Telling Journalists to “learn to code” in anticipation of their job losses is enough to get you kicked off Twitter. Seriously.

Joe Biden promised to create a new legion of unemployed blue collar workers to advance the Green New Deal, as we covered in Biden Says Willing to Sacrifice Hundreds of Thousands of Energy Workers for a Green Economy.

Joe has the answer as to how to reeducate those masses. They should learn to code.

Via Washington Examiner:

“Anybody who can go down 300 to 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well,” Biden said Monday during a campaign event in New Hampshire. “Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for god’s sake!”

Even liberal media types are not amused. Via New York Magazine, Please Stop Telling Miners To Learn To Code:

God only knows where Biden got the idea that coal mining consists of throwing the stuff into a furnace. That’s not how it works, but I digress. Biden’s recommendation is stale stuff. It’s the kind of rhetoric that will only sway voters whose ideal president is a machine that spits out a white paper from 1998 every time someone pushes a button. Re-training programs for workers in precarious industries have been with us for a long time. So has a specific fixation on the tech industry, as though it’s a cure-all for rural poverty.

But 1998 was a long time ago. It’s evident now that re-training programs – including the ones that teach miners and factory workers and whoever else to code – are not the panacea that technocrats hoped they’d become.

2020 is going to be so much fun.


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