Photo by Gage Skidmore
Photo by Gage Skidmore

Today, about 80% of American workers are living pay-check to pay-check, in 2018 there were around 553,000 homeless people in the United States. Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend would fix the core causes of this situation, which is the lack of cash.

Poverty reduces IQ, that reduction is mainly caused by the stress created by poverty, someone who needs to change his job because he’s underpaid, abused in some other way or just isn’t fit for it but needs it to pay next month’s rent is likely not to get rid of that job, it’s a vicious circle.

The end of the vicious circle

Andrew Yang would put an end to the vicious circle of poverty, by “getting the boot off people’s necks”, as he also says, “We need to replace the mindset of scarcity with a mindset of abundance.”.

Freedom Dividend will do 2 in 1, as it would not only improve people’s situation by setting an economic floor that no one can get under, but it would also reduce the economic insecurity that exists in people’s minds and causes damaging stress levels.

Rutger Bregman did a TED talk, talking about how poverty is actually about lack of cash, and most of the cases is not related to a person’s character but his current situation.

Video by TED

“Ideas can and do change the world,” says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea’s 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked — and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all.”

There are many examples of people who had careers and were great at what they’re doing who became homeless overnight and in many instances, stay in that situation for a long time, Houston McTear is a bold one.

“the numbers say that you have a 50/50 chance of doing better than your parents if you were born in the ’90s. And that chance was 93% if you were born in the ’40s or ’50s.  So the American Dream is dying by the numbers. And Americans know it.”, Yang said.

Andrew Yang seems to be the only candidate that can bring the American Dream back, and that’s by the numbers.