Andrew Yang in September Democratic candidates debate


On Education: I am pro-good-school; pay teachers more; use tests less

Q: Thousands of students are leaving traditional public schools and going to charter schools. You're the most vocal proponent on this stage for charter schools. You have said that Democrats who want to limit them are "just jumping into bed with teachers unions and doing kids a disservice." Isn't taxpayer money better spent on fixing traditional public schools?

YANG: Let me be clear, I am pro-good school. I've got a kid, one of my little boys just started public school last week. So, we need to pay teachers more, because the data clearly shows that a good teacher is worth his or her weight in gold. We need to lighten up the emphasis on standardized tests, which do not measure anything fundamental about our character or human worth. But here's the big one: The data clearly shows that 65% to 70% of our students outcomes are determined outside of the school. The answer is to put money directly into the families and neighborhoods to give our kids a chance to learn and our teachers a chance to teach.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Families & Children: Enable families to solve problems with income subsidies

Everything revolves around the dollar-our schools, hospitals, media, government. We have to see ourselves as the shareholders of this democracy rather than inputs into a machine. When you donate money to a presidential campaign, the politician spends it on ads and consultants. It's time to trust ourselves more. My campaign will give a dividend of $1,000 a month for a year to 10 American families. If you believe that you can solve your own problems better than any politician, go to yang2020.com.
Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Free Trade: Tariffs pummel our farmers; but we need a deal with China

Q: Would you repeal Trump's tariffs on your first day in office?

YANG: I would not repeal the tariffs on day one, but I would let the Chinese know that we need to hammer out a deal, because right now, the tariffs are pummeling producers and farmers in Iowa who have absolutely nothing to do with the imbalances that we have with China.

A CEO friend of mine was in China recently and he said that he saw pirated U.S. intellectual property on worker workstations to the tune of thousands of dollars per head. And he said, one, "How can my workers compete against that?" And, two, "Think about all the lost revenue to American companies."

So, the imbalances are real. But we have to let the Chinese know that we recognize that President Trump has pursued an arbitrary and haphazard trade policy that has had victims on both sides. So, no to repealing the tariffs immediately, but yes to making sure we come to a deal that addresses the concerns of American companies.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Government Reform: Wash out corrupt lobbyist money with people-powered money

Q [to Senator Elizabeth Warren]: Should American foreign policy be based around the principle of climate change?

WARREN: Yes. Why doesn't it happen? As long as Washington is paying more attention to money than it is to our future, we can't make the changes we need to make.

YANG: To follow up, why are we losing to the fossil fuel companies?

WARREN: Yes.

YANG: Why are we losing to the gun lobby and the NRA? And is answer is this: our government has been overrun by money and corporate interests. Now, everyone here has a plan to try to curb those corporate interests, but we have to face facts. Money finds a way. Money will find its way back in. So, what is the answer? The answer is to wash the money out with people-powered money. My proposal is that we give every American 100 "Democracy Dollars" that you can only give to candidates and causes that you like. This would wash out the lobbyist cash by a factor of eight to one. That is the only way we will win.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Health Care: Docs should focus on results, not procedure numbers

Doctors tell me they spend a lot of time on paperwork, avoiding being sued, and navigating the insurance bureaucracy. We have to change the incentives so instead of revenue and activity, people are focused on our health in the health care system. At the Cleveland Clinic, where they're paid not based upon how many procedures they prescribe-shocker-they prescribe fewer procedures, and patient health stays the same or improves. That is the pitch to the American people.
Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Immigration: America has been magnet for human capital for generations

Q: Are you willing to raise the number of legal immigrants from 1 million to 2 million per year?

YANG: My father grew up on a peanut farm in Asia with no floor and now his son is running for president. That is the immigration story that we have to be able to share with the American people.

If you look at our history, almost half of Fortune 500 companies were founded by either immigrants or children of immigrants. And rates of business formation are much higher in immigrant communities. We have to say to the American people, immigrants are positive for our economic and social dynamism, and I would return the level of legal immigration to the point it was under the Obama-Biden administration.

This country has been a magnet for human capital for generations. If we lose that, we lose something integral to our continued success. And that is where I would lead as president.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On Immigration: Compete for talent from abroad, but not a merit system

Q: Should there be a merit system for immigrants, as President Trump wants?

YANG: I think we have to compete for talent and I am the opposite of Donald Trump in many ways. He says, "build a wall." I'm going to say to immigrants, "come to America, because if you come here, your son our daughter can run for president." My father grew up on a peanut farm in Asia with no floor and now his son is running for president. "And this is where you want to build a company, build a family, and build a life."

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

On War & Peace: We've been in continuous armed conflict for 18 years

I've signed a pledge to end the forever wars. We've been in a state of continuous armed conflict for 18 years, which is not what the American people want. We have to start owning what we can and can't do. We're not very good at rebuilding countries. And if you want proof, all you have to do is look within our own country of Puerto Rico.

We've spent trillions of dollars to unclear benefits, lost thousands of lives--And the goal has to be to rebuild the relationships that have made America strong for decades.

I would lead our armed forces with restraint and judgment. What the American people want is simply a president who has the right values and point of view and they can trust to make the right decisions when it comes to putting our young men and women into harm's way. And that's what I would do as president.

Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston Sep 12, 2019

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