By now we are all sort of aware of the story of President Donald Trump and General Motors and the ventilator shortage. I haven’t quite kept up with the inner detail.

There was a request for GM to manufacture ventilators and then a voluntary consent and then some kind of delay and then a law and then an order and then something else. It’s complicated. I have seen photos of preparations being made and things being shifted around at factories, but I haven’t seen any footage yet of ventilators rolling off the assembly line.

That’s why I like the story of Ryan Joaquim. His assembly line in Garland is already going full-tilt boogie, cranking out tens of thousands of badly needed protective face shields for medical personnel. His story isn’t about complications. It’s more about desperation and ingenuity. Read More