Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Biden Urges Coal Miners to Learn to Code

Joe Biden had another revealing moment on the campaign trail, this time disparaging coal miners with a message that won’t play too well in Western Pennsylvania.

During an event in Derry, New Hampshire, the former vice president was pressed about the future of the coal industry in a green world. (Hot Air)
 

Using coal miners as examples, Biden expanded on his thoughts about the future. When a Biden administration produces policies that shutter coal mines, the unemployed workers can just learn to program. “Anybody who can go down 300 to 3,000 feet in a mine, sure in hell can learn to program as well, but we don’t think of it that way,” he said. He went on to make matters worse by going into his role in the Obama administration where he was in charge of looking into the “jobs of the future.” He droned on about Detroit’s bankruptcy and finding women to fill jobs after they were trained to program. Biden said that his liberal friends didn’t think the women, mostly women of color, were smart enough to learn to program but he knew they were, you see. And, if those women could do it, so can coal miners. [emphasis added]

In the same speech, Biden cited the work he did to get Detroit out of bankruptcy. “We went out and hired this outfit that the major corporations hire when they need I.T.,” he said. “They went out into the neighborhoods. They found 54—happened to be all-women, not by intention—mostly women of color, with a few exceptions, ages 24 to 52 or 54. They went through a 19-week training program at the community college there, learning how to program.”

President Barack Obama created a similar nationwide program in January 2016, called “Computer Science for All.” The course offered students in elementary, middle and high school an opportunity to learn computer science.

“My liberal friends were saying, ‘You can’t expect them to be able to do that,'” Biden told his New Hampshire audience. “Gimme a break! Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program for God’s sake.”

 
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