Andrew Yang, the Democrat candidate known for his unique “Universal Basic Income” plan, has a deep platform that breaks from traditional Democrat orthodoxy focusing on socialist welfare programs. The Daily Wire reports:
Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, is a candidate for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. Yang, who is the only 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to appear on Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro’s “Sunday Special” podcast series (video below), is one of the more heterodox candidates in the present 2020 Democratic field. Yang’s proclaimed public policy stances often mirror those in many of his more traditional competitors’ platforms, but his campaign’s signature policy is a universal basic income proposal — which Yang calls a “Freedom Dividend” — whereby every American receives $1,000 a month. His campaign is thematically centered around his entrepreneur background and is focused on restoring, as Yang sees it, the American dream. According to recent 2020 Democratic presidential polling, Yang polls at 0-3% support.
Yang, who would become the first Asian-American nominee for a major American political party if successfully nominated, lives in New York City with his wife Evelyn and their two children. His parents are Taiwanese immigrants.
Yang, who has never before sought political office, is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School. He briefly worked in private law practice before switching his career trajectory to specialize in the start-up and venture capital space. In 2009, Yang founded the nonprofit group Venture for America (VFA), which describes itself as a two-year fellowship program for recent graduates “who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities.” Yang’s work with VFA was lauded by the Obama administration.
Yang is a low polling candidate, but his unconventional vision is something that could reinvigorate the Democrat party that is stuck in old socialist economic thinking. His stances remain left-wing on many issues, but seems more amenable to compromise unlike other Democrat zealots.