What do all industries complain about? One thing I hear about is overreach of the Federal Government, from Wall Street all the way to Beekeepers. Yet, when the system breaks down, we all ask, "How could the Government let this happen"?
We have Varroa, SHB, African HBs, and Phunny Honey because Customs doesn't have the resources to check all international shipments, only a small percentage. The things I listed are but a very small part of daily activity at the ports. One could only guess how much that would slow the flow of goods into this country if they were to begin inspect each container.
The quarantines put in place to slow the spread of Africanized Hbs were largely if not wholly ignored.
Consider this, if the person in charge of purchasing for a large Health Care organization had one million masks on hand and threw them away because they were old and the elastic had become brittle, after ordering one million replacements. I think the CEO would want to know why you had so many on hand that they become too old to use, and if they became too old to use, why did you order the same amount of replacements? I would hate to be the one to tell the CEO, "Because I thought we might need them". Even the person at the unemployment office might scoff at that. These sorts of expenditures are easy for the bean counters to zero in on and act upon. What about ventilators?
I think the love of money is at the root of the problem. The following article may offer some insight. It gets right to the numbers in the the first few paragraphs.
The Government faces the same sort of problems when it comes to waste and fraud. What would taxpayers say if the Fed purchased 10 million masks a year while disposing of 10 million a year for the last 30 years? Whomever was in charge of those expenditures would be suspected of taking bribes from the suppliers.
The powers and respect of the office President have been being eroded for as long as I can remember. Maybe, standing up to the President resonates with the voters that elected the Governors or Representatives of states, but there is a price to be paid when seeking from the same.
I don't think any one person or group is to blame for the situation we are in. Bureaucracies seem to take on a life of their own. In the words of John Kay, "We have created a monster that will not obey".