AT: “In this time of crisis, it’s the private sector coming through”

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/03/in_this_time_of_crisis_its_the_private_sector_coming_through.html

I’ve been thinking the same thing as the writer of this commentary, but I’m not as much inclined to see Trump’s leadership in response to coronavirus as something new and different. Watching the daily task force news briefings, I’m more reminded of how we used to do things in this country, primarily by enlisting the private sector and private citizens to respond to big needs. It is the way Trump is attempting to do them now and it is almost instinctually familiar.

I’ll bet there are many of my generation who, like me, can sing the entire Buckle Up for Safety jingle (available on YouTube), or Virginia’s own Right Turn on Red song. Sure, those were public service announcements, but they were also government and media talking to us more that at us, a quality that current events increasingly remind me of.

I’m also struck by how much the task force briefings have focused on repealing or suspending sclerotic regulatory practices. The message I hear is, “We’re turning off government to solve problems.” It makes me wonder, if we’re turning off government, what were we thinking when we turned it on in the first place?

Which brings me to something else I’ve been thinking about: the almost infinite value of knowledge. Yesterday, one of the regulatory burdens the administration removed involved FDA’s approval of a process to disinfect N95 masks. Had FDA approved the process more than a year ago when it first came up, hospitals would have already been recycling their N95 masks up to 20 times each. That is to say, they would have had experience (information) that would have changed their approach to forecasting potential mask demand and shortages (knowledge).

In a sense, it is not the disinfectant process itself that matters, but what we learn and then know because of it. I expect there will be many such lessons learned by the time coronavirus is over.

But what do I know? I’m just a racoon (and my name is Rita).

6 thoughts on “AT: “In this time of crisis, it’s the private sector coming through”

  1. “ Had FDA approved the process more than a year ago when it first came up, hospitals would have already been recycling their N95 masks up to 20 times each.”

    Why wasn’t it addressed a year ago when the issue first came up?

    If the issue came up, obviously someone knew in the administration. Recalling that the same warnings about pandemic dangers that were sounded through Bush, Obama also were known to this administration.

    Good question to ask.

    Maybe a little less emphasis on deregulating coal mines and environmental protections and more attention to real threats and our actual public health and healthcare other than crapping on Obamacare would have been prudent.

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    1. RE: “Why wasn’t it addressed a year ago when the issue first came up?”

      I haven’t seen a detailed explanation, only reports that the FDA received the disinfectant process application more than a year ago. I suppose it is possible that Trump personally was made aware of it at the time and put the kabash on things until he could personally benefit, but that’s really beside the point. Not to mention silly.

      Had we had only the knowledge about disinfecting N95 masks, our response to coronavirus would have been materially different. It’s really an example of information changing reality.

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  2. Cuomo: States can no longer buy ventilators. FEMA is the sole customer and distributor.

    Blue State takes on new meaning if Democrat governors have to rely on this Administration.

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    1. Maybe they can buy them from DeSantis in Florida. They are getting everything they ask for and more. With no delays. Guess the Dems can cede Florida as no longer a battleground state.

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  3. …”repealing or suspending sclerotic regulatory practices”…

    You mean like the fuel standard roll backs that just got pushed through? Or lessening of environmental protections that have worked over time to keep our air and water from becoming worse as opposed to going back to the time when there were NO controls on pollution? Which also has an effect of the health of the people.

    Sorry, but Len is right on this one. Too much emphasis on things that needn’t have been messed with and more time on disaster preparedness. Especially when a particular issue was known last year. Not last administration, last year.

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