By Andy Blom, TES Washington Editor
I think what we really need is a baseball season, or some first-run movies. Well, if we have to deal with politics, Free Market policy people are working to offer better perspectives and policy options for the problems of the day. Here’s this week’s news …
- Leading Off (notice the baseball theme)…Good News at Rest Stops. Sometimes, crisis begets sanity. In this case fuve states have cut regulations and now allow food trucks at highway rest stops. Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Colorado and California now allow family roadtrippers, casual drivers and truckers to enjoy something more than a vending machine meal at a time when many restaurants are closed. Smart move. Read all about it here.
- School Choice — Putting the Blaine Where It Belongs. The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Espinoza v Montana Dept. of Revenue opens the school choice door to allow funding for religious school programs. How does it affect you? The Institute for Justice explains the decision, the Blaine Amendment and what it means for your state here. A victory for parents and students, but there’s still much work to be done.
- Lockdowns Challenge Ozone Pollution…and EPA Standards. The good news: Initial data shows that manmade pollution in the Philadelphia area decreased by nearly 50% in the first part of March during the Covid-19 Lockdown. The bad news: Ozone Pollution fell by only 2.5%. EPA computer models called for 4 times that decrease in ozone pollution. What does this mean? David Stevenson, Director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Policy at the Caesar Rodney Institute, writes that, if additional data confirms these findings, the EPA is way off base with its standards and is enforcing economy killing regulations for an unobtainable goal. Take a deep (clean) breath and get up to date on ozone here.
- He’s Not a Doctor, He Just Plays One in the White House. And Sometimes He’s Right? Never a dull moment. It can be kind of fun sometimes to have a President as controversial as Mr. Trump. Take Hydroxychloroquine. He does. And now it seems a study at the Henry Ford Health System shows the medication can significantly cut the death rate in Covid-19 patients. Read through the findings, and draw your own conclusions. Apparently the drug’s effectiveness was not related to party affiliation.
- So if You Want it (Hydroxychloroquine), You Can Take it, Right? Wrong. And that’s very, very wrong according to Christina Herren, Director of Free to Choose Medicine at the Heartland Institute. FTCM (Free to Choose Medicine) is a movement to give patients and doctors the right to decide what medication to take, not to leave it to federal government regulations and restrictions. Hydroxychloroquine is just the latest in a number of potential life saving and life altering drugs that are restricted by Fed Regs. Would opening up our medication choices be a benefit, or a catastrophe? Take a look at the possibilities here.
- Nine is Fine…Unpacking the Supreme Court, for Good. The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) and Supreme Court nominations have become controversial political footballs in recent years. When one side (or the other) doesn’t like court decisions, calls for expanding the number of justices (packing the court) to achieve “balance” immediately arise. The Keep Nine Amendment is an attempt to put an end to this potential practice for good by amending the United States Constitution. Read the amendment (it’s short) and all the background at https://keepnine.org/. Nine. Same number as baseball team. Works for me!
Andresen Blom is a Washington based policy and political analyst and author who has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and Politico.