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This Founder Wants to Rebrand America and Give Every Citizen $1,000 a Month. Here's Why He Wants Your Vote

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While Andrew Yang thinks the word "entrepreneur" is hokey, he's hoping the American people will elect him President based on his resume as one.

Best known as the founder of Venture for America, a New York City based non-profit that helps place recent grads at companies in economically depressed cities across the country, Yang is one of 23 Democratic candidates currently in the running to be the next U.S. President. Born in Schenectady, New York, he's the son of Taiwanese immigrants--and has zero political experience. But the Columbia law school grad and serial entrepreneur thinks his ideas about how to make America great will be enough to convince voters to give him the job. At the very least, if his proposals are any indication, he's aiming to be the boldest of the bunch--and should inspire lively debate with his views about one of the biggest potential headwinds facing businesses today: when automation and machines take over.

"This is not an us-and-them thing. This is an everyone thing," Yang told Inc. during a recent stopover at his campaign headquarters in Manhattan's Garment District. "Our government has not been attentive to the needs of the people for a very long time."

Here's a look at the Presidential hopeful's plan and how it might affect businesses.

Besides founding Venture for America, Yang is the former CEO of Manhattan Prep, a test preparation startup, which Kaplan acquired in 2009 for an undisclosed sum. He is, unsurprisingly, campaigning on a platform chock-full of business-focused policies. Some of the ideas are more fringe than others.

He would unionize mixed martial arts fighters, prevent airlines from kicking passengers off planes, and eliminate the penny. He would also legalize marijuana at the federal level, rebrand Tax Day as "Revenue Day," and he'd give out free "Democracy Dollars" for........

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