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Dem Candidate Andrew Yang Tells Detroit He Wants To Give Everyone $1,000 A Month

“We’re going to call this the ‘tech check.’

May 06, 2019 - 9:21 am

(WWJ) Insults hurled at Democratic presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders claim they're socialists who want to spread the wealth from rich to poor, but new candidate Andrew Yang took that to a whole new level.

Speaking in Detroit this weekend, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang told attendees if elected he would give every single American $1,000 per month.

That promise is based on one of his cornerstone policies called "universal basic income." Yang hopes to pay for it with a value-added tax on goods and services.

As more and more jobs are lost to automation, Yang sees it as a path forward.

“We’re going to call this the ‘tech check,’ and all of America’s going to love it,” Yang told the crowd, per MLive.

The lawyer turned entrepreneur roused the crowd, a diverse group of hundreds, with his promise.

Detroiter Jon Wylie showed up for the event and applauded the plan. “I see its usefulness because of the amount of low-paying jobs with no room for advancement,” Wylie told MLive.

Fans tweeted that they can't wait to see him back in town for the Presidential debates in July where he would presumably face the crowded field of candidates including Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, among many others.

While fans turned out to hear him speak, Yang has an avalanche of critics, with some calling his $1,000 a crass attempt at cheap votes.