Smoke blowers blame China to cover the real reason there are not enough PPEs stockpiled.

Surprise. It is government hating Republicans who bear the blame.

21 thoughts on “Smoke blowers blame China to cover the real reason there are not enough PPEs stockpiled.

  1. Good read, well sourced and informative.

    Of course to the cult it’s ALL fake news; Boston Globe “Blood on his Hands” will be his epithet…

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  2. The National Debt DOUBLED under Obama, but that wasn’t enough spending?

    What really happened is that Obama’s social program spending spree displaced everything else in the budget.

    Remember that he used PPEs from the stockpile and did not replace them. There was plenty of money for free cell phones,but none to replace what he used.


      1. So, when Obama chooses free cell phones over replacing the PPEs he used from the stockpile, it’s Congress’s fault, but after Obama had 7 years to replace them and didn’t ask Congress for the money, it’s Trump’s fault he didn’t detect the shortage left to him and correct it.

        Your obsession is showing


        1. @Tabor

          Just can’t deal with the truth outlined in the article? Government hating jackasses of your beloved Tea Party are the ones who made it impossible to keep the stockpile up to date. Now you are talking about Obamaphones.

          Laughable but not surprising coming from a cheerleader for the Birther-in-Chief.

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        2. “… it’s Trump’s fault he didn’t detect the shortage left to him and correct it.l”

          Well, yes it is.

          It gets worse, however.

          “ Representative Lloyd Doggett, Democrat of Texas, pointed out that the Commerce Department was still advertising measures to help American businesses export medical products to China as late as mid-March, even after administration officials told Congress they might face a shortage of face masks.

          In January and February, United States exports of ventilators and oxygenation products to China were up 138 percent from the previous year, while exports of gas and face masks with filters rose 1315 percent, according to data from the Census Bureau analyzed by Mr. Doggett’s office. Exports of protective garments were up 493 percent in the same period, while exports of disinfectant products rose 225 percent, the data show.

          “Ignoring the obvious need to prepare for a pandemic, the Trump administration promoted substantially increased export of face masks, ventilators, and other vital equipment to China rather than protecting our health care workers,” Mr. Doggett said in a statement.“

          NYT, 4/3/20

          If you recall, we now know that the administration knew about the pandemic at least January 3, but did not come forth about its seriousness until March 16.

          So not only was there no effort from day one of the administration to assess the SNS in the face of repeated warnings even from HHS, but it was still encouraging exports of PPE’s this year despite knowing the pandemic was coming.

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          1. Make up your mind.

            You just complained yesterday that Trump was not allowing continued export of PPEs to Canada.

            So, if he allows exports, you condemn him but if he doesn’t you do the same.


          2. Two different issues. Trudeau was talking about the need for cooperation during this crisis.

            The administration was encouraging massive exports of supplies while knowing we had a pandemic we were unprepared for.

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        3. “ After using up the swine flu emergency funds, the Obama administration tried to replenish the stockpile in 2011 by asking Congress to provide $655 million, up from the previous year’s budget of less than $600 million. Responding to swine flu, which the CDC estimated killed more than 12,000 people in the United States over the course of a year, had required the largest deployment in the stockpile’s history, including nearly 20 million pieces of personal protective equipment and more than 85 million N95 masks, according to a 2016 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

          “We recognized the need for replenishment of the stockpile and budgeted about a 10% increase,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, who served as the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration. “That was rejected by the Republican House.”

          Per Pro Publica link posted.

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          1. Ah, as I thought, it was part of the reconciliation process, not a separate request. From your cite:

            “”The Labor/HHS budget is where a significant number of progressive priorities are, from Head Start to (the National Institutes of Health) to the Education Department,” Sperling said. “There’s just so much in there, so it is often the hot spot for where conservative budget hawks who don’t believe in public investment go hardest.”

            The replenishment was displaced by Obama’s runaway spending on social programs.

            Obama’s demands for social programs triggered the across the board cuts by department, and yes, the cell phones were kept and the replenishment put aside.


          2. So Congress didn’t include replenishment in the budget. The GOP Congress.

            When did Obama’s demands mean anything to the GOP in power? The Tea Party even reneged on a deal Boehner had reached with the White House after the mainstream GOP had agreed.

            But we are overlooking the already well established fact that the present administration was warned about the biggest threat we faced and that the SNS had been depleted.

            Then it had 3 YEARS to restock.

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          3. And Obama had 7, after depleting the stockpile, and chose to give away cell phones instead.

            Have you forgotten how sequestration worked? The department budgets were capped, but the administration had the ability to shift money around within the department. Obama prioritized giveaways over repenishing the stockpile.


          4. Time ran out.

            Trump has reduced the regulatory burden in may ways, and fixed much of what Obama broke, but until this popped up, it was not a priority on anyone’s list.

            But don’t worry, he will have it squared away by 2024


          5. @Tabor

            Idiotic “analysis.” Obama administration seeks funds to replenish the stockpile and the GOP denies him but it is his fault? All so you can blame Obama for Trump’s palpable failures. Three years ago while in control of the entire government Trump was informed of the dangerous state of that stockpile. What did he do? Cut taxes for billionaires.

            By the way, it is now official. According to conservative columnist Max Boot, Trump is now the worst President EVER based on his botched handling of the pandemic crisis.


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  3. Don, you know better. Really. You are better than this.

    Obama did not double the debt. Bush 2 did, and Reagan almost tripled it. Obama nearly cut the deficit in half that he inherited plus recession spending. Trump deficits skyrocketed and the growth never came close to cover it.

    “Ronald Reagan: President Reagan increased the debt by 186%. Reaganomics added $1.86 trillion. Reagan’s brand of supply-side economics didn’t grow the economy enough to offset the lost revenue from its tax cuts. Reagan also increased the defense budget by 35%.3

    George W. Bush: President Bush added $5.849 trillion, the second-greatest dollar amount. This was a 101% increase, the fourth-largest percentage increase. Bush launched the War on Terror in response to the 9/11 attacks. It includes the War in Afghanistan, at $1.1 trillion, and the Iraq War, at $1 trillion. Military spending rose to a record level of $800 billion a year.3

    Bush fought two recessions.
    2001 recession: Initiated the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act.
    2008 financial crisis: Approved a $700 billion bailout package for banks.
    Both Presidents Bush and Obama also had to contend with higher mandatory spending for Social Security and Medicare.

    Barack Obama: Under President Obama, the national debt grew the most dollar-wise. He added $8.588 trillion. This 74% increase was the fifth-largest.3 Obama fought the Great Recession with an $831 billion economic stimulus package.4 The Obama tax cuts added $858 billion.

    Obama increased defense spending to $855 billion.5 He sponsored the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It was designed to reduce the debt by $143 billion over 10 years. But these savings didn’t show up until the later years.”

    The phone program was started by Reagan and was paid for by a tax on phone bills. It evolved to cell phones for very obvious reasons.

    Finally, Azar’s own deputy said 3 years ago that we needed 12.5 Billion face masks. Obama did draw down 100 million of them. Budget cuts driven partly by the GOP during Obama years created the shortages in our stockpiles.

    So Obama’s drawdown was a pittance compared to the warning given the current administration years ago.

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    1. “Don, . . . you are better than this.”

      That is more of a stretch every day. The evidence for that idea is very well hidden. In the last few days we see him doubling down on passing the blame to the Chinese (who acted at lightening speed and with blazing honesty compared to Trump) and to so-called Obamaphones. Good grief.

      Pretty low, IMHO.

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