The topic of American politics has been a been on the tip of nearly everyone’s tongue recently, with Trump regularly making the news on a global scale. Whether you’re talking about broken promises, policies changed or his recent most recent Twitter exploits, he’s certainly drawn everyone’s attention.
Whether you’re a Trump fan, or you find yourself rolling your eyes every time you see his face appear in your social media newsfeed, one thing is true. His actions, decisions, and changes have triggered an important conversation regarding the political state of our nation and how we would like to see it shape up in the future. In fact, this year’s midterm election saw a record-breaking voter turnout. Trump’s America, love it or hate it, has certainly caught the attention of the nation, young and old.
Recognizing that Trump has made his fair share of enemies, Democratic candidates have come out of the woodwork, sharing their view of the current political climate of the United States, the problems they have identified and their proposed solutions. This includes not only the more traditional policies and views, but also some radical new ideas that may just change the way our country operates.
One such candidate, Andrew Yang, has taken to the internet to share his views, and they sure have people talking! The central point to his platform for President 2020? Yang would like to institute a concept called Universal Basic Income (UBI) to the United States.
Yang’s website explains, “The UBI he is proposing for the United States is a set of guaranteed payments of $1,000 per month, or $12,000 per year, to all U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 64. Yes, that means you and everyone you know would get another $1,000/month every month from the U.S. government, no questions asked.”
Citing the loss of jobs that Americans are currently facing, and the fact that many positions we once held are being replaced by new technology, Yang believes we are facing a new problem, and the only way to solve it is to introduce a new solution. This would ensure that all Americans have at least a basic income, regardless of their employment status, no strings attached during the time they are of working age. It ends at 64, as those who are 65+ would then collect Social Security in its place.
Yang’s proposed solution doesn’t come without some serious research, In fact, he cites a total of 461 research papers on the topic that have been published since 1998. Yang states, “Experiments with unconditional cash benefits around the world have proven to be one of the most successful ways of reducing poverty. The fear that cash recipients would waste their money on drugs or alcohol, stop working, or have more kids have been disproven by the World Bank. Many of these behaviors were actually reduced.”
It introduces the question, is it time that the United States reconsiders our most fundamental policies. Is the only solution to our current state a radical change?