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What do Republican Representatives think of The Freedom Dividend (UBI)



Today on Problem Solver Politics, Cardon and Cody are joined by former California Assembly Member Cameron Smyth (R) to discuss UBI and try to start seeing what some elected Republicans think of the feasibility and effectiveness of a UBI program.

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William Lee
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William Lee

Yang was running before most candidates were in the race. Cynicism isn't helpful.

Jerry Jerry
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Jerry Jerry

This did not research at all. The guest of the show. How lazy. This guy is not a caring person currently at this stage of his life. And with is political position. He should be.

brazilfootball
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brazilfootball

What do you think of UBI??! 😀
I think it will be hard.
….wow, your not even trying are you?

No fault to you guys, but this guest sucked. He didn't prepare for this interview AT ALL.

Tricia Landis
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Tricia Landis

This was really interesting. His take on it was doubt that bureaucracy could be reduced in CA with state worker unions fighting it. That reduction is key to success of freedom dividend. The knee-jerk response was representative of what will really be heard from republicans, most of whom don’t know Yang. We need to know this info to really sell this idea. The Native American dividend point was also interesting, hadn’t heard a thing about it from any other interview. Interview more state representatives, different states. This is really fertile ground – local info from people who’d be big part… Read more »

Tiger Young
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Tiger Young

Smith is just an idiot just like any Republican, he will talks is mouth off and wanting to do nothing. He rather give money to the rich. What a joke. There isn’t 40 million adults in California.

Justin Stalbaum
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Justin Stalbaum

The one thing that stuck out is that Andrew yang is fighting for the left.
I disagree i believe Andrew yang is the candidate more of the nonvoters and moderate realists that understands our nation is broken.
If an independent could actually become president i think he would have been that.

I'm not trying to be demeaning but the Republicans and Democrats have skewed pretty far in their direction that many of us are simply not represented at all. Andrew yang is the representative we've been waiting to show up.

free lance
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free lance

Andrew YANG should be there and defend this,
its not fair for officials to attack things about Yang's and he is not there to defend.
Its like negative advertising about Yang, if he cannot defend himself.

Ricky Austin
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Ricky Austin

You did forget to point out that the largest employer in the US is in fact the federal government. So you can see why the Freedom Dividend would get some push back. Being that many of those jobs are running the programs this idea would in fact replace. I do believe Andrew Yang's plan and MATH does take that into account however but it would be a good question for him also. In fact Andrew Yang needs more debate time to explain away many of these misconceptions. Do recall that Bernie Sanders got a lot of push back when he… Read more »

Julian Beatty
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Julian Beatty

I convinced one person black person at my university to vote for Yang. I feel like I've helped the country.

Anya Ehrim
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Anya Ehrim

So the biggest reservation I'm hearing here is, "Will the VAT go solely to the Dividend program?" I agree that transparency is a huge concern with our government (one of the many things Michigan residents dislike Whitmer for despite the issue predating her governorship)… It would be a huge leap forward for all currency (not just the U.S. dollar) if we enforced a shared public ledger so that there's no way to hide transactions.

eg13000
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eg13000

If the republican party was truly rational you would see multiple republican candidates primarying Donald Trump. But you don't see that because the republican party as becoming the party that follows the power. corporations, oil companies, drug companies, internet providers. Our government is bought off and Replucains are shamelessly taking the most money. Now don't get me wrong, Dems take that money too. But at least you have people not taking any money on the left. Bernie and ACO might not have the best ideas but at least they are not blatantly corrupt.

JFB
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JFB

Interesting. Would have been better if he read up more on Yang's Proposals. That way he was more informed on the approach. I don't think Cardon was able to fully capture the way Andrew Yang presents it. But saying this, it is good to hear from a representative on how he believes the Republican Party would react to it. I do disagree about some statements though. The republican party is not the same as it was. At least not the current leaders. So unless the party is hoping to reclaim the success, heart, and pride of the past, best not… Read more »

VOTE ANDREW YANG 2020
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VOTE ANDREW YANG 2020

YEAHH

Tina Tsui
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Tina Tsui

Really great honest discussion. It is time for the people to refine their own party. Democrats are proposing new ideas and challenging traditional party leaders. Republicans need to do the same. People can put their neighbors (regardless of party affiliation) first, not just blindly toe the party line.

Silly Green Fairy
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Silly Green Fairy

This was goooood stuff.It seemed like he believed he was here to teach and correct you rather than learn something new from you. He didn't listen to how it wouldn't work, he waited to tell you why he was certain it will never work. He is stuck on the idea that "dems just want to give away free money" He sounds like he doesn't believe the left and right can come together after being so divided.Andrew Yang is not really a democrat. He has been ignored by the awful DNCYangGang is not made up of only democrats. Many of us… Read more »

Stonehawk
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Stonehawk

Teddy Roosevelt style republicans are the best kind.

Dale S
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Dale S

Cameron for prez!

LordDragul Smitty
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LordDragul Smitty

Try and get McCarthy from Bakersfield in I'm curious about his view on Yang's idea. Bakersfield is deep Republican and he's had a pretty large influence in that area

w m
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w m

End fraud in federal programs

w m
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w m

Honest tax payer would finally get something or some tax money back

Roga Pora
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Roga Pora

Dr Yang #Yang2020

Vincent Stewart
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Vincent Stewart

I think it’s sad that eliminating student debt ( a hug bubble that could cause another crash, like in 2008 when it bursts), Medicare for all( taking the burden of medical insurance off of the employer), and UBI (addressed in many of the videos you two make) are thought of by some as “ giveaways” instead of as investments.

sid ku
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sid ku

It takes time for Yang's Freedom Dividend to be understood. My first reaction was that this is a crazy idea but after listening to Yang explain what the plan was, why its needed, how it will be financed and what the benefits are, I was sold.

anthony dahuman
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anthony dahuman

Camron narrow sightedness is of putting

c kenney
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c kenney

Basically what this man is saying that 78% of the country is no good. A not once no math, just words. Andrew Yang would eat this guy for breakfast lunch and dinner and would have enough time to pick his teeth and between meals.

Josh Ring
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Josh Ring

"Trying to distinguish himself" doesn't take into account how long he's been running on this issue and that he was essentially the first to get in the race.

rhynoklein7
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rhynoklein7

I think the UBI would also free up some jobs. Hear me out. People working 2 jobs for extra income wouldn’t need that second job anymore, so it would free up a job for someone that is going to elect to receive the UBI instead of public assistance, while at the same time creating more local jobs. This might be the answer to raising the employment participation rate.Edit: I would also like to add that I am a full time electrician at a SUNY college and I wouldn’t have to work a second job to help pay for my wife… Read more »

John B
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John B

Yang2020!

Tim Wallis
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Tim Wallis
Sedentary Lover
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Sedentary Lover

Sounds like he just wants to kick the can down the road.

Mona Ceder
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Mona Ceder

Greetings from Finland guys. I really enjoy watching your podcasts, because I have become sort of a fan of AY and UBI myself lol… Not sure I got this all clear but like the representative here says, yes the UBI money here in Finland was given to unemployed people during the trial, however that is not the end goal here either. The party that is advocating for UBI is the Green League and it takes time to get other parties to get onboard with this.. And yes while some people say the trial failed, there are many people who would… Read more »

Dylan Harris
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Dylan Harris

This man is really suggesting that we don't need to react to the problem of automation because millennials are having less kids. Unreal

Patrick von Pander
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Patrick von Pander

His skepticism is born out of ignorance. Politics is his profession. Why are some of our population more informed about UBI than he is? His comment about state union employees’ retirement assumes programs are implemented as quickly as a light switch instead of a dimmer switch … only fearful skepticism based on the lazy ignorance of not knowing how it works. He doesn’t seem to have done the math. Knee-jerk from lazy ignorance instead of doing the work (try applying one of your own 45-hour work weeks to learn this stuff).

Frederick Barger
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Frederick Barger

I was a huge Bernie fan…but after listening to Andrew Yang on all news channels including Fox and Ben Shapiro pod cast…dude makes to much sense not to follow him…even the right media was fair to him…but not the left news media…there heads spin out of confusion…lol

Family Adventure
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Family Adventure

I really think this dude doesn’t know what ubi and how AY’s proposal will work…

Near Air
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Near Air

Wow, I don't think UBI would work at a city or state level.

James L. Dinh
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James L. Dinh

OMG, this guy Smyth is a total moron or completely uninformed. If these 30 million people are unemployed, welfare program has to be massively expanded to provide assistance for them. Think about that when robots pay no taxes but government has to provide assistance at the same time. Chaos will happen everywhere in this country. LOL

James L. Dinh
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James L. Dinh

Smyth is enjoying good salary and benefits. Try boomers in Florida. 80 percent of them are scrapping by right now. Way out of touch dude.

Michael Kwak
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Michael Kwak

No need to look to Finland, America has our own Finland is called Alaska.

Donald Killian
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Donald Killian

So we can only afford tax cuts for the rich, and forever wars!

J S
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J S

This just proves that elected officials don't have the answers and why Yang is the guy for the job right now because it seems like most of the other govt officials think like this Rep. Yang is not a politician and only running because he realize our govt is not owning the reality of the future. Our govt is too busy passing the torch and blame game. These politicians are thinking political and Yang is thinking I need to save the people. UBI is not intended to win the vote but in reality is really use to save Americans from… Read more »

J S
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J S

The govt should serve the people because they are elected by the people. Even if they don't like the UBI, they will need to vote for it because the people want it. It can be just that simple if we want it to be. Yang has done the MATH so it is possible if we want it.

Reyndor
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Reyndor

I do wonder how the fact that most welfare programs are state programs effects how a UBI is going to be implemented.

M Teevie
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M Teevie

It easy for politicians to talk when they are on public pension most of us don't have that option. Most people will take $1,000 a month and work instead of being on welfare and food stamps.

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Problem Solver Politics

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