In his dying moments, South American liberator Simon Bolivar said, “We have plowed the sea.” He meant “we accomplished nothing.” If you plow on land, you look back and see furrow after furrow. Plow through the sea and the water closes back in. You see what he meant.

Edward Lotterman

That is how I, an economist, and a lot of teachers of logic or math and others who promote critical thinking skills, feel when we hear much of the debate over COVID-19. This is especially bad among state governors who should be able to think more clearly, or at least be able to listen to trusted advisers who do.

That was evident at the beginning of May when five Midwestern governors wrote an op-ed for

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