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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy warns again of our so-called “leaders'” fiscal incontinence. A slice: Yet nobody in Washington seems to care about this disease of chronic profligacy, and COVID-19 has only made things worse. As economist John Cochrane of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution rightly notes, the pandemic response “resembles a sequence of million-dollar bets by non-socially distanced drunks at a secretly reopened bar: I’ll spend a trillion dollars! No, I’ll spend two trillion dollars! That anyone has to pay for this is un-mentioned.” Casey Mulligan isn’t falling for Keynesian fables. Phil Gramm and Jerry Ellig defend their case against unleashing the antitrust dogs on so-called “big tech.” Mark Perry conveys an important lesson about health-care

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy warns again of our so-called “leaders'” fiscal incontinence. A slice:

Yet nobody in Washington seems to care about this disease of chronic profligacy, and COVID-19 has only made things worse. As economist John Cochrane of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution rightly notes, the pandemic response “resembles a sequence of million-dollar bets by non-socially distanced drunks at a secretly reopened bar: I’ll spend a trillion dollars! No, I’ll spend two trillion dollars! That anyone has to pay for this is un-mentioned.”

Casey Mulligan isn’t falling for Keynesian fables.

Phil Gramm and Jerry Ellig defend their case against unleashing the antitrust dogs on so-called “big tech.”

Mark Perry conveys an important lesson about health-care costs.

GMU law professor Adam White review, in the Wall Street Journal, Cass Sunstein’s and Adrian Vermeule’s case for the lawfulness of administrative law. Here’s White’s conclusion:

When governance becomes a matter of administrative assertion rather than legislative deliberation, politics becomes a matter of power rather than persuasion. The administrative state demoralizes citizens, in both senses of the word.

Here’s the third entry in my Mercatus Center colleague Dan Griswold’s series debunking myths about free trade. A slice:

Their shared goal of reducing trade in medical supplies by forcing more of them to be made domestically rests on a false assumption: that sourcing a significant share of those supplies from abroad somehow undermines our ability to secure what is necessary during public health emergencies. In fact, trade and an open US economy enhance our health security by expanding and diversifying our range of suppliers in a time of need.

Americans are not overly dependent on foreign medical supplies and PPE by any reasonable measure. Yes, we import billions of dollars’ worth of medical supplies, drugs, and active pharmaceutical ingredients each year, but we also export a lot and produce even more domestically. An April study by the St. Louis Federal Reserve found that the United States produces 70 percent of the kinds of medical equipment demanded domestically to combat COVID-19. Such equipment includes sterile gloves, medical protective clothing, protective goggles, and masks, as well as devices used to treat infected patients, such as ventilators, oxygen masks, and breathing masks.

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He is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

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