A Vaccine Loan for Who Now?!
The race to a Coronavirus vaccine has been hard-fought by a handful of eager biotechnology companies. Strong brand names like “Moderna,” “Johnson & Johnson,” and “Pfizer” lead the charge to absolve the public from their home confinement. Late in the month of July, a new challenger received a federal loan for pharmaceutical progress combatting the virus. To everyone’s surprise, the camera company, Kodak, threw their name into the biotechnology hat. The company’s CEO announced its focus will be on the production of ingredients used in generic drugs going forward. Though shocking, the company’s transformation is a welcomed one as the destruction of the virus is an “all hands on deck” affair.
Major League Baseball Begins
Like nearly everything else, professional sports came to a halt when the COVID-19 pandemic began, including Major League Baseball. It left many fans with only a back catalog of games to fill their weekend afternoons. With Americans stuck at home, it was only a matter of time before America’s pass-time started again. The league officially began its shortened season on July 23. The league also created new rules to help prevent the spread of the virus during games. The virus may be keeping us from returning to our normal lives but the return of professional sports shows us that we can create a new normal.
Teachers’ Unions Prove Their Vacuity
No one blames teachers for a lackluster showing of online learning last semester. Public education did a laudable job trying to establish an online apparatus in mere days and can’t be blamed if only half of their students opted to log on. However, according to the New York Times, unions are now trying to shut down both in-person school and any attempts at online education. Any local district and those who control the taps of federal funds should meet such a ludicrous ultimatum with a clear ‘no.’ Unions can force schools to shut down but then their constituents shouldn’t receive compensation for a service not provided. He who does not work shall not eat.
The Truth About Antitrust
The heads of major tech firms testified in a Congressional hearing on antitrust laws this month. Some believe that free markets cannot work without antitrust laws, that monopolies left unchecked are bound to exploit and shakedown citizens. In reality, antitrust laws harm consumers, stymie business growth, and promote corruption; they’re riddled with contradictions. Government intervention promotes special interests over more competitive firms. Antitrust laws are a bellwether to the state of free enterprise and American’s belief in it. Conservatives must challenge the antitrust narrative or we risk not only our financial wellbeing but our freedom at large.
Homeschooling Is Cool Now?
COVID-19 has thrown schools into a panic. Unions are striking and Trump is tweeting. Meanwhile, parents just want to know that the educational needs of their children will be taken care of. Many parents are opting out of traditional classrooms to take charge of their kid’s education. This trend has caused tension between teachers, the parents going to home school, and parents who want the schools to open up again. Even if schools do open, there is now a new generation of homeschoolers due to COVID, ready to engage the world and learn about it in a totally different method than they had previously.
Boris Embraces His Inner Nanny
What’s the best example of a government so dazed and confused that it has absolutely no idea what it is doing? Boris Johnson’s conservative government. Quite paradoxically, the same government that is incentivizing visits to restaurants under an “eat out to help out” scheme is also proposing a deluge of nanny state policies—from curbing junk-food advertising to banning “buy one get one free” deals. The measures come as a surprise to those who thought that Mr. Johnson would stick to his libertarian record albescent in the pages of the Telegraph and make good on his campaign promise to fight the public health blob, given his defiance of a Europhilic establishment during the Brexit saga. Boris Johnson has been famous for many things throughout his political career, but having consistent policy positions is not one of them. As Tory grandee Chris Patten mordantly noted, “[Boris Johnson’s] capable of anything. He doesn’t believe in anything except Boris Johnson.”
The Hydroxychloroquine War Reaches Its Inevitable Conclusion
For months, Republicans have had to pretend that President Trump’s passionate advocacy for the antiviral medication Hydroxychloroquine was based on some science that the leftists in the mainstream media and that evil Dr. Fauci were hiding from the general public. A lot of “conservatives” happily played along, sending barrages of tweets in support of the supposed panacea and launching attacks on medical experts through appearances on Fox News. This month, however, President Trump and his allies dealt a fatal blow to their own side by promoting a viral video in which Dr. Stella Immanuel, (best known for her claims that sex with “tormenting spirits” is responsible for gynecological problems, miscarriages, and impotence) states, “This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax.” It’s now plainly clear that the promotion of Hydroxychloroquine was never about patients, it was always about politics. With this, I think it’s fair to say that the war over Hydroxychloroquine has reached its inevitable, moronic conclusion.
Colleges Are Wasting Students’ Money
COVID-19 has thrown colleges into disarray ever since the spring. Some schools have reimbursed students for housing costs, parking costs, and other campus fees in the spring semester. However, their incompetence and unwillingness to make a decision about the fall semester is already costing students thousands of dollars. American University announced two days before tuition was due that they were going fully online for their fall semester. It would have been a fine decision if they announced it sooner. However, some students have already signed leases for apartments in DC for the fall and others have already moved down to DC again. These last-minute decisions leave students in a state of panic. I won’t be surprised when students all around the country suffer the same fate as American University’s students.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.