While candidate Andrew Yang may be heralded by some as a bright guy who feels he can easily sell his promise of $1,000 for every U.S. citizen to Republicans, he’s demonstrated a bit of naiveté by comparing his socialist tax payer funded dividend with the Alaska Permanent Dividend funded fully from not only a per barrel tax, originally, on oil flowing through an 800 mile pipeline from a gigantic oil discovery in the 1970s but also more importantly, a multibillion-dollar fund successfully managed by capitalists for many years and forever shielded from all politicians tempted to spend it.
Candidate Yang said, “And having a dividend that puts straight buying power into the hands the American people is the best way to go and then responding to a reporter’s question, ‘And how do you sell that to a Republican?’ Yang said, “Well the wonderful thing is that it’s a very easy sell because there’s one state that’s had a dividend for almost 40 years and it’s a Republican state. Alaska had a Republican governor who passed it and he made this argument. He said who’d rather get the money, the government who’s going to mess it up somehow or you? And the Alaskan people said us and he said I thought so. And now it’s wildly popular, it has created thousands of jobs, improved children’s health.”
While candidate Marianne Williamson felt the need to showcase her age, she pointed out that the popular Republican President Ronald Reagan was a conservative with conviction and that Democrats should stop apologizing because it apparently makes people insecure.
Williamson said, “You know I’m old enough to remember when Ronald Reagan was considered too conservative to be president. What he had though was conviction. Conviction is a force multiplier. We Democrats have to stop apologizing for what we believe. That’s the issue. If, you know, I always say the Republicans don’t walk their talk but the Democrats don’t talk our walk. We need to say what we believe and not apologize for it. And that’s what I think makes people insecure sometimes.”
Meanwhile, Democrats and Independent voters saw the debate at a movie theater in downtown Concord, New Hampshire, where a couple of folks felt that former Vice President Joe Biden was a loser who Democratic State Rep. Ryan Thomas Buchanan felt misread the crowd, wasn’t prepared, and demonstrated an attitude of entitlement, while software developer Jessica Ann Wheeler agreed Biden was not prepared and possibly just overwhelmed by his past mistakes.
Buchanan said, “The biggest loser was, by far, had to be Vice President Biden. Vice President Biden was … just completely misread the crowd, misread the stage. He wasn’t prepared. I don’t think that he was expecting that pushback that he got. I was very aware of his position on busing and I had always been against that position and the fact that he didn’t do his research enough to know that Kamala Harris was one of those people who was bused and just says to me that he didn’t prepare and he didn’t think he needed to prepare. So, kind of that entitlement of ‘I am next to be president and I have been anointed, so I don’t need to do the homework and do the right do the stuff I needed to win over voters.'”
Wheeler Russell said, “The one who fell the furthest was Biden. He did not do well. He was not prepared for some of the questions surrounding racial injustice which is, in this political climate, you need to be aware about the injustices facing people of color. And he just could not answer the question. And it was almost as if he never thought about it before or he could see that he had made mistakes in his past.”
Finally, New Hampshire Interior Designer Evan Howe felt that no candidate really shared anything worth while and they were simply trying to attract media attention by competing in a war of empty words. Howe said, “My big takeaway from tonight’s debate was how none of the candidates, really, said anything other than trying to out speak the other candidates. None of them really said anything of substance other than just trying to make screen time.”
Includes reporting from the Associated Press