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Billionaires Clash With Elon Musk in Bid to Reopen America

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:55 PM
Kiril Nikolaev
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:55 PM
  • Elon Musk is considering leaving California amid lockdown issues.
  • While Musk wants the economy to reopen, other billionaires do not share his enthusiasm.
  • President Trump is one with Elon Musk in getting Americans back to work.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not happy with how California is handling the COVID-19 pandemic. So much so that he threatened moving his headquarters to Texas or Nevada. Musk has recently said that the shelter-in-place orders are “fascist.” The Tesla executive even said that America should immediately reopen its economy.

Elon Musk wants the economy running ASAP
Elon Musk wants the economy running ASAP. | Source: Twitter 

But Musk’s fellow billionaires do not share his sentiment. Without massive testing, some of the world’s richest people do not believe that it’s time to get America back to work.

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg Express Concern

The United States remains the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with over 1.36 million cases . While states like California and New York continue imposing strict lockdown measures, infections continue to rise.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates reminds people that the pandemic is not yet over  even as some states loosen shelter-in-place restrictions:

If they open up, they can go back into exponential (coronavirus infection) growth and compete with New York on that basis,

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is on the same page :

I worry that reopening too quickly will almost guarantee future outbreaks and worse health and economic outcomes.

Jeff Bezos and Mark Cuban Offer Suggestions to Restart the Economy

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos believes that America may have a shot at reopening its economy if everyone has access to testing .

If every person could be tested regularly, it would make a huge difference in how we fight this virus. Those who test positive could be quarantined and cared for, and everyone who tests negative could re-enter the economy with confidence.

Meanwhile, Shark Tank star Mark Cuban is not a fan of going back to the way things were . Instead of reopening the economy, he suggests focusing on creating consumer demand:

We know that pick up and delivery works for online [shopping]. It works for food. It works for other products. We should extend what has worked for those businesses to all businesses.

Mark Cuban offers a viable way to give Americans jobs
Mark Cuban offers a viable way to give Americans jobs. | Source: Twitter 

These billionaires are finding ways to cope with the pandemic without risking the health of their employees. The same couldn’t be said about Elon Musk.

President Trump Wants the Economy to Get Going

The Trump administration wants the economy back on its feet  even if some Americans are afraid of the virus. Trump said:

A lot of people want to go back [to work]. You see demonstrations all over the country and those are meaningful demonstrations. You also have people who are very scared.

President Trump has clearly expressed his intentions to send Americans back to work while protecting businesses from the economic fallout of COVID-19. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that he would seek the support of Congress to stimulate economic growth post-pandemic.

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