Why do we let production of drugs, medical supplies go abroad

What is puzzling to me as things get heated up in our challenges to protecting the citizens of the U.S. against the onslaught of the worldwide coronavirus is: Where was our leadership when we decided to allow other countries to control the supply chain of critical medicines and equipment.

We allowed companies that produce critical drugs that are essential to the everyday health challenges of this nation to move their plants overseas so they could put a few more dollars on the bottom line. We Americans provide the ingenuity of developing many lifesaving pharmaceuticals and after that we give up all the manufacturing jobs that come with a successful drug and ship these jobs to China. We then also lose control of all distribution and take a back seat to other nations when there is a dire need.

This not just pertaining to medicine it really has to do with all critical products that all nations need.

When it comes to national policy our leaders (Congress and the executive branch) have come up as ridiculously short-sighted. This is not something that happened overnight, this has been going on for years. Companies that have been grown and developed in the U.S. have been allowed, and almost pushed overseas to feed the insatiable greed. Our federal oversight that we elect and re-elect seemed to have lost sight of their main objective to protect this nation and its citizens. Instead their main objective is to get elected and reelected.

John Carter

Arlington

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