(A good question – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
One could assume that the Federal government was, and perhaps remains, unprepared for an outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus. The feds did not make any timely closure of borders in order to prevent the travel of people from Ebola troubled areas of the globe into the United States. But then again……
An announcement from a company named Lakeland Industries came out about 3 weeks ago (September 12th) telling the public that the federal government had already placed a bid for 160,000 hazmat suits.
“Lakeland stands ready to join the fight against the spread of Ebola,” said Christopher J. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Industries. “We understand the difficulty of getting appropriate products through a procurement system that in times of crisis favors availability over specification, and we hope our added capacity will help alleviate that problem. With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health.
So here is the timeline folks, on September 7th The Hill reports that Obama believes Ebola is not a short term worry for US citizens. Yet, less than one week later Lakeland Industries had already received an order from the federal government for 160,000 hazmat suits. Is it a problem or not?
Oh V3PN those suits were probably for the people the feds were sending over to help with Ebola. Perhaps 3,000 to 5,000 suits were for that reason because that is the number of people the feds are sending. But who would the other 155,000 suits be for?
160,000 hazmat suits are a lot of hazmat suits. How big a problem does the federal government think this will be? And why is it buying hazmat suits and then telling people ‘Nothing to worry about here folks, go back to watching Chelsea Clinton have her baby’.
On August 6th Lakeland Industries stock was trading at $6.50, now it is at $8.70 per share. Don’t think for one minute that Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren haven’t already bought a few shares in order to insulate themselves a bit more from the working class stiffs that they represent..