On Monday, President Donald Trump’s economic adviser Kevin Hassett appeared on CNN to urge the economy to reopen, saying, “Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work.”
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 25, 2020
Former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub slammed Hassett, calling his calculus “repugnant” and suggesting his remarks indicate he doesn’t value human lives beyond the worth of their labor.
The phrase "human capital stock" is repugnant. They're more than happy to lose as many "units" of our existing stocks as it takes to win an election.
"Sure, you may lose some units you care about. But, remember, we have plenty more where they came from. So, no biggie." https://t.co/ohvLDXKqTC
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 25, 2020