I am always struck by people’s faith in government. Clean the newspaper any day of the week and you will read stories detailed description of many failures of federal, state and local governments or agencies, and their tremendous ability to make the same mistakes again and againHowever, these agencies are the ones that people turn to in times of trouble or need.
Take the June 26th edition Wall street journal, There you will find a piece on how Small Business Assistance Program has a significant risk of fraud, according to the Government Accountability Office. This is sad for a program teeming with implementation problems that to leave many small businesses cannot apply, until many big There were no problems getting one of the available loans for small businesses.
And then there’s a report on how The IRS paid $ 1.4 billion in incentive payments to dead people. It is right: the dead people. According to the report, “The IRS, which tried to withdraw money quickly, did not use death records from the Social Security Administration as a computerized filter in the first three rounds of payments, according to GAO“.
One common reaction to these two stories is that Congress was in a hurry, everyone was in a panic, and experts argued that we should become bigger, or even bigger, than big. But if this is the problem, how to explain the late payments of $ 137 billion made in 2018? For the record, this staggering level of inappropriate payments occurs every year. And then there is the fact that we cannot even measure how a lot of improper payments going on at the ministry of defense because this agency regularly fails its checks – therefore, no one knows where all the money goes. Nevertheless, we are here, always trusting the same government, in order to somehow achieve more this time.
On the same page in magazine You can also read how “Importers of US wine “Bitter” are preparing to raise tariffs.Somehow magazine reports “Office of the US Trade Representative, who introduced 25% of wine tariffscheeses, olives and other products from the European Union in October, are currently considering raising fees to 100%, citing a lack of progress in negotiations to settle and abolish subsidies for Airbus se“. Never mind that the president finally hinted that he knows very well that the Americans are the same Americans who have nothing to do with the Boeing Airbus dispute –pay tariffs,
However, President Trump and almost everyone in the Democratic Party are happily participating in this new protectionist wave. Unfortunately, but, as expected, hardly anyone in the Republican party is putting pressure on the president and his protectionist supporters, Peter Navarro, Robert Lighthizer and Wilbur Ross.
Scan further down the page. Wall street journal to inform you study that thanks to the government-imposed locks, “140,000 Yelp-registered businesses are still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.” Depressingly, you read: “According to Yelp, most of this set, 41%, closed forever.”
This is not surprising: enterprises cannot be kept closed for months, and then survive without doing anything. However, many states were not completely open to allow businesses to survive by reorganizing their operations to ensure the safety of consumers and employees.
This is despite academic evidence that locks were a mistake, In fact, having heard that the number of cases that are like Don Boudreau indicates that significantly different from the number of deaths – growing, some states are now announcing that they will suspend the resumption of work.
However, the fact that the number of cases will increase as the economy resumes was quite expected, as few people were actually exposed to the virus as a proportion of the population. If the growing number of cases is enough reason to stop everything – enough reason to bring the economy and life back to deep freeze – while we expect a quick vaccine that may or may not happen, which we think will happen ?
Governors across the country should stop blocking and give businesses a chance to save their business, reinvent some ways to serve their customers. A full reopening does not guarantee that consumers will return quickly, of course.
New data to confirm what we already knew; namely, that many people did not wait until governments blocked the economy to stay at home and take refuge in place. This fear-based behavior has contributed significantly to the economic collapse. This means that most consumers will be cautious and will monitor their health, as well as the health of other people without government regulations telling them this time this time. But at least give consumers and businesses a chance to find what works for them when the economy reopens.
I conclude with a report Washington PostOne of them concerns Trump’s refusal to encourage people to wear masks. This, of course, comes to the tail of the doctor Fauci’s admission that he deliberately misled the public about the benefits of wearing masks so that they can be referred to health workers.
And here Fosi explains how and why he lied:
“He also acknowledged that masks were not initially recommended to the general public, so that those taking the first response would not feel the stress of lack of PPE. He explained that public health experts “were worried about public health, and many people talked about it, were worried that at the time when personal protective equipment, including N95 masks and surgical masks, were in short supply.”
Interestingly, the Americans began to wear masks of their own production long before this recognition by Fauci, showing that perhaps they were buying it. However, for the most part, Americans Continue trust Fauci. David HendersonHowever, no.
Seriously, daily reading of a newspaper should call into question government interference in our lives. But, based on the support of a populist Republican protectionist such as Trump and his democratic opponent as President Joe Biden, this is not so. So what do we do?
I believe that we should continue the struggle for the idea, because when we delve into the mess that both parties and their main ideologies create, some people will look for answers and solutions outside the state. As Milton Friedman once said: “This, I believe, is our main function: to develop alternatives to existing politicians, to maintain them in force and to be available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.”
I take this task seriously.
Finally, I certainly feel indebted to the intellectuals of the past who fought for our freedoms in, perhaps, even more depressing times. For this reason, I have dedicated my professional life to responding to the call to action of Friedrich Hayek, who
“We must make building a free society once again an intellectual adventure, a matter of courage …. If we cannot make the philosophical foundations of a free society once again a living intellectual problem, and its implementation a task that challenges the ingenuity and imagination of our most living minds, the prospects for freedom are really dark. But if we can restore that faith to the power of ideas, which was at best a sign of liberalism, the battle will not be lost. ”
That’s why I keep fighting.