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This isn’t a switch I made lightly. I’ve been a strong Bernie supporter since 2016 and have been rooting for him until now, in 2019.
I supported Bernie Sanders for a myriad of reasons. The first and foremost being his support of Medicare for All. It is has been my personal belief that everyone deserves access to healthcare no matter what. This is a sort of personal issue for me because I have family members who have put off getting the care they need because they were worried about costs up until the last minute which unfortunately led to their demise.
But I didn’t just support Bernie for his avid support of Medicare for All but also his consistency. It is rare nowadays to see politicians who have remained consistent during their careers. So seeing someone with a consistent message was enlightening.
He was also one of the first people to start turning down PAC money. As someone who one day hopes to run for office, I always worried about where I would get the money to be able to do so. People always say you have to be rich or suck up to the rich. But Bernie came along and showed that you can win without the support of the rich and start empowering people through a grassroots movement.
Yang has always been on my list of the top candidates who I supported to win the nomination, the first of those formerly being Bernie.
Yang also supports a lot of things that Bernie Sanders such as Medicare for All and getting money out of politics. But Yang’s flagship proposal is called the Freedom Dividend. Essentially it’s getting every American over the age of 18 $1,000 a month.
When I look at this I see a lot of problems that this addresses. It gets rid of financial insecurity, allows Americans more economic freedom, and helps address the fact that we’re automating a lot of jobs.
In my opinion, it’s better than Bernie’s or Warren’s plan to just guarantee every American a job.
He’s also a candidate with more than 100 proposals. As someone who has been an advocate for reforming our education system, I took a look at his website and saw that he had a plan for that. A lot of the candidates running just say “forgive all student debt,” and “make college free,” and that’s it. But Yang is not the candidate who just throwing money at the issues without addressing more of the root causes.
He has a comprehensive education plan that will empower more young adults, during their school time, with skills they need so that they can pursue more than just a college degree. As this has been something I have been advocating for, I’m glad someone actually has the plan to bring this into fruition.
Some of the points in his Education proposal were: Promote Vocational Education, Increase Teacher Salaries, Expand Selective Schools, and my favorite: Life-Skills Education in all high schools.
Then he has this policy called “Human-Centered Capitalism.” I’m sure I won’t do it justice by summarizing it here, so I would advise you to check it out here for yourself: https://www.yang2020.com/policies/human-capitalism/
I could go on and on about why I support each and every one of his proposals but then we could be here for a while. When I look at Yang, I see someone who is not only addressing the problem we’re facing today but problems we will be facing in the future.
And there is a sentiment among Yang supporters that I agree with. Bernie was the guy we needed in 2016, but Yang is the guy of the future.
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