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Andrew Yang was groomed for a high-paying job at an elite law firm. He lasted five months.

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  1. [4]
    dubteedub
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    I heard about this from the latest Worst Year Ever podcast on Andrew Yang. It sure takes some serious courage to go all the way through law school and pass the bar just to realize its not your...

    I heard about this from the latest Worst Year Ever podcast on Andrew Yang.

    It sure takes some serious courage to go all the way through law school and pass the bar just to realize its not your thing. Im glad he was able to move over to something he was more passionate about.

    That being said, I dont think being a former lawyer and moderately successful techbro should be considered enough qualification to be President.

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      skybrian
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      I hear you. Sometimes I've thought we should formally require previous political experience (U.S. Congress, governor, or mayor) as a prerequisite for running for president. It would have slowed...

      I hear you. Sometimes I've thought we should formally require previous political experience (U.S. Congress, governor, or mayor) as a prerequisite for running for president. It would have slowed down both Trump and Yang, which is a tradeoff I can certainly get behind. (Trump probably would have imploded earlier. I think Yang would still do okay.)

      But no other candidate is promoting UBI or has other ideas that seem particularly interesting to me, and I think I can trust Yang to both hire good people and listen to them, so I'm not actively worried about his lack of political experience.

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        dubteedub
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        I think that UBI overall is a policy that should be considered more and enacted the right way, but I really really don't think that Yang's version of UBI is a good policy.

        I think that UBI overall is a policy that should be considered more and enacted the right way, but I really really don't think that Yang's version of UBI is a good policy.

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        1. skybrian
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          I also have some doubts, mostly that it's a big change at once. Starting out with a much smaller amount (like Alaska, say) seems more realistic and will give time for people to adjust. Social...

          I also have some doubts, mostly that it's a big change at once. Starting out with a much smaller amount (like Alaska, say) seems more realistic and will give time for people to adjust. Social Security was also pretty limited in the beginning.

          However, I don't think any presidential candidate's proposals will pass Congress as-is, or anywhere near. We're just choosing which fantasy appeals more to us.

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  2. skybrian
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    From the article:

    From the article:

    “He was pure energy,” said Steven J. Williams, a Columbia classmate who also went to work at Davis Polk. “He was full of excitement. And you knew there was not a chance in hell that he was going to stay being a corporate lawyer for more than 15 minutes.”

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