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  • Good job. Thank you

  • Only go, how beautiful are you Atlanta?

  • Wow, why are my rallies always composed of the most beautiful people in this country?

  • First let's thank lacy haunted Marci Allen. Oh

  • That's the greatest thing is that you come to places like Atlanta you like it lacy and I actually have friends online

  • Then you get to meet someone in person

  • I have to say meeting someone in person is about a thousand times better than meeting them online. I

  • Highly recommend it. So if you're friends with people online, try and meet them face-to-face

  • Oh

  • Someone asked me have I been to Atlanta lot

  • I bet it would land a lot over the last number of years

  • But I have to say I've never been to this park

  • I never really enjoyed this place as like like someone who was here. Like I always been very transactional about my time in Atlanta

  • So like in and out, you know what I mean?

  • Like I didn't know if coming in and I just go downtown

  • I do some corporate meeting and then often I'd instead of turning around

  • But I want to spend some more time than land. I get to know you all

  • Because this place is tremendous and you guys keep sucking up some of my favorite people from the East Coast you

  • Guys, just keep on absorbing them. How many of you are all from the Northeast and you've wised up?

  • yeah, we know you escaped and

  • We envy you we're mad. And the way we're gonna show our anger is we're gonna follow you

  • Know so I'll make you yeah, you look gathered. I'm running for president as a Democrat in 2020

  • When I have not a career politician

  • I'm an entrepreneur. I'm a problem solver and I've been studying for the last number of years how to create jobs

  • I jumped in studying

  • I'm actually not much of a studier anymore more of a doer where I went around the country trying to create jobs in Detroit

  • Cleveland st. Louis Birmingham New Orleans, I started an organization called venture for America of you know a venture for America raise your head

  • Yeah, talk about

  • So I've been doing that word for the last number of years and then Donald Trump won the election of 2016

  • Whoo, I know some of you supported Donald Trump but it's cool because we got all sorts of people in the yang gay

  • People it's all good so with Donald Trump one

  • To me. This was the way I interpreted the results. I was like wow America is so

  • Hurting that we took a chance on a narcissist reality TV star as our president. I

  • Was like that's pretty bleak. And so I started digging into the numbers. If you go to the mainstream, press no bars. That's right

  • Make America think harder. Am I right?

  • So what are the mainstream press explanations for why Donald Trump is our president today like what do they say

  • You just turn down cable news. You didn't know anything. Like why would you think he won?

  • Electoral college

  • now Electoral College Russia as a matter of fact

  • I brought a copy of the Muller report with me and I'm going to read it to you

  • For a day then

  • I'm kidding obviously has 446 pages. We've been here all night

  • So it's a little electoral college

  • Russia

  • Racism

  • Facebook the FBI something about Hillary

  • These are the explanations that have been offered to us as to why America decided to go with Donald Trump in 2016

  • And I looked at this

  • myself and I said that's missing the central point that

  • The reason why Donald Trump is our president today is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan

  • Ohio

  • Pennsylvania where you from brother you're from here, but he still he still knows this is true

  • Wisconsin Missouri, Iowa all the swing states that he needed to win and did win how many of you all work in technology?

  • I know that there are a bunch of people here I do

  • Yeah, there are a lot of techies in the yang gang

  • So any other hand up, you know that what we did to the manufacturing workers

  • We will now do to the retail workers

  • The call center workers the fast-food workers

  • The truck drivers and on and on through the economy and it's not just blue collar workers. It's also white collar workers

  • I was just talking to a marketing Pro who tells me that a lot of marketing is becoming data and algorithms

  • You know, it used to be come up with a creative message now. It's like we don't need you to be creative

  • We're just going to test

  • 18 of them and then the numbers will tell us which one is the best and you can just sit back. Yeah the math

  • And I was an unhappy corporate attorney for five months and I can guarantee you you can automate that job

  • So there are a lot of jobs that are gonna be subject to automation that are not just the manufacturing jobs

  • This is gonna rip through our economy

  • In a very dramatic way and Lela is one of the most prosperous cities in our country

  • So in many ways you all are like some of like you have different experiences with this than a lot of the country

  • but you know that these changes are coming in part because many of you

  • those of you had your hands up before you're working on making these changes of reality every day and

  • You see it and I have many friends who are techies and if you ask techies, hey

  • Do you think that we are automating away many other Americans jobs?

  • Most techies will say yes. Yes, we are and then if you ask hey, how do you feel about it?

  • Don't feel they'll say I don't feel good about it

  • And then if you asked you want to help me and do something about it and help prepare America

  • They say yes, and you guys are here today because you said yes, too. So, thank you very very much. So

  • These are the problems were in the third inning of the greatest economic and technological transformation in the history of the world

  • experts call it the fourth Industrial Revolution and

  • This is why Donald Trump's our president. He's the symptom

  • He's the manifestation and yet everyone is reacting as if he's the cause of all of these problems

  • He is not you don't get angry at the symptom

  • You cure the disease and the disease

  • Right now is this rampant economic insecurity that's tearing our society apart because more and more Americans are getting pushed to the sidelines

  • So if you're all here today, you know this about me

  • There's an Asian man running for president who wants to give everyone $1,000 a month

  • Yeah, secure the bag indeed yeah

  • And all three of those statements are true I am Asian

  • I am running for president and I do want to give everyone $1,000 a month

  • Now it seems awfully dramatic, but then if you dig into our country's history

  • You see that Thomas Paine was for it at the founding of the country called it the citizens dividend

  • Martin Luther King

  • championed it in

  • 1967 in his book chaos our community and you can google in YouTube his lectures in

  • 1967 where this was the focus of his activism in

  • 1967 the year before he was assassinated in

  • 1968 and he was not arguing alone Milton Friedman and a thousand economists

  • Signed a study saying this would be tremendous for America and I don't know how you feel about him

  • But Jamie Dimon the CEO of JP Morgan

  • Just this week came out and said we should guarantee every American a minimum income

  • So this is not some like like radical idea

  • This is actually mainstream political wisdom in the 60s and 70s. It passed the House of Representatives twice in

  • 1971 under Richard Nixon of all people and

  • Then 11 years later one state passed a dividend where now everyone in that state gets between one and two thousand dollars a year

  • No questions asked and what state is that?

  • And how do they fund it? And what is the oil of the 21st century?

  • Marijuana that's right

  • Oh, it's technology. You had it, right?

  • I'm just messing with you Atlanta. No, it's technology. It's AI. It's robotics, its self-driving cars and trucks

  • It's big data. Is this incredible wave of innovations? That's coming down the pike

  • Now who's gonna win from all these innovations?

  • You know Amazon on a related point, why are three percent of malls and stores closing around the country Amazon?

  • Yeah, pretty much. This is like a test where Amazon is always the answer

  • Who paid zero in federal taxes last year?

  • That's right

  • so this is the quandary that we're in you have Amazon that's sucking up 20 billion dollars of

  • Value every year and it's pushing 30% of Main Street stores and malls into oblivion

  • How many of you have noticed doors closing around where you live?

  • Yeah, and it makes you sad but then you realize you haven't been in that store in months and you live in unusually prosperous areas

  • Now unfortunately being a retail worker is the most common job in the United States of America

  • The average retail worker is a 39 year old woman making between 10 and 11 dollars an hour and you know that she does not

  • Have a huge savings cushion. So what is her next opportunity going to be when the mall or the store closes?

  • How many of you saw the recent AI demo from Google where the AI did the job of like picking up a phone call?

  • And I'm making appointments you guys see that?

  • What do you think the time frame is on AI being able to outperform the average call center worker?

  • Who makes about 14 bucks an hour?

  • Five years two years

  • now

  • There are two and a half million call center work in the United States. So when AI can outdo

  • All right right. Now when you call a company and you get the bot, you're like human human human zero zero human human

  • Shut up. Shut up human. I didn't say thank Dory

  • But in three years the AI is gonna be like, hello. How are you doing? I

  • Need this you'll be like sure no problem. You're gonna do it. You're like, oh that was delightful

  • We're about two or three years away from a I actually seeming human

  • And when that happens, it's not going to be a problem for a thousand or 10,000 Center workers

  • It's gonna be a problem for a hundred two hundred

  • Half-a-million call center workers

  • So this is what the technology wave is going to do

  • Driving a truck is the most common job in 29 states in this country. How many people know a truck driver?

  • Yeah, and so I now know many more truck drivers than I than I did about 18 months ago

  • But when you hang out with truck drivers today

  • You see the reality of their job driving a truck is a very very difficult punishing job. I mean, you know what I'm talking about

  • but when you got when you drive a truck the truck forces you to stop driving after 14 hours because it says it's time for

  • You to take a nap, you know, it's time for you to go to sleep

  • The robot trucks don't need to stop and my friends in Silicon Valley are working on these robot trucks. They can drive themselves

  • Now, why are they working so hard on the robot trucks?

  • The most American reasons of all money a

  • Hundred sixty eight billion dollars in financial incentives to automate truck driving a hundred sixty eight billion with a B

  • Per year. So if you're an investor, you can plow hundreds of millions of dollars into

  • technology that waynebow might acquire because you can see that you can save tens of billions of dollars a year by automating away a

  • Proportion of the three and a half million truck driving jobs, and it does not just labor savings

  • It's equipment utilization because the truck never needs to stop its fuel efficiency because the robot trucks can convoy and then lower wind resistance

  • It's fewer accidents. And so you can actually make a moral arguments. Like hey investing in robot trucks could save human lives

  • But it's going to be a disaster

  • For the three and a half or at least some of the three and a half million Americans who drive a truck for a living?

  • and the over five million Americans who work at truckstops

  • Motels and diners around the country that rely upon the truckers getting out and stopping

  • so when I went to Washington DC with all this set of problems and as

  • As lazy and marseilles said I did write a book about this stuff and I'm a pretty cool guy

  • So I went to Washington DC and I started I'll try and sign that for you. Thank you

  • Um, I went to Washington DC with the set of problems

  • Then I said look Donald Trump's our president because we're in the midst of this fourth Industrial Revolution

  • We need to have real solutions

  • And what do you think the folks in DC said to me when I when I with this set of problems?

  • Come back later, don't talk to me. Who are you?

  • The real responses I got were number one we cannot talk about this number two, we should study that

  • number three, we must educate and retrain Americans for the jobs of the future and

  • That that third one said the supports are behind me just said it doesn't work. Who is that? Yeah, that's right, man

  • It doesn't work. So then I said I looked at the numbers

  • And

  • We're terrible at retraining the effectiveness rate of federally funded retraining programs is between zero and 15% a year

  • And when I set that to the folks in DC, you know what they said to me. They said I guess we'll get better then

  • And so I had to take the train back from DC

  • Thinking like are we this backward as a country that we can't even wake up to the challenges that somehow we're blaming immigrants

  • when it is not immigrants, it is technology that is causing these dislocations and

  • One person Washington DC said something to me that has been motivating me to this day

  • And I'm so glad I had someone with me because he can vouch for this conversation because it sounds like it's made it up

  • He says Andrew no one in Washington DC will do anything about the set of problems you're talking about

  • Because this town is not a town of leaders. This is a town of followers and

  • the only way that we will do something is if you create a wave in

  • Other parts of the country and bring it crashing down on our heads and that's the only way we will wake up

  • And you know I said to that I said challenge fucking accepted

  • And that is why I'm here with you tonight

  • Atlanta

  • That is why we are going to make the freedom dividend

  • Mainstream wisdom in 2020 and it's going to be the first thing I do as president in 2021

  • So this freedom dividend that sound so radical the first time you heard about it

  • You were like ha ha ha like yeah, you know, that sounds too good to be true

  • I went through a bit of the history

  • I went to the fact that Alaska is doing it and then if Alaska is doing it with oil money

  • Then we can do it with technology money

  • And I want you all to think about what it would mean for you and everyone in Atlanta if you all got $1,000 a month

  • Where would you spend it? What would you do with it?

  • Bills dogs, I like it as a dog owner. That's right. American should be other own dogs. Am I right?

  • What kind of countries if you can't afford to own a dog

  • What else

  • Savings right bills, so we're in a country where right now

  • 70% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck including many of our friends and neighbors

  • 57% cannot afford an unexpected $500 bill

  • Our life expectancy has declined for the last three years because of surges in suicides and drug overdoses

  • and our mental health is at crisis levels where we have

  • Anxiety and depression and stress at unprecedented heights in our country

  • So a thousand bucks a month. What's it going to do?

  • It's going to make it so that we can actually breathe easier

  • we can get the boot off of our own throats and

  • Most of that money would stay right here in your local communities

  • You would be giving it to local

  • Service providers and vendors and a lot of those people would then turn around and maybe even hire more people

  • How many of you think you might start a business if you're getting a thousand bucks a month?

  • That's exactly right

  • I'm an entrepreneur

  • And I know that most entrepreneurs are not on their last dollar

  • Trying to figure out how to make ends meet and then they go. Oh, I think when to start a business

  • Like that's not the way it works at all the way it works

  • is that when you can put when you can get your head up and you can see that your future is secure and then you

  • Can start solving problems for yourself and people around you? That's when you start a business

  • So this is the freedom dividend. It's going to make our community stronger

  • it's gonna make us healthier and mentally healthier and the Democratic Party talks about empowering women all the time and

  • We know that there are thousands of women right here in Atlanta and millions around the United States that are in exploitative or abusive

  • Jobs or relationships because they lack the economic freedom to walk away

  • And there is nothing more real we could do to empower those women than to give them $1,000 a month

  • The Democratic Party can either talk about empowering women or we can do something about it and I say we do something about it

  • What do you think?

  • The Democratic Party talks about empowering

  • Communities of color and marginalized people and I'm going to say that $1,000 a month would go much further to help

  • African Americans and communities of color who have lower access to education and resources and opportunities we can talk about