- Elizabeth Warren says she is open to the idea of UBI.
- Warren is the latest Democratic candidate to warm up to Andrew Yang’s ideas.
- Democratic front runners will need support from the Yang Gang to take on President Trump in 2020.
Andrew Yang has spent most of the race as a maverick, but now his ideas are becoming part of the mainstream.
When the entrepreneur first announced his presidential run in late 2018, Yang stood out as the only candidate speaking about ideas like the freedom dividend and the fourth industrial revolution. But now, multiple fellow candidates, including three front runners, are beginning to sound eerily similar to the political outlier.
Universal Basic Income
The freedom dividend, or universal basic income (UBI), is Yang’s flagship policy. He maintains that providing every U.S. adult over 18 years old with a guaranteed income of $1,000 a month will help soften the blow from automation, or the fourth industrial revolution.
Recently, Democratic front runners Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg said UBI is a policy they could potentially be on board with.
Speaking with The Washington Post, the Senator from Massachusetts claimed UBI was an “option to consider” to ensure that “every American has basic financial security.”
In March, Mayor Buttigieg made similar comments. Speaking with host Jake Tapper during a CNN Town Hall, Buttigieg explained how UBI was being experimented in Stockton, Calif. He went on to say that UBI is a policy that could be considered.
Following the Town Hall, a YouTube video uploaded by The Zach and Matt Show revealed striking similarities between Buttigieg’s comments and Yang’s.
Two other Democratic candidates have also endorsed the idea of UBI. Reaching out to the Twitterverse in October, Julián Castro announced he supports “piloting a Universal Basic Income program.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also praised Yang’s idea during the fourth Democratic debate in Ohio. During the contest,…