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Andrew Yang’s UBI Proposal

At the debate, Andrew Yang talked up his UBI proposal with a value added tax as a way to pay for it. What he tried to avoid is the hard truth of WHY libertarians like Yang actually want it: it’ll lower his tax bill by eviscerating the existing, already inadequate social safety net.

Sales taxes like VAT disproportionately burden working class and poorer people because they don’t have the disposable income that capitalists like Yang have. Eliminate the tax burden of funding existing public assistance, unemployment, and other components of the social safety net and millionaire capitalists like Yang are due for a nice, fat tax break.

Yang likes to present himself as a “Valley entrepreneur,” but he’s actually a venture capitalist, and like all capitalists he seeks to have his investment income taxed as cap gains, and not income – because it means he’ll pay far, far less as a percentage of income, than the majority of people earning taxed wages.

Yang’s UBI is not progressive. It’s a tax cut for the already wealthy capitalist class, pure and simple.


5 minutes and 27 seconds. That’s how much was spent on climate during the 2016 presidential debates.

Last night’s Democratic Debate was not much of an improvement. The climate is not a “single-issue” topic — and it should be at the forefront of the conversation.

5 minutes and 27 seconds. That’s how much was spent on climate during the 2016 presidential debates. Last night's…

Posted by Greenpeace USA on Thursday, June 27, 2019

Even the low bar…

But Wednesday night’s debate did not clear even the low bar that Perez set. Over the course of two hours, approximately seven minutes were devoted to the top existential threat facing humanity. And only four of the ten candidates on stage were asked directly about how they intend to rapidly reduce carbon emissions over the next 11 years—something that must be done to preserve a livable planet for future generations.

We’re an hour in…

We’re an hour into tonight’s #DemDebate and there’s been no direct question on #climatechange.

That’s despite the DNC pledging to make it a top issue in the debates after refusing to host a full debate on the issue.

Dear DNC

Dear @DNC,

We’re 1 hour into the #DemDebate and there have been ZERO climate qs.

You told us things would be different than 2016.

You told us the climate crisis was a priority for you.

Enough with your lame excuses. Enough hiding behind locked doors.

Host a #ClimateDebate.

Hey Beto…

Hey Beto O’Rourke: quick tip. Answering partially in decent Spanish isn’t actually a substitute for having no concrete policy proposals for what to do to dismantle decades of Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump racist immigration policy.

Almost everyone tuning into the debate, along with most Hispanic Americans, understands English. It was just Beto being Beto, useless pandering by a mediocre candidate desperate to stand out from the crowd.
– Washington Examiner