Chris Edwards

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.

We’re Going to Need Startups

The economic damage from COVID-19 business shutdowns could be massive. We’re starting to see the effects with initial unemployment claims spiking to a record 3.3 million last week.

States Should Give Businesses the Flexibility to Reopen Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

President Trump is eager for businesses to reopen, now setting a goal of the end of April. Former Vice President Biden is pushing the opposite way, saying he wants an immediate nationwide stay‐at‐home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Congress Set to Pass $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill

The Senate has passed a $2.2 trillion aid bill in response to the coronavirus crisis. The bill is expected to be passed quickly by the House and signed by the president.

American Businesses Tackle the Coronavirus

Businesses are racing to produce vaccines, treatments, and medical supplies to help slow and ultimately defeat the pandemic.


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