Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa—Only 17 days after his first visit, Andrew Yang returned to Muscatine. On Jan. 23, he addressed a room of about 60 people gathered at Muscatine Community College.

Yang opened with his stump speech, which again focused on the toll automation takes on people and their communities. He also reiterated the need to tax large corporations and use the money to fund his Freedom Dividend, which would provide all adult citizens with $1,000 monthly.

Yang also went into greater detail on creating term limits in Congress. He elaborated, “I’m going to go to Congress and say, ‘Hey, we should have term limits to make you more dynamic and responsive to the will of the American people. So, let’s have 12-year term limits, but current lawmakers are exempt.”’ By making lawmakers return to their communities instead of becoming permanent fixtures, Yang believes citizens will have a greater voice in politics.

During the question and answer session, Yang further developed his ideas on making government more representative. Yang supported reversing the Citizens United ruling. He also advocated going farther, giving each adult citizen $100 annually to spend on a campaign of their choice, negating corporate spending.

Though Yang spent much of the event addressing economic policy, he shared, during the press conference that followed, that he considers promoting better health and mental health care in all areas another of his major priorities. “I think focusing on our own families’ health and mental health and wellbeing, and childhood success rates is what we can do to really help people in Muscatine and around the state,” he said. While Yang proposed no specific program for addressing these needs, he stressed the importance of assisting cities measure pertinent health and mental health data and using it to make wise decisions.

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