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.
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POLL: Trump’s Pick Doug Collins is Beating Georgia RINO Senator Kelly Loeffler by 23 Points in New Poll
This is great news for Georgians who want an “America First” Senator.
A recent poll has indicated that Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) is crushing incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) by 23 points, as the unelected appointee is hemorrhaging support after being accused of insider trading.
Battleground Connect conducted a survey throughout the state of Georgia from March 30 to April 1, asking about which candidate the respondents support in this year’s special election for the U.S. Senate. In addition to Loeffler and Collins, respondents also mentioned at least five other individuals as their preferred candidate in the race.
Collins devastated Loeffler in the new poll, receiving 36 percent of the support from Georgia voters. Loeffler only received 13 percent of the support. In the previous poll, Collins had a mere eight point lead over Loeffler. He now has accumulated 70 percent of the support from Republican voters, compared to Loeffler’s paltry 20 percent.
In a comparison of Collins’ level of support against the leading Democrat in the race, Collins beats Democrat Raphael Warnock by a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent. Loeffler is actually losing to Warnock by a margin of 40 percent to 41 percent in the poll.
Loeffler’s unfavorable ratings have grown to an incredible 55 percent, with Georgia voters rejecting the former Mitt Romney super-donor. This may be due to a recent scandal in which Loeffler was exposed for selling stock after receiving privileged information about the coronavirus pandemic at an exclusive Senate briefing.
Big League Politics reported on Loeffler’s dirty dealings that have been compared to insider trading by many observers:
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who was appointed to her post undemocratically against the wishes of President Donald Trump, has been revealed for selling stock shortly after a private briefing on the coronavirus.
She and her husband sold off a stunning seven figures worth of stock options after the Senate Health Committee held a private meeting with all Senators to brief them about the growing coronavirus epidemic.
“Appreciate today’s briefing from the President’s top health officials on the novel coronavirus outbreak. These men and women are working around the clock to keep our country safe and healthy,” Loeffler wrote in a tweet about the briefing at the time.
Loeffler dumped stocks worth between $50,001 and $100,000 in Resideo Technologies following the hearing. The stock for Resideo has dropped by half since that point, as the Dow Jones has tanked by losing roughly 10,000 points.
She also made a buy of between $100,000 and $250,000 in Citrix, a tech firm specializing in teleworking that has bucked the market during its downturn due to the increased demand for remote networking because of coronavirus.
The residents of Georgia are getting to know Loeffler, who was a relative unknown before her appointment to the Senate, and they do not like what they seeing. Collins is the prohibitive favorite heading into November’s special election.
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