Andrew Yang in Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019


On Budget & Economy: Redefine GDP to account for health & wellbeing

There's record high GDP in stock market prices, you know what else they're at record high is? Suicides, drug overdoses, depression, anxiety. It's gotten so bad that American life expectancy had declined for the last three years. The way we win this election is we redefine economic progress to include all the things that matter to us like our own heath, our wellbeing, our mental health, our clean air and clean water, how our kids are doing?
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Crime: Makes more sense to pay people to keep out of jail

I want to share a story that a prison guard, a corrections officer in New Hampshire said to me. He said, we should pay people to stay out of jail, because we spend so much when they're behind bars. We think we're saving money, we just end up spending the money in much more dark and punitive ways. We should put money directly into people's hands, certainly when they come out of prison, but before they go into prison.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Energy & Oil: Energy & Oil

Time to start moving our people to higher ground V.P. Joe Biden: We're responsible for 15% of all the [global emissions].

Yang: The important number is that the U.S. was only 15% of global emissions. We like to act as if we're 100%, but even if we were to curb our emissions dramatically, the earth

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Homeland Security: I signed a pledge to end the Forever Wars

I've signed a pledge to end the forever wars. What we have to do is we have to start investing those resources to solve the problems right here at home. We've spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of American lives in conflicts that have had unclear benefits. We've been in a constant state of war for 18 years. This is not what the American people want. I would bring the troops home, I would de-escalate tensions with Iran, and I would start investing our resources in our own communities.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Immigration: Immigrants are being scapegoated; blame the machines

I'm the son of immigrants myself. My father immigrated here as a graduate student and generated over 65 U.S. patents for G.E. and IBM. I think that's a pretty good deal for the United States. That's the immigration story we need to be telling. If you go to a factory here in Michigan, you will not find wall-to-wall immigrants; you will find wall-to-wall robots and machines. Immigrants are being scapegoated for issues they have nothing to do with in our economy.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Jobs: Empower women entrepreneurs with my $1000 per month plan

I have seen firsthand the inequities in the business world where women are concerned, particularly in start-ups and entrepreneurship. We have to give women the economic freedom to be able to improve their own situations and start businesses, and the best way to do this is by putting a dividend of $1,000 a month into their hands. It would be a game-changer for women around the country, because we know that women do more of the unrecognized and uncompensated work in our society.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Technology: Automation of our jobs the central challenge we face

If you've heard anything about me and my campaign, you've heard that someone is running for president who wants to give every American $1,000 a month. Why do we need to do it? We already automated away millions of manufacturing jobs, and chances are your job can be next. The automation of our jobs is the central challenge facing us today. Any politician not addressing it is failing the American people.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

On Technology: Technology

A study just came out that projected the average African American median net worth will be zero by 2053. How is that possible? We're in the midst of the greatest economic transformation in our history. Artificial intelligence is coming. It's going to displace hundreds of thousands of call center workers, truck drivers -- the most common job in 29 states. What are we going to do about it? We should go to the writings of Martin Luther King, who in his book "Chaos or Community," said "We need a guaranteed minimum income in the United States of America."
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) Jul 31, 2019

The above quotations are from Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019.
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