The need for a COVID commission and other comments
Expert in innovation: the Commission of good COVID
A serious review of how the US government is handling the coronavirus challenge, warns Syracuse professor Carl Schramm at The Hill, must include “a roadmap for meaningful reform of our public health enterprise which in many ways , failed when COVID engulfed us. ” Notably, “the 800-pound gorilla from Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control,. . . had no blueprint for how a COVID-like virus would spread, or how to target preventative measures, “let alone testing protocols or plans” to work with private labs to produce test kits for widespread distribution, which during the onset of COVID he resisted. These delays have cost tens of thousands of lives. Warning: “Simply injecting more money into the existing system would be a mistake”.
Pandemic watch: a renaissance of American science is needed
Science has done great things against COVID, but we’ve also seen “the biggest public health fiasco in history, along with the marginalization and censorship of dissident scientists,” argue Scott W. Atlas, Jay Bhattacharya and Martin Kulldorff at National Review. And the “myriad of long-standing problems facing science.” . . go well beyond a single virus. Notably, “centralization has created harmful uniformity and collective thinking” because “a de facto scientific cartel system determines who receives essential research funding; which ends up being published in the most prestigious and influential journals; and who are promoted to higher positions. It “creates a highly impenetrable and protected sphere of thought that crowds out new ideas and genuine scientific debate”, threatening “prolonged stagnation that could jeopardize” the “economic health” and “security” of the nation.
Inflation hawks: watch out for the return of COLAs
“The latest sign Americans think inflation will be more than transient is the Kellogg Co. labor deal,” the Wall Street Journal editors write. On base pay, “workers chose a deal that offers more insurance against inflation than immediate gains. They will not get any general increase after the first year of the contract. But Kellogg will provide periodic COLA [or cost of living adjustment], paying up to $ 3 an hour in extra pay by 2026. “That makes sense for the job, because soaring prices mean” real wages after inflation are falling. ” But beware of “a wage-price spiral” because “employees demand higher wages and prices rise again as companies pass these higher wage costs on to consumers”, a cycle that is difficult to “control. before a recession ”.
From the right: Biden’s COVID trap
The pandemic that the then candidate Joe Biden “promised to” close “continues to torment him and the country”, attacked Jonathan S. Tobin at Newsweek. Democrats expected that vaccines whose production ‘Team Trump’ had rationalized ‘and’ Biden’s willingness to listen to ‘Dr Anthony Fauci would cause COVID to “subside, if not go away,” during 2021. But viruses are not obeying presidential guidelines “and” even widespread vaccination was not enough to end what now appears to be a permanent public health emergency. ” More Americans have “died of COVID under Biden’s watch than under Trump’s” – a problem for Biden thanks to his repeated claims that Trump “did his job.” . . all the people would still be alive. Le prez is “caught in a trap of its own making that will likely make 2022 an even more depressing year for Democrats.”
Conservative: the Democrats’ Hispanic problem
“It’s official: Democrats have a Hispanic voter problem,” notes W. James Antle III of the Washington Examiner. A group that was once key to “the emerging Democratic majority” is now divided almost evenly over a hypothetical Trump-Biden rematch. “Biden won only 44% of the Hispanic vote, against 43% for Trump” in a superb Wall Street Journal poll. Blame Biden’s handling of the economy: “63% of Hispanic respondents said the economy was headed in the wrong direction,” with 54% “disapproving of Biden’s job as president.” These Americans “clearly seem to be gradually changing their partisan allegiance.” These are the new swing voters.
– Compiled by the Post Editorial Board