Elon Musk no hero when it comes to coronavirus

He did it again.  Just when it started to look as though the media had finally had enough of the South African billionaire, a new twist in the coronavirus response has brought Elon Musk back into the headlines.  After days of covering his reckless actions on Twitter, which included ignoring the government's emergency orders and encouraging his employees to do the same after one staffer tested positive, media outlets concluded that Elon Musk may, in fact, be a COVID-19 hero. 

Why?  For following in a competing car manufacturer's footsteps by reluctantly offering to manufacture hospital ventilators.

All of this "hero" coverage not only takes away from the real heroes in this ordeal, like medical staff, but also ignores a series of unjustifiable decisions from Musk and his associations.

For example, while Musk tweeted that the coronavirus panic was dumb, his companies' affiliated industry groups and congressional allies were working to secure some massively dumb coronavirus bailout dollars.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which represents Musk's SpaceX, proposed establishing a $5-billion grant or loan program and greater access to low-interest loans.

Ah, just what billionaires like Elon need: even more subsidies.

Per CNBC, SpaceX is the number-one rocket company by revenue, making an estimated $2 billion in 2018.  Yet the company is still seemingly trying to sift money away from the many small businesses struggling to remain solvent during the economic shutdown.  So heroic!

What's more, his other company, Tesla, would have benefited substantially more than most from the expansion of solar credits and tighter emission standards Democrats pushed for within the relief bill. 

But Elon, the caped crusader himself, hasn't stopped at trying to take the taxpayers' money during this health crisis.  He has also put his own workers in danger.

Workers at a school and child daycare for Musk's SpaceX feared that their lives were being imperiled by the billionaire's company still asking its employees come to work.  They saw multiple individuals walking around with symptoms and said that both his employees and the school's kids were being put at risk because of his ignorance.

The following week, they received confirmation of their worst fears: two workers at SpaceX tested positive for COVID-19.  Contagious people were walking around while Musk encouraged them to work through it all — just another line-item in the hero's artillery belt.

It's infuriating to see Musk be called a hero at a time when hospital staffs across the country are putting themselves at risk to help fight this virus.  While they work without masks, food, or rest, Musk has taken away the country's focus.  Behind closed doors, he has seemingly looked to take away the American people's needed funding for his own endeavors while putting his own employees at risk.  States are shutting down, lacking hospital beds, and worrying what the future may hold.  Yet, in these dire times, Musk is the one receiving praise. 

Calling him a hero cheapens the word and the actions of our first responders.  Let's save our tax dollars for our struggling hospitals and for those who deserve it.

He did it again.  Just when it started to look as though the media had finally had enough of the South African billionaire, a new twist in the coronavirus response has brought Elon Musk back into the headlines.  After days of covering his reckless actions on Twitter, which included ignoring the government's emergency orders and encouraging his employees to do the same after one staffer tested positive, media outlets concluded that Elon Musk may, in fact, be a COVID-19 hero. 

Why?  For following in a competing car manufacturer's footsteps by reluctantly offering to manufacture hospital ventilators.

All of this "hero" coverage not only takes away from the real heroes in this ordeal, like medical staff, but also ignores a series of unjustifiable decisions from Musk and his associations.

For example, while Musk tweeted that the coronavirus panic was dumb, his companies' affiliated industry groups and congressional allies were working to secure some massively dumb coronavirus bailout dollars.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which represents Musk's SpaceX, proposed establishing a $5-billion grant or loan program and greater access to low-interest loans.

Ah, just what billionaires like Elon need: even more subsidies.

Per CNBC, SpaceX is the number-one rocket company by revenue, making an estimated $2 billion in 2018.  Yet the company is still seemingly trying to sift money away from the many small businesses struggling to remain solvent during the economic shutdown.  So heroic!

What's more, his other company, Tesla, would have benefited substantially more than most from the expansion of solar credits and tighter emission standards Democrats pushed for within the relief bill. 

But Elon, the caped crusader himself, hasn't stopped at trying to take the taxpayers' money during this health crisis.  He has also put his own workers in danger.

Workers at a school and child daycare for Musk's SpaceX feared that their lives were being imperiled by the billionaire's company still asking its employees come to work.  They saw multiple individuals walking around with symptoms and said that both his employees and the school's kids were being put at risk because of his ignorance.

The following week, they received confirmation of their worst fears: two workers at SpaceX tested positive for COVID-19.  Contagious people were walking around while Musk encouraged them to work through it all — just another line-item in the hero's artillery belt.

It's infuriating to see Musk be called a hero at a time when hospital staffs across the country are putting themselves at risk to help fight this virus.  While they work without masks, food, or rest, Musk has taken away the country's focus.  Behind closed doors, he has seemingly looked to take away the American people's needed funding for his own endeavors while putting his own employees at risk.  States are shutting down, lacking hospital beds, and worrying what the future may hold.  Yet, in these dire times, Musk is the one receiving praise. 

Calling him a hero cheapens the word and the actions of our first responders.  Let's save our tax dollars for our struggling hospitals and for those who deserve it.