Candidate recognizes problems

The first step in solving a problem is to acknowledge there is a problem.

This probably doesn’t seem complicated to most of you, but it occasionally eludes Democratic politicians these days.

For example, instead of recognizing the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs across the Midwest over the last 40 years – due to the combination of automation and globalization – as the reason President Donald Trump carried most of these states in the 2016 general election, some Democrats simply label everyone who lives in a state that doesn’t border an ocean or the Rio Grande as an uneducated racist.

Well, either that or they blame the “Russian hackers.”

One Democrat who seems to have no interest in such bashing is 2020 presidential hopeful Andrew Yang.

“Our politicians are ignoring the reason why Donald Trump is president today. The reason why Donald Trump is our president is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa – all of the swing states he needed to win,” Yang said during a Wednesday interview at The Telegraph’s Nashua office.

Yang is a 44-year-old successful entrepreneur based in New York City. He is a graduate of New Hampshire’s Phillips Exeter Academy, as well as Brown University and Columbia Law School. He is seeking to become the first Asian-American president.

“And now we are about to do the same thing to millions of retail jobs, call center jobs, fast food jobs, truck driving jobs, and on and on through the economy,” Yang continued with his comments about automation.

We certainly appreciate Yang’s insight regarding what we consider a real problem for our nation. We are somewhat skeptical of his proposed solution, however.

Yang’s plan is for the government to simply pay every American adult $1,000 per month.


“It is a deeply American idea,” he said of the concept he refers to as a “freedom dividend.”

At first glance, we consider this a radical approach to solving the dilemma of machines replacing human workers.

However, we greatly value Yang’s comments about our fellow Americans who live in Rust Belt states. Those who have lost the opportunity to perform the tasks they watched their fathers and grandfathers do to earn a living do not deserve to be labeled as racists for being upset about it.