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Volume 22, Issue 11: March 18, 2020

By K. Lloyd Billingsley (California Globe, 3/15/20)
California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a sweeping executive order clearing the path for the state to commandeer not just medical facilities but also hotels and “property.” Although ostensibly directed at the short-term quarantining and treatment of patients afflicted with the novel coronavirus, Newsom’s wording (coupled with his past actions) raises concerns about more permanent takings. READ MORE »

By Lawrence J. McQuillan (San Francisco Business Times, 3/9/20)
Three years after San Francisco’s earthquake and fire of 1906, people had erected 20,000 buildings. To deal with the current problems of expensive housing and record homelessness, Californians should commemorate the spirit of 1906 by enshrining in their state constitution an individual right to build residential housing. READ MORE »

By Benjamin Powell (The Washington Times, 3/11/20)
Contrary to Sen. Bernie Sanders, Cuba’s poor economic development is the natural result of the government’s full-bore socialism. To the extent the island’s dictatorship could tout actual gains in literacy and life expectancy, it was because it used the bludgeon of socialist economic controls to suppress conveniences such as building maintenance, modern transportation, and grocery stores that offer an abundance of food choices. READ MORE »

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 3/12/20)
Signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—a.k.a. Obamacare—was supposed to transform the American healthcare system for the better. Unfortunately, the media and Congress have shown little interest in exposing its costs and consequences. READ MORE »

By C. Ronald Kimberling (The Hill, 3/12/20)
The coronavirus outbreak is bringing significant change to colleges and universities, including some genuine opportunities. The most apparent benefit is the expansion and improvement of online learning. READ MORE »

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