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Old 09-10-2019, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Heffalump and Roo View Post
This is not UBI. It does not resemble Andrew Yang's plan. The original article that this piece in the Washington Examiner came from had "universal basic income" in quotes. It's not universal. The study gave $1K a month for 6 months to "20 low-income black single mothers living in public housing." The criticism was that they didn't use their money wisely in the first couple months. But even in that study, in a few months, there were some positive outcomes from the original article in The Washington Post here.

Paget Kagy, a Yang Gang youtuber, has a nice analysis of these articles in this video. (at minute 10:35)

If anyone is interested in more UBI studies, Yang has many listed on his Yang 2020 site in The Freedom Dividend defined. And Scott Santens has a wealth of information on his Reddit sub on the subject.

In other news, a new Emerson poll in New Hampshire is showing Yang in 2nd place in head to heads against Trump next to Joe Biden. In that poll, Yang is beating Trump 54/46 next to Biden at 55/45. Warren is losing to Trump 49/51.

Nate Silver of 538 talks about the fate of low single digit candidates but makes an exception for Yang, saying that Yang is sui generis. If You’re Polling In The Low Single Digits, You’re Probably Toast

Trevor Noah on the Daily Show did a skit on Yang, showing his crowdsurfing, his Cupid shuffle and his basketball playing, saying that if Yang wants more media attention, he's going to need to do more stunts. In 6 months, he'll have to go full Tom Cruise.

Yang responds:

Funny sketch, funny response. But I don't think Yang is doing any of that for publicity. That's just Yang being Yang. He was snowsledding with Steve Marchand in New Hampshire and hitting a baseball in batting practice months ago, long before anyone was watching.

I'm looking forward to the debate on Thursday Sept. 12, 2019. I think Yang will benefit just being on the stage when people are starting to tune in.
Thanks for sharing that. I shared the article because I'm not a Post subscriber.

I want to know if it's possible to establish whether the UBI will work before implementing it (which should the case for any project of such magnitude), and whether it has been implemented in other countries, and what the results were. My reading is that because what took place in Mississippi isn't really UBI, then it should be ignored, but because there were also positive outcomes, it should?

Finally, FWIW, I like the idea of UBI.