…into that server!
Joe Biden gave coal miners facing possible unemployment some advice: learn to code.
In reality, of course, programming/coding is a skill that can exist on multiple levels. Someone writing a simple spreadsheet model for some kind of repetitive tracking problem is working at a different level from someone writing a well-defined module within a large system for a bank, who is in turn working at a different level from someone writing interrupt-level hardware drivers for an operating system, or for someone creating the idea and user interface, as well as the code, for a new consumer-facing product. Some of these tasks will usually pay less than what a skilled coal miner is paid, some of them will pay considerably more.
And also, programming is not an infinite reservoir of job demand. Much work that previously required considerable high-skill programming has now been largely automated by software tools and/or by complete application systems, and considerable programming work is being offshored–see my post telemigration.
Biden also asserted that: “Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake!”
Ignoring the inherent ridiculousness of this claim as a factual assertion…does Biden actually think that manual stoking of coal furnaces is a thing in today’s economy? Does the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a large count of people employed as stokers?
In reality, the mechanical stoker was invented well over a century ago. They were common in high-horsepower steam locomotives by 1900, and were and are used in coal-fired power plants. I doubt if there was much manual stoking going on by 1940, except on steamships…and coal as a fuel for ships was rapidly on its way out by that point, as it was being displaced by oil
Plus, Biden was talking about coal miners. Does he think that there are coal-fired furnaces in coal mines? If there were, you would likely get a massive explosion from igniting of any gas in the mine.
Biden clearly understands as little about the software industry as he does about the energy industry.
This is the man who says he was Obama’s point man on a “jobs of the future” initiative.
Can you imagine what these people would do to the economy if they ever achieved the degree of power that they so avidly seek?