by JD Heyes, Natural News:
President Donald Trump has made it clear he’s going to use the force of government to acquire supplies for protecting healthcare workers and patients as the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak worsens.
On Monday the president signed an executive order banning “hoarding” of essential medical supplies like masks, gloves and gowns currently in short supply at hospitals around the country.
These items, known as personal protective equipment, or PPE, are crucial in preventing the spread of the virus to those who are charged with taking care of us at a time when some experts are projecting hundreds of thousands of coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths.
Editor’s note: The Trump administration is now criminalizing inventory of medical supplies. For this very reason, we are no longer importing such items and making them available to America, given that we can now be accused of “hoarding” for merely having inventory in our warehouse. This executive order is an attack on freedom and will dissuade importers from offering medical equipment in the United States, having exactly the opposite effect of what’s intended. This is nothing short of government tyranny and theft of supplies by a government that failed to prepare, so now it’s punishing the private sector for its own incompetence.
It’s not yet known what definition of “hoarding” will be used by the government to visit commercial suppliers with “a knock on the door” to make them hand over their inventories to the federal government. The very existence of this order essentially declares that the government can hoard supplies, but the private sector cannot. It further confirms that the government’s own supplies of medical equipment have run out, providing that the government suffers from a stunning lack of planning and preparedness which it is now exploiting to confiscate medical gear from commercial suppliers.
The lack of planning by the government, in other words, is now being translated into confiscation efforts that target private industry. The use of the term “hoarders” is to vilify private industry as a way to justify the government theft.
“This sends a strong message – we will not let those hoarding vital supplies and price gougers to harm the health of America in this hour of need,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
President @realDonaldTrump just signed an EO to prevent hoarding & price gouging of supplies needed in our war against the #Coronavirus. This sends a strong message – we will not let those hoarding vital supplies & price gougers to harm the health of America in this hour of need. pic.twitter.com/eksxQOVKNM
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 23, 2020
Attorney General William Barr had a strong message for “hoarders” as well, noting that anyone found to be in violation of the executive order was at risk of being raided by federal agents.
“If you have a big supply of toilet paper in your house, this is not something that you have to worry about, but if you are sitting on a warehouse with surgical masks, you will be hearing a knock on your door,” he said. (Presumably followed by the “bang” of gunfire if you resist.)
The order granted the Department of the Health and Human Services to designate select medical equipment as scarce, according to Barr, who said that the Department of Justice would be working with them to retrieve the equipment.
Barr said that people hoarding medical goods and materials on an industrial scale for the purpose of manipulating the markets would be affected, not businesses obtaining supplies for operation.