President Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate WWE legend Vince McMahon and the commissioners of several major American sports leagues to an advisory group on the matter of reopening the US economy.
Some of the most prominent individuals in American sports will be on the commission, which Trump announced at Wednesday’s press conference. He stated that the New England Patriots’ Robert Craft, the NFL’s Roger Goodell, MLB’s Rob Manfred, and the NHL’s Gary Bettman. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, will also be on the commission.
President Trump has a lengthy friendship with McMahon, even going so far as to compete against McMahon personally in a WWE event. McMahon recently had to terminate the operations of the XFL, a spring football league originally intended to compete with the NFL, due to the national coronavirus epidemic.
Sports leagues were among the first major American institutions to suspend operations as the coronavirus epidemic began, with the prospect of tens of thousands of people gathering in relative proximity being a total no-go in the midst of the highly contagious pandemic. Major League Baseball is even considering starting its regular season entirely in Arizona spring training facilities, in games played without fans.
The creation of advisory boards on the matter of reopening the economy doesn’t mean everything is going to open back up tomorrow. The commissioners of sports leagues suspended their league operations before state and federal social distancing requirements were enacted, putting a halt to their profitable businesses.
It’s likely the economic advisors will come up with a plan to gradually phase everyday American institutions and workplaces back into operation.
Pete Buttigieg: Keystone XL Pipeline Workers Need to Get Different Jobs
What new jobs, exactly?
Imagine being told to ‘learn to code-‘ in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic recession.
Biden’s Department of Transportation nominee, Pete Buttigieg, did almost exactly that in Senate confirmation proceedings on Thursday, flatly stating that union workers employed in the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline need to get different jobs. President Biden terminated construction approval for the pipeline on his first day in office.
Senator Ted Cruz questioned Buttigieg about the administration’s plans for workers promptly swept out of a job.
“The answer is that we’re very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones.”
Liberal assertions that unionized, well-paying, blue collar jobs can be easily and swiftly replaced with employment in the alternative energy industry don’t tend to pan out. California’s government has struggled to deliver the so-called “green” jobs the state’s leaders promised upon implementing new fossil fuel regulations and restrictions, further eroding the state’s middle class. California stopped counting the creation of “green” jobs in 2013, with many suspecting that the state was inflating the total.
Biden’s crackdown on the fossil fuel industry comes as many who rely on face economic insecurity and damaged prospects as a result of the recession. Trucking industry experts expect President Biden to crush small trucking companies, with an impending spike in fuel prices harming truckers that work as independent contractors.
Expect much of the neoliberal “learn to code” callousness throughout the next four years. It’s easy to imagine simply making a bureaucrat-imposed career change when you’re connected to the levers of power of the Washington D.C. establishment.
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