The federal government is looking to reduce the amount of price gouging that is bound to take place during the coronavirus pandemic. The hoarding schemes that are unfolding right now are also damaging to the American people. The federal government is now doing everything in their power to put a stop to them.
Attorney General William Barr was by President Donald Trump’s side when the announcement was made. Trump signed Section 4512 of the Defense Production Act, in an effort to make sure that personal protective equipment is not being hoarded. “We have some people hoarding,” said the president during a briefing on Monday evening.
The nation’s most critical resources must remain protected at times like these. Alex Azar is the Secretary of Health and Human Services and he has been authorized to designate the health supplies as necessary. Masks have been designated as ‘scarce’, so that companies are not able to engage in any sort of price gouging.
Stephanie Grisham let the nation know that the president had already signed the order before the briefing even took place. This sends the right message to anyone who was looking to hoard the items that the nation needs most. Vital supplies cannot and will not be hoarded when there are so many Americans who are in need.
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
These are the steps that need to be taken if the American people are going to be kept safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The Justice Department is ready to enforce the policies as well. Attorney General Barr says that there is already evidence that price gouging is taking place. That’s why Trump is signing another executive order into place.
The medical resources that the nation has available must be protected at all times. Barr made sure to differentiate when it comes to the items that are going to be monitored. For example, those who have decided to procure a sizable amount of toilet paper and bottled water are not going to have anything to worry about in these instances.
Those who are currently sitting on top of a pile of masks or ventilators should be expecting to hear a knock at their door any day now. Trump is also worried about the effects on the economy and he wants to make sure that the cure is not worse than the disease. This is a point that he made repeatedly during the Monday briefing.
He was not willing to offer a specific timeline but he believes that it will be weeks before the nation is back to work, as opposed to months. The left has been attacking Trump for referring to the virus as a “China” virus and he addressed these claims as well. Trump wants to make sure that our Asian-Americans are not being treated poorly by those who are looking to play the blame game.
This community needs to remain protected at all times. If Trump offered any sort of false indication that they were to blame for what has taken place, he wanted to make sure that they were not going to be attacked by random citizens. Anti Asian sentiment could rise at a time like this and there is no reason for this community to have anything to fear.
The economic stimulus bill is also being held up at the moment by Democrats who are looking to turn the bill into an opportunity. Nancy Pelosi and her cronies would like to think that they can turn the bill into a Trojan horse that allows them to sneak in all sorts of new legislation. These are the “partisan games” that Trump was referring to when he spoke about the hold up that is taking place with the Senate bill.
This crisis is unprecedented and our nation’s leaders are doing everything in their power to see us through it. Price gouging cannot take place at times like these because there are simply not enough resources to go around. While there are some who will argue for the corrective forces of the market itself, this is not something that we should be relying upon just because people took one Economics 101 class.
The United States is facing some uncertain times and we need leaders who are ready to make the tough choices. Kudos to Trump and Barr for not allowing the market to set their own rates. Ventilators and masks need to be made available to the nation’s hospitals as soon as possible. The coronavirus pandemic is going to get much worse before it has a chance to get better and this is something that health officials are in full agreement on.