Andrew Yang, a New York entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate, has aroused suspicion from civil liberties advocates after proposing a ‘digital social credit’ system to track the behavior of Americans as a national policy.
Yang’s campaign website describes the policy as “Modern Time Banking.” He proposes creating something of a national points system that the U.S. government would use to promote preferred behavior among its citizens. Those who obtain enough ‘social points,’ or ‘digital social credit’ would be eligible to use their ‘points’ for a variety of rewards. Yang describes potential incentives such as the chance to throw out a first pitch at a local baseball game, or some sort of reward ceremony with your local member of Congress.
Yang’s proposal seemed to draw immediate comparison to a similar ‘social credit system’ implemented in China, that would track the civil behavior of its citizens and impose penalties for ‘bad’ behavior- such as forbidding people to buy plane or airplane tickets.
It is important to note that Yang’s proposal differs from China’s authoritarian social credit system in an important respect. A spokesman made it clear that his vision of tracking the everyday behavior of Americans would revolve around rewarding positive behavior, as opposed to China’s model of punishing the perceived civil slights of its own citizens. Some of the civic initiatives Yang wants to promote through the program seem beneficial or benign, such as coaching little league baseball or working to get opioid addicts back on their feet.
However, the road to hell is paved with good intentions- the program described by Yang would likely create a massive de facto surveillance infrastructure that could potentially reach into the everyday lives of Americans with unprecedented depth. Once created, it could be easily revamped to a more punitive model, through which people would be punished rather than rewarded, like its Chinese counterpart.
Yang remains a long shot in the Democratic presidential primary. He’s made Universal Basic Income a signature issue of his campaign, proposing that every American between the ages of 18 and 64 should receive a monthly payment of $1,000 from the United States government.
Biden Impresses U.S. Workers with ‘Buy America’ Push After Kushner Blocked Trump’s Economic Nationalist Order
Kushner is sabotaging Trump’s re-election chances.
Trump backers are reportedly enraged as former vice president Joe Biden has unveiled his “Buy America” push, scoring points with the working class base that President Trump desperately needs to win re-election.
Biden proposed a plan this week that would spend $700 billion to revitalize the American economy and attempt to undo the tremendous damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This will be the largest mobilization of public investments in procurement, infrastructure and (research and development) since World War II,” Biden senior adviser Jake Sullivan said to the Associated Press to talk up the proposal.
Biden wants the government to spend an additional $400 billion to buy U.S.-based goods and services over the course of four years. His plan would spend another $300 million on research and development related to technology. He is also intending to revise current “Buy American” laws to end loopholes that help foreign firms.
“What’s going on here, we need to build back, not just to where we were but build back better than we’ve ever been,” Biden said to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Wednesday. “We’re going to take a monumental step forward for the prosperity, power, safety and dignity of all American workers.”
While Biden’s plan may be fluff, he has outflanked President Trump on the “Buy American” issue. Trump has reportedly had an “Economic Nationalism” executive order ready to be signed for months, but it has been stalled at the behest of globalists in his administration, namely his son-in-law Jared Kushner, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Some White House allies in the "economic nationalism" camp are fuming today that Biden put out a "Buy America" push before Trump signed one of his senior aide's own "Buy America" proposals, a draft of which has languished for months ….
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) July 9, 2020
It was widely reported back in March that White House trade advisor Peter Navarro had the executive order ready for the President to sign, but it was ultimately shelved because of resistance from within the administration.
Big Pharma also sent a letter to the administration lobbying against the America First order. They claimed the measure would “not only overestimate the potential feasibility and underestimate the time and effort it would take to make such changes, but also misunderstand that a diverse pharmaceutical supply chain is precisely what enables the industry to respond quickly and make adjustments in its supply chain sourcing during natural emergencies and global public health crises.”
Big League Politics has reported for years about how Kushner’s influence as senior advisor has undermined President Trump’s mandate:
CNN commentator Van Jones, who was once run from the Obama administration due to his communist ties, has been revealed as the man largely responsible for crafting President Donald Trump’s police reform executive order.
Jones is under heavy fire from left-wing media outlets for being willing to work with the Trump administration. The Daily Beast published an article bashing Jones for helping to “secretly craft the weak Trump police reform he praised on TV.”
They reported: “Jones and California human rights attorney Jessica Jackson, who runs #cut50, a prison-reform group that Jones also founded, actively participated with law enforcement officials and White House staffers to help fashion the order and guide the politics of the discussion to what they considered “the sweet spot” between law enforcement and “the reasonable middle” and “the reasonable left.”’
Jones has become a major influence on the Trump administration because of Trump son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner. Kushner is a huge admirer of Jones, and has rolled out the red carpet for the communist to determine law enforcement policy for the White House.
“He was someone I’d seen on television, so I was deeply skeptical,” Kushner said to The Daily Beast. “But I said I’d be happy to speak to him, and we had a good chat. And then we just started working together. And what I saw, with him, was that he had a lot of courage, when other people play politics.”
“I find that in politics, people get in uncomfortable situations, and that’s when you get to see what a person’s character really is,” Kushner added. “And in a tough situation Van has shown me that he’s got true character. He’s focused on the right things.”
Kushner has pushed for Trump to abandon being the law-and-order President so he could let criminals out of jail instead to placate the Left. Placating the Left has not worked for the administration, as riots now lay waste to cities all over the country.
Kushner’s blundering could ultimately cost President Trump his re-election in November, as Biden leads on the issue of putting American workers first.
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