Agree on all accounts really.
I posted the first two links Google found, there are loads of them. Otherwise yes, Guardian is not my source of damnation sauce.
As far as theft or not goes, the items were paid for and not delivered. Somewhere they vanished. Was it a con or theft is just the same for the buyer. But yes, the majority of the guilt is on the seller, if they said no (沒有啦), the original buyer would have received the bought goods. USA did presumably create the environment that made this possible though and you don't do that to a friend.
I do listen to reports from US and it is hard to understand what goes on. At one moment Trump is worried about bodies being stored in refrigerator trucks, the next one he is opening the economy. Also, you have rallies of people "demanding their rights", protesting about the lock-down and so forth, as if someone is trying to hurt them with the restrictions.
I'm afraid someone did the math and figured out that the majority of the people that will die are "useless anyway", mostly elderly who have little value for current economy. And chose to disregard the fact that these same people helped this economy thrive and "made it great". The cheapest solution it to let the pandemics do its job, let it ravage and deal with the consequences.
I do hope the pandemics at least brings some changes to the society, like a softer social cushion one falls onto when say ill.
As for the governor... I can imagine (meh, I probably can't) the insane level of pressure of being a president. Perhaps he is just too smart to take it upon himself.