With the federal government throwing trillions of dollars in relief payments, bailouts, subsidies, and loans at various sectors of the U.S. economy, oversight and accountability have never been more essential.
That's why this page from the newly-created Pandemic Reponse Accountability Committee is so important.
One benefit of our recent economic upheavals has been the exposure of needless rules and regulations. As governments far and wide have suspended or modified regulations to help spur essential economic activity, we've learned an important lesson: maybe we didn't need those rules and regulations at all.
Activists in a handful of states have organized protests against social distancing and business closure orders. They are demanding people and companies be allowed to get back to work. While still a relatively small movement, it's generated a lot of pushback from those who believe it's too early to re-open anything without a medical all-clear.
State and local governments are clammoring for additional federal assistance as their budgets fall victim to the economic lockdown. While there's a case for helping governments provide emergency services to those who cannot help themselves, there's also a very strong case that state and local governments are poor stewards of the resources they already have.