Investigative reporter Greg Palast explains why vote-by-mail could reelect Donald Trump. Shed no tears for oil companies as prices crash.
Oil companies never showed concerns when they unseemingly enriched themselves on the backs of the poor.
These oil companies simply did what our soulless economic system preaches supply and demand and whatever the market will bear. Well, now they are realizing that it is the consumers who are the masters as oil has become their cocaine.
Greg Palast visited Politics Done Right and revealed something that too many will be counterintuitive. The vote-by-mail many are pushing may actually reelect Donald Trump.
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- New polling out Wednesday backdropped by the continuing coronavirus outbreak shows that most of the country believes the U.S. political system works only for the wealthy and elite rather than for working people.
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No Tears for Oil Companies
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‘A Snapshot of a System In Breakdown’: States Forced to Smuggle PPE Under the Nose of the Feds.
“The federal covid response has entered a new phase of political sadism.”
It’s like the plot of a spy novel: a group of officials on a covert mission for needed supplies racing against time and the attention of the federal government use disguised trucks to ship equipment across state lines and narrowly escape law enforcement asking for papers.
Instead of being a chapter in a John le Carré novel, however, this was what happened to Springfield, Massachusetts Baystate Medical Center chief physician executive Dr. Andrew Artenstein, who wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine on Friday of his efforts to obtain needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for his hospital.
“This experience might have made for an entertaining tale at a cocktail party, had the success of our mission not been so critical,” Artenstein wrote.
When the New England Journal of Medicine is suggesting the White House is running a PPE blockade, around which governors and hospitals have to navigate like blockade runners, you know the federal covid response has entered a new phase of political sadism. https://t.co/gjYne5O3ke— David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) April 19, 2020
President Donald Trump’s approach to PPE distribution has come under criticism as frontline healthcare workers continue to reuse masks and wear trash bags as solutions to the supply crisis. As Common Dreams reported, the White House has also rerouted the supplies to private companies, spurring bidding wars between states for the equipment.
On Monday, the Guardian in an article on the crisis explained that efforts by hospitals to close the gap in funding and access to PPE have led the facilities to lean on wealthy donors rather than the government.
“I don’t think it’s inappropriate for them to turn to other sources, but it’s just tragic that’s what they’ve had to resort to because our federal government has failed so dramatically,” said Public Citizen health research group director Dr. Michael Carome.
The black market presents its own problems, as Artenstein explained in the New England Journal of Medicine. The doctor described the process of finding a supplier in China with the needed PPE as arduous and complicated, requiring a cloak and dagger approach:
Two semi-trailer trucks, cleverly marked as food-service vehicles, met us at the warehouse. When fully loaded, the trucks would take two distinct routes back to Massachusetts to minimize the chances that their contents would be detained or redirected.
Hours before pickup, the team found that only a quarter of what they had been promised was available. The hospital nevertheless moved forward with the purchase.