If federal or state officials are considering relying on dates and scores from the University of Washington’s IHME team to decide what to do and when to do it, they should carefully reconsider delegating such authority to unaccountable technocrats to make social, health and economic choices that will deeply affect many millions of American lives.
Featuring the editor Jonathan H. Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University; Editor, Marijuana Federalism; John Hudak, Deputy Director, Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings Institution; Contributor, Marijuana Federalism; Ilya Shapiro, Director, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.
A federal infrastructure package would probably cater to lobbyist demands, not market demands, and would likely include billions of dollars for transit, even though the ridership outlook is grim. As for the states, they should proceed with caution because the crisis will shake up many economic relationships, including infrastructure use.
In the current crisis, we are seeing some brilliant efforts at the nation’s hospitals, medical research facilities, businesses, and other institutions that will no doubt get us through one of the largest disasters ever.