Let me say up front, I’ll vote for whoever the democratic nominee is. I only ever vote that way. I am not one for bashing candidates who might end up as the nominee, but I think we can still discuss concerns. I’d vote for a ham sandwich at this point, and I’m a vegan, so that’s saying a lot.
I rarely mention my personal affairs here on the World Wide Web, but here we go algorithms. I am struggling financially. Webonysus, the god of the internet, will now harvest my admission, turn it into data, and sell it, which will result in an onslaught of debt consolidation ads.
What’s my problem? Student loans (I know) a monthly payment plan for medical bills, property taxes increases, a money pit of an old house, and almost three years ago, I suffered a life-changing injury that has left me wondering every day what’s coming next.
There but by the grace of God go I— I have said that a hundred times, and now there go I. I realize that I am in good company.
Enter stage left, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, with his $1,000 per month “freedom dividend;” he caught my attention. It gave me a spark of hope. The idea of trickle-up economics is brilliant. Rich people hoard money, the rest of us spend it because we have no choice. All that money would go right back into the economy. I could start the steep climb out of the hole I’m in.
As much as I would like to have that Yang cash, I’ve had a change of heart. I feel the need to voice my reasons because I have previously written posts expressing my interest in him. Although he’s never been my top choice for the Democratic nomination, he was on my short list.
I’m not going to go as far as to say that Yang is a one-trick pony or just a guy with a gimmick, but I have heard people say the $1k per month per person idea bought him the support of 6% of the Democrats polled. Maybe it did. I have listened podcasts, read his website information, and watched him on interviews, so although I want that money, my decision wasn’t only mercenary. I like his ideas— most of them.
Yang’s foreign policy ideas are limited and vague. The current White House occupier has made enemies of our alliances and sold control of our government and military to Russia, China, the Saudis, Turkey, as well as anyone with whom he has ever done personal business. The next time around, we need someone with government experience.
I’m very meticulous/anal about these posts because I don’t appreciate comments like “your a idiot.” As such, I like to offer facts that back up my opinions/bias.
As much as I want to be part of the “Yang Gang,” every once in a while, he says something that that concerns me. Andrew Yang made a couple of comments during the October 15, 2019, democratic debate that made me sit up and nudge my sofa sleeping daughter to ask her what he just said. (She didn’t know.) I found a full transcript of the debate, and combed through so I could share. Granted, these are just a couple of statements picked out of a three-hour debate, but I disagree with them heartily:
0:13:39 Anderson Cooper: “Mr. Yang, do you think there’s already enough evidence out there to impeach the president? Please respond.”
0:13:44 Mr. Yang: “I support impeachment, but we shouldn’t have any illusions that impeaching Donald Trump will, one, be successful or, two, erase the problems that got him elected in 2016… “
Question: “Mr. Yang, your response to Putin in Russia.”
1:23:35 Yang: “Of course, we have to look at the chain of events. How did we get here? The fact is we’re falling apart at home. So we voted in Donald Trump, and he’s now led us down this dangerous path with erratic and unreliable foreign policy. We have to let Russia know, look, we get it. We’ve tampered with other elections, you’ve tampered with our elections, and now it has to stop, and if it does not stop, we will take this as an act of hostility against the American people. I believe most Americans would support me on this, but Russian hacking of our democracy is an illustration of the 21st-century threats, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, climate change, loose nuclear material, military drones, and non-state actors. These are the threats that are going to require our administration to catch up in terms of technology. We all know we are decades behind the curve on technology. We saw when Mark Zuckerberg testified in Congress the nature of the questioning. As commander-in-chief, I will help pull us forward.”
1:24:33 Senator Klobuchar: “I want to respond to Mr. Yang. I don’t see a moral equivalency between our country and Russia. Vladimir Putin is someone who has shot down planes over Ukraine, who has poisoned his opponents, and we have not talked about what we need to do to protect ourselves from Russia invading our election. This wasn’t meddling. That’s what I do when I call my daughter on a Saturday night and ask her what she’s doing. Sorry.“
1. I believe impeachment will be successful.
2. Trump was not elected by the American people, he was installed.
3. What Senator Klobuchar said.
October 15 Democratic debate— full transcript— 👇🏼
Now to part two of my Yang problem.
Tulsi Gabbard was not named but she was described by Hillary Clinton in an interview this week. The subject was Russia’s continuing efforts to choose our next president.
“I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians,” Hillary Clinton
Facts about Gabbard:
- Gabbard is an Assad apologist,
- She parrots Russian talking points
- She has appeared on Russian propaganda channel RT regularly.
- She chose Sean Hannity on Fox News, as a platform to respond to Clinton’s comments. Her response was name-calling.
- The Russians love her.
- Right wing extremists love her.
- The KKK loves her.
- She’s a homophobe.
- Gabbard is not a real Democrat. She is already setting the stage with repeated comments that the DNC is unfair to her, to be a third party election spoiler.
”Clinton ‘personifies rot that has sickened Democratic party.” Tulsi Gabbard (R-Moscow)
Russian Television 👇🏼
Andrew Yang? 👇🏼
Andrew, “she literally just got back from serving abroad” ten years ago. Also, Hitler and Benedict Arnold have military backgrounds.
What first alerted me to Gabbard’s misguided allegiance was the tweet, and a video she had pinned to her twitter account in which she agrees with Attorney General Barr’s lies about what Robert Mueller discovered in his investigation, and she says it’s time to move on. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
While Yang lost his place on my short list, I do think he has a place either in Congress (an entry-level position,) or in the cabinet of the next White House administration, doing something mathy.
That’s all for today, but again, I will vote for whoever wins the Democratic nomination, and I hope you do too.
You remember Jill Stein, the third-party candidate who gave Hillary Clinton’s presidency a final deathblow.