by Charles S. Oaxpatu
A great mystery has been swirling around The Anointed One of the Lord’s flat-out refusal to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators for doctors and other medical personnel fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Under this act of the U.S. Congress, passed back in the Korean War days, a president can go to a particular private sector company and say:
America’s hospitals need 100,000,000 N-95 masks to protect their medical staffs. I demand that your company (American Shield, Inc.) shall immediately set aside a factory and immediately retool it and staff it to manufacture these masks. You shall deliver all of these masks by April 30, 2020.
This act allows the U.S. Government to obtain badly needed items quickly from American industry. It also allows federal officials to know how many items are definitely coming—-and from which companies they are coming—-by a certain specified date.
Why is Trump refusing to use the DPA? It is pure politics. The lives of American medical personnel are being put at risk and/or sacrifice on the altar of Trumpian politics. Please allow me to explain.
The true, baseline definition of socialism is where the government of a country confiscates all privately owned free enterprise companies, takes permanent government ownership of those companies, and then operates those enterprises to produce goods and service for all the people in the country.
No Democrat or Independent that I know or ever have known advocates for true socialism in the United States. However, the whole Trumpite plan for the November 3, 2020, national election is to run a dishonest campaign that falsely accuses Democrats and Independents of wanting to impose true historical socialism, as defined above, on the United States. That is just an outright lie. Not even Bernie Sanders or Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez would ever do such a thing.
Trump is refusing to use the DPA because it smacks of true historical socialism—far more so than anything “social” the Democrats and Independents have ever done outside of war-time necessity. If President Trump were to actually use the DPA, the Trumpites would undermine their whole dishonest campaign predicate for November 2020. Furthermore, it would give the Democrats and Independents all of the ammunition they need to accuse the Trumpite Republicans of being true historical socialists.
So, what is Trump doing instead? He is depending in good faith—-just in good faith mind you—–on private sector companies to manufacture the badly needed PPE and ventilators—–voluntarily and purely of their own corporate volition. Why—because they “promised Trump” on a telephone call?
What if the company has never made a ventilator before—ever in its history? No problem. As far as Trump is concerned, they gave him an oral promise to do it over the telephone. Will they have a written contract with the U.S. Government to do that manufacturing? Who knows? It was just a casual promise made to Trump during a telephone call. Did the company really mean what they said, or were they just trying to pacify Trump and get him to go away like the pesky fly that he is? Who knows?
What if a company finds out it will take 2 years to retool a factory to make ventilators? Will they need to come up with their own unique ventilator design to avoid patent infringement? How long will that take? Will they have to hire an engineering staff to design the ventilators? How long will that take? How long will it take to train assembly line workers to make the ventilators correctly? How long will it take to test the ventilators for proper functioning and endurance—and retool to fix flaws? Hundreds of questions———with no answers. What if the company who made that so-called telephone “promise” to mush-brain Trump just throws up its hands one Thursday and says:
There is no way we can do all of this in a timely way, so we just won’t make any ventilators at all. What’s to stop us? We don’t have a contract with the government. We can just quit right now and never deliver a single ventilator——-no problem——–no consequences. We were just trying to get rid of Trump on that telephone call, and we had to say that to do it. [Corporate lawyers clean up the loose ends].
Rick Wilson’s new book is entitled Everything Trump Touches Dies. Rick is a former conservative Republican. He is very serious about that title. I am just wondering how many American medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, other medical personnel, and COVID-19 patients will die from the COVID-19 coronavirus when the badly needed PPE and ventilators do not show up at all or show up two years beyond too late because of “promises” made in telephone conversations with The Anointed One of the Lord. Remember folks. Everything Trump touches dies. How? Read Rick Wilson’s book.