Keeping it Real: How Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend could be a game-changer for indie authors
I don’t normally like to talk about politics. It’s something I often avoid. It’s not because I don’t have political views, but I’d rather allow people the freedom to maintain their own. I understand that debate is at the heart of our democracy, but, hey, to each their own. This one time, I can’t help but speak out. Especially because I believe a political candidate has a proposal that could be a game-changer for indie authors like myself. If you’re an indie too, read on my friend.
I first came to know who Andrew Yang was through my husband. He mentioned to me that a candidate was running for president that wants to give $1000 a month to every adult US citizen. He calls it the Freedom Dividend. This was back in April of 2019. My first thought was—is he crazy? My second thought was—how is he planning on paying for that? I’m happy to report I don’t think he’s crazy and he does have a plan to pay for it that’s feasible.
Universal Basic Income, or UBI for short, is not a new concept. As Yang has pointed out, Thomas Paine and Martin Luther King Jr. both supported UBI. In fact, in 1970 a bill for UBI passed through the House of Representatives but died in the Senate because senators wanted a higher guaranteed income (Yang2020.com). Why is UBI relevant now? Automation is taking away millions of jobs in the United States. As people lose their jobs, UBI could help them continue to pay for their everyday living expenses while looking for a new type of employment or allow people to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
Yang proposes to pay for his Freedom Dividend through a Value-Added Tax (VAT). Also, welfare and other assistance program recipients would be given a choice between their current program and the Freedom Dividend. Most would likely choose the Freedom Dividend because there are no strings attached, and typically would be more money per month for each household.
So, my initial questions were answered. He isn’t crazy. He appears very down-to-earth and is a fellow Gen-Xer (We’re only 13 days apart in age. I’m older.). He also has a plan to pay fo