Yang talks MATH with voters in Fort Madison

2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks to potential voters at Simple Table in Fort Madison Sunday evening. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

FORT MADISON – He calls himself the Asian guy who likes to talk MATH. But his version isn’t necessarily the usual version.

2020 Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, who says he’s barely a politician, talked to a packed Simple Table restaurant Sunday afternoon. The packed venue held about 50 people.

But again, according to Yang math, that represented “a coliseum of California voters”. Yang said each Iowan voter represents about 1,000 California voters when you look at electoral votes.

The 44-year-old lawyer says he’s not a career politician but an entrepreneurial problem solver and spent the last seven years creating jobs around the country. His acronym for M.A.T.H. has very little to do with numbers, but “Make America Think Harder”.

He said Donald Trump won Iowa by close to nine points, and did it by automating away four million manufacturing jobs over a number of years including 40,000 in Iowa.

“I have been to those towns in Iowa that lost those manufacturing jobs,” he said.

“After the plant closed, the shopping district closed, people started to leave, the schools shrank – and the communities never recovered.”

He said the story was the same in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other states across the country.

Yang said blasting away those jobs in swing states that Trump needed to win, and he said that hasn’t stopped and pointed the finger straight at Amazon.

“They’re soaking up $20 billion in business every single year, closing 30% of our stores and malls. Most common job in the country is retail clerk making $10 to $12 per hour. What is her next move when the store closes”, Yang asked.

He said Amazon paid $0 in taxes last year.

“That’s your math, Iowa. $20 billion out – 0 back, 30% of stores closed, the most common job disappears, and Amazon laughs all the way to the bank.”

He also said other common jobs are going to disappear as well. Robot trucks, automated call centers. He said the country is in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution, what he called the greatest economic transformation in our country’s history.

He said half of all manufacture workers who lost their jobs never worked again, and half of that group filed for disability. He said that has led to increased suicide and drug overdoses to the point where American’s life expectancy has declined for the last three years in a row.

“The last time our life expectancy declined three years straight was the Spanish flu of 1918, a global pandemic that killed millions.”

Yang raised $16.5 million in the fourth quarter and said he is now running 5th in the latest polling of Democratic candidates. Yang’s $16.5 million was fourth best among Democrats behind Bernie Sanders’ $34.5 million, Pete Buttigieg’s $24.7 million, and Joe Biden’s $22.7 million.

Yang spent little time talking about foreign policy and spoke mostly about domestic issues facing the United States.

One of Yang’s top campaign topics is $1,000/month to every adult in the country. He said the idea is not a new idea.

“Thomas Paine was for this during the founding of our country and called it the ‘citizen’s dividend’,” Yang said.

“Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for a guaranteed minimum income for all Americans. I sat down with his son in Atlanta and he told me, ‘This is what Dad was fighting for when he was killed in in 1968’.”

He said a similar idea passed the House of Representatives under the Richard Nixon presidency, the family assistance plan, and then 11 years later a state passed a dividend where everyone in the state gets between $1,000 and $2,000 a year.

Yang said data is America’s top commodity and is worth more than $10 billion per year. Now that money goes to companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and other trillion dollar companies that pay zero or near zero taxes.

“Do you see the game, Iowa? You get sucked dry. You wonder where the money’s going and the biggest companies pay zero back into the system,” he said.

Iowa caucuses are in 29 days and Yang said it’s the perfect time to clean the pipes of American politics and lobby influence.

“You didn’t know that was what this meeting was about. But that’s what’s it about. We can put that $1,000 a month in our hands just like that.”

“This $1,000 stacks on Social Security. It’s the biggest expansion of Social Security in generations. People know you can’t retire on Social Security, but you don’t have to live like that. We can change it.”

6 thoughts on “Yang talks MATH with voters in Fort Madison

  1. Thank God for president trump.
    America is the strongest ever.stocks way up.more jobs than people want to work at.
    Im voting for America.im voting for the future of my kids and grandkids.
    put trump himself to the side and just think about the 1.2 million service men and women around the world to protect the USA from other countries taking over our country while the democrats are mourning the death of a terrorist and allowing thousands of ilegal immigrants into our country.
    how do fellow Americans feel about ilegals in newyork can get their drivers liscence and vote.
    how do you fellow Americans feel about veterans that are homeless hungry and in need of medical not getting it because 11 million illeagls are more important to the democrats because most veterans vote republican and all illegals vote democrat.
    if you do not like trump dont see it as you are voting for him,see it like your voting for the 1.2 million soldiers around the world and common sense.
    Remember biden and sanders has been in politics over 40-50 years and has done nothing but made millions.biden and the democrats are against killing terrorist and proud hard working, child raising Americans.
    a democrat vote is a vote against America.dont be anti-American.
    God bless the USA!!!!

  2. 50’S AND 60’S – DOWNTOWN DISTRICTS ARE HUSTLING AND BUSTLING EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT. LOTS OF STORES TO CHOOSE FROM – PLENTY OF EATING PLACES BUT NO FAST FOODS HERE UNTIL THE 70’S – majority of our money spent here – then came the mall – 1970’s-1980’s
    MORE KIDS GOT THEIR OWN CARS – STARTED TO DRIVE TO BURLINGTON TO SEE MOVIES AND SHOP THE MALL – QUIETLY DOWNTOWN HADS FEWER OF EVERYTHING. NOT OPEN ON FRIDAYS FOR LACK OF BUSINESS. TRAIL OF CARS HEADED TO BURLINGTON AND IOWA CITY TO SHOP.
    FAST FORWARD TO 2019 – MALLS ARE IN FORECLOSURE – AMAZON RETURNS CAN BE TAKEN BACK EASILY AT A LOCAL DEPT, STORE – ONE OF THE FEW LEFT
    DOWNTOWN CONSISTS OF SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE WORTHY OF BEING SHOPPED IN – ATE IN – AND A WONDERFUL THEATRE WHO TRIES HARD…. AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. BUT BUYING ON LINE IS THE THING TO DO. FREE SHIPPING OUTWEIGHS SHOPPING. THE MALLS HAVE FEW CLIENTS – MOST ARE HEADED TO THE MOVIE THEATRE. —
    ANDREW YANG HAD SOME VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR MIDDLE CLASS IOWANS. THERE ARE THE RICH WHO BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS GREAT. BUT HOW WILL OUR MERCHANTS CONTINUE TO COMPETE AND REMAIN VIABLE IN OUR CURRENT MARKET. THINK BEFORE BUYING ON-LINE – BEFORE TAKING YOUR MONEY TO OTHER COMMUNITIES TO SPEND. THE OUT OF TOWN PLACES PAY TAXES IN THEIR TOWN – NOT OURS,
    HELP YOUR OWN FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WHENEVER POSSIBLE – THEY INVESTED HERE AND ARE COUNTING ON YOUR SUPPORT. THANKS FOR THE FAIR WARNING MR. YANG – IT WAS A MESSAGE THAT WAS IMPORTANT FOR MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE TO HEAR. I KNOW YOU WON’T HAVE NOUGH VOTES FOR THE PRIMARYS BUT HOPE SOME WILL HEAR YOUR MESSAGE

    1. Try buying groceries, toilet paper, toothpaste, tampons, dog food and things that are actually needed for everyday living at the mom and pop stores downtown. Not possible. Only thing you can buy are crafts and knick knacks clutter that draw dust. Only a dream…..

      1. Aldi’s sell groceries, Dollar General sells TP etc, Dawgs and Diva’s sells dog food (Fiona will even deliver). All the stores may not be all mom & pop but You can actually buy things for everyday living in the downtown district.

  3. If I get that 1,000 dollars a month free money he is promising everyone just for breathing air I will head to Illinois to get me some of that legal marijuana. Right on dude!!

  4. Super promises by the democrats.
    they will give you $1,000 month and let you get as stoned as you want and will make hard working republicans AND democrats pay for it all……

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