Yang builds out platform in presidential bid
Democratic presidential hopeful and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang is testing out his policy chops and establishing a rapport with activists in the Monadnock Region.
Yang has dedicated most of his campaigning efforts so far to pushing universal basic income into the Democratic political conversation — he’s even testing out his proposal to give every American a $1,000 monthly stipend by personally paying that rate to a family in Goffstown. But he delved into other subjects with members of the N.H. Young Democrats and other Elm City residents in his second visit to Keene, on Tuesday.
Yang also met with voters at Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough during his Monadnock Region swing Tuesday before heading east, ending his New Hampshire tour with a speech at his high school alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy.
Much of the exchange between Yang and Keene voters at the Works Cafe centered around health care and education.
When asked about his position on expanding Medicare coverage to all Americans, Yang said he is in favor of it as a policy idea, but added that there are other solutions to consider.
Rather than focusing solely on expanding the existing Medicare and Medicaid systems as the only option, Yang said he is in favor of a more broad shift toward a single-payer system, arguing that private health insurance companies are not economically incentivized to provide access to affordable care.
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Andrew Yang: the 2020 candidate warning of the rise of robots
The entrepreneur says Trump won the 2016 election because the US automated away jobs – so he wants to become president to do something about it
Donald Trump won 2,584 counties in the 2016 presidential election; Hillary Clinton carried only 472. But the Democratic nominee’s accounted for nearly two-thirds of America’s economic output, according to a study by the Brookings Institution.
This is one vivid illustration of America’s great divide. Glittering coastal cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington are becoming richer and more influential, attracting more jobs, better hospitals and schools, and technology. Small towns and rural communitiesare falling further behind, feeding a sense that, to paraphrase LP Hartley, the coasts are a foreign country – they do things differently there.
Andrew Yang, a New York and Silicon Valley entrepreneur and David taking on multiple Goliaths in the Democratic race for the White House in 2020, is here to tell you that it’s about to become much, much worse – and that is why he is running for president.
Yang, 44, is the founder of Venture for America, a national public service fellowship that places recent graduates in struggling communities. “I would fly between St Louis and San Francisco, or Michigan and Manhattan, and I would feel like I was traversing dimensions and ways of life rather than just a couple of time zones,” he told the Guardian in Washington this week.
Business Insider: An entrepreneur who's running for president explains how he'd give every American $1,000 a month and solve the 'fake news' problem
Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
He's passionate about providing every American with a universal basic income of $1,000 a month, saying that would help the working class adjust to an increasingly automated economy.
Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome his low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.
Andrew Yang’s 2020 Campaign Tried Converting Trump Supporters. Now 4chan Is Doxing One Of His Staffers.
After Andrew Yang caught the attention of Reddit and 4chan, his campaign leaned into it. Now those same communities are leading a harassment campaign against his deputy chief of staff.
An obscure Democrat running for president has found an unexpected well of support in the same social media spaces that elevated a new far right in 2016.
But while entrepreneur Andrew Yang has enjoyed a run of surprised, favorable press since he began raising money and generating interest from gamers, internet trolls, and extremely online individuals, his campaign is now facing an early backlash in the form of leaks, doxxing, and an escalating rhetorical battle over who, exactly, owns the remaining male-dominated corners of social media.
Yang, who is running for president on some big ideas about universal basic income and protecting jobs from automation and AI, found his fame — and his “Yang Gang” — in part thanks to a February appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience. His new supporters are attracted to his technology-first political platform. And because they hail largely from the chanterculture meme swamps of Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, and 4chan, they have plastered social media with pro-Yang content, helping him raise the crucial small contributions needed to qualify for a debate.
But the meme swamps the Yang Gang calls home harbor all sorts of life — some of it far less affable. And the Yang campaign is learning that lesson the hard way. Over the past few days, its deputy chief of staff has become the target of a textbook 4chan harassment campaign. She's been doxxed, harassed, and cast as the lead character in an outlandish conspiracy theory about a “Jewish plot” to manipulate 4chan users into sharing pro-Yang content.
That this is happening as Yang has been out celebrating his new status as a dank meme, shows just how quickly the chanterculture bear can turn on those who believe they can ride it to victory.
San Francisco Chronicle
SF meets Andrew Yang, a presidential candidate who’s attracting support from Millennials
The unlikely presidential run of Andrew Yang, who is proposing a $1,000-a-month “freedom dividend” to every adult in America, rolled Friday into San Francisco, where some 3,000 supporters listened to the New York tech entrepreneur warn about how artificial intelligence and robotics are taking jobs. ...
Yang outlined his idea for guaranteed universal income to a young, exuberant crowd of mostly Millennials at an outdoor soccer field lined with food trucks on Mission Bay Boulevard North.
He said the idea has not only had wide historical support — including from founding father Thomas Paine, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman — but it has already been implemented in Alaska, which uses oil revenue to fund it.
“What they are doing with oil money in Alaska, we can do for all of us around the country with advancing technology,” Yang told the crowd, many of whom waved “Yang Gang” and “Humanity First” signs.
Many also held placards and chanted the word “Math,” which has become a campaign mantra for Yang, who founded Venture for America, a fellowship program for entrepreneurs.