On her new podcast (are you a listener yet?!), former first lady Michelle Obama said that we should look at the coronavirus as an opportunity to take from the rich and give to the poor. The Robin Hood of Democratic politics told journalist Michele Norris that the pandemic provides a perfect chance to reconsider “how wealth is distributed” to lower-income workers.
“There’s kind of a new COVID vocabulary, isn’t it?” asked Norris. “There are also words that have always had some meaning, but that take on different meaning now, the word hero, the word essential. I think we will forever think about the word ‘essential’ in a different way. And, when we were told to stay home, they got up, got dressed, and went out into the world, risking their lives, to drive garbage trucks, to work in warehouses, to work in grocery stores, to work in hospitals. Often doing invisible, but yes, essential work, and I struggle with it because I’m not sure that we treat them like they’re essential.”
Michelle Obama said that this is an opportunity to make sure that these essential workers get a bigger slice of the wealth pie.
“We have to think about that, in terms of how wealth is distributed,” she said. “You know, how these essential people are supported. And what does that mean? A lot of these people are broke. They don’t have health insurance. That is, if they were to get sick, as essential as they are, we have not, as a society, deemed it essential to make sure that they can go to the doctor and get the care that they need. And even if they can get COVID care, even if they can get tested, to keep working and doing our stuff, after the effects of the virus have worn off, and they are dealing with some lung issue, or some breathing issue, or asthma, that they don’t have to wait in an emergency room for hours on end, and then worry, that they can even afford the prescription medication that they need to survive.
“I mean we have to think about this,” she continued. “We have to think about the people who are not from this country, who are essential workers. A lot of those folks are still out in the fields picking our corn, and making sure that that food is in our grocery stores, and working in these meatpacking plants, to ensure that the cow that was slaughtered, gets into our bellies.”
Michelle Obama, of course, sounds exactly like Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jim Clyburn, both of whom have stated clearly on the record that Democrats should look at the pandemic as an “opportunity” to push through their longstanding policy goals.
You have to admit this much about the Democratic Party: They aren’t shy about going after what they want. They may deceive you quite a bit when it comes to the obvious outcomes of their prescriptions, but they don’t bother much with trying to hide the target anymore.