War Profiteering and Covid-19

Nadin Brzezinski
6 min readApr 7, 2020

Since President Donald Trump insists that we are at war, we must ask, is anybody engaging in war profiteering? This is not an idle question since every American war has seen a version of it. Worst, are some in the Federal Government helping companies enrich themselves? There is evidence that this is the case.

First, there are a few things that the president has done which should trouble every American. If we are the United States, the strategic reserve is not for the use of the federal government. It is for the use of states when they need it, which happens to be now. They also changed the meaning of the site on the website, thinking we could not find out.

There are also suspicions that the president is playing red states against blue states. This is ideological since red states are pure and godly and follow him. Blue states are diverse, dirty, and sick. This is hardly accidental. However, while the president tells them, it's your responsibility to source your goods, there is evidence these are confiscated at both ports and airports.

According to Politico:

“Governors are supposed to be doing a lot of this work, and they are doing a lot of this work,” Trump said. “The Federal government is not supposed to be out there buying vast amounts of items and then shipping. You know, we’re not a shipping clerk.”

The president’s remarks amounted to a rebuke of governors’ recent pleas for more robust federal intervention amid the rapidly spreading outbreak, which they warn will soon overwhelm local health care systems if hospital beds, face masks and other necessities are not soon furnished in significantly greater numbers.

So Governors and local officials are doing the best they can. Yet this is what is happening? According to the Franklin Reporter and Advocate:

Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson also said that a joint Somerset-Hunterdon county drive-through testing site could be operational soon and that Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg is “at the top of the list” of locations.

Robinson said that the county had contracted to purchase 35,000 N-95 respirator masks — used by health care professionals to protect them from being contaminated by the virus if treating victims — and regular surgical…

Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB