by David Brady, L. Sandy Maisel, Brett Parkervia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Everyone knows that Democrats and Republicans have polarized views about politics and policy; but in a national crisis like coronavirus, you might expect the differences to diminish. Not in this age of polarization. The latest YouGov poll, conducted March 15 -17, showed that 61% of Republicans strongly approved of the President Trump’s handling of the virus, while only 3% of Democrats strongly approved of his performance.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is a national treasure. He has once again, as head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, provided invaluable leadership, this time in the current coronavirus pandemic. His plan, now established as national policy, is to slow the infection rate to provide our health care system the time and resources to care for (and save) as many people as possible.
Under our constitutional system, the executive branch bears the primary responsibility for confronting the coronavirus pandemic. But President Trump is not the only or even the most important executive now. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus and its damage to our communities, state governors are the front line of attack.
Historian Amity Shlaes on her new book, Great Society: A New History. Begun by John F. Kennedy and completed by Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society was one of the most sweeping pieces of legislation ever enacted in American history.
Covid-19 is make or break for the euro. The only way the European Central Bank can convince markets that it will do whatever it takes to save the single currency in the current crisis is to abandon the self-imposed political constraints on the assets it can buy under its Quantitative Easing program.
On Feb. 12, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien announced that the U.S. government has “evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world.” This represents the latest attempt by the Trump administration to support an argument that allied governments—and the businesses they oversee—should purge certain telecommunications networks of Huawei equipment.
Oooh la la! The news that a new biopic movie about General Charles de Gaulle is about to be released showing him making love to his wife Yvonne shortly before the Germans invaded France in 1940 has left the normally-relaxed French all of a fluster.
Eline van den Broek-Altenburg, an assistant professor at the Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont, and Adam Atherly, a professor and director of the Center for Health Services Research at the Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont have produced a short analysis titled “Economic Cost of Flattening the Curve.”
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his first-hand experience with the economics of panics, about Capitol Hill Democrats loading up coronavirus-relief legislation with their ideological wish list, and the geographically, socially, and ideologically driven coverage of the coronavirus.
Hoover Institution fellow Jennifer Burns talks about the complicated history of UBI and how the political logjam that prevented it from being a topic of serious discussion in Washington D.C. may finally be broken via the coronavirus.
Hoover Institution fellow Markos Kounalakis discusses the US relationship with China, and talks with Dr. Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, about the Spanish flu, his experiences fighting the Ebola outbreak, including, what a resilient global health system looks like and what needs to happen to be prepared for a pandemic.
The senator wants to expand Social Security, supposedly in response to the coronavirus. Charles Blahous goes through the reasons it’s a bad idea: Some context is important here to understand just how damaging this proposal would be.
Countless women around the world have contributed positively to history. To add to some already mentioned, I would list Mother Teresa, Margaret Thatcher, author Jane Austen, Pamela Gellar, Clare Lopez and such women as Brigitte Gabriel, Anni Cyrus and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Let me tell you a bit about the last three.