Reopen regardless of loss of life. Trump’s reelection depends on it. Sacrificing employees for the economy, Trump pushes to reopen factories.
Republican political operatives are recruiting “pro-Trump” doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the new coronavirus
All this is happening regardless of the increasing number of deaths from the coronavirus.
The Trump administration has applied tremendous pressure to force the reopening of Mexican factories as quickly as possible, regardless of the human cost. On April 30, US Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau threatened, “You don’t have ‘workers’ if you close all the companies and they move elsewhere,” urging plants to reopen despite the resulting loss of life. “It seems myopic to suggest that economic effects don’t matter,” he said.
The Pentagon has issued similar warnings, explaining that Mexican maquiladora workers produce parts that are necessary for the American imperialist war machine. On April 30, the New York Times said the Pentagon’s “talks with the Mexican government have been successful,” quoting spokeswoman Ellen Lord, who said, “We appreciate Mexico’s ongoing positive response.”
The administration is set on protecting the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement set to go into effect on July 1. While the agreement has theoretical protections for worker health and safety, there is no expectation that it would be invoked to ensure that plants remain shut until the COVID-19 danger recedes. Instead, its purpose is to protect the chains of supply and investment between Mexico and the U.S., especially involving factories on the border.
But, The Virus is gumming up the works, so to speak.
Maintenance and repairs on fossil fuel infrastructure are impeded because parts are not being made in China, in Italy, in Nigeria, in Canada, in Mexico.
The lockdown in Italy, which has suffered one of the worst virus outbreaks globally, has reverberated across the energy sector because the country is a leading valve manufacturer.
“There was a major headache with parts manufactured in China. After the coronavirus outbreak there, the supplier told us it couldn’t deliver our order. There are attempts to replace it, but the time has been lost,”
All this is happening regardless of loss of life to the novel coronavirus.
Again, I ask, how is this any different than sending people to work camps in Nazi Germany? How is this any different than working people to death on plantations? Clearly people are terrified and yet they comply.
No, they are not shot if they do not work but they will starve. By limiting unemployment benefits the US is essentially forcing workers into a form of indentured servitude.