Deep blue California may not seem like a ready source of protest against government lockdowns. But the images of protestors decrying Gov.
With the federal government throwing trillions of dollars in relief payments, bailouts, subsidies, and loans at various sectors of the U.S. economy, oversight and accountability have never been more essential.
One benefit of our recent economic upheavals has been the exposure of needless rules and regulations.
Pandemics have a tendency to expose the more authoritarian impulses in our society, particularly when those impulses are wedded to the latest technology.
Congress approved nearly $500 billion of additional stimulus last week to assist small businesses and hospitals.
Activists in a handful of states have organized protests against social distancing and business closure orders. They are demanding people and companies be allowed to get back to work. While still a relatively small movement, it's generated a lot of pushback from those who believe it's too early to re-open anything without a medical all-clear.
The massive federal fiscal response to the eonomic shutdown may not be over yet, as Congress is currently dickering over yet another round of stimulus payments.
The Trump administration has temporaryily suspended payments supporting the World Health Organization.
State and local governments are clammoring for additional federal assistance as their budgets fall victim to the economic lockdown. While there's a case for helping governments provide emergency services to those who cannot help themselves, there's also a very strong case that state and local governments are poor stewards of the resources they already have.