.

However, the current policy discussion by some political players, seem focused on providing an UBI in addition to the existing in-kind subsidies without any rationalisation. This is likely to […]

Yang: Companies like Amazon will fund my Universal Basic Income plan

Yang: Companies like Amazon will fund my Universal Basic Income plan

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang promoted his ‘Freedom Dividend’ plan while appearing on “ Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream ” Thursday and revealed that tech companies like Amazon would fund his proposed program which aims to give American adults $1,000 dollars monthly.

“We all can see that Amazon paid zero in federal taxes last year despite record revenues. And so, ff we know that the big winners in the new technology age are going to be paying zero taxes then of course were not going to have enough money to go around,” Yang told Bream when pressed about […]

Reed holds town hall on Social Security at John Ash Senior Center

Reed holds town hall on Social Security at John Ash Senior Center

OLEAN — U.S. Rep. Tom Reed went to the source for questions on Social Security and Medicare Wednesday — the John Ash Senior Center where he held a town hall with about 25 older residents.

Reed, R-Corning, was named Republican leader on Social Security by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy after Democrats won control of the House this year.

Reed told the group that the Social Security Trust Fund risks going upside down — where benefits exceed the amount of money coming into the program — in 2034. The Social Security Disability Fund faces the same thing in 2032. Medicare could […]

This mayor thinks basic income is the road out of structural inequality

This mayor thinks basic income is the road out of structural inequality

Stockton, California, is not a city known for setting its residents up for success. Nearly 1 in every 4 residents lives in poverty. For years, it hovered at the top of national homicide rate rankings. In 2012, it became the largest city to declare bankruptcy.

Michael Tubbs knows this firsthand. The 28-year-old, who is now the mayor, grew up in poverty in Stockton, and nine years ago his cousin was murdered at a Halloween party in his community. When he left Stockton for college at Stanford in 2008, he knew he was an anomaly. “More men in my family have […]

Universal Basic Income as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century

Universal Basic Income as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century

Credit: New Yorker From 2015. A good backgrounder.

U niversal Basic Income as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century

Can the savings of basic income exceed the costs? Scott Santens, Medium, Feb 5, 2015 https://medium.com/basic-income/universal-basic-income-as-the-social-vaccine-of-the-21st-century-d66dff39073 For those not familiar with this old idiom, it means it’s less costly to avoid problems from ever happening in the first place, than it is to fix problems once they do. It also happens to be the entire logic behind the invention of the vaccine, and it is my belief that universal basic income has the same potential. The Most […]

Your Check is in the Mail

You might have heard of Andrew Yang. He’s running for president as a Democrat. A long shot, for sure, but he’s already generated considerable interest and support. Last month, he announced that he had received contributions from over 65,000 donors in over 20 states, enough to qualify him for the first round of debates by the Democratic candidates.

Yang, from a Taiwanese immigrant family, was born in Schenectady, NY, went to elite schools, and became a corporate lawyer working for startup companies. Later he served as the CEO of Manhattan Prep, a company which administers the Graduate Management Admission Test […]