Chris Edwards

The Overhaul the Postal Service Needs

President Trump reignited a feud last week when he said the “Postal Service is a joke because they’re handing out packages for Amazon and other internet companies and every time they bring a package, they lose money on it.”

Top‐​Down Regulations for COVID-19?

Governments often fail because they tend not to learn lessons.

Crisis May Add $6 Trillion to Federal Debt

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the economy into a deep recession. The crisis will also create lasting economic damage from the jump in debt as a result of higher federal spending and lower federal revenues.

USPS: Privatization vs. Bailouts

The economic crisis has highlighted reckless fiscal policies and a lack of foresight by our political leaders.

Businesses Combat Covid‐​19

The economics news is dismal with reports every day of shutdowns, layoffs, and furloughs. More than 16 million Americans have been thrown out of work so far, and we have entered the worst downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Is the Federal Government Stealing Medical Supplies?

The White House and FEMA are swooping in to grab masks, thermometers, and other items in a secretive process with apparently little recourse.

COVID-19: Top‐​Down Confusion vs Horizonal Cooperation

Federalism should underpin disaster preparation and response, and emergency supply systems should be mainly based on distributed stockpiling, markets, and horizontal cooperation.

Disasters: Federalism a Strength, Not a Weakness

Disasters usually prompt calls for a top‐down response led by the Commander in Chief and guided by the supposedly higher expertise in Washington.

FDA Bureaucracy Grows 79% Since 2007

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the safety of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, foods, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The agency also regulates the manufacturing and marketing of tobacco.

Employment in Federal Health Agencies

Some pundits are blaming the slow federal response to COVID‐19 on budget cuts and supposedly shrunken federal bureaucracies.


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