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Powerline ^ | MARCH 30, 2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER

Posted on 03/30/2020 1:47:33 PM PDT by Hojczyk

The Wuhan epidemic is bringing to light many regulations and processes that have needlessly impeded efforts to fight the virus by private industry, as well as by government. Quite a few such regulations are now being suspended, causing many to ask, why did we have them in the first place?

Minnesota’s governor has ordered a draconian shutdown that is devastating the state’s economy and will bankrupt thousands of small businesses. Why? As elsewhere, to “flatten the curve.” The concern is that Minnesota doesn’t have enough hospital beds and, especially, enough ICU beds to accommodate COVID-19 patients who will need them during the height of the epidemic. That is the fundamental reason why millions of Minnesotans have been ordered to stay home, at great cost.

In 1984, Minnesota enacted a hospital construction moratorium. This prohibits the building of new hospitals as well as “any erection, building, alteration, reconstruction, modernization, improvement, extension, lease or other acquisition by or on behalf of a hospital that increases bed capacity of a hospital.” Whenever hospitals or provider groups propose an exception to the moratorium, the Minnesota Legislature requires the Department of Health to conduct a “public interest review.” *** [I]t is incredible to note that, as with [Certificate of Need] laws, the purpose of this system is to make it harder to provide hospital beds in Minnesota. [Researcher Patrick] Moran says: “Policymakers hoped that the moratorium would be more effective than CON in reducing the growth of hospital beds.”

They would appear to have been successful. In the twenty years from 1984 through 2004, 16 exceptions were granted permitting just 94 additional licensed beds. As the chart below shows, between 1996 and 2016, the number of licensed beds in Minnesota actually fell by 921 while the population increased by 81,000. …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: bloggers; cdc; hospitals; powerlineblog; regs; regulations

1 posted on 03/30/2020 1:47:33 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Worth reading the article.

This is showing how dumb government is and now we will all pay the price..

2 posted on 03/30/2020 1:48:57 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
Worth reading the article.



So.. a blog posted in News? Why is that?

There is a whole section for blogs.

3 posted on 03/30/2020 1:52:03 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Hojczyk

Saw Amity Shlaes on CSPAN yesterday. Her opinion should count a lot. Doesn’t think too much of the $2 trillion going around. Now is the opportunity to downsize the government. Regulations can always come back.

4 posted on 03/30/2020 1:52:45 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Hojczyk
"It's almost as if they were... organized."
5 posted on 03/30/2020 1:52:50 PM PDT by niteowl77
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To: Hojczyk

Burning Down the House
Talking Heads
Produced by Talking Heads
Album Speaking in Tongues

[Verse 1]
Watch out, you might get what you’re after
Cool, babies! Strange but not a stranger
I’m an ordinary guy
Burning down the house

[Verse 2]
Hold tight, wait ‘til the party’s over
Hold tight, we’re in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house

[Chorus 1]
Here’s your ticket, pack your bag, it’s time for jumping overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough but not too far, maybe you know where you are
Fighting fire with fire, ah!

[Verse 3]
All wet, here, you might need a raincoat
Shakedown, dreams walking in broad daylight
Three hundred sixty-five degrees
Burning down the house

[Chorus 2]
It was once upon a place, sometimes I listen to myself
Gonna come in first place
People on their way to work say, “Baby, what did you expect?”
Gonna burst into flame, ah!

[Synthesizer Solo]

Burning down the house

[Verse 4]
My house is out of the ordinary
That’s right, don’t wanna hurt nobody
Some things sure can sweep me off my feet
Burning down the house

[Chorus 3]
No visible means of support and you have not seen nothing yet
Everything’s stuck together
I don’t know what you expect staring into the TV set
Fighting fire with fire, ah!

[Instrumental Outro]

6 posted on 03/30/2020 1:53:56 PM PDT by Red Badger (If people were to God like dogs are to people, the world would be a really great place..............)
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Start with disbanding the CDC.

7 posted on 03/30/2020 1:54:55 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: Hojczyk

OUTSTANDING article. Thanks for posting. HOORAY John Hinderaker!

8 posted on 03/30/2020 1:55:09 PM PDT by PGalt (Past Peak Civilization?)
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To: Hojczyk

Idiotic and unnecessary regulations are what create and sustain unnecessary and eternal government jobs for Democrat constituents. The fewer the regulations, the fewer the regulators. Democrat Stalinist’s will always oppose slashing regulations for this reason alone.

9 posted on 03/30/2020 1:55:17 PM PDT by Ancient Man
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To: Hojczyk

My only comment is: Check my tag line.

10 posted on 03/30/2020 2:01:34 PM PDT by old curmudgeon (There is no situation so dire that government intervention will not make worse.)
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WE NEED “NATIONAL DISTANCING” from this Squalorous Pestiferous Plague Pit of a Country


11 posted on 03/30/2020 2:43:54 PM PDT by elbook
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To: humblegunner

Because it’s Powerline, ya dummy. I read them before I read FR.

If you aren’t reading PL and Legal Insurrection on a regular basis then you are a clueless old duffer. Sad for ya, really.

12 posted on 03/30/2020 2:53:39 PM PDT by Valpal1
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To: humblegunner
There is a whole section for blogs.

Perhaps we could have a section for ill mannered, self appointed thread cops.

We could call it "Time Out."

13 posted on 03/30/2020 3:39:33 PM PDT by gogeo (The left prides themselves on being tolerant, but they can't even be civil.)
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To: gogeo

Knock yourself out. lets see it.

14 posted on 03/30/2020 3:42:26 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: dfwgator

I think its more the FDA thats the problem. Trump announced these drugs 2 weeks ago and the FDA just now approved an emergency order for their use. Yet watch any dam drug commercial and listen to the side effects they signed off on. Then wait for the lawyer commercials to come on next on how you can sue the drug manufacturers for the FDA approving its use in the first palce!

15 posted on 03/30/2020 3:46:48 PM PDT by Bommer (I am a MAGA-Deplorian! It is the way! It is the only way!)
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To: Valpal1

I used to read Powerline years ago but stopped when they started ragging on Sarah Palin as being a disaster for McStain, instead of recognizing that the only reason McStain did as well as he did was because of Sarah. The blog was just a platform for two RINO attorneys to pontificate in the same manner as their good buddies at National Scr...uh, Review, like Mr. Jonah. And sure enough, like clockwork, Powerline jumped on the hate Trump bandwagon when he came on the scene. It’s really important to remember well, and so few people do, who the Trump johnny-come-latelies are in the “conservative” blogosphere so you won’t get bullschitted by the many intellectualloid imposters who try to palm themselves off as insightful and knowledgeable masters of the universe.

16 posted on 03/30/2020 3:57:08 PM PDT by DrPretorius
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To: DrPretorius

As far as I can tell, only Paul Mirengoff at PL is a Trump distainer. The others all seem highly pro Trump to me. And he gets regularly reamed in the comments. It’s a lot of fun.

Legal Insurrection has always seemed solidly pro Trump to me.

17 posted on 03/30/2020 4:10:26 PM PDT by Valpal1
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To: Hojczyk

Trump has demonstrated that govt red tape can slow stuff down by decades, for no good reason.

With a few phone calls, they get testing kits, medicines, ventilators and masks on the truck in days. Makes the FDA look like pot smokers.

18 posted on 03/30/2020 5:38:12 PM PDT by lurk
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