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Thought experiment as an #artistforyang:
Let’s say I’m a 23 year old painter straight out of college.
Moved to NYC to follow my dream.
Oh no, rent is crazy!!? $1,100 for THAT? How am I going to afford this? With all other necessities, I need MINIMUM $2000/ month to survive!
With @SenSanders #FightFor15 min. wage:
I immediately pick up an office job. Restaurants pay less now, because servers have to report more tips to tax to hit the 15$ threshold.
I work full time at 40 hours/week, and make about $1700 / month after taxes.
Still not livable.
I pick up a part time job serving for that extra needed income. I work that job 12 hours / week, and make an extra 200/week.
Yay! Let’s get some cake, I’ve made enough to survive!!
....crap - I have no real time to paint now.
Let’s switch to me with the #FreedomDividend. I already know I have $1000 of the $2000 I need paid for.
The service industry isn’t affected by a minimum wage hike.
I pick up a part time serving gig at 20 hours/ week. I make about $350/week, or about $1000/month after taxes.
Under @SenSanders #FightFor15 - I work 52 hours / week to survive at $2000 / month.

I can’t art.

Under @AndrewYang ‘s #FreedomDividend - I work 20 hours / week to survive at $2000 / month.

I art all the goddamn time.

Really a no brainer for any artist.

This is getting some good feedback, so I’ll do another - my own personal scenario.
Move to NY for college to study Acting.
Serve tables throughout college to pay rent, and upon graduation, a lightbulb went off, and I found a martial arts teaching job for 20$/ hour. #yanggang
Under @SenSanders #fightfor15 , someone in my situation would not have been affected by the minimum wage increase. At $20/hour, in order to make the $2000 income needed, I would need to work full time at 40 hours / week. Not too terrible, but still, as an actor, hard to act.
Under @AndrewYang ‘s #FreedomDividend, again, $1000 of my $2000 needed is taken care of. At $20/hour teaching (luckily it isn’t a #FJG and I have a chance for upward mobility as well) I have to work about 16-17 hours per week. Two shifts. Suddenly, time is on my side.
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