Criminal or incompetent? Try all of the above


Hat-tip to Thomas Mills for cutting through the chatter:

For those of you wondering whether you’re going to heaven or hell, you’re in hell. In the midst of the worst pandemic in a century, we’re being led by a family of incompetent grifters. While tens of thousands of Americans are about to die, they’re trying to figure out how to make a buck off the crisis.

If you had told me twenty years ago that we’d elect a shady real estate mogul turned reality star President of the United States, I might have laughed but I wouldn’t have believed it would happen. Today, not only is he president, he’s brought his whole family to the White House. It’s like the cast of Arrested Development is running the country but nobody’s playing the role of Michael.

Voters definitely jumped the shark when they elected him, but that damn fish has been circling our sinking rowboat ever since. If this isn't enough to get your blood boiling, you need to read it twice:

When the president allowed Kushner to address the press at his ratings-topping daily coronavirus briefing, the idiot son-in-law told the country that the stockpile of ventilators the US Government owned were not for the states even in the case of the current emergency. Kushner’s statement directly contradicted information on the Department of Health and Human Services website that said, “Strategic National Stockpile is the nation’s largest supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out…When state, local, tribal, and territorial responders request federal assistance to support their response efforts, the stockpile ensures that the right medicines and supplies get to those who need them most during an emergency.” In an Orwellian move, the language was erased from the website by the next day.

Now, it turns out that the US Government is competing with states for access to desperately needed resources. The President invoked the Defense Production Act to force medical suppliers to sell to the US government before selling to states who put in orders earlier. The government is then selling those supplies to private sector distributors who then sell to the states, ensuring the private sector gets its cut. It’s the invisible hand of the market strangling old people to death while they wait for basic medical supplies.

I covered some of this in a Facebook post a few days ago:



The real questions are...

how much McKesson stock do various members of the administration hold (especially the Trump/Kushner clan)? Who are the executives and principal shareholders and what are their connections? This is an area ripe for a good investigative journalist to explore.

I've been poking at it...

No smoking guns so far, but I don't have the contacts and resources that some of the real journalists do.