President Trump’s Wartime Powers

President Trump says of the governors’ response to the coronavirus, “We hope they can do the job,” and of the Defense Production Act, “We have the threat of doing it if we need it” [Washington Post].

In World War II, we didn’t ask each state to build its own bombers, make its own ammunition and sew its own parachutes to help the country defend itself and win the war. And we can’t settle for the president coaxing manufacturers to “do the right thing.”

He should do the right thing and order our manufacturing might into action. He should be a leader so doctors and nurses and hospitals and the patients they treat can survive.

He should help us all keep alive.

- See the Post article also at

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