Written by on March 13, 2019

Story By Chuck Tackett


With the field of 2020 Presidential candidates expanding, there is a concern on how one will set themselves apart from the rest and really grab our attention. Another one of these candidates is Andrew Yang.

As I said in my article a couple of weeks ago of his fellow Presidential candidate Julian Castro, I have this strange premonition that the 2020 Democratic Presidential nominee will be someone we least expected and is not on our radar; a scenario that is similar to when Barak Obama ran in 2007.

Like plenty of you right now, I went Andrew who? I have never seen nor heard of this man. I figure that this means nothing if he is not a politician. Hey, if the United States can put someone like Trump in the White House, well, anyone should be able to run without any political experience, including Godzilla.

Andrew Yang was born on January 13, 1975, in upstate New York. His parents immigrated from Taiwan in the 1960s and met in grad school. His father was a researcher at IBM and his mother was the systems administrator at a local university. Mr. Yang studied economics and political science at Brown University. He went to law school at Columbia. He worked briefly as a corporate lawyer but decided it wasn’t for him.

He started a small company in the early days of the internet that didn’t work out, and then worked for a healthcare startup, learning how to build a business from more experienced entrepreneurs.

In his 30s, Mr. Yang ran a national education company that grew to become #1 in the country. His company was accredited, and Yang decided to take his earnings and committed himself to create jobs in cities hit hard by the financial crisis.

By the time Andrew Yang did this, he said he understood the power of entrepreneurship to generate economic growth. It was then he founded “Venture for America” (VFA), an organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs create jobs in cities like Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

In its first year, VFA trained 40 followers. By 2017, more than 500 followers and alumni had launched dozens of companies, creating over 2,500 jobs across the country. Mr. Yang in 2012 was named “Champion of Change” by President Obama and in 2015, President Obama named Mr. Yang “Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.”

In my opinion, what sets Mr. Yang apart from the other 2020 Democratic Presidential nominees is 1. Universal Basic Income, and 2. Human-Centered Capitalism.

Re: Universal Basic Income is a form of social security that guarantees a certain amount of money to every citizen within a given governed population. For example, Mr. Yang wants to guarantee tax-free payments of $1.000 a month or $12.000 a year to all U.S. citizens over the age of 18.

Re: Human-Centered Capitalism – Mr. Yang feels our current emphasis on corporate profits isn’t working for the vast majority of Americans. It will be made worse by the development of automation technology, artificial intelligence, and robots.

Andrew Yang has expressed, “We need to make the markets serve us rather than the other way around. Profit-seeking companies are organized to minimize their bottom line at every turn, which will naturally lead to extreme policies and outcomes. We need government leaders who are truly laser-focused on the public’s interests above all else, and will lead companies to act accordingly.”

For a more detailed description, explanation of Mr. Yang’s big policies, and his platform issues, Google “Yang2020” and do your own research and see for yourself.

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