And why not? We’re five months into this pandemic, and the awesome might of US manufacturing has not been committed to producing this stuff.
President Trump needs to use the tools at his disposal to force manufacturers to make masks, gloves, surgical gowns, and whatever else we need. We are at war. Nearly 150,000 people have died. We may lose another 150,000 before it’s over.
Trump thinks his reelection is about the stock market. Wrong. It’s about doing the basic function of the presidency, which is protecting the American people. The chaos and death surrounding us related to the coronavirus are what people would have expected of the Democrats.
If Trump loses the presidency, it will be because he failed in what he was elected to do. To many people, Hillary Clinton meant the end of the country as they knew it. Failing to stem the pandemic causes the same kind of insecurity and chaos people feared with Hillary.
There are good arguments for not shutting everything down. There are no good arguments for failing to supply people and hospitals with the equipment they need to protect themselves.
According to the Washington Examiner:
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency informed House lawmakers that the government and private sector still lack enough personal protective equipment such as face masks and gloves to get through the coronavirus pandemic.
“This isn’t as simple as throwing on a light switch and we just magically make more. We still have many months to go before we start making enough in the U.S. to supply the demand,” FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor told the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday. “We have a ways to go in making sure we have enough PPE.”
To date, the U.S. government has delivered to private and public sector workers 81 million N95 respirators, 746 million surgical masks, 329 million surgical gowns, and 19 billion gloves, Gaynor said. However, Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, said members of Congress have been told by hospitals in their districts that they are short on PPE as the number of cases surges nationwide.
The FEMA chief blamed it on the more than 150 countries, as well as 50 states and U.S. territories, fighting for the same masks and equipment and the United States’ inability to stand up enough manufacturing centers since March.