Posted by on October 16, 2020 12:14 pm
Categories: Tech

By Andy Blom, TES Washington Editor


It’s Autumn and the leaves are changing, the scenery is peaceful and beautiful, the air is full of fall scents — burning leaves, woodsmoke, fresh apples… and none of this has anything to do with politics which gets increasingly weirder and uglier as we get closer to the election. As we seem to veer back and forth between 2020 and 1984, Free Market advocates and organizations are steadfastly doing actual work on important issues. Here’s this week’s news …


5G? Get the Government Out, Leave it to the Pros. The much ballyhooed and much anticipated 5G network upgrade could hit a big snag. At least that’s what Americans for Tax Reform and 43 other think tanks, policy organizations and policy experts feel will happen if the Department of Defense (DOD) goes forward with its plan for a nationalized 5G network. Arguing that free market competition has already begun the building of a network, with decades of research and billions of dollars invested, and that Government involvement (and taxpayer money) will not improve it, the groups have sent a letter to Senator John Thune (R-SD) calling for a stop to DOD intervention. Read their compelling arguments and see the letter here.


High Tech and Antitrust: Emotion vs the Rule of Law. We understand people are upset with the power of high tech and social media companies. And by people we actually include legislators and government employees this time. Frustration, and emotions, run high on the issue. But on the other side is the calm reason of the rule of law, or the possible mangling of it to rush to possibly overfix the problem.  Joshua D. Wright and Jan M. Rybnicek present the issues in a thoughtful piece in National Affairs…a complicated issue that deserves examination.


The Battle for Michigan — Gov. Whitmer vs the State Supreme Court. Love her or hate her, you have to hand it to Gretchen Whitmer. The Governor doesn’t take defeat lying down. After having her emergency COVID power stripped by the Michigan Supreme Court she turned around and had her Department of Health and Human Services issue essentially the same set of rules. The battle rages on. The Mackinac Center brings you up to date.


America on the COVID-19 Rebound – Small Business is a Big Deal. As the excessive pandemic driven $600/week Federal unemployment insurance boost ended, America’s small businesses came roaring back, a major factor in driving the surprisingly strong recovery. Jonathan Bain and Jonathan Ingram of the Foundation for Government Accountability tell the story and warn of the dangers of restoring the $600 unemployment bonus.


Hey Connecticut, Your Tax Dollars Pay Them…and They make More Than You Do. Here’s a sobering thought to consider next time you pay your state taxes in Connecticut: state employees earn 28% more than the private sector. That costs you taxpayers in the Constitution State $3.7 billion dollars. Their benefits and job security are probably better, too. And that’s without mentioning the Wuhan Flu. The Yankee Institute brings you the study. Read it and vote.


Real Help During the Pandemic – Expand Healthcare Saving Accounts. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Congressman Ted Budd (R-NC) have introduced a simple one page piece of legislation that would help Americans combat the combined health and economic woes of the Chinese virus. The Pandemic Healthcare Access Act (S.3546/H.R. 6338) would allow Americans to pay for their healthcare tax-free by expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). The details are important, and beneficial in lots of ways. Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, explains it all on Fox Business. Call your Senator and Representative.


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.