Tag: coronavirus pandemic
Economic Miscalculation and the Covid-19 Pandemic

As Covid-19 began to spread through the United States in February, many feared hospitals would become overwhelmed with infected patients. To meet the demands a global pandemic places on our healthcare system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began hiring private contractors to build field hospitals to treat patients when hospitals hit capacity. The...
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Pandemic Prophecy Not on the Rosy Side

Actress Jennifer Garner (13 Going on 30) recently asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, “When are we going to be able to sit in a theater and watch our favorite performers up on stage again?” Dr. Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, replied, “I think it’s going to be a combination of...
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Nancy Pelosi’s Bad Hair Day

As the world knows, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a wash and a blow-out at a San Francisco salon that had been closed since March, when Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, declared a state of emergency. “As it turns out, it was a setup,” Pelosi told reporters. “So I take responsibility for falling for...
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Pandemic Convergence

“We hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years, especially if we can pool our efforts,” said World Health Organization boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on August 21. “At the same time, we will not, we cannot go back to the way things were,” said Tedros, the first non-physician to head the WHO....
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Where There’s a Will There’s a Won’t: A COVID-Related Tale of Bureaucracy

A tax-funded county library system, upon which I rely for research materials and Internet access, closed abruptly last March in response to developing COVID concerns. Its shutdown was announced a day after a managing branch librarian assured patrons that the system was scheduled to remain open. The system’s brain trust had decided instead that...
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The “Prominent Hole” in CDC Epidemic Intelligence

Federal government briefings on the current pandemic have failed to feature anyone openly identified with the Epidemic Intelligence Service, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Embattled Americans might find that odd, since the EIS is tasked to protect the country from health threats. 

Don’t Trust Government to Distribute Covid-19 Drugs

As new Covid-19 cases continue across the U.S., many states are preparing for a potential second wave of outbreaks and reinstated lockdown measures. Arizona hospitals are enacting emergency plans to accommodate a rapid influx of new infections. Florida has ordered bars to stop serving alcohol (after allowing them to reopen less than a month...
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The Danger of Depending on Unaccountable Bureaucrats

The coronavirus pandemic is providing a treasure trove of case studies in how government bureaucrats are failing ordinary Americans. Failures to protect the public have come to pass despite many of career officials having both adequate funding and years of time to prepare for just this kind of disaster. That’s one of the two...
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Five Steps for Taming the Federal Spending Beast

The runaway federal spending that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic will force a reckoning in the “mandatory” portion of the U.S. government’s budget after the pandemic has passed. That’s the assessment of AEI resident fellow James Capretta, who indicates that the reckoning will mean big changes for mandatory entitlement programs whose spending has been...
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Coronavirus Lockdowns to Cause Earlier Insolvency of Failing Public Employee Pensions

The pensions of public employees, the people who work for state or local governments, are in trouble. After years of promises by politicians—who, like public employees themselves, have done little to provide funds to pay for the generous retirement benefits—many public employee pension funds are now at increased risk of insolvency as the economy...
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