[Ed. – Free money! Free money!]
“Medicare-for-all” and free community college are just the starting point. Some candidatesvying for the Democratic presidential nomination are going beyond promising gobs of government benefits and proposing a more straightforward approach — simply giving away money.
Candidates like Cory Booker, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang are among those pitching cash handout plans this election cycle.
And for Yang, a tech entrepreneur who warns that an automation crisis will soon rock America’s economy, the handout program is his defining campaign policy. His plan is simple, on the surface: every American citizen over the age of 18 gets $1,000 every month.
“My flagship proposal, the ‘freedom dividend,’ would put $1,000 a month into the hands of every American adult. It would be a game-changer for millions of American families,” he said at last month’s CNN-hosted debate in Detroit.