Coronavirus

The Committee to Reopen the Economy or (Probably) Die Trying

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

Trump has announced who will sit on his committee for reopening the economy and I know this will shock you, but none of the names are good.

The committee includes a short list of people who've enabled all of Trump's worst economic policies including his global trade war and it will be led by the former chairman of the Flying Monkey Caucus, Mark Meadows.

Among those expected to be part of the new team: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and White House economic advisers, past and present, Kevin Hassett and Larry Kudlow. New White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is expected to chair the effort.

Between these men, the only time they have ever been right about anything is by accident.

Steve Mnuchin picked a fight with a teenage climate activist and he still says the tax cuts are paying for themselves. Wilbur Ross took a "victory lap" and said the coronavirus would be good news for America because it would bring jobs back from China. Ben Carson installed his family and friends at HUD and then spent agency funds to redecorate his office. Kevin Hasset said being furloughed because of Trump's government shutdown is like a free vacation. Larry Kudlow said the coronavirus was "contained" under an "airtight" lid in late February.

This is not a committee for diligently guiding a safe, gradual reopening the economy. This is a loyalist committee for blowing smoke up Trump's ass with Happy Talk.

The death toll if this committee's advice is followed to the letter will almost certainly be greater than zero.