tv Campaign 2020 Andrew Yang Holds Town Hall in Nashua NH CSPAN December 31, 2019 5:25am-7:00am EST
, authors talk about their respective memoirs. thursday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, "the cigarette." friday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, donald trump, jr. and his book, ."riggered >> 2020 democratic presidential candidate andrew yang held a town hall at a public library in nashua, new hampshire. he talked about his campaign platform, including the proposal for a $1000 basic income program. [indiscernible conversations] applause]d
[laughter] >> come on up. good afternoon everyone. we are going to open those doors up so, hopefully people out there can hear what is going to happen. welcome, everyone to this first in the 2020 gateway to the election presidential campaign series. presented through a collaborative partnership between the greater nashua chamber of commerce, riviera circle,ty's president's and the telegraph. i am traci hall, president and ceo of the greater nashua chamber of commerce. it is a pleasure to welcome all of our civic and community members to today's event. we appreciate your support and applaud you for educating ourselves about the important choices we will all make on for -- for february 11th. our goal is to bring presidential candidates to
nashua, to get a deeper sense of their stance on business community topics, and to prepare you to cast your most informed vote on primary day. as we begin our program, i would like to ask that you take a moment to check that your cell phones are in silent mode so they do not go off. throughout the course of the afternoon. i want to recognize a few people, former elected officials who are with us. the former nashua mayor, thank you for joining us. this is the challenge. i will miss someone, state representative and newly elected member of the board of alderman skip cleaver is here. there is skip. [applause] those are the only elected officials i saw walk-in. -- walk in. if i missed you, brandon laws, our alderman. [applause] thank you. i would also like to think our
corporate sponsor, fidelity investments. joe was not able to join us due to some weather-related issues as you can imagine. fidelity is a strong and active member of our chamber and of the greater nashua community, providing funding and feet on the street to help dozens of agencies across the region each year. our city is fortunate to have institutions of equality and history of our gateway to the election partners. riviere university has seen great growth under the exam three leadership of sister paula marie bewley, and is blessed with dedicated men and women who share their time and talents through the president's circle counsel. the telegraph helps ensure our citizenry is engaged and educated through their coverage of the greater nashua region. i want to personally thank the publisher of the telegraph and the telegraph editor for what they have done to put the series together. and finally we are grateful to , jennifer mccormick, director
of the nashua public library, my favorite place in the entire city because i love libraries for hosting us here at the , library. i'm sorry we cannot sneak a few more people in here without venturing the wrath of the fire marshall. we are about to get started but a few words on the format. following mr. yang's remarks, i will present a series of questions and then take questions from the audience. i know we started a little late. we will try to sneak past 3:00. we look for to an informative conversation today and to your courtesy and respect as we go through the program. now a brief introduction. this butably all know just for the record -- andrew yang is an american entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and lawyer. he is the founder of venture for america, a nonprofit organization that focuses on
in struggling american cities. in 2012, the obama administration selected him as a champion of change. in 2015, as a presidential ambassador for global entrepreneurship. in late 2017, mr. yang announced his run for the presidency under the slogan, make america think harder -- math, which i loved. along with his defining proposal of universal basic income, a supplemental income offered to american adults, to prepare them for the economic challenges incurred by artificial intelligence and automation in the job market. mr. yang is a 1996 graduate of brown university, where he earned a degree in political science. in 1999 graduate of club at university school of law. he and his wife evelyn have two sons and live in new york city. with that, i would like to invite mr. yang to the podium to learn more about what he has for us. [cheers and applause]
mr. yang: thank you, new hampshire! is this my mic? yes, voice amplification. you missed important thing, i one graduated from phillips exeter academy in 1992. [applause] i was invited to speak back at pea a few months ago and i said this is my first time back since i graduated because i do not -- because i did not enjoy myself here. in the student body erupted applause. [laughter] i felt really bad. that was not the reaction i was going for. after i graduated from exeter, i went to brown and then columbia. and then i became an unhappy new york city for five months.
that sometimes gets a laugh. i left the firm to try to start a business. how many of you have started a business or organization or club? if you have your hand up, you know two things. number one, it is harder than anyone lets on. number two, when someone ask you how it is going? what do you say? great. everything is always going great. my business went great until it failed. my parents told people i was still a lawyer because was easier. i had been bitten by a bug. i worked at one organization and then the other and became the head of an education company that was bought by another bigger company. 2009 was a decade ago and i cannot believe it's been 10 years. that was a tough time in much of the country. how many of you are here in new -- were here in new hampshire 10 years ago? and how was that time in 2009 in nashua? you are laughing. were you the mayor then?
i just want to commend elected officials and former elected officials. because here new hampshire, it is a labor of love. you're certainly not doing it for the money or the glory. i tell people to run for local office, i believe is harder than running for president, because people know where you live. [laughter] so, the financial crisis 10 years ago wracked many of our communities. i saw this unfold and i thought i had some insight as to why the economy had collapsed. it was because so many of the kids who i had gone to exeter and brown with had gone to wall street and created derivatives and mortgage-backed securities and these exotic financial instruments. i thought that is a disaster, a train wreck, if that is where our energies are going. so i imagined what i would want our energies go toward instead. the vision i came up with was to
head to a city like detroit or cleveland or birmingham or providence, and help grow a company to create jobs. so i started a nonprofit called venture for america. i started calling wealthy friends asking them this question. do you love america? the smart among them said, what does it mean if i say yes, andrew? and i said, at least $10,000. so i raised a couple hundred thousand dollars which grew to the millions and helped create jobs in many cities. i was honored by the administration multiple times and got to introduce my wife to be the president. so my in-laws were excited about me that week. i started having the sinking feeling that for any job my organization was helping create, many communities were losing dozens or hundreds of jobs. i started to feel like might work was pouring water into a bathtub that had a giant hole ripped in the bottom. i was still surprised when donald trump became our president in 2016.
how did you all react when he won? tears, devastated, disbelief. to me, it was a giant red flag that tens of millions of our fellow americans decided to take a bet on the narcissist reality tv star. even if you were devastated or cried, we all have family or friends or neighbors who are about his victory. i started to dig into why i thought he won. if you turn on cable news today, why would you think donald trump is our president? >> facebook. >> racism. >> russia. >> hillary clinton perhaps. >> emails. >> someone shouted out, the economy. mr. yang: that is closer to the truth. when i dug into the numbers, we millionomated away 4 manufacturing jobs. where were those jobs? ohio, michigan, pennsylvania,
wisconsin, iowa. all of the swing states that donald trump needed to win and did win. if you doubt this -- if you go through the voter district data, you see there is a straight line up between the adoption of industrial automation in a voting district and a movement toward trump. this happened in new hampshire, but it happened earlier. you all lost over 12,000 many -- manufacturing jobs in the northern part of the state. when you go to those towns, you see that many of those towns have never recovered. after the factory or the plant closed, and the shopping district closed and the population shrank. when i was in detroit, cleveland and st. louis, we saw a lot of the same things. we are in the midst of the greatest economic transformation in the history of our country. because what happened to the manufacturing jobs is not stopping there. it is now heading to retail, call centers, fast food, truck driving, and on and on through the economy. how many of you have noticed stores closing here in new hampshire? why are the stores closing?
amazon, that's right, one word answer. amazon is soaking up $20 billion in business every year. and how much is amazon paying in taxes? zero. that is your math, new hampshire. out is right, $20 million and zero back. the most common job in the economy is retail clerk. the average retail clerk is that 29-year-old woman making nine dollars or $10 per hour. how many of you have seen a a fast foodiosk in restaurant, like mcdonald's? every location in the country, starting with the front of the house and there want to move to the back of the house. when you call the customer service line of a big company and get a bot or software, i'm sure you do what i do which is to pound 0, 0 and say human, human until you get a person on the line? the software is tell her bro.
desa software is terrible. but in two or three years, the software is going to sound like this, hello andrew, what can i do for you? what is that going to do for the two minor 3 million people working a call centers now? how many of you know truck driver here new hampshire? it is the most common job in 29 states. my friends in california are working on trucks that can drive themselves. they say they are 98% of the way there. a self-driving truck just took 20 tons of butter from california to pennsylvania two weeks ago, totally autonomous. why butter? i have no idea. but you can look that up and say robot, butter, truck, and it will pop up. what does this mean for the three and half million americans who drive a truck for living are -- or the 7 million americans who work in truck stops, motels and diners that rely on truckers getting out and having a meal every day? despair. these are the forces tearing our country apart. many americans feel himself -- many americans feel themselves getting left behind
and pushed to the sideline. corporate profits are record highs today and record highs the united states america. stress, financial insecurity. how many of you are college students? student loan debt at record highs, not normal. even suicides and drug overdoses. and unfortunately, new hampshire is one of the epicenters of the opioid epidemic in the country. eight americans are dying every hour in this country now. these are things people are experiencing on the ground and it is only going to accelerate as artificial intelligence starts leaving the lab and hitting the economy in earnest. this is not just a blue-collar problem. artificial intelligence will be able to do the work of bookkeepers, accountants, radiologists, even attorneys. right now software can edit a contract more quickly and error-free and certainly inexpensively than the most experienced human lawyer. we are in the midst of this economic transformation.
and for whatever reason, we are scapegoating immigrants, for things that immigrants have next to nothing to do with. my first move was still not to run for president. because i'm not a crazy person. i went to washington, d.c., and sat down with our leaders and said what are we going to do to help our people manage this transition? and what do you thing to folks d.c. said to me when i said what are we going to do? we don't know. nothing. the three answers i got most frequently were number one, andrew, we cannot talk about this. someone suggested americans would not understand it anyway. number two, we should study this further. number three, we must educate and retrain all americans for the jobs of the future which sounds responsible. but i said look, i checked the studies. you want to guess how effective retraining programs were for
manufacturing workers who lost their jobs? zero to 15% success rate. a total dud. when i said this to the people in washington, d.c., they said they will get better at it. the truth is that the people in d.c. will do well whether we do well or not. the feedback mechanism is broken. it is one reason why we have donald trump as president today. one person in washington, d.c., leveled with me and said some thing that brought me here to you all. he said andrew, you are in the wrong town. no one here will do anything about this because washington, is a town full of followers and not leaders. the only way we will do some thing about this if you are to create a wave and bring that wave crashing down on our heads. i said i accept that challenge and i will be back with the wave. i stand before you today and i'm fit in the polls to be the
nominee of the democratic party. [applause] we raised $10 billion last at $30 each. -- $10 million, zero corporate pack money, all people powered. all grassroots. we will do better than that in this quarter. we are going while other campaigns are shrinking because we are solving the actual problems that got donald trump elected. and we have real solutions that would help move the country forward. what are the solutions? if you're here today, and i appreciate you braving the elements and say i'm going to go see andrew yang, even if it is yucky out. i grew up in new hampshire too. if you are here today, at some point, you heard, this guy wants to give every american $1000 per month. remember the first time you heard that? and the first time you heard that, you are like ha ha, that is a gimmick, too good to be true, that will never happen. but this is not my idea, and it is not a new idea. thomas payne was for it at the
founding of the country and called it the citizens dividend. martin luther king fought for in the 1960's and called at the guaranteed income for all americans and it is what he was fighting for when he was assassinated in 1968. i had the privilege of sitting with martin luther king the third in atlanta, who said this is what my father was fighting for, when he was killed. thousand economists endorsed it in the 1960's. it passed the u.s. house of representatives twice under richard nixon, it was called the family assistance plan and to set an income floor for all americans. 11 years later one state has to -- has a dividend where everyone in that state gets between 1000 and 2000 hours per year no -- dollars per year no questions asked. what state is that? >> alaska. andrew: and how do they pay for it? oil. and what is the oil of the
century? 21st data. how many of you got your data check in the mail? we left, where the data checks go? facebook, amazon, google, the mega tech companies that are paying zero or near zero in taxes. that is a game, new hampshire. our communities are getting sucked dry and depleted and we are looking around wondering where the value went. and the biggest winners in that when he first century economy are paying zero in taxes. what we have to do is get our fair share your fair share, make sure amazon, this chilly dollar tech company actually is paying this million dollar company actually is paying taxes. equally important, we have to put that value into our hands come into your hands, the hands of the american people. build a trickle up economy from our people, our families and our communities up. if we put this thousand dollars per month into your hands, where will the money go and real-life? i'm going to guess a lot of it will stay right here in nashua or new hampshire. it would be good for the chamber of commerce. if you run a business here, you think maybe people will be patronizing my business more often.
the money would be going into car repairs you have been putting off, daycare expenses, little league sign-ups, local nonprofits, religious organizations. it would create a sustainable path for rural parts of the state that right now are struggling to find it. it would make our people stronger, healthier, mentally healthier, less stressed out. for the students laboring under tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt, it would help to clear that debt. though i want to do more to clear that debt independent of giving you 1000 hours per month. because that 1.6 trillion is out of control and it is immoral the way it was generated. this 1000 per month would help manage the greatest transmission our country's history. i am friendly with some of the leading technologists in the country and they tell me hey, andrew, i've seen what is in the lab. and when it comes out, it is going to be a bigger problem then anyone realizes. you know how that conversation never goes? andrew i have seen what is in the lab. and every thing will be fine. that is not the end of that
thought. the more someone knows, the more concerned they are. the folks in washington, d.c., are decades behind the curve, on technology in particular. they got rid of the office of technology assessment in 1995. congress has literally had zero input on technology issues for 24 years, aside from the tech companies themselves. and you can guess what the tech companies have been telling them. so these are the changes we have to make to rewrite the rules of the 21st century economy to work for us. to work for you. if you are a young person and feel like it is not working for you, you are right. if you were born in the 1940's in the united states of america, there was a 93% chance you would better than your parents. that is the american dream. that is the dream that drew my parents here. if you're born in the 1990's, you're down to a 50-50 shot and the number is declining quick.
that's why young people feel we have left an economy that does not work for you in a mess, in addition to climate change. and we have. if you are young person and you feel distressed or angry about it, i get it. we have to do better for you. we have to start measuring how our economy is doing based on how you all are doing, to see how it is working. again, corporate profits at record highs while our life expectancy is declining, which is more important? yes, i agree. if you think about how we are measuring the value that we are producing, my wife is at home with our two young boys, one of whom is autistic. what is her work included at in our economic measures? zero. and we know that is nonsense. we know the work she's doing is among the most challenging and important work that anyone does. it is not just her work. the things we value most are progressively getting zeroed out in american life.
parenting, yes, nurturing, caregiving, volunteering, mentoring, coaching. increasingly, arts. increasingly, journalism. and our market is going to systematically undervalue the work done by women and underrepresented minorities in particular. we all know that women do more of the unrecognized and uncompensated work in our society every single day. by properly measuring our progress, we can see the depth of the problems and start working to improve upon them. so if gdp is this phantom measurement that has less and less relationship with how we are doing and even its inventor said hundred years ago this is a terrible measure of national well-being and we should never use it as that, what would a measurement that actually measures how you and your family are doing look like? what would that measurement be? >> contributions?
andrew: you could do something around civic engagement. how about mental health and freedom from substance abuse? how about life expectancy? ability to retire with dignity? clean air and clean water? we can make these the measurements of our society. and as your president that is what i will do. gdp is a hundred years old, past time for an upgrade. this is how we will measure our progress and then we will see we are in a mental health crisis. we would see that we are in a wellness recession. we would see that our environment is getting worse and worse and is not included in our current numbers. how many of you all have run a business organization or a , department or division? imagine if you have the wrong measurements for that organization, how would it do over time? that is where we are as a country. we are getting beaten over the head with gdp headline
, unemployment and stock market prices. and none of those things has much relationship with how we are actually doing. gdp, i talked about a little bit. stock market price -- the bottom 50% owned basically zero stock. stock prices correspond to the top 50% of society if your generous. and headline in a plummet does not correspond to the fact that village people are dropping out of the workforce, people are doing two and three jobs to get by and 40% of college graduates are doing a job that does not require a college degree. if you do the numbers right we can make progress. donald trump said in 2016 he was going to make america great again. what did hillary clinton say? america's already great. we have to acknowledge that the problems are real. they are deep in our communities. we need solutions that will help us move forward.
what were donald trump's solutions? we will build a wall, turn the clock back, bring the old jobs back. new hampshire, we have to do the opposite and accelerate our economy and society as quickly as possible to rise to the real challenges of this era. we have to evolve in the way we think about ourselves and our work and our value. i'm the ideal candidate for this job because the opposite of donald trump is an asian man who likes math. thank you very much, nashua. [laughter] [applause] thank you -- math is an acronym, what does it stand for? that's right. make america think harder. that is your job. you're going to help us move the country not left, not right, but forward. thank you very much. we are going to celebrate new year's. in nashua. there is a giant party at martha's exchange. [applause] >> can you all hear me?
i will try to project, i have a couple of questions i want to ask to start off and then we will look to the audience. as a prep for that, if you have a question, you can use the mic that samantha is pointing to. as you get up to ask your question, state your name and if you are with an organization or business as well. before you ask your question. let me start off. you talked a bit about jobs going away because of artificial intelligence and automation. here in new hampshire, we are seeing the opposite of that. we have thousands of jobs left unfilled now because employers cannot find sufficient skilled workers to fill those jobs. how does your economic plan and your education perhaps, how did those policies help business owners who right now cannot be as successful as they could be because they do not have the people to fill the jobs?
it doesyes, a lot of revolve around education. many of the employers looking for workers are trying to find skilled techno workers, tradespeople. we've a massive national shortage of tower climbers and hvac repair people and people who work on the guts of our infrastructure. there are other needs and gaps also. aboutm going to talk these technical jobs. only 6% of high school students are in tech or trade our vocational programs now. in germany, it is 59%. think about that gulf. we are lagging behind because employers are looking around an. people will graduate
from college. we have made it more and more expensive. we have to create paths forward for different students in different areas and leave them to the opportunities that need to be filled in many communities. i will also suggest that a lot of people looking to hire and are doing- if you multiple jobs to make ends meet, you are counted as employed. youou are underemployed, count as employed. if you leave the workforce to care for a relative, you do not get included in that number. so there's a lot of weakness being obscured because were using a measure that is out of date and misleading. >> i want to follow up on your freedom dividend plan. $1000 a month -- do not have to do anything for it. sounds good to a lot of people.
i did simple math, there are little over 209 million americans who would qualify for that at $12,000 per year. meaning, $2.5 trillion a year to fund that. how does the math actually work, that you can tax whatever corporations you want to tax to come up with that additional revenue every year forever? >> i'm so glad you asked. i love it so much. first, you have to look at who the biggest winners are going to be. if you have amazon, google, facebook, systematically paying zero or near zero in taxes, you are going to have problems affording things. but if you put a mechanism in place will be all get the tiniest slice, our fair share of every amazon share every google , search, eventually every robot truck mile and ai work unit
generates 800 billion dollars per year with a giant up arrow attached to it so that number , will shoot up. now, 800 billion is not $2.4 trillion, as you suggest. it is not going to disappear. increasing tax revenue by, conservatively 600 billion or so. then here's where the magic comes in. you save hundreds of billions on things like incarceration, homeless services, emergency room health care, that we spend almost a trillion on now. it was in new hampshire where a corrections officer said this to me. he said, we should pay people to stay out of jail because he sees how expensive it is when they are in jail. this is what happens in our society. we end up paying in much more expensive and punitive ways when they hit our institutions. we know our institutions are
quite expensive. the last piece and the best piece shows if you are able to alleviate poverty in this way, you would increase our gdp by 700 billion dollars per year just on the basis of better health and educational outcomes of our people. this is a massive investment in human capital. this does not take into account the catalyst for entrepreneurship and creativity and value creation that would ensue. a catalyst catalyst for entrepreneurship and value creation that would ensue in people being willing to take risks and not feel if they fail it will mean the difference between having a home and not. >> i will ask one more and then open it up. in essence, you are on a job interview with the american people for a very important job, the leadership position the ceo , to end all ceos. as someone who has hired many and perhaps fired a few people in your life, [laughter] >> what is your advice to the american people as they compare
and consider all of the candidates? what should they be thinking about as they check your qualifications and those of others to make sure they make the right choice to fill this critical position? andrew: i love this question so much and i have never gotten it. i love it. >> kudos to samantha from the chamber whose question that was. [applause] andrew: to me, the most important thing about who we choose as our president is whether they understand the real problems on the ground as we are experiencing them and can actually bring solutions to bear. i'm going to suggest to you all that technology is the driving force between many changes in our economy and society. most of the other figures in this race, who i like and admire a great deal and i consider many friends, but many do not understand technology very well. they also do not understand technology's intersection with the labor force very well at all. that if we have the wrong person
in that seat, we are going to have another four years of your malls closing, of ai getting smarter, of the robot trucks starting to multiply on the highways. it is going to get harder and harder to put in place a path that lets americans know we are not going to be left behind, that we are the owners and shareholders of this country and not inputs into a giant capital efficiency machine. if you do not understand the real problems, you will not be able to solve them. i have a much clearer understanding what lies ahead for this country. >> i will shift to all of you now. i see we have a line going. we probably have 15 minutes for questions from all of you. if you could state your name and if you are affiliated with a business or organization as well. .> i am will bronson i drove down from maine today. i am president of the
enlightened education co-op. which is based in florida. my question is a follow-on to the guaranteed universal basic income. the rationale for that is to deal with the dislocation that will come from the increase in aai and robotics and automation. but there is an equally strong justification for it in my view, and i wonder if you would comment on it. according to an m.i.t. scientist, she has come up with a say -- a scary statistic because of the exponential rise in autism. she claims that within 10 years, every other family will be dealing with a child in the autism spectrum. this will take a terrific amount of resources to provide for homeowners typically, caretakers in the home who are not being paid. you have spoken to this on a number of occasions. could you comment on this as a
possible other justification and reason are rationale for the freedom dividend, which i like to call the tech dividend. andrew: thank you for this question. what i say to families around the country is that special needs is the new normal. i have not seen a study that suggests it is going to get to 50%, but it is already normal in any millions of families across the country. the big problem is you have a special needs child like my son who shows up at school, and the school says, i do not have the resources available to do with this child requires because i have one teacher for 20 kids. i do not have the budget for this. so, that child ends up falling through the cracks, the family has to scramble. there are massive problems. but it is in a large part partly because we are confusing economic value and human value. we are saying this kid needs more and thus is a burden on the
community, instead of seeing it the way we should be, which is being is the' well point of the economy. we should use that as a measuring stick. which means you pay teachers more, you hire more teachers, them up on the standardized test we devised during what were to --decide -- to decide what you see this is the future of the 21st century economy making , ourselves stronger, healthier and more whole. if we do not evolve in that direction as quickly as possible, you're correct that many committees will feel themselves to be overwhelmed by the cost of supporting many special-needs children who, quite frankly, are going to grow to be special-needs adults. if we do not start changing the
measuring stick, we will see these people as, again, cost centers and burdens instead of being owners and parts of our families. so thank you for the question. >> thank you. [applause] >> i'm from massachusetts. speaking about make americans think harder, we need a national science driver program to lift up the population economically and inspire the population. but we have a couple major problems to solve first. number one, you were talking about your friend who went down to wall street with the derivatives and stuff. since 2008, the big banks are much bigger.
the federal reserve has been giving them a hundred million dollars a day since september, which means we are close to a very big global blowout again. we have hr 2176 in the house, everyone should be calling their reps to demand that passes it becomes law. last, we have to get back to economic sovereignty. in other words, we do not need independent, private entity controlling our economy. we are over $20 trillion in debt, so we have to get back to the federal reserve fixed currency and get back to the american system. andrew: this was a profound question. some people when they come to an event, one of the thoughts is, where do we get the money to do what we need to do?
how many of you remember voting for the bailout of wall street? $4 trillionhow many of you remember saying, where are we going to get the money? that is what he's talking about, this printing of hundreds of millions of dollars a day to shore up the balance sheets of our banks. no one voted for that. no one said yes, let's do that instead of bailing out homeowners. to me, the obvious choice was to bail out homeowners and keep people in their homes and keep communities whole. instead, we chose to recapitalize the banks. we do not trust our people. we have to choose our people. to your point about what we have done in terms of recapping wall street and privileging them, you are right. the banks are observing more and more financial activity. community banks in places like new hampshire are a thing of the past. if you're old enough, you likely remember community banks that got gobbled up by bank of america and the gang.
this is what we have to counteract. we have to choose our people instead of the banks and we have to stop bailing out wall street and letting them run and own our economy in this way. so thank you for this question. >> hr 2176. >> if you keep your questions to saint, that would help us get more people to get questions. >> thank you for coming. i am a college student from worcester, mass. you want to put taxes on different companies such as amazon, facebook and the like. how can you prevent these companies from outsourcing themselves to other countries to avoid such tax or the removal of tax breaks? andrew: this is based on a system that is in fact in just about every other developed country. we are the number one market in the world.
so even if amazon were to ship offices from other places, they were paying at the point-of-sale so they would pay no matter what. this is what other countries have figured out. having the amazons of the world pay taxes is untenable. it has worked everywhere else and would work here too. it is very hard to escape. it is impossible to escape. the comparison i use is that jeff bezos now is worth $109 billion postdivorce. [laughter] andrew: if you were to ratchet say,e tax rate to let's -- not muchhow much because he pays himself something modest. amazon,y is flowing to so you take it at the point of sale. you get billions from his business. jeff takes billions
of dollars out of stock every year to buy rocket ships from mars, you get ed coming and going. because it is at the point of sale, it does not matter where they base their operations. >> thank you. >> hi, i'm a campaign supporter from massachusetts. andrew i can tell by the shirt. : thank you. >> i am going to head to iowa. it might be time to put minds at ease about health care. this phrase medicare for all, has become a sort of political football and almost a branded phrase at this point. to what extent are you anchored specific and explicitly to medicare for all, and to what extent would universal health care be a more useful phrase? like where your head
is at, kurt. to me medicare for all is , universal health care for all americans. it is not the name for a bill, it is a name to try to get every american health care independent of their work status or whether or not they can afford certain levels of premiums. i am not someone who things you can uproot private insurance plans quickly. because you're talking about millions of americans on these plans. in some cases, they actually negotiated away higher salaries for the planes. theegislating those out of -- out of existence seems to -- the plan to be for the government to provide a public coverage option that out competes the private insurers and squeezes them out over time. to your point, it is true that medicare for all means certain things to certain people. and you're probably right that universal health care would be a better way to frame it. [applause] >> good afternoon. make americans think harder. i would challenge you to think
moves to look for chess that reduce the size of government and make it a for your country -- make it a freer country such as if a state legislature says, no more zoning restrictions in any city and town immediately, there would be an abundance of new jobs and demolition and construction. and with the glut of housing, meeting the modern code, there would immediately be landlords tenants toto find pay half the rent they are paying now. there would be people at the bus stop and buses adding more routes. andrew: what is your name? >> my name is tom. i used to be a state rep here. i live in hudson, new hampshire now. andrew: i was going to comment that you sounded and felt so new hampshire. there is this libertarian
element to this idea. i'm sympathetic towards many aspects of it. we do have to lighten up on restrictions. a lot of the restrictions are saying, not in my backyard. i do not wanted to depress my home values. big picture in terms of the federal government donald trump , said he wanted to drain the swamp. in many ways he was not wrong. , it was the richest city in our country and what are they producing? unclear. he said he wanted to drain the swamp. i want to distribute the swamp. why would you have tens of thousands of employees and buildings in the most expensive city in the country? you should be moving those agencies to ohio or michigan or new hampshire or florida or a place that would love to have that economic activity. the cost would be much lower because every thing is cheaper in these places.
i would argue the decisions would be better because they would be tied to our communities and make decisions not from the bubble of d.c. but from a place where people are working and living normal lives. i do think that zoning regulation is standing in the way of a lot of affordable housing you are seeking. >> one last question. >> i like his sweater too. >> mr. yang, i was at your hanover town hall event a month ago. just a quick disclaimer, i will get this as short as possible because this is the best way i can get my message to people. i think this would encapsulate what we are all thinking. mr. yang, there has not been a pole in an early state released in 47 days. the chairman of the dnc rejected their request for the dnc to
release more early state polls, cutting off a vital pathway to the january debate. on his twitter biography he writes, likes the buffalo bills, the democrats and fighting for the little guy, not in that order. apparently he does not like fighting for the little guy who has over 400,000 donors including some right here in new hampshire. you look at that as an early state. some people in the room, we have a chance to out raise elizabeth warren in the fourth quarter. i'm going to look toward the biggest camera in the room. if there is someone from the dnc watching, where am i? if there is someone from the dnc watching, we have crammed over 100 people into a room built for 30. there people watching from out the door. poll the people is my
point. i cannot vote in the 2020 election. i am the most passionate about this then anything i have been in a long time. andrew let me give you a high : five, man. [applause] >> i have a little bit more. i will try to get through it. tom perez, pfeiffer the little guy. pfeiffer the american people. -- fight for the american people. poll 4 -- the people. keep canvassing. keep yanging people. we know it is not left, right, it is forward. i am part of the yang gang. mr. yang, do you have any thoughts on the issue? andrew: give it up. my thoughts are, you are making me feel better about the future
by being passionate and articulate. that is awesome leadership on your part. i believe we are going to get the rightwe need in timeframe. what is the number one criteria for the nominee? beating donald trump, that is rape. a pole -- eating donald trump, that is right. -- beating donald trump, that is right. other poll said that 80% of college republicans would true -- would choose me over donald trump. i'm drooling in disaffected asald trump voters as well progresses. as soon as they pulled new hampshire, we will see they are well above the dnc threshold. i will say, i am very confident we will make the debate stage. we have offered to pay for the
polls. they were complaining about cost. i was late, we will pay for it. inwill make the debate stage january. this campaign is going to keep growing and growing because we are talking about the issues americans care about and the problems we see every day. you really are an inspiration to me. thank you so much. he is also a poster child for the reason we should lower the voting age to 16. [applause] out on this.me some of you are late, that seems aggressive. 16-year-olds can pay taxes. if you have 16-year-olds being able to vote, it would transform every high school to a political hotbed. you can actually vote. studies have shown the earlier your first vote is, the more likely you are going to vote throughout your life. you're going to be here longer. you should have a say in what is going on. the main counterargument is
16-year-olds are too amateur to vote. i think ellis just countered that. let's fight it up for you. theess than $1 million to three quarter dollar fundraising goal. keep going. andrew: not a plant. just a passionate young person in new hampshire. >> my apologies to those of you who did not get a chance to get our questions in. thank you for coming out. i will add my personal thanks to those of you like ellis who are younger voters taking the opportunity to get yourself educated. whether mr. yang is your candidate or you are still on the fence, you all -- your precipitation makes it a stronger and better process. thank you. particularly, thank you to you, mr. yang. a pleasure for sharing your
time, for answering our questions and my questions that were maybe a little pointed. on behalf of the chamber of telegraph, our host sponsor, the national public library, and fidelity investment, thank you all for coming. i believe you're going to do photos. so, line-up here for a photo. i am going to claim privilege and take the first one. enjoy the rest of your afternoon. >> thank you so much.
[indiscernible] andrew: i was for lowering polling standards to make the debate stage diverse. going toaid, we are elevate the standards. our response in this situation raise thew can you standards and not have a -- [indiscernible] . i would be thrown if they decided to go back on the renounced -- i would be thrilled if they decided to go back on the announced standards. >> [indiscernible] >> i would be thrilled if they ran polls and reverted to earlier standards.
because they can clearly reach out to any polling organization and ask for a pole to be conducted -- a poll to be conducted. california, there is going to be a new law that if someone's data is breached, -- andrew: i think that sort of policy is overdue. to what ise privy happening to our data even when it is not breached. we should out our data as our property -- we should own our data as our property. the tech companies are profiting from it. we should know about that. we should be able to share in the value. [indiscernible]
>> your website still lists medicare fraud is a platform of this campaign. [indiscernible] allew: to me, medicare for means universal health care for all americans. we need to get health care down to aand costs level where americans can get the health care they want and deserve. health care should be a human right in this country instead of a means for companies to make money off of. >> would you consider rebranding
your own as universal health care? andrew: i think medicare for a means universal health care. to and other americans. me andy and other to other americans. question,ow up on the -- [indiscernible] are it feel like you redefining it? andrew: i can guarantee that virtually no americans have actually read. if you are to say the proposed bill that senator sanders put forward. i do not think they are thinking about the bill because they have not actually gotten into the weeds in reviewing the bill.
affect us all get. i have family there. [indiscernible] >> thank you so much. andrew: it is a blast. i love it. >> thank you. i am creating some of the automation you are talking about. i agree with you that it is an interesting challenge we have. it is unavoidable -- automation is unavoidable. andrew: you have to get in front of the curve. everyone should be celebrating it.
>> you are doing a great job. andrew: we have to make it better for you. >> that is why we are here. thank you. andrew: i want to sign all the hats. >> awesome. take care. andrew: congratulations on the beautiful kid. >> nice to meet you. andrew: i will sign as many as you got. d.c. son is here from andrew: i'm going to open an office they are, and it is going to be in the white house. i saw you on an interview in
you. andrew: hey, i am here with your friend. he prove you wrong. it's make things better for you andrew and every other person who has served the country. have to make this country work for us again. thank you for the support. speaks, youis man know he is going to do it. >> thank you so much. andrew: pretty much anytime a veteran -- [indiscernible] >> a company took me in. 10 years later, i am a senior principal analyst.
thank you. >> i saw. the back there. congratulations. >> likewise. >> you nailed it! >> thank you. means so much to me. >> hi. i'm sophia. >> i'm andrew. excited. [indistinct conversation] >> i'll be on your right. two, one. come in. [laughter] >> thank you. >> thank you. [indistinct conversation] >> i'm two years into a four-year term now. after trump got elected, i said, i can't sit around. i said, i should try and do something about this. a sense as tod what the real problems were. variation talk to politicians about -- various
politicians about it. no one wanted to do anything. [indistinct conversation] couple?ll are a >> yes. my fiancee. >> you are the political future, it.ou wanted >> well, thanks! >> congratulations. appreciate it. >> thank you for coming out. >> thank you. >> so good to meet you both. you know, we're having a party town tomorrow night. >> i'm a bartender in town. i'm working. my bar.hould come into [indistinct conversation] >> i may come by. you may see me. if not, happy new year! [indistinct conversation] >> our 18-year-old son said you
gotta meet this guy, he's awesome. that's so nice. >> his name is alex. would you mind signing this for him? college. >> great school. >> yeah. yeah. [indistinct conversation] [indistinct conversation] that's a really big differentiator for you. hat.at is a math i've got the marker. when i've got this, i really want to sign it. check it out. [laughter] >> shows up so nicely. >> thank you. [indistinct conversation]
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