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Drug Price Controls Would Kill Innovation

We at CFIF have been emphasizing the threat posed by new drug price controls inexplicably contemplated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In December, CFIF filed formal Comment opposing that ill-advised proposal, and hopefully wiser minds will prevail before the damage is done.  In similar vein, The Wall Street Journal ran a welcome commentary entitled "The Drug Price-Control Threat" on January 8 of this year, and a followup letter from reader Bruce Zessar of Highland Park, Illinois in today's edition offers a personal, real-world illustration of what could be lost:

Insulin isn't the same now as when it was discovered a century ago.  My wife is a Type I diabetic, diagnosed when she was 14 in 1980.  She has been a beneficiary of the tremendous advances in insulin…[more]

January 16, 2019 • 02:08 pm

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On Why the TSA Should Be Privatized:
 
 

"Conservatives complain about government constantly. But if there's one agency hated by people across the political spectrum, it is the Transportation Security Administration.

This agency, created in late 2001, is known by alternative acronyms such as 'Thousands Standing Around,' and anyone who has flown on a busy day understands why. On every trip, one inevitably gets the perception that innumerable TSA workers are lounging in the background.

This complaint should resonate now, at a time when a government shutdown subtly threatens everyone's ability to travel. Although both TSA and air traffic control workers are being made to work without pay, some TSA workers have already been caught staging sickouts and many are just quitting.

One cannot blame them for insisting on jobs that actually pay. It's fundamentally unjust that the nation's transportation system should hinge for weeks or months on thousands of people working without a paycheck.

That's just one more reason the TSA should be privatized."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted January 17, 2019 • 08:24 am
 
 
On Downsizing the Federal Bureaucracy:
 
 

"Has President Trump suckered Democrats and the Deep State into a trap that will enable a radical downsizing of the federal bureaucracy? In only five more days of the already 'longest government shutdown in history' (25 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more.

"Don't believe me that federal bureaucrats can be laid off? Well, in bureaucratese, a layoff is called a RIF -- a Reduction in Force -- and of course, it comes with a slew of civil service protections. But, if the guidelines are followed, bureaucrats can be laid off -- as in no more job."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Thomas Lifson, American Thinker Editor and Publisher
— Thomas Lifson, American Thinker Editor and Publisher
Posted January 16, 2019 • 08:06 am
 
 
On the FBI Trump-Russia Investigation and Deep State Involvement:
 
 

"Yes, there absolutely were some Russians trying to create confusion with the American electorate. In 1996, the Chinese poured many millions of dollars into the Bill Clinton campaign to curry favor. These governments and their would-be hangers on do try to ingratiate themselves with campaigns and take disruptive actions, just as we do.

"But this is entirely different from believing that the president of the United States has sold out his country and that the FBI should be investigating -- to the extent of even possibly wearing a wire -- a White House because their boss was fired. A boss that, by the way, was then replaced by a distinguished career official, meaning no actual investigations of any kind were ever in jeopardy in any way. ...

"The response by the FBI and DOJ to Trump's election was unprecedented, and while almost all of those behind these various actions have been exposed, fired, quit or retired, the Mueller independent counsel and SDNY investigations remain as the 'insurance policies' set up to keep up the effort to remove the president for ... something.

"At least we are learning how this all really started, even as the answers continue to grow ever more unsettling."

 
 
— Mark Penn, Stagwell Group Managing Director and 1996, 2000 and 2008 Clinton Campaign Chief Strategist
— Mark Penn, Stagwell Group Managing Director and 1996, 2000 and 2008 Clinton Campaign Chief Strategist
Posted January 15, 2019 • 08:02 am
 
 
On Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 'Russia Investigation':
 
 

"After Trump was elected, the FBI realized that Trump was soon going to have access to government intelligence files. If they honestly told the president-elect that they had been investigating his campaign in hope of making a case on him, they had to be concerned that he would shut the investigation down and clean house at the FBI and DOJ. So, they misleadingly told him the investigation was about Russia and a few stray people in his campaign, but they assured him he personally was not under investigation.

"This was not true. The investigation was always hoping to find something on Trump. That is why, for example, when director Comey briefed then-President-elect Trump about the Steele dossier, he told Trump only about the salacious allegation involving prostitutes in a Moscow hotel; he did not tell the president-elect either that the main thrust of the dossier was Trump's purported espionage conspiracy with the Kremlin, nor that the FBI had gone to the FISC to get surveillance warrants based on the dossier. The FBI was telling the president-elect that the allegations were salacious and unverified, yet at that very moment they were presenting them to a federal court as information the judges could rely on to authorize spying."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review
— Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review
Posted January 14, 2019 • 08:01 am
 
 
On Dems Refusal to Budge on Border Wall Shows 2016 Election Fixation:
 
 

"Like generals fighting the last war, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are fixated on the last presidential election. Their refusal to let it go and get on with governing in a divided Congress is a shameful sign of how radical their party has become since President Trump's election.

"This is the crisis America faces -- Democrats still do not accept the legitimacy of his victory. And so anything he says is treated as unworthy and untrue, even when Americans can see with their own eyes that much of the southern border is essentially wide open for anyone who wants to cross it. ...

"It is indeed painful to see so many destitute people looking for a better life, and the recent deaths of two young children who made the hazardous trek -- illustrate the dangers.

"But it is also extremely painful to watch America dissolve into a borderless society where laws and order are sacrificed out of bitterness and hatred for a president who won an election fair and square.

"Not so long ago, Democrats, including Schumer and Pelosi, believed that borders meant something. Trump shouldn't stop reminding them of that and speaking up for the many Americans who still do."

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted January 11, 2019 • 08:36 am
 
 
On DNC Anti-Wall Rhetoric:
 
 

"Building a wall is kind of an obvious idea for protecting a border. Not only have walls been used from time immemorial to defend borders, but those precise three words have been used to describe what should happen at our specific border thousands of times before Trump used them, according to a quick Nexis search.

"The current DNC talking point against a wall is that it is a 'medieval solution to a 21st-century problem!' Turn on MSNBC or CNN right now, and you'll hear someone saying it.

"So are wheels. Are Democrats taking tires off their cars?

"A roof is a medieval solution. How about Nancy Pelosi replace the one over her house with 'new technology' -- like a drone! Drones won't keep anything out, but at least she can see what's coming in seconds before it drops on her head.

"Medievalism:1; Pelosi:0."

 
 
— Ann Coulter, Syndicated Columnist
— Ann Coulter, Syndicated Columnist
Posted January 10, 2019 • 08:05 am
 
 
On the Government Shutdown and Border Security:
 
 

"The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security. My administration is doing everything in our power to help those impacted by the situation, but the only solution is for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens the government. ...

"Some have suggested that a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls and fences and gates around their homes? They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized. ...

"To every member of Congress, pass a bill that ends this crisis. To every citizen, call Congress and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border. This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve.

"When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country. And that is what I will always do, so help me God."

 
 
— President Donald Trump, Oval Office Address to the Nation
— President Donald Trump, Oval Office Address to the Nation
Posted January 09, 2019 • 08:04 am
 
 
On The Coming Democratic Disillusion:
 
 

"Very soon, news from the trail will overtake the goings-on in Congress. House Democrats won't just have trouble changing laws. They also will have difficulty promoting their message. Especially considering the third and greatest difference between 2007 and 2019: the presence of Donald Trump. There's no evidence that Pelosi has any better an idea of how to deal with him than her predecessors. Whenever Trump focuses his attention on reelection and sets the agenda of cable news coverage by attacking his rivals on Twitter, Pelosi will be less than powerless. She will be irrelevant.

"The partial government shutdown is a prelude to an unpredictable two years of conflict, deadlock, breakdown, acrimony, dissatisfaction, and annoyance. At the end, Democrats will be reminded that, thanks to congressional delegation of authority, the House doesn't count for much. What matters is the presidency. Ask the GOP.

"Even there, Republicans will tell you, be careful what you wish for."

 
 
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief
Posted January 08, 2019 • 08:26 am
 
 
On Sonic Attack on U.S. Embassy in Havana:
 
 

"The US embassy in Havana more than halved its staff in 2017 when diplomats complained of headaches, nausea and other ailments after hearing penetrating noises in their homes and nearby hotels.

"The mysterious wave of illness fuelled speculation that the staff had been targeted by an acoustic weapon. It was an explanation that appeared to gain weight when an audio recording of a persistent, high-pitched drone made by US personnel in Cuba was released to the Associated Press.

"But a fresh analysis of the audio recording has revealed what scientists in the UK and the US now believe is the true source of the piercing din: it is the song of the Indies short-tailed cricket, known formally as Anurogryllus celerinictus.

"'The recording is definitively a cricket that belongs to the same group,' said Fernando Montealegre-Zapata, a professor of sensory biology at the University of Lincoln. 'The call of this Caribbean species is about 7 kHz, and is delivered at an unusually high rate, which gives humans the sensation of a continuous sharp trill.'"

 
 
— Ian Sample, The Guardian Science Editor
— Ian Sample, The Guardian Science Editor
Posted January 07, 2019 • 08:31 am
 
 
On Day One of the New Congress:
 
 

"Thursday was a strange day in Washington. There was the changing, not of the guard but of half of the Congress, and Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats acted as if she were Franklin D. Roosevelt (in drag) and it was 1932 and 'happy days are here again.'

"She told The New York Times that the Constitution considers her to be the president's equal, which was news to everyone else, but, to be fair, Nancy was confused all day long. At the conclusion of what she regarded as her inaugural address before the House of Representatives, she said to herself (caught on an open microphone), 'I think I skipped a couple of pages, I'm not sure.'

"Such slips of pages, tongue and consciousness have become standard fare with Nancy's speeches. She's only 78, but an old 78, and the party's old folks think she's entitled to one last hurrah, but someone will have to take Nancy aside to explain that the Constitution's prescribed equal division of government into executive, congressional and judicial branches does not extend to individual persons, important as they may be, and she is not entitled to a room or sleepover privileges at the White House, nor can she show up at Andrews Air Force Base and expect to hail Air Force One for a weekend trip to San Francisco. It's still commercial air for the peasants in the House.

"Life will only get harder for Nancy and the Democrats as they discover the limits of taking over only one house of Congress, thrilling as Election Night was."

 
 
— Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times Editor in Chief Emeritus
— Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times Editor in Chief Emeritus
Posted January 04, 2019 • 08:04 am
 
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following countries provided most of the U.S. immigrants in 2016?
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"Conservatives complain about government constantly. But if there's one agency hated by people across the political spectrum, it is the Transportation Security Administration.This agency, created in late 2001, is known by alternative acronyms such as 'Thousands Standing Around,' and anyone who has flown on a busy day understands why. On every trip, one inevitably gets the perception that innumerable…[more]
 
 
—The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
 
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