Andrew Yang may not have won the presidential election, but he credited his campaign with moving the country toward the “inevitable” implementation of a universal primary revenue program in the United States.
Yang has become synonymous with universal basic income and initially sought to focus his presidential campaign on the concept, not on himself. Once a fringe theory, the possibility of the government sending monthly payments to Americans gained strength, especially among young people, and became the main attraction of the people to Yang’s campaign.
“Most people agree that we will succeed in putting internal primary income, which once considered a quixotic idea, onto the national political radar,” Yang wrote in his new book, Forward. “By raising the profile of universal basic income and focusing on issues such as automation, we have accelerated the end of poverty in our society’s years, perhaps even generations.”
In August 2020, a Pew Research poll found only a thin majority of American adults were opposed to an entire global primary income program. However, the majority of young people, ages 18-29, would support a UBI program that released a $ 1,000 monthly payment per citizen, as did the majority of Black and Hispanic people, who were polled .
People got a little taste of what a universal basic income program would be like during a pandemic in the form of stimulus checks. Although less common in a UBI program, the issuance of payments has boosted the appeal of guaranteed monthly payments to Americans. It started conversations about a nationwide program and in July, Representative Ilhan Omar | introduced a bill to make UBI a reality in America.
UBI did not get the congressional support needed to become a major role in the lives of Americans, but Yang believes that someday. After discovering universal basic income, Yang wrote in his book that it struck him as “inevitable” that America would claim the program “eventually.”
While describing oneself Democrats back of universal basic income at pretty much the same level whatever it’s called, Yang learned through his campaign that name is important in getting Republicans on board. When a polling firm tried to appeal different names for the program, including “Security for all,” and “development dividend,” the name appealed to self-described conservatives. on the same level as the Democrats is “dividend of freedom.”
However, the name only appeals to about 30 percent of self -described conservatives, so Yang faced an uphill battle.
In an attempt to convince people about the benefits of UBI, Yang tried to show voters its impact. His campaign gave $ 1,000 a month to many families, reaching $ 120,000. It was criticized for being a tactic to bribe voters into supporting Yang and some asked if it was legal, but the businessman upheld the decision.
“[It] is one of the best things we’ve done in the campaign, ”Yang wrote in his book, adding that a full General Income General Income program is the“ biggest, most important change in modern history, and one that has finally unlock the potential of Americans. “