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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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The Folly of Biden's COVID-19 Advisers Print
By Betsy McCaughey
Wednesday, September 16 2020
The Biden's team's latest mistake is undermining expedited approval of a vaccine.

The leftist media are claiming Joe Biden has an all-star team of experts ready to take over and vanquish the virus. In truth, they're undermining the single thing this nation needs to resume normal life  a vaccine. They'd also bring back the dangerous Obama-era idea of making people 65 and over a lesser priority for medical care. If you're in that age category and stuck at home because of the virus, beware of what Biden advisers have in mind. 

Biden adviser Ezekiel Emanuel wants to reverse the Trump administration's intention to offer the vaccine to those over 65 ahead of the general population. People over 65 are at the highest risk from COVID-19. But in a new piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Emanuel argues the elderly shouldn't be given priority because they don't have as long to live anyway. 

From the start of the coronavirus crisis, Biden's advisers have shown poor judgment. They naively encouraged the U.S. to rely on the World Health Organization for guidance  though WHO was already covering up for China  and attacked the idea of Trump's China-travel ban even before he announced it. 

Two key advisers  his former chief of staff Ron Klain and former Health and Human Services official Nicole Lurie urged Americans to avoid fear and "xenophobia" and railed against a travel ban as unfair to immigrants.

On Jan. 31, epidemiologist Anthony Fauci, CDC Director Robert Redfield and head of Health and Human Services Alex Azar pushed for a travel ban against China. Trump acceded over the objections of several cabinet members. On March 11, again on the health team's advice, he expanded the restrictions to Europe. 

"It's not who we are," Biden tweeted, ignoring that travel restrictions are key to infection control. He accused Trump of "adding more countries to the list of who's not welcome in America."

That was one of the Biden team's early mistakes. Then in July, Biden released what he claimed was a complete plan to fight COVID-19  including surging capacity to hospitals, ramping up production of medical equipment and launching as many vaccine candidates as possible. Sorry. Trump is already doing all these things. 

No wonder Biden is now attacking Trump for his recorded remarks with Bob Woodward. It's easier to pick apart Trump's words than to criticize his strong actions against the virus. 

Trump marshaled the private sector and government to mass-produce ventilators and masks, build field hospitals and produce therapeutics and eight vaccine candidates at "warp speed." These actions have produced results. A patient's ability to survive the virus has quadrupled since April, according to CDC data. 

The Biden's team's latest mistake is undermining expedited approval of a vaccine. 

Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris, suggests she couldn't trust the Trump administration. You'd expect that from a pol. But Biden health adviser Dr. Irwin Redlener, a Columbia University professor, says rapid authorization is "reckless" unless "federal agencies and manufacturers have a magical time-shrinking machine." 

Emergency use authorization is not some gimmick concocted by Trump. It was devised by Congress after the Obama administration bungled distributing a vaccine in time to stave off H1N1 flu in 2009. That was under Lurie's watch. Congress passed a bipartisan measure to speed up vaccine approval in the event of a pandemic. It still requires unbiased scientific evaluation, but the clinical trial results are assessed as they roll in rather than at the end. That would allow health care workers and the elderly to get vaccinated months sooner, possibly before 2021. 

Redlener predicts an astounding 800,000 virus deaths by year-end, double other forecasts, yet he's willing to delay a vaccine. Fellow adviser Emanuel, sometimes known as Dr. Death because of his controversial views on the elderly, does the cruel calculation that an 80-year-old man can expect to live only eight years more, so why make vaccinating him a priority? 

You don't want people who think like that calling the shots when lives are at stake. 

Betsy McCaughey a former lieutenant governor of New York and author of "The Next Pandemic," available at 


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