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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague, Veronique de Rugy, warns that politicians cannot escape the reality of Social Security’s fiscal woes. A slice:

If Republicans, for much of their history the self-styled party of fiscal responsibility, fail to advocate for and implement meaningful reform before the Trust Fund dries out—or even if they wait until the last minute—they leave the door wide open for Democrats to address the problem in their preferred manner. Historically, Democrats have favored maintaining or even expanding Social Security. Their solution will likely involve raising taxes and increasing government debt.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, David Henderson explains that “ending subsidies, mandates and tariffs would expand use of EVs while letting people continue driving the cars they want.” A slice:

One of the first things you learn about in an economics course is the concept of trade-offs: You can’t have everything you want. This is relevant in the debate about electric vehicles. U.S. auto workers want to keep their jobs. Most U.S. drivers still prefer cars with internal combustion engines. Environmentalists want Americans to buy EVs. And free traders want, well, free trade. Something’s got to give.

Or does it? There’s a path that would enable each party to achieve many of its objectives. First, end mandates and subsidies for EVs. Second, eliminate President Biden’s 100% tariff on EVs from China and allow duty-free imports. Free trade would give lower- and middle-income Americans the chance to buy relatively cheap imported EVs. More people driving EVs would make environmentalists happy. And ending mandates and subsidies would allow U.S. automakers to do what they do best: make cars with internal combustion engines. That in turn would keep U.S. auto workers employed and able to continue using their specific skills.

Vance Ginn is a fan of the new book edited by Ryan Bourne titled The War on Prices.

Also writing about the war on prices is Michael Chapman.

George Leef questions the constitutionality of the U.S. government extending credit.

Leonidas Zelmanovitz tells a cautionary tale of collective action gone awry.

Noah Rothman isn’t convinced that higher prices for energy will inspire voters to give more power to left-leaning politicians.

Robby Soave is correct: “Anthony Fauci Is Not a Hero.”