[Subscription Required] Everyone wants to reduce prescription drug prices, but how? First, do no harm. It’s true that Americans pay more for medication than just about anyone else: A 2018 report from the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers found that, as of 2009, the price per dose of patented drugs was five times as high in the U.S. as in foreign markets.
“I don’t think there’ll be a report,” President Trump’s former attorney, John Dowd, recently told ABC News. “I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than ‘We’re done.’” Referring to a possible report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Dowd suggested Mueller won’t release a detailed public accounting of the results of the investigation because he has nothing on Trump.
Social Security is unique among federal programs. It receives near-universal support, on the right and the left, so it easy to score political points by vilifying any proposed reform. The last major reform to the program took place nearly four decades ago. Still, all is not well with the much-beloved program.
This being Valentine’s Day, I’m guessing that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t sending much affection Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s way—even if Pelosi did applaud in her direction (at President Trump’s expense) during last week’s State of the Union Address.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the Green New Deal? It’s freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s revolutionary scheme to reinvent the entire American economy. She calls it “the Great Society, the moonshot, the civil rights movement of our generation.”
Would democracy worldwide be safer if social media companies like Facebook self-regulated and made people actually pay for their posts? This is a valid question at a time when Facebook has started labelling ‘political ads’ before India goes to polls, while last week, regulators in Germany outlawed the company’s ‘unrestricted collection and assigning of non-Facebook data’ (read: ads) to user accounts.
The years of digital euphoria are over. The controllability of digitalisation is the major challenge of the coming decade. The risks are manifold, and state and policy have yet to find lasting answers. The law fails in face of the complexity of the digital world, cyber insecurity is spreading, digital platforms are competing with states, state authorities are failing to digitalise themselves. A new, holistic approach is needed to control the digitalisation process.
Demography is Diversity. Diversity is being driven by demography. The dramatic change in the U.S. population from 88.3% White in 1940 to a projected 42.6% White in 2060 (Whites will cease being a majority sometime around 2042-45) must necessarily change the composition and leadership of nearly every American organization and institution.
Hoover Institution fellow Martin Schallbruch discusses personal trust in technology with the protection of our digitized society and global stability in cyberspace. He notes that the greatest threat to society is the loss of people’s confidence in the capacity of their governments to act in cyberspace.
Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks-advocacy group.