When pressed on what US infrastructure could be improved, Musk suggested better airports, double-decker highways and a tunnel system for electric vehicles — especially as
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke out Monday against CEO roles in companies, also slamming the and calling the government’s expenditure “crazy.” Speaking via video link at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit, Musk also talked about brain implants, the and the .
“If you don’t cut government spending, something really bad’s gonna happen,” he elaborated. “This is crazy. Our spending is so far in excess of revenue. It’s insane. Like you could zero out all billionaires in the country … you still wouldn’t solve the deficit.”
When asked about the federal government’s infrastructure bill, Musk said “you can’t just spend trillion more than you earn every year.”
Speaking to a room full of CEOs, Musk said there are only three titles at a company that mean anything: President, secretary and treasurer. “All these other titles are just basically made up. CEO is a made-up title, CFO is a made-up title, general counsel is a made-up title. They don’t mean anything,” Musk said, pointing out he .
One area where he said government involvement is good is in a strong science program, he added, like a .
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Musk also confirmed that Tesla is aiming for Cybertruck volume production in 2023 and that he’ll reveal more during the next earnings call in early 2022. “It may be our best product ever,” he said.
“We don’t have ivory tower management or engineering,” he said, speaking from his new . “The management and engineering is as close to the factory as possible. So you can see what’s going on in the factory and just stay grounded.”
Musk criticized provisions for building an , likening them to the government providing support to build gas stations. “There’s no need for this, for supporting a charging network,” he said. “Delete it. Delete. I’m literally saying get rid of all subsidies.”
On the , Musk pointed out that Tesla stopped getting that “like two years ago,” adding that when it comes to innovation and electric vehicles, the government should act as a referee rather than a player on the field. Musk also said he didn’t see the value in the R&D provisions of the bill.