67 Empathy Quotes to Help You Live a Kinder and More Compassionate Life
Empathy.  Such an often underrated but important part of life.  So in this post I’d like to share the best quotes on empathy I’ve found. Timeless thoughts that can help us to grow our emotional intelligence and become more compassionate. To improve and deepen our relationships with and understanding of others. And to help us create a more loving and kind world. I hope you'll find these thoughts as helpful and inspiring as I have. And if you want more inspiration then check out this post with quotes on overcoming adversity and this one filled with thoughts on inner peace. 67 Uplifting and Motivating E...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - March 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs

The Canada-U.S. Relationship Is All Smiles. For Now.
Inu Manak andColin GrabowIn his first bilateral visit with a foreign leader, President Joe Biden had a virtual sit ‐​down with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The stakes were high, not least because Bidencancelled the permit for the Canadian ‐​backed Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office, forcing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to delicately balance his country’s economic interests and the need to rebuild a fractured relationship with the United States.Surprisingly, scant attention was paid during the meeting to the bilateral trade relationship and repairing damage suffere...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Inu Manak, Colin Grabow Source Type: blogs

Wiping the Sleep From Our Eyes: The Pandemic Plan Trump Ignored
By MIKE MAGEE When awakening from a long sleep, there is a transition period, when the brain struggles momentarily to become oriented, to “think straight.” When the sleep has extended four years, as with the Trump reign, it takes longer to clear the sleepy lies from your eyes. We are emerging, but it will take time and guidance. This week President Biden and our First Lady showed us the way. As we together observed the startling passage of a half million dead, many needlessly, from the pandemic, the President gave us a crash course on grief. He compared it to entering a “black hole”, and ackno...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Politics Biden Mike Magee Pandemic Trump Source Type: blogs

Biden Can Get Most of His Immigration Bill Done on His Own
David J. BierPresident Biden and Democrats in Congress unveiled the U.S. Citizenship Act last week. The353-page bill is more modest than the sweeping 1,000-page comprehensive bill that passed the Senate in 2013, but it nonetheless proposes some significant changes in the operation of the U.S. legal system. Given that Democrats never bothered to try to get their support, even moderate Republicans universally denounced the effort as a partisan messaging bill, and so it has almost no chance of becoming law.But the fact is that Congress has already given President Biden authorities to carry out much of the agenda on his own wi...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

Biden ’s Posturing on Iran Complicates Diplomacy
John GlaserDiplomacy with Iran has been stalled since President Biden came into office, largely as a result of Biden ’s tough opening position. The administration has insisted that, although Trump abrogated the nuclear deal when Iran was fully compliant, Iran must make the first move in bringing its nuclear program back within the limits of the JCPOA before the United States will even consider lifting sanctions. In response, the Iranians proposed a step ‐​by‐​step process by which each side simultaneously puts an end to their violations and restores the agreement. Biden’s hardline position, pr...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 19, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: John Glaser Source Type: blogs

Will Biden Repeat Trump ’s Automotive Mistakes?
Scott LincicomeThe New York Times yesterday provided anin-depth look at the Biden White House's plans to " transform the economy " through " dramatic interventions to revive U.S. manufacturing " - heavy on economic nationalism, industrial planning, and manufacturing jobs. If that approach sounds familiar, it should: it's essentially the same gameplan that Biden's predecessor used, with the only major difference being Biden's emphasis on " green " industries like wind turbines, as compared to Trump's love of steel and other heavy industry.Both presidents, however, seem to share a soft spot for ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 12, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Scott Lincicome Source Type: blogs

How Is Biden ’s Covid Relief Bill like the Patriot Act?
David BoazPresident Biden seems determined to pass his “American Rescue Plan” without any Republican votes. It’s $1.9 trillion or bust, he says, on top of the unprecedented $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill from March and another $900 billion in December, some of which still hasn’t been spent. In fact, Republicans don’t have the clout to sto p the bill. But the plan is also drawing some sharp criticism from non‐​Republican sources. Two big articles in the Washington Post Thursday and Friday urged that the plan be pared back to presumably necessary measures, with other components to be co...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 9, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Biden Fumbled in His Superbowl Interview
Justin LoganIn his first discussion of the Iran nuclear deal since taking office, President Biden stepped on his toes. The question is whether it ’s indicative of something amiss with the policy substance, or if he just misspoke. Or both.In a brief exchange with Norah O ’Donnell, the only discussion of Iran in their interview,this happened:NORAH O ’DONNELL (CBS EVENING NEWS): Will the U.S. lift sanctions first in order to get Iran back to the negotiating table?PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN (CBS EVENING NEWS): No.NORAH O ’DONNELL (CBS EVENING NEWS): They have to stop enriching uranium first?At that point ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 8, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Justin Logan Source Type: blogs

A Global Leader in Obsolete Technology
Randal O'TooleSecretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg wants to make the United States the “global leader” in high‐​speed rail. That’s like wanting to be the world leader in electric typewriters, rotary telephones, or steam locomotives, all technologies that were once revolutionary but are functionally obsolete today. High‐​speed trains, in particular, were rendered obsolete in 1958, when B oeing introduced the707 jetliner, which was twice as fast as the fastest trains today.Slower than flying, less convenient than driving, and more expensive than either one.Aside from speed, what makes hig...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 7, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Randal O ' Toole Source Type: blogs

Biden Tells the State Department to Launch Private Refugee Sponsorship
David J. BierPresident Biden issuedan executive order providing for a  number of changes to the U.S. refugee program that President Trump hadgutted during his four years in office. One important change followsa  recommendation from Cato ’s compilation of 30 executive actions to restore legal immigration (andmany other times): private refugee sponsorship. The president states:To meet the challenges of restoring and expanding USRAP, the United States must innovate, including by effectively employing technology and capitalizing on community and private sponsorship of refugees, while continuing to partner with ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 5, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

We ’re Ready for Mamala
By DEB GORDON and ROSEMARIE DAY With the long-awaited inauguration day behind us, America is finally getting something we desperately need: an elected woman in the White House. On the heels of chaos and violence at the Capitol and after four years of the Trump Administration, we are ready for strong female leadership in the executive branch to help put the country on the right course. In fact, it is long overdue. Kamala Harris didn’t just need our votes to make history as America’s first female Vice President. To be successful, she’ll need every ounce of our ongoing support as she steels herself ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Politics Deb Gordon feminism rosemarie day Source Type: blogs

Being Wrong about China Then Matters Less Than Being Right about China Now
Daniel J. IkensonEver since the George H.W. Bush administration weighed its diplomatic options in those months of intense policy introspection following Tiananmen Square in 1989, I have supported the deepest possible engagement with China. Throughout the 1990s, along with many others working on trade issues, I participated in the perennial push to persuade Congress to grant China “Normal Trade Relations” status and, ultimately, to secure “Permanent Normal Trade Relations” designation, the last major hurdle to China’s joining the World Trade Organization.Throughout the two decades following Chi...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 27, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Ikenson Source Type: blogs

President Trump Reduced Legal Immigration. He Did Not Reduce Illegal Immigration
Alex NowrastehPresident Trump entered the White House with the goal of reducing legal immigration by63 percent. Trump was wildly successful in reducing legal immigration. By November 2020, the Trump administration reduced the number of green cards issued to people abroad by at least 418,453 and the number of non ‐​immigrant visas by at least 11,178,668 during his first term through November 2020. President Trump also entered the White House with the goal of eliminating illegal immigration but Trump oversaw a virtual collapse in interior immigration enforcement and the stabilization of the illegal immig rant popula...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 20, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

A reminder to try anyways
The highly anticipated A Promised Land was the first book I could not wait to crack open over my two-week break for the winter holidays. Former President Barack Obama explains in his introduction that this work is the first of two autobiographical accounts covering the period from his state legislature run in Illinois through his […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 16, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/claire-brown" rel="tag" > Claire Brown < /a > < /span > Tags: Education Medical school Source Type: blogs

Alice in Nutcaseland
People have always been subject to elaborate false belief systems, from believing the Oracle at Delphi to the resurrection of Jesus to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It's nothing new. All three of the above, have done a lot of harm, along with countless other hoaxes.* But are we in a particularly deranged period of history?  The big difference from the past, or at least we thought so up until recently, is that we had the Scientific Revolution and developed rules of evidence, along with the technological means to evaluate reality and the communicative infrastructure to converge on a consensus about what is t...
Source: Stayin' Alive - January 5, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Student Evaluations of Teaching II: Proactive, Active, and Reactive Strategies | TAPP 85
Host Kevin Patton continues the discussion aboutstudent evaluations of teaching (SETs) with a set of strategies tomake them work better, or at least mitigate some of the potentially bad or ugly outcomes. There are things we can doproactively before a SET,actively during a SET, andreactively after a SET.Listen to hear them all!00:00 | Quotation00:57 | Student Evaluation of Teaching: Part II04:16 | Sponsored by AAA05:39 | Proactive Strategies12:49 | Sponsored by HAPI14:03 | Active Strategies29:52 | Sponsored by HAPS31:18 | Reactive Strategies46:15 | Cookies!48:00 | Staying ConnectedIf you cannot see or ac...
Source: The A and P Professor - January 4, 2021 Category: Physiology Authors: Kevin Patton Source Type: blogs

Interior Immigration Enforcement Has Collapsed Under Trump, Lowest Level Since George W. Bush Administration
Alex NowrastehImmigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a  report detailing deportations (henceforth “removals”) conducted during fiscal year 2020. This blog post presents data on removals in historical context combined with the estimated number of illegal immigrants. The number of removals in the final year of the Trump administration is the lowest number since 2005 and the rate of removals is the lowest since Congress created ICE in 2003.The DHS report divides removals into two categories based on the arresting agency: those removed from the interior of the United States and those removed from t...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 27, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Outstanding Questions on Personnel in the Transition from Trump to Biden
William Yeatman andChristian TownsendOn January 20th, management of the administrative state will change hands from a Republican to a Democratic president. With this transition in mind, below are three open questions about government personnel.Will EPA Work Only for Progressive Presidents?During President Obama ’s lame duck, the Environmental Protection Agency went into regulatory overdrive. Of particular note, the agency rushed to complete a crucial regulation on fuel efficiency —almost 16 months before the deadline—in an attempt to “cement [Obama ’s] climate change legacy. &rd...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 4, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: William Yeatman, Christian Townsend Source Type: blogs

Greenhouse Gases and the California Waiver Again
Peter Van DorenGeneral Motorsrecently announced that it is terminating its participation in the Trump administration ’s lawsuit to deny California the ability to set more stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. As I havediscussed before, CAFE standards, which were originally devised to reduce fuel use during the oil shocks of the 1970s, have been repurposed as climate change (CO2) emissions controls. But the standards are aninefficient method to reduce CO2 emissions.Last year, the Trump administration froze future CAFE standards at 2020 levels and denied California ’s request to set high...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 1, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Peter Van Doren Source Type: blogs

Addressing The Range of Patient Beliefs About COVID-19
by Lyle Fettig (@FettigLyle)I ’ve been thinking about my role as a physician in responding to skepticism about a range of COVID topics, especially as we approach the holidays and all the tension about difficult recommendations to forgo traditional Thanksgiving dinners. As I think about our current situation, I can’t help but recall an encounter I had with a patient many years ago.In winter 2008 after President Obama was first elected, I saw a woman in clinic who said she was disappointed by the election result. She cited a jaw dropping falsehood about what she thought his election would mean for healthcare, and...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - November 21, 2020 Category: Palliative Care Tags: communication covid fettig Source Type: blogs

Healthcare ’ s Bridge Fire
By KIM BELLARD We had a bridge fire here in Cincinnati last week.  Two semis collided in the overnight hours.  The collision ignited a blaze that burned at up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit and took hours to quell.  Fortunately, no one was killed or injured, but the bridge remains closed while investigators determine how much damage was done.  It is expected to remain closed for at least another month. Unfortunately, the bridge in question is the Brent Spence Bridge, which is the focal point for I-71 and I-75 between Ohio and Kentucky.   It normally carries over 160,000 vehicles daily, a...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Biden, Like His Predecessors, Must Not Abuse Power To Appoint “Acting” Officers
Walter OlsonFrom a recent Washington Post report by Matt Viser, Seung Min Kim, and Annie Linskey, it looks as if President ‐​Elect Joe Biden is being urged to end‐​run the Senate’s advise and consent function in some of the same ways that presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama did before him:A Republican ‐​held Senate — or even one with a narrow Democratic majority — probably will affect Biden’s Cabinet picks given the Senate’s power to confirm nominees.One option being discussed is appointing Cabinet members in an acting capacity, a tactic that Trump also used.&ld...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 16, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

Biden ’s Trade Policy Options Constrained by Domestic Politics and Geopolitics
Daniel J. IkensonPresident Trump ’s trade policy has been defined by protectionism, cronyism, and mean‐​spiritedness. President Biden’s will be more polite.On substance, geopolitics and domestic politics are sure to crowd out economic considerations in shaping U.S. trade policy. The best we can hope for is that Biden ’s team will be resolute and more competent managing an increasingly adversarial relationship with China—a priority which will shape all major U.S. trade policy decisions for years to come.Of course, President Biden will be advised to restore some semblance of trade normalcy. But le...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 10, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Daniel J. Ikenson Source Type: blogs

Please, Overturn ObamaCare. But Not Like This.
Michael F. CannonThe Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and on balance makes access to health careless secure. Since President Obama signed the ACA into law in 2010, the executive and judicial branches have amended it in so many ways –outside of the legislative process–that it is even more wildly unconstitutional and more appropriate to refer to it as “ObamaCare, ” a law that no Congress ever passed, nor ever could have passed.Today, the Supreme Court will hearCalifornia v. Texas, a case challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Given that the media have described me as “O...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 10, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Does the USA Need to Heal Now?
In my extended social circle, some people are calling for unity and healing now that Joe Biden will be the next President. Others aren’t so sure that healing is really what’s needed. The offer basically sounds like this: It’s time to repair the wounded relationships between the people who supported a lying, racist sociopath path for President and those who wanted to replace him. That’s a crappy offer. It doesn’t land well. The most airy-fairy people I know seem to be swallowing it and trying to invite people into some awkward reconciliation phase, but most seem to be declining this of...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - November 8, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Relationships Values Source Type: blogs

What Will Shape Joe Biden ’s Health Care Agenda?
I’m thrilled to have health futurist Jeff Goldsmith back on THCB, and given Biden was only confirmed as President-elect this morning, his article on what to expect is extremely timely!–Matthew Holt By  JEFF GOLDSMITH The Trump administration’s health care journey began with a trillion dollar near miss–the failed Repeal and Replacement of ObamaCare- and ended with a full-on train wreck, the catastrophically mismanaged COVID epidemic that will have claimed 300,000 lives by the time he leaves office. After four years of posturing and lethal incompetence, it will be a relief to see c...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy OP-ED Politics THCB ACA Biden Jeff Goldsmith States Unions Source Type: blogs

Biden Has No Reason to Back Down on Immigration Now
ConclusionOverall, Biden has given immigrant advocates a  reason for optimism. He faced down President Trump’s attacks and doubled down on his pro‐​immigrant positions. He may impose new restrictions on guest workers and not follow through on every campaign promise, but he will restart a legal immigration system that has almost entirely been stopp ed by this administration, and he will generally make positive reforms beyond that. (Source: Cato-at-liberty)
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 7, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

Cry More, Lib
 1Because of what is, I sent this in before final election results. Perhaps they ’ll be known, sometime. No matter what, and as nice as the prospect of returning to honest, competent governance is, Trumpism is far from vanquished. Sixty-some-million voters considered Trump ’s ceaseless torrent of lies, inciting hatred for fellow citizens, taking credit for things he didn’t do, refusing to admit failures, his and his family’s cashing in on his office, his racism and encouragement of white supremacists, kidnapping and putting children in cages, no plans for the ne xt four years other than more...
Source: Surgeonsblog - November 6, 2020 Category: Surgery Authors: Sid Schwab Source Type: blogs

Fraud. It's Everywhere, I Tell You!
So much has befallen us during a brief columnar break, it ’s hard to choose where to resume. But let’s go with Trump, about whose disregard for and danger to our country there’s no longer doubt.Maybe he believes his own lie that, but for a massive, super-coordinated plot, involving both parties in several states, undetectably faked ballots, highly selective voting machines, and secrets kept by thousands of people, he won the election. Fraud so carefully constructed that its very invisibility, repeated denial by Republican election officials and now, even Attorney Generally-compliant Barr, PROVES its exist...
Source: Surgeonsblog - November 5, 2020 Category: Surgery Authors: Sid Schwab Source Type: blogs

A Cure at Any Cost? Time to Shine a Light on Drug Pricing
By CECI CONNOLLY and BOBBY CLARK We are all are anxiously awaiting the approval and delivery of a cure to the novel coronavirus – or better yet, a vaccine. Amid the race to develop a safe and effective vaccine, some may be inclined to give drug companies a pass on their well-established bad behavior related to pricing and market competition. But that would be an awfully expensive mistake. As the COVID-19 pandemic claims more lives and families’ livelihood, policymakers and the public must press drug makers for more information on the products they are developing. The country must be protecte...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy bobby clark Ceci Connolly COVID-19 Drug Pricing Pharma Source Type: blogs

My 2020 Election Prediction
Here’s my prediction for the U.S. election, which is just 4 days away… and also some predictions for what I think will happen in the months after that. I expect that Biden is going to win by a landslide and that it’s not even going to be close. Yes, Trump and the Republicans will continue doing their best to suppress the vote, especially in the swing states, but I don’t think it’s going to make enough of a difference to change the election outcome. The fact that they’re doing this at such an unprecedented scale is a sign of incredible desperation. Even with such overt attempts to ...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - October 30, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Lifestyle Values Source Type: blogs

21 People Died in Immigration Detention in 2020
Alex NowrastehThe detention of illegal immigrants is an important part of immigration enforcement. Immigrants who are apprehended at the border or in the interior of the United States are detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities until they are removed from the United States. In recent years, manyreportshavesurfacedofimmigrantswhohavediedwhileindetention or shortly after being released tomedical facilities for treatment. This problem has worsened during theCOVID-19 pandemic. The rate of death in ICE detention facilities is an important metric of how humane those facilities are.There are two primary p...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 22, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Jurisprudence Questions for Judicial Nominees That Are Actually Interesting
Jay SchweikertSo far, the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings are proceeding in the way most people probably expected. Judge Barrett is confidently and calmly discussing her approach to judging, ably explaining past comments and decisions, and — in accordance with the long‐​standing practice of prior nominees — refusing to give commitments or comments about particular issues or cases. And the Senators are largely using the hearing to make political speeches. Democrats have mostly made policy arguments in support of the Affordable Care Act, criticized President Trump, and asked case‐​specific questio...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 13, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Jay Schweikert Source Type: blogs

Five Problems with Democrats ’ “Preexisting Conditions” Strategy
Michael F. CannonDemocrats think preexisting conditions will once again carry them to electoral victory. Despite their own liabilities and callousness on the issue, they ’re probably right.In 2018, Democrats accused Republicans of wanting to deny health care to the sick. Exhibit A, they said, was the GOP ’s attempt to repeal ObamaCare’s popular preexisting‐​conditions provisions. The accusation worked. Democratsflipped a  net 41 House seats to take control of the chamber. Conventional wisdom considers the outcome to be proof that ObamaCare is (finally) popular with voters.In 2020, Democrats are d...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 29, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Michael F. Cannon Source Type: blogs

Biden ’ s Nov 9th speech: “Don’t you force me to pass Medicare 4 All”
By MATTHEW HOLT The new Supreme Court, in all likelihood including just nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett, will be hearing the California v Texas suit against the ACA on November 10th, seven days after the election. The lower courts have already ruled the ACA unconstitutional. Some hopeful moderates among my Democratic friends seem to believe that the justices will show cool heads, and not throw out the ACA. But it’s worth remembering that in the NFIB vs. Sebelius decision which confirmed the legitimacy of most of the ACA back in 2011 all the conservative justices with the exception of John Roberts voted to ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Featured Health Policy Politics Repeal Replace ACA Biden California v Texas Obamacare Supreme Court Source Type: blogs

Both Libs and Cons Have Driven Us to Trump ’s “Patriotic Education”
Neal McCluskeyWhen President Donald Trump announcedthat he would sign an executive order creating a commission to promote “patriotic education,” there was much outrage, including “Hitler Youth” and “Trump Youth”trending onTwitter. We do not know exactly what the promised executive order will contain, but worries about the federal government putting unacceptable things into children ’s minds are utterly understandable. And this is not just a conservative or liberal problem: both sides are to blame for the real and present danger of federally approved thought.Both liberals ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 18, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Neal McCluskey Source Type: blogs

Another President, Another Unfortunate Innovation in Executive Power
William YeatmanA couple weeks ago, I blogged about “an unfortunate innovation in executive power” during the Obama administration, which I called“leverage policymaking.” In a nutshell, “leverage policymaking” entails regulatory agencies using individual transactions with large corporations—such as enforcement or licensing actions—to achieve broad policy results.Last week, Catopublished a Legal Policy Bulletin about another unfortunate innovation in executive power, but this one was pioneered by the Trump administration. I call it the “ad hoc adm...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 14, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: William Yeatman Source Type: blogs

Federal Aid Creates Central ‐​Planning Power
This study argues that Congress should repeal all federal aid-to-state programs for many reasons, including that aid comes with costly strings attached that destroy local democracy.Richard Epstein and Mario Loyolanoted about aid programs: “When Americans vote in state and local elections, they think they are voting on state and local policies. But often they are just deciding which local officials get to implement the dictates of distant and insulated federal bureaucrats, whom even Congress can’t control.”I came across a table (p. 82) in New Jersey ’s budget that lists the $15 billion the state rece...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 4, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

The Republican Party ’s Confusion on Trade
David BoazThere ’s been a lot oftalk this week about what today ’s Republican Partystands for. Is it still the Buckley ‐​Reagan fusionist platform of of lower taxes, less regulation, traditional values, and a strong national defense? Is it George W. Bush ’s “compassionate conservatism”? Trump’s “America First,” which always seemed less ideological than most platforms? The talk heated up when the GOP announced that it wouldn ’t produce a party platform for the first time in memory, and the Republican National Committeeunanimously voted in lieu of ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 28, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Stamped From the Beginning
Today I finished Ibram X. Kendi’s book Stamped From the Beginning, which is about the history of racist ideas in the USA. I found it insightful and eye-opening, and it gave me some meaningful perspective shifts on racism. I’m glad I read this book after White Fragility because the former book was much more lightweight, a very basic starter book compared to the scope and depth of Stamped From the Beginning. In particular I found it illuminating to consider that racist ideas ultimately arise from self-interest, which often includes economic interests but could also include social interests, political intere...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - August 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Relationships Values Source Type: blogs

D.C. Circuit Strikes Blow to Leverage Policymaking
William YeatmanDuring the Obama administration, an unfortunate innovation in executive power was “leverage policymaking,” by which I mean that regulatory agencies would use individual transactions —such as enforcement or licensing actions—to achieve broad policy results.Examples will help explain this concept.In 2011, afterpromising to put one million electric cars on the road, the Obama administrationrequested $300 million in appropriations to spend on infrastructure for “zero emissions vehicles.” Congress demurred. Five years later, President Obama again sought such federal spendi...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 17, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: William Yeatman Source Type: blogs

The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act At 10 –A Stocktaking
Yaniv Heled (Georgia State University), The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act At 10 –A Stocktaking, Texas A&M U. J. Prop. Law (2020, Forthcoming): On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA)... (Source: HealthLawProf Blog)
Source: HealthLawProf Blog - August 14, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: Katharine Van Tassel Source Type: blogs

The Obama Admin Claimed More Bureaucracy Would Stop H-2B Violations —It Was Wrong
ConclusionDOL should recognize the failure of the 2015  H-2B rules, streamline the processing of H-2B applications, and rescind many of its complex rules to end processing delays and increase compliance with the program. The Obama DOL’s experiment with more bureaucratic H-2B processing has clearly failed. It’s time for reform. (Source: Cato-at-liberty)
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 13, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

Trump's America
Riots, anarchy, demonstrators and military-grade militias killing each other, cities on fire. This is what Trump wants you believe is “Biden’s America.” How many voters are that stupid?Because he ’s describinghis America. We ’ve seen Joe Biden’s, when he was with President Barack Obama. You might not have liked their policies, but you didn’t see protests with armed citizens shooting at them; nor would they have been praised. Whoever fired the first shots in the recent horrors, it’s only from Trump and rightwing media that we’ve heard laudatory words for confrontational ...
Source: Surgeonsblog - August 7, 2020 Category: Surgery Authors: Sid Schwab Source Type: blogs

What's At Stake
How inured we ’ve become to Trump’s atrocities. The Republican-majority Senate Intelligence Committee just released its final report on Trump/Russia, and it’s been practically ignored, especially by Republicans. It’s damning. They concluded Trump and Roger Stone lied to Robert Mueller, and that Trump’s first campaign manager “represented a grave counterintelligence threat,” and did business with “a Russian intelligence officer.”  The Republican-led investigation also concluded the White House “significantly hampered” their efforts, and coordinated ...
Source: Surgeonsblog - August 5, 2020 Category: Surgery Authors: Sid Schwab Source Type: blogs

All They've Got
It ’s doubtful Trumpists want their children and grandchildren to die of the carcinogens he has deregulated. Because it’s likely they share other human characteristics, too, we assume they, like the rest of us, prefer a livable planet for their progeny; unflooded cities, temperatures compatible wit h human life, oceans able to support sea life. If forced to make the choice, one can ’t doubt most Trump voters would choose the health of their grandkids over the pleasure of seeing undocumented children in cages at our borders, shouting “Lock her up,” or calling Democrats stupid names.It &rsq...
Source: Surgeonsblog - August 5, 2020 Category: Surgery Authors: Sid Schwab Source Type: blogs

Problems and Insights within NBC ’s Report on H-2A Abuses
ConclusionI have asked NBC to correct its report with respect to the claim that 5,000 H-2A workers were cheated out of their wages in 2019, since it is incorrect, but so far no correction has come. It would have been nice if they had quoted at least one worker supportive of the program (there are hundreds of thousands) or quoted a proponent of the program that wasn ’t an employer (which may have caught some of the issues above). Another bit of missing context is the fact that entirely aside from the H-2A program, some employers in every industry sometimes lie and defraud U.S. workers too. They fail to pay them what t...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 31, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David J. Bier Source Type: blogs

“Delay the Election???”
Gene HealyAs if America 2020 didn ’t already haveenough of a  banana‐​republic feel to it, lately President Trump has seemed unusually focused on adding to the lingering pall of dysfunctional authoritarianism. First there was his attempt in Portland to use federal law enforcement as a sort of ad hocinternal security force. Now there ’s yesterday’s suggestion—on Twitter, naturally—that maybe we should “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely, and safely vote???” I recall a lot of paranoid chatter on the Right a few years back abo...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 31, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Gene Healy Source Type: blogs

Only In America
Once, it seemed the answer was humanity itself; the question being, how did things get this bad. The imperfection of the human brain was to blame, having created problems beyond its capabilities to solve. Pretending it away, making up conspiracies, it ’s gone into “tilt” mode as self-preservation. But that can ’t be the explanation. Every country but ours has been addressing climate change, and, now, attacking the pandemic successfully, as virtually all their citizens accepted responsibility. The problem, in other words, isn’t humankind. It’s us. Only “we” pulled ou...
Source: Surgeonsblog - July 30, 2020 Category: Surgery Authors: Sid Schwab Source Type: blogs

Trump, Zoning, and Discrimination
Michael D. TannerThere is perhaps no more archetypical example of the American suburban lifestyle than Levittown. The New York community wasdeveloped starting in 1947 as a  new opportunity for Americans to own their own homes. The original 2,000 unit planned community sold out almost immediately and became nearly synonymous with the dream of single‐​family homes, white picket fences, and the growing American middle‐​class.It alsoincluded in its lease documents a  provision that property in the community could not“be used or occupied by any person other than members of the Caucasian race.”Such ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 30, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Michael D. Tanner Source Type: blogs