Several major roads meet at Libertytown, bringing lots of big trucks through our little town. These days, when I see those trucks, I think of the truckers who might be interested in what Andrew Yang has to say about the future of their jobs.

It is early to be tuning into the 2020 presidential race — at this point, there are still 10 Democratic candidates. It can be mind-numbing to listen to 10 different people talk politics as usual, but Yang stands out from the crowd.

Yang is dedicated to “solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected in 2016.” One of the main problems being that automation has taken away millions of jobs all across America. And automation will continue to take away jobs — including those of our truckers.

Yang’s signature policy, the Freedom Dividend, sounds like a ploy to get your vote. $1,000 every month for every American adult, paid for by the likes of Amazon, a company that earned $11 billion in profits last year, yet paid zero in federal taxes. But if you watch any of Andrew Yang’s long-form interviews on YouTube, you will see that he is not a salesman. He is a problem-solver who cares about the Americans who live paycheck to paycheck, who would be ruined by an unexpected $500 expense, whose job is at risk of becoming defunct.

I hope you will search for “Andrew Yang” on YouTube. Mainstream media has given him unfair coverage (he polls higher than Beto O’Rourke but receives less media attention). His is truly a grassroots campaign — he has taken less money from lobbyists than almost every

other Democratic candidate — and he needs support from as many of us average people as possible, lest we continue to allow politics to run as usual.

Stephanie Cheng

Union Bridge

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threecents

Yang needs some more relevant experience in government and/or military or international affairs before I would consider voting for him. It would be deplorable to vote for someone without relevant experience.

rikkitikkitavvi

Are you suggesting that he become a community organizer?

hayduke2

Naw, a real estate scam artist would be better.

threecents

Governor would be nice. Or like Obama, he could be state senator followed by US senator.

veritas

You guys and your “Deplorables.” Im guessing you voted for Barack Obama, a community organizer who was in the Senate long enough to have a cup of coffee, but not long enough to acquire the level of “experience” you now insist upon. Yang is no more crazy than the other Dem candidates, but he’s a lot more interesting, innovative and original than they.

threecents

Here's an offer: I'll vote for Yang in the primary if you vote for one of the candidates opposing Trump. That is assuming MD has a Republican primary election. Some state Republican parties have decided not to have a primary. Not even a pretense of democracy.

veritas

Kinda like the Dem nomination process in ‘16.

threecents

Yes, that is my point. You may have noticed that the leadership of the Democratic National Committee resigned in disgrace. Now, it is GOP national and state committees that are not giving Republicans a choice. It is their right, but they can only do it if Republicans let them. My vote exchange offer is still on the table.

veritas

I have yet to cast a vote for Donald Trump, however I am shocked — Shocked! — sir, at your cynical offer. My vote is not available for sale, barter or wager. That said, perhaps I shall finagle a way to cast it for Mr Yang.

threecents

Veri,

Would that be a cynical move to support an unelectable Democrat or a principled move to select the candidate of your choice?

DickD

Yang's idea of giving money will never work - as far as passing Congress. It might help to get him elected, but that is not what the U.S. needs.

MD1756

The LTE writer wrote "...But if you watch any of Andrew Yang’s long-form interviews on YouTube, you will see that he is not a salesman. He is a problem-solver who cares about the Americans who live paycheck to paycheck, who would be ruined by an unexpected $500 expense, whose job is at risk of becoming defunct...." How, for example, is he going to solve the problem of too many Americans not doing enough to save for their own needs? If you own a car, you know it needs regular service and occasionally an unscheduled service. You may not know when the unscheduled service will be needed but you should expect that your vehicle will need it at some time. Plan for it. Do what it takes to save for it (even if that means giving up your daily Starbucks coffee, beer, cigarettes, etc. Is he going to force them into group homes (or get roommates or boarders) to reduce the cost of their housing expenses? Even at the lowest levels of income (unless you have too many children you can't afford), there are ways to save money to invest for the future needs or wants.

rikkitikkitavvi

"and he needs support from as many of us average people as possible, lest we continue to allow politics to run as usual."



Average people? As usual? The average people voted THIS President into office. It's also NOT politics "as usual" That's why Donald J. Trump is being attacked on a daily basis. He's trying to clear the board of "politics as usual" and the status quo of "politics as usual". He's not a politician. Expect a Trump landslide in 2020 dear. He ain't going away anytime soon. MAGA 2020![wink]

olefool

Whatcha gonna do when your dream turns out to be a nightmare??? Trump will likely be gone by new years day.

DickD

2020 to get rid of Trump will do for now, ric. He has his cult - you are one, but that alone will not get him reelected.

rikkitikkitavvi

You are right dick. The lack of a platform on the D side that works for America instead of illegals already has him re-elected. You heard it here first.

marinick1

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Reader1954

I just wonder how food is going to get to the grocery stores when we get rid of all these trucks?

Dwasserba

Robot trucks.

DickD

We will not get rid of trucks, what made you think that? We will have automated trucks for long distance. To unload the receiving company will need workers or perhaps there will be contractors to provide unloading. Local trucking may not be impacted much, as the time and distances are not so significant and the drivers often load and unload.

AnotherFineMess

Ahh yes, the evils of automation..



The trucks your truckers drive are a product of automation. Automation keeps quality high, defects low and manufacturing costs down so your truckers can better afford their trucks. The goods delivered by your truckers are largely a product of automation, the boxes used, the logistics of shipping, billing, and money transfer... automated. Your truckers make more money throug automation.



Providing goods and services (and new jobs) for a nation of 300 million or a global population of billions requires automation.



I’m sure you didn’t type your LTE on a typewriter and mail it in. You likely used a computer or cell phone to send (yet more automation) it in over the NET. You have no idea how automation improves your life and In many cases saves it. Automation actually creates jobs just not in the horse and buggy business anymore.



As for Yang, he certainly stands out. He’s an idiot, although not alone. Most of the Democratic candidates are blithering idiots! I do not intend to vote for the king of Idiots, Trump, but I find as an independent voter there are NO good choices for president these days.



I’m wondering if that job should be automated...

rikkitikkitavvi

Then you are staying home on election day 2020 right AFM? No need to go out into the wicked world of automation just to waste your vote on any of the blithering idiots. Works for me, sweet pea.

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rikkitikkitavvi

Your opinion is just that dick. Your opinion.

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threecents

In my opinion Trump is a deplorable candidate.


Dwasserba

Yang is no idiot. But his recent "throw open the doors to immigrants everywhere" welcome is probably too scary to too many to get him elected.

DickD

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