Fighting the spread of dangerous variants means that the U.S. won't have to consider reimposing or extending travel restrictions to protect public health.
The faster the world is vaccinated, the sooner our lives and economy can return to normal. 2/
The 500m-dose donation also earns us goodwill abroad as we re-engage with the world. And offering doses with "no strings attached" contrasts with China & Russia, powers making demands in exchange for doses. 3/
As @SpeakSamuel wrote in 2018 the U.S. "is facing a growing doctor shortage—which could reach 121,300 by the year 2030." (That was before the pandemic stretched our HC system and professionals to a near-breaking point!).
The Defund movement tends to focus on the SIZE of the police force, but the end goal is better policing that improves public safety for everyone, as @ProfFortner has demonstrated. The type of policing matters. 2/
New research shows that expanding police personnel leads to reductions in serious crime. “Every 10-17 officers hired abate one new homicide per year. In per capita terms the effects are approximately twice as large for Black victims.” 3/ achalfin.weebly.com/uploads/8/5/4/…
Infrastructure creates more long-term productive potential for the economy and society. It improves productivity and living standards. But most countries spend a fraction of what the U.S. does, with better results. 2/
First, U.S. infrastructure is too slow. In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sought to tackle infrastructure projects but was plagued by extremely slow lead times and massive delays. This is mostly thanks to U.S. red tape. 3/
The focus of our efforts is not to provide a complete program to save America. In this agenda, we’re addressing the problem of restoring inclusive prosperity — revitalizing lagging economic dynamism while ensuring that the rewards of such dynamism are broadly shared. 2/
Even before #COVID19, America’s 21st-century malaise of dimming economic vitality and deepening social divisions demonstrated that something has gone wrong. Very wrong. Let’s do a little review. niskanencenter.org/what-the-pande…
First, some history. It’s been common to portray African Americans as passive victims of policies. This downplays the intentionality and purpose behind Black leaders’ long struggle for public safety in their communities in the ‘80s and ‘90s. 2/
Here’s a chart of the crime wave, which rose in the ‘60s and ‘70s, stalled in the ‘80s, and peaked again in 1991 before declining. The black community was hit hard, and calls for more policing and more punitive justice were bipartisan and crossed racial lines. 3/
.@CIS_org's method of calculating avg refugee cost: 1) start with estimates of the lifetime fiscal impact of immigrants by age+edu from @theNASEM report 2) add costs for refugee resettlement/welfare, 3) apply estimates to refugees based on their age+education in the 2016 (ASR).
The ASR includes a question on educational attainment, but rather than rely on refugees' responses, CIS report opts to subject their answers to arbitrary cutoffs based on the ASR's years of schooling question, effectively downgrading educational attainment.
"From a political and from a 'what's right' point of view, climate change is a central issue. Republicans have left the discussion entirely, but Florida is ground zero. People are starting to realize that." - @RepRooney
.@Blitterman: "Climate is a risk management problem. And when you look at it from that perspective, a lot of things become very clear. For one, we don't have the right incentives...the first recommendation of this report is that the U.S. has to price carbon."
In 2017, the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. was less than half of the 100,000 proposed by President Obama. The Trump administration has repeatedly slashed the ceiling on refugee admissions — with fiscal year 2020’s proposal standing at 18,000. 3/
If you're looking at the @FiveThirtyEight aggregator, you might see an expanded advantage for Biden pre and post pandemic. But that only goes back to March 2020.
But the Real Clear Politics aggregator, which stretches back well into 2019, shows that Biden has merely recovered the level of support he had prior to the Democratic primary- a period where the Dems had to endure a brutal public intra-party fight while the GOP was inert.
Take universities: Professors should be allowed to lecture as they see fit, students should be allowed to defend their viewpoints, and campus organizations should be able to invite speakers of their choice....even if the arguments are in favor of odious ideas or policies. 2/
But those who used their power to stymy human rights, those who lied throughout their careers, those who undermined democracy...the list goes on...should not be HONORED for they did. Nor should they receive recognition simply because they held power. 3/
THREAD: There has perhaps never been a better time to discuss the legacy of the Never Trumpers, who warned of the gross incompetence we’d see from the Trump administration.
.@RobSaldin and Steve Teles have a new book which analyses why lifelong Republicans would repudiate their party due to the Trump presidency. It also weighs the movement to determine whether it failed or whether it will come to shape post-Trump politics. global.oup.com/academic/produ…
The book has sparked a conversation among several prominent thought leaders, each critiquing the book and lending their own analysis to the questions: “Why did Never Trumpers rebel against their party? What’s their legacy?
We applaud the landmark reforms to the Small Business Investment Company (SBICs) program in the Phase IV relief bill. Along with a bipartisan group of experts, we’ve sent a letter to Congress, urging for their inclusion in the final relief package. niskanencenter.org/press-release-…
“If thousands of small businesses are allowed fail, the recovery will stretch on for years, if not decades. Where bankruptcy is unavoidable, this same program will enable new, productive businesses to form in the wake,” writes @hamandcheese.
THREAD: There are 100 days until #Election2020. Ensuring voters will have an array of safe options to #vote will require additional funding for states to conduct secure and inclusive elections. This is the last opportunity we have before the November elections. 1/
Niskanen was an early proponent of bipartisan support for ensuring access to more varied voting modalities. In March, @RuleandRuin highlighted the partisan divisions despite calls from Republican and Democratic state leaders for more funding. 2/ niskanencenter.org/the-u-s-must-p…
We are live on Zoom to discuss open societies in partnership with @TakshashilaInst (featuring @khilldavis, @RuleandRuin, and Narayan Ramachandran). You can watch right now on YouTube. We’ll also be tweeting out the highlights here!
Narayan Ramachandran: In India, the politics of frequent elections is to use division for political gain. The Indian government is similar to that of the U.S. now. One could say that where the U.S. pampers the elites, India pampers the majority.
.@RuleandRuin: In a broad sense, the US Civil Rights movement has never ended. The difference between now and then: it was possible to believe that both parties would support the movement. Today, as Republicans have mostly become a party of whites, this is not what we are seeing.
Objective measures of income like gross domestic product (GDP) and GDP per capita are imperfect indicators of welfare. While material well-being can certainly set the stage for happiness, it doesn’t tell the whole story. 2/
Happiness research asks individuals about their happiness directly. This allows economists to compare the relative importance of various well-being factors, allowing them to paint a more complete picture. 3/