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Andrew Yang’s ‘Freedom Dividend’ is the best presidential bribe


Now let’s talk about the wonderful bribes being offered by presidential candidates who want your vote.

And then let’s see if we can come up with something more to our liking.

President Trump, who’ll be the Republican candidate, is bribing voters with promises of another tax cut and lower interest rates.

No matter. He’ll win regardless of what he offers unless the economy nose dives.

On the Democratic side, the bribes are more numerous, creative and very tempting — free health care, free tuition, forgiveness of student debt, guaranteed income even if you don’t work.

I might be missing some, but it’s hard to keep track.

Still to come: promises of weekend dog sitting; taking the SATs for your kids and folding the laundry every other week.

Lots of wonderful things. And the campaign is just getting started.

The best bribe so far came from Andrew Yang, who has no chance of being the Democratic candidate. The entrepreneur, lawyer and philanthropist last week offered to give a “Freedom Dividend” of $1,000 a month “for an entire year to 10 American families.”

Jeez, it’s the Yang Prize Patrol knocking on your door soon.

I don’t even have to take out my calculator for this one: $1,000 a month X 12 months X 10 families = $120,000.

That’s pretty cheap for a rich guy like Yang. But it did get me thinking.

All the candidates, their parties, Political Action Committees (PACs) and others are expected to spend more than $10 billion for the 2020 Election.

Some 138 million Americans voted in the 2016 Presidential election. So, if you split up that $10 billion 138 million ways, each voter could be bribed nearly $73.

Yeah, I know. If the bribes are that obvious more people will vote and this will diminish each of our shares.

Many people might hold out for more than $73, the cost of living being what it is. But as more people refuse this bribe, they’ll be more left for the rest of us.

So let’s just cut out the ads, the issues, the campaign workers and the silly debates. Just send everyone $73, and we’ll hold the election when the checks clear.

Unless, Andy Yang wants to give us all $1,000 a month.

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