Entrepreneur, lawyer and philanthropist
- Dropped out of race in February 2020
- born January 13, 1975, in Schenectady, New York
- graduated Brown University 1996, Columbia Law School 1999
- entrepreneur, attorney, philanthropist and author
Yang on impeachment:
“Asking foreign leaders for political help in return for aid and then suppressing your own agency’s inquiry is egregious. There have to be limits and Congress is right to act.”
Entrepreneur says health care should be a basic right for all Americans and that a single-payer system is the most efficient way to accomplish that.
Technology executive says Obamacare is a good first step toward a single-payer system, focusing on salaried physicians and holistic medicine.
His proposal funds artificial intelligence efforts that could improve mental health services.
He is pro-choice.
He says state abortion laws should be subject to oversight by a board of doctors.
He also believes that birth control should be provided to all Americans.
He supports universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, gun licensing (with a five-year renewal requirement), closing loopholes, repealing special legal protections for gun companies, federally funded research on gun violence, and creating financial incentives for firearm owners to obtain smart guns.
Candidate calls for implementing a federal buyback program for anyone who wants to voluntarily give up their firearm.
Yang would also ban high-capacity magazines.
Yang moved to tears after mother shares her 4-year-old killed by gun violence.*
He unveiled a nearly $5 trillion climate change proposal (8/26/19), which would be funded, in part, by eliminating oil company subsidies and instituting a carbon fee and dividend and with the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2049.
He supports the Green New Deal.
Yang says that climate change is important but helping people with financial needs, through his plan to give all citizens a basic income, is the way to start.*
His plan allocates $40 billion in grants for citizens in coastal areas to move inland, $30 billion for infrastructure like seawalls, and $25 billion for disaster planning.
* “It was way too late to solve the climate crisis and that people should start looking for higher ground,” Yang said during 2020 Democratic Presidential debate on July 31.
Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall
Yang supports the DREAM Act and the following reforms:
- Adding a new permanent resident category for undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for a substantial amount of time, pay taxes, without a felony conviction.
- Deporting any undocumented immigrant who fails to participate.
- Offering an 18-year path to citizenship for the new category of long-term permanent residents.
- Increasing funding to secure ports of entry, increase ICE agents, and invest in body cameras for agents working on the US-Mexico border.
- Investing in technologies to more efficiently and effectively monitor the US-Mexico border.
- Increasing funding to immigration court to reduce the backlog of asylum cases.
- Working with Mexico on immigration and anti-drug initiatives.
Economy/minimum wage/income inequality
His plan is to pay every American 18 and older — regardless of employment — $1,000 a month, and paid for by a value-added tax.
The candidate also proposes a Department of Technology to study automation and artificial intelligence.
Education/student debt/free tuition
Under Yang’s plan, the federal government would buy up all the outstanding student debt and allow borrowers to repay their loans by putting 10% of their income toward their loans for 10 years.
The entrepreneur wants universal pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds and supports increasing teacher pay.
As a CEO of a test-prep company, he says standardized tests are a “terrible measurement of anything other than whether you are good at the test.”
Yang calls Russia the biggest geopolitical force against the US.
He says we should redirect 10% of the military budget to a new domestic force charged with building and maintaining the nation’s infrastructure.
Yang would repeal the “Authorization for Use of Military Force” (AUMF) enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, and hand the power to declare war back to Congress.
He would appoint a new secretary of cybersecurity.
Yang supports the full legalization of marijuana at the federal level and removing it from the controlled-substances list.*
Candidate calls for expunging the federal convictions of all marijuana-related use or possession offenses.
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