Fumble Delay Abet

This is scandalous. Brian H. Shirts, M.D., is a molecular pathologist at the University of Washington. He writes: We’ll see more shortages of diagnostic tests if the FDA has its way"February was a frustrating month for my laboratory. We wanted to make tests to detect the virus that causes Covid-19. My virology colleagues had great… Continue reading Fumble Delay Abet

Making the obvious virtuous

Businesses controlled by "any major figure in government" will be prohibited from receiving loans or investments from Treasury Department programs included in a $2 trillion CCP virus relief plan. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) proudly stressed to CNN that the provision applies to "[A]ny major figure in government. That makes sense," he said,… Continue reading Making the obvious virtuous

In which SCOTUS agrees with FDR

Today the Supreme Court ruled on compulsory government sector union fees, recognizing such fees as a First Amendment issue about compelled political speech. To summarize: JANUS v. AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEESStates and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees. The First Amendment is violated when money is… Continue reading In which SCOTUS agrees with FDR

Public/Pirate partnerships

Friday, I noted Michigan's private marketing bureau rip-off. It just gets worse. Michigan Senate Bill 97. Emphasis mine: To give state and local government agencies the power to enter into joint operating arrangements with a particular business for purposes of building a hospital or transportation facilities. The private operator would benefit from tax exemptions and… Continue reading Public/Pirate partnerships

Rent Seekers

Bills Make It Easier For Private Marketing Bureaus To Force Dues on BusinessesThis regulatory statist, public/pirate partnership should cease. The parallels (rent-seeking and arbitrary, bureaucratic consumer punishment) to Trump’s trade war impulses are educational opportunities for the economically ignorant.Update 01/13/17:It occurs to me to ask how this is different from the SEIU dues-skimming travesty?Copyright 2005-2019

Open Letter to Senator McConnell

Dear Mr. Majority Leader,I watched Senator Cruz speak on the Senate floor about your vow that there would be no vote allowed on renewal of the Export-Import Bank. Either Senator Cruz suffers from a catastrophic hearing impairment combined with serious cognitive disability, or your assurance was akin to “if you like your doctor, you can… Continue reading Open Letter to Senator McConnell

Crapitalism

I'm afraid this ex post facto Export-Import Bank Solyndra subsidy will typify Obamatrade if it's enacted.Q: When would the U.S. government subsidize a U.S. export that had happened in the previous year and that was estimated to create zero jobs?A: When the U.S. exporter was politically connected Solyndra, and the subsidizing agency is the Export-Import… Continue reading Crapitalism