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.