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Mar 24, 2020 00:42:43   #
Kevyn
 
President Trump’s reluctance to use the Defense Production Act has been one of the most enduring mysteries of the coronavirus epidemic. The Defense Production Act is a 1950 law allowing the federal government to redirect vital industry for use in a crisis (primarily a war, but an epidemic would also do). Hospitals are desperately short of ventilators and respirators, and governors, doctors, and public-health officials have begged Trump to invoke the act to direct emergency production before hospital staff gets infected and patients begin dying.
Trump’s diffidence is puzzling, given his normal tendency to push presidential authority to, or well past, its constitutional limits. This is a president who claimed national-security powers to slap tariffs on steel from Canada and Mexico, and to build a border fence.
The New York Times resolves the mystery. Trump has refused to invoke the act because big business doesn’t want him to. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the heads of major corporations have lobbied the administration against using the act,” the Times reports. “They say the move could prove counterproductive, imposing red tape on companies precisely when they need flexibility to deal with closed borders and shuttered factories.” Trump, Lawrence Kudlow, and Jared Kushner all reportedly found these arguments persuasive.
Of course, persuading that troika does not necessarily require a solid factual basis. Kudlow is a fanatical adherent of supply-side economics whose career of wrongness has been sustained by a willingness to advance the narrow interests of the superrich. Kushner is a dilettante heir to his father’s shady construction empire. Trump is … also that, but less intelligent than Kushner.
Trump has touted the voluntary efforts of businesses to crank out emergency supplies. But Trump appears to be getting his rosy information from the firms themselves. Production is not happening fast enough, or at a high enough level, to ensure hospitals will be protected. The Times reports that Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, and other companies are producing respirator masks, the underwear masks “will be made of a three-ply underwear fabric, and do not provide the level of protection given by the N95 masks that health care workers need for intubation and other procedures.”
That isn’t the fault of the underwear-makers, who are dealing with the materials they have and trying to help. It does suggest that the administration’s policy of corporate voluntarism is being driven by the needs of business owners, not the public health.

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Mar 24, 2020 00:51:10   #
LogicallyRight Loc: Chicago
 
Kevyn wrote:
President Trump’s reluctance to use the Defense Production Act has been one of the most enduring mysteries of the coronavirus epidemic. The Defense Production Act is a 1950 law allowing the federal government to redirect vital industry for use in a crisis (primarily a war, but an epidemic would also do). Hospitals are desperately short of ventilators and respirators, and governors, doctors, and public-health officials have begged Trump to invoke the act to direct emergency production before hospital staff gets infected and patients begin dying.
Trump’s diffidence is puzzling, given his normal tendency to push presidential authority to, or well past, its constitutional limits. This is a president who claimed national-security powers to slap tariffs on steel from Canada and Mexico, and to build a border fence.
The New York Times resolves the mystery. Trump has refused to invoke the act because big business doesn’t want him to. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the heads of major corporations have lobbied the administration against using the act,” the Times reports. “They say the move could prove counterproductive, imposing red tape on companies precisely when they need flexibility to deal with closed borders and shuttered factories.” Trump, Lawrence Kudlow, and Jared Kushner all reportedly found these arguments persuasive.
Of course, persuading that troika does not necessarily require a solid factual basis. Kudlow is a fanatical adherent of supply-side economics whose career of wrongness has been sustained by a willingness to advance the narrow interests of the superrich. Kushner is a dilettante heir to his father’s shady construction empire. Trump is … also that, but less intelligent than Kushner.
Trump has touted the voluntary efforts of businesses to crank out emergency supplies. But Trump appears to be getting his rosy information from the firms themselves. Production is not happening fast enough, or at a high enough level, to ensure hospitals will be protected. The Times reports that Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, and other companies are producing respirator masks, the underwear masks “will be made of a three-ply underwear fabric, and do not provide the level of protection given by the N95 masks that health care workers need for intubation and other procedures.”
That isn’t the fault of the underwear-makers, who are dealing with the materials they have and trying to help. It does suggest that the administration’s policy of corporate voluntarism is being driven by the needs of business owners, not the public health.
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NWR

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Mar 24, 2020 02:19:10   #
nonalien1 Loc: Mojave Desert
 
I heard Ford ar Chevy both stopped producing cars to make mass quantitys of ventalators

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Mar 24, 2020 02:48:26   #
Blade_Runner Loc: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
 
LogicallyRight wrote:
NWR
Copy that.

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Mar 24, 2020 03:04:16   #
Kevyn
 
nonalien1 wrote:
I heard Ford ar Chevy both stopped producing cars to make mass quantitys of ventalators


You did hear that, sadly it is a lie told by Trump, AKA Scumbago the clown.

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Mar 24, 2020 03:19:56   #
Geo
 
TRUMP: Give me Money or Give me Death, your death not mine.

(CNN)The first time most of us learned that President Donald Trump was thinking about relaxing existing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic was on Sunday night, just before midnight. That's when his tweet shouted in all caps, "WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF."

He went on to say he would make a decision at the end of the current 15-day period of CDC guidelines recommending social distancing.
The idea to change course may have come from his favorite network, Fox News, where a Sunday morning host suggested that when it comes to fighting the coronavirus, "The cure is worse than the disease." The question for the rest of us is, can we trust Trump to make a decision of this magnitude? To be blunt, the question is whether relaxing restrictions will lead to illness and death for large numbers of Americans.

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Mar 24, 2020 03:28:13   #
jack sequim wa Loc: Redding, CA
 
Geo wrote:
TRUMP: Give me Money or Give me Death, your death not mine.

(CNN)The first time most of us learned that President Donald Trump was thinking about relaxing existing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic was on Sunday night, just before midnight. That's when his tweet shouted in all caps, "WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF."

He went on to say he would make a decision at the end of the current 15-day period of CDC guidelines recommending social distancing.
The idea to change course may have come from his favorite network, Fox News, where a Sunday morning host suggested that when it comes to fighting the coronavirus, "The cure is worse than the disease." The question for the rest of us is, can we trust Trump to make a decision of this magnitude? To be blunt, the question is whether relaxing restrictions will lead to illness and death for large numbers of Americans.
TRUMP: Give me Money or Give me Death, your death ... (show quote)



Expect a national lockdown with more military presence.

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Mar 24, 2020 04:56:40   #
Cadiver Loc: Frankfort IL
 
This situation is precisely what this Act is for...what is his rationalization (or even excuse) for not implementing???

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Mar 24, 2020 12:08:37   #
Lonewolf
 
Cadiver wrote:
This situation is precisely what this Act is for...what is his rationalization (or even excuse) for not implementing???


None it's not like a company retooling to make ventilators will not be paid handsomely for it.

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Mar 24, 2020 14:56:02   #
LogicallyRight Loc: Chicago
 
Kevyn wrote:
You did hear that, sadly it is a lie told by Trump, AKA Scumbago the clown.


Wrong as usual. Normally you aren't worth responding to, but I am responding to correct an utter falsehood. GM is in talks with Ventec Life Systems in Washington for about a week. They are offering their expertise in supply chains and production lines. It might be to difficult to reduce an automobile production line for a small device like that, but they are looking into it. So, Kevyn, as usual your statements are lies and not worth responding to.

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Mar 24, 2020 15:19:52   #
Blade_Runner Loc: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
 
Geo wrote:
TRUMP: Give me Money or Give me Death, your death not mine.

(CNN)The first time most of us learned that President Donald Trump was thinking about relaxing existing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic was on Sunday night, just before midnight. That's when his tweet shouted in all caps, "WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF."

He went on to say he would make a decision at the end of the current 15-day period of CDC guidelines recommending social distancing.
The idea to change course may have come from his favorite network, Fox News, where a Sunday morning host suggested that when it comes to fighting the coronavirus, "The cure is worse than the disease." The question for the rest of us is, can we trust Trump to make a decision of this magnitude? To be blunt, the question is whether relaxing restrictions will lead to illness and death for large numbers of Americans.
TRUMP: Give me Money or Give me Death, your death ... (show quote)

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Trump Administration’s Response to Coronavirus ‘Impressive’

Dr. Fauci: Video

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Mar 24, 2020 15:38:09   #
EmilyD
 
Kevyn wrote:
President Trump’s reluctance to use the Defense Production Act has been one of the most enduring mysteries of the coronavirus epidemic. The Defense Production Act is a 1950 law allowing the federal government to redirect vital industry for use in a crisis (primarily a war, but an epidemic would also do). Hospitals are desperately short of ventilators and respirators, and governors, doctors, and public-health officials have begged Trump to invoke the act to direct emergency production before hospital staff gets infected and patients begin dying.
Trump’s diffidence is puzzling, given his normal tendency to push presidential authority to, or well past, its constitutional limits. This is a president who claimed national-security powers to slap tariffs on steel from Canada and Mexico, and to build a border fence.
The New York Times resolves the mystery. Trump has refused to invoke the act because big business doesn’t want him to. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the heads of major corporations have lobbied the administration against using the act,” the Times reports. “They say the move could prove counterproductive, imposing red tape on companies precisely when they need flexibility to deal with closed borders and shuttered factories.” Trump, Lawrence Kudlow, and Jared Kushner all reportedly found these arguments persuasive.
Of course, persuading that troika does not necessarily require a solid factual basis. Kudlow is a fanatical adherent of supply-side economics whose career of wrongness has been sustained by a willingness to advance the narrow interests of the superrich. Kushner is a dilettante heir to his father’s shady construction empire. Trump is … also that, but less intelligent than Kushner.
Trump has touted the voluntary efforts of businesses to crank out emergency supplies. But Trump appears to be getting his rosy information from the firms themselves. Production is not happening fast enough, or at a high enough level, to ensure hospitals will be protected. The Times reports that Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, and other companies are producing respirator masks, the underwear masks “will be made of a three-ply underwear fabric, and do not provide the level of protection given by the N95 masks that health care workers need for intubation and other procedures.”
That isn’t the fault of the underwear-makers, who are dealing with the materials they have and trying to help. It does suggest that the administration’s policy of corporate voluntarism is being driven by the needs of business owners, not the public health.
President Trump’s reluctance to use the Defense Pr... (show quote)

Trump responded to a reporter who specifically asked about the Defense Protection Act. He said many companies all over the country were already offering their own help without any pressure from the government. He mentioned Hanes (the company that makes cotton t-shirts and underwear) will start mass-producing masks. Other companies like Ford and Chevy will begin making ventilators (in fact he said there was one company in New Hampshire - a metal working company - called to say they could make ventilators), a company that makes whiskey and alcohol, called to say they could make hand sanitizers, etc. Why should he invoke a bill that says they HAVE to do something they already are willing to do? Why should he give other businesses who might offer their help in the future a message they are going to be taken over by the government? Trump might use the Act later on "down the chain" as he put it, but it is not needed just yet.

If you don't believe me, just google Sunday's coronivirus press briefing - it started at 5:00 pm (est) and ended after 7 pm.

You may be able to view it, also, on https://www.whitehouse.gov/

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Mar 24, 2020 20:32:17   #
Cadiver Loc: Frankfort IL
 
nonalien1 wrote:
I heard Ford ar Chevy both stopped producing cars to make mass quantitys of ventalators


The Ford assembly plant and stamping plant in Chicago are both closed right now for deep cleaning not for retooling for anything

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Mar 24, 2020 20:52:26   #
EmilyD
 
Cadiver wrote:
The Ford assembly plant and stamping plant in Chicago are both closed right now for deep cleaning not for retooling for anything


So? Does that mean they won't start doing what they said they were going to do? I doubt it.

I see you registered today. Are you a troll?

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Mar 24, 2020 20:57:19   #
Cadiver Loc: Frankfort IL
 
I am not a troll lol

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