Elizabeth Warren’s inflation boogeyman and other commentary

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Libertarian: Sen. Warren’s Inflation Boogeyman

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is looking for using antitrust legal guidelines to focus on grocery retailers, claiming when solely a handful of them “dominate” the market, they will pressure excessive meals costs on Americans whereas raking in “record profits,” notes Reason’s Joe Lancaster. Yet the senator “could hardly have picked a worse industry to use as an example: Grocery stores consistently have among the lowest profit margins of any economic sector.” In reality, “the entire retail grocery industry currently averages barely more than 1 percent in net profit.” If Warren actually needs to decrease grocery costs, she must fight inflation “by paring back profligate government spending.”

From the left: Toddler Parents’ Unique Burden

Parents of youngsters below 5 have “a knife hanging over our heads,” moans Jaime Greene at Slate: Tots should nonetheless quarantine for 10 days if uncovered to COVID, and “a 10-day quarantine is enough to break a person. . . . This is about claustrophobia, and monotony, and how the little things in the world that help parents stay sane — a library, a play date, running errands and dragging him along — are off the table when you’ve been exposed. He’s old enough to need friends and playmates, to need the blessed, skilled teachers who can guide a tiny human tornado through a day of activities and circling up and songs.” Worse is “how the world seems to have utterly forgotten we exist.”

Pandemic journal: Joe Missed a Key Opportunity

The Wall Street Journal’s editors are scratching their heads questioning why the Biden administration did not order extra therapies for COVID-19 sooner. On Tuesday, Team Biden put in for extra of GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology’s monoclonal antibody remedy and Pfizer’s antiviral Paxlovid. Alas, these therapies “will probably arrive after the Omicron COVID variant crests.” Yet “it was obvious even early in the pandemic that treatments were going to be critical to living with COVID.” The Biden people might’ve taken a web page out of the Trump administration’s playbook, accelerating orders for therapies as President Donald Trump did for vaccine improvement. Instead, it targeted “relentlessly on masking, testing and vaccines with therapies as a fourth priority.” Living with endemic COVID means “therapies are crucial.” And having extra therapies this winter “might have saved thousands of lives.”

School beat: Dems Must Break Unions’ Grip

Chicago’s “unlawful” teachers-union strike “exposed an indifference not just to science but to the emotional and academic well-being of more than 340,000 schoolchildren,” roar Bloomberg Opinion’s editors. “It also showed why President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders need to break the grip of teachers unions over the country’s public schools — or risk irreversible damage to the students who can afford it least.” Biden “should’ve stood unequivocally” in opposition to the academics and with Chicago’s college students, “who’ve already suffered far too many interruptions in recent years due to labor disputes.” Yet he can and ought to nonetheless take other steps to curb union energy: The pandemic’s affect on pupil studying has been “disastrous”; it’s “past time for Democratic leaders, starting with the president, to show whose side they’re on.”

From the precise: Biden’s ‘Trumpian’ Demagoguery

“President Joe Biden delivered one of the most demagogic speeches of any modern president on Tuesday,” thunders John Fund at Spectator World. “You might say it even had Trumpian tones.” The president was pushing two payments to “nationalize the election process” and ban states from enacting their very own voter-integrity legal guidelines, however the “outright lies and vicious smears” on this “embarrassing” spectacle “made my head spin.” Biden first claimed the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was a “coup,” which went effectively past the “usual hyperbole.” Then, “almost everything he said after that” — notably concerning Georgia’s new voting legislation — “was either untrue, a distortion or blatant exaggeration.” Politics is commonly “rough and tumble,” with fact being “the first casualty,” however Biden’s distortions did “double damage coming from a presidential podium.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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