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The Warehouse Safety Conundrum

This very unique crisis is creating very unique problems. One is how to get food and other essentials from warehouses all over the country into stores and delivered to people’s homes. This is not optional. The supply chain cannot shut down. Americans are confined to their homes, watching the rising tide of deaths. It's an…

Blog: Let’s Flatten the Curve on Anti-Charter Politics

Lest anyone still thinks the teachers union in Los Angeles cares a whit about school children, its president, Alex Caputo-Pearl, has again demanded that L.A. Unified School District block any expansion of charter schools. These schools educate almost a quarter of Los Angeles County’s public school students—and do it far more effectively than district-operated schools.…

What’s Next: Breathtaking Deflation, Stunning Inflation or Both?

Get ready for the biggest economic and financial roller coaster of all time.  Policymakers in the United States and around the world are opening up the monetary spigots full bore and limbering up spending packages on an unimaginable scale. This comes after more than a decade of low interest rates. In the United States,  Congress…

Blog: Finally, It’s the Right Time for Infrastructure Week

As Congress passes its historic multi-trillion spending package, people across the country, as well as investors in our beleaguered financial markets, will breathe a sigh of relief. But the truth is, this “Phase 3” response to the pandemic-induced economic shutdown may just be the beginning of what we need to avert a savage recession or…

Blog: Corporate Citizens in a Time of Crisis

For parents struggling with the uncertainty of employment while also dealing with a global pandemic, paying for an internet connection may be the last thing on their minds. But with the closure of nearly every public and private school in America, many school systems are relying on the internet to make sure their students can…

Blog: Connectivity is Everything

All the Distance Learning Tools in the World Don’t Matter if Kids Can’t Get Online Now that distance learning is virtually the only learning happening, all levels of government must shift into high gear to ensure that every child in America who needs Internet connectivity has it. School districts and charter schools across the country…

Protecting the Core Systems

The Federal Reserve protects the financial system by being ready to lend money to financial institutions that are stressed in a crisis. It's already in motion, setting up "facilities" to protect money market funds and other investments. But in this unprecedented emergency, we need a government agency that can provide the same financial lifeline to…

The US medical equipment and supply industry: What happened?

America now depends on overseas suppliers for more than half of its medical equipment and supplies, up sharply from a few years ago. That's based on a PPI analysis of government trade and industry data, What happened? As we go through this terrible pandemic, U.S. healthcare providers are suffering from a surprising shortage of medical…

Vaccines, Risk, Disruptive Innovation, and Progress

Is the coronavirus about to force us into the Biotech Century? Here's a follow-up to my previous post. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, government and private researchers are taking the perhaps unprecedented step of testing the safety of a new coronavirus vaccine in volunteers before testing its safety and efficacy in animals. As one…

The Biotech Century Faces a Biological Menace: What We Need to Do Now

Can we expect the biopharma folks to quickly find a good treatment for COVID-19? Is it time to bust up regulatory barriers holding back innovation? In March 1997, BusinessWeek magazine, now part of Bloomberg,  ran a cover story entitled "The Biotech Century." The cover language, in part, said "Thanks to fundamental advances in genetics, biology…