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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy is rightly critical of fiscally irresponsible state and local government officials [2]. A slice:

What’s more, these stories about state and local governments being hit hard rarely explain that politicians in those states failed to responsibly budget for crises. Such rainy-day budgeting should not have been that difficult, given that the country was experiencing an unprecedented decade of economic growth when rivers of revenue poured into state and local coffers. More revenue makes it easier to beef up rainy-day funds, which then helps fill in budget gaps. While some states have learned their lessons from the last recession, most states did not.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Bjorn Lomborg draws a lesson for climate activism from the covid lockdown [3]. A slice:

The lockdown economy of recent months has made consumption less discretionary, more a matter of basic needs. We should expect old habits to return as economies revive. But this unexpected experiment with less consumption and lower emissions does put the challenge in perspective. Even with the dramatic drop in economic activity in recent months, the world will still emit about 35 billion tons of carbon in 2020. Achieving global “net zero” emissions in three decades, as a growing number of activists and politicians advocate, would require the equivalent of a series of ongoing and ever-tightening lockdowns until 2050.

I was very happy to be a guest again of Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour [4].

Kevin Williamson laments the Venezuelafication of American politics [5].

Jeffrey Tucker bemoans the intellectual and ethical collapse of the New York Times [6].

“The point that I would make is that Demonization and Persuasion are mutually exclusive rhetorical modes. The former is dehumanizing and the latter is humane. The young social justice activists employ Demonization with pride. Again, think of them as adherents of a religion that seeks to identify and persecute heretics.” – Arnold Kling [7].

Billy Binion reports that Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus response has been a failure [8].

George Will is justifiably appalled by the thugocracy that today reigns in Russia [9].

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