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Image of the Day: Peril of a "Buy American" Medical Mandate

CFIF has joined a broad coalition of fellow conservative and libertarian free-market organizations in opposing any proposed "Buy American" mandates on medicines, because they would place unnecessary sourcing requirements upon medicines and medical imputs purchased with federal dollars.  That is the last thing that Americans need at the moment, not least because it doesn't single out China in the way that some falsely assume, and the just-released coalition letter is worth reading in its entirety here.

In that vein, however, this image helpfully illustrates some of the logic behind the letter:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="574"] The Peril of a "Buy American" Order[/caption]


April 07, 2020 • 11:04 am

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On Trump Administration Union Transparency Rules:

"The Trump administration last week announced new rules increasing and improving union transparency. This is the right move, and it is something union members broadly support.

"Unionized workers put millions of dollars each year into the organizations that represent them in the workplace. In many states, they are forced to contribute to unions from their paychecks as a condition of employment even if they choose not to join a union. In most union shops, none of the current workers have any say in establishing their union as the monopolistic entity bargaining on their behalf.

"This is why all workers deserve absolute transparency as to how their membership contributions are spent. Union bosses tend to resist such transparency kicking and screaming. Unfortunately, they can often find Democratic politicians willing to support their cause. This is not how it was when the Department of Labor was first created. ...

"Like corporate and government transparency, union transparency should be a bipartisan issue. As long as workers are made to hand over their hard-earned cash in exchange for union representation, there is no reason the public should not have a full accounting for every single dime handled by every single labor union."

Read entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted March 10, 2020 • 07:41 am
On FBI Failures in Detecting Homegrown Terror Threats:

"The FBI failed to fix weaknesses in its program to detect homegrown extremists before they strike as terrorists, the Justice Department watchdog warns in the latest report exposing problems inside America's premier law enforcement agency.

"The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General audit this week explored the failures in the Homegrown Violent Extremist or HVE efforts that monitor 'global jihad-inspired individuals who are in the United States, have been radicalized primarily in the United States, and are not receiving individualized direction from a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).'

"In the report, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz explains that the FBI did not properly address problems it found after reviewing HVE attacks carried out by perpetrators who were previously on the FBI's radar, including infamous terrorists like the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter and others."

Read entire article here.

— Alex Nitzberg, Just the News
— Alex Nitzberg, Just the News
Posted March 09, 2020 • 07:23 am
On the Resurgence of 'Moderate' Joe Biden:

"Biden looks moderate only in the context of the insanity that is gripping the Democratic Party, only by comparison to wackadoodles such as Warren and Sanders. He has so far escaped scrutiny for the implications of his policy proposals, such as a 'public option' for health insurance that would inevitably destroy the private insurance market. He was specifically asked whether this could happen by the New York Times and replied, 'Bingo. . . . Sure they would.' He blithely said that when employer-based private health insurance dies out, people could simply go on 'the Biden plan.' His health-care policy is just a slo-mo version of Sanders's and Warren's policy. He has called for massive tax hikes, offered public health care for illegal immigrants, said such immigrants should not be deported if they're convicted of drunk driving, and endorsed the $93 trillion boondoggle known as the Green New Deal.

"On top of all of this, Biden would be the oldest president ever -- he's older than the oldest boomer, and would be older on his first day in office than Ronald Reagan was on his last day. No one knows how mentally agile he'll be tomorrow, much less in November. If a man who could come completely unglued on live television at any moment is your party's best hope, your party should be very, very nervous."

— Kyle Smith, National Review
— Kyle Smith, National Review
Posted March 06, 2020 • 07:20 am
On SCOTUS' Public Rebuke of Senator Chuck Schumer:

"It takes a lot for the Chief Justice of the United States to issue a public rebuke to an elected official.

"On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is digging in against the rebuke, provided that lot.

"'This morning,' Justice John Roberts said in a statement made available to media, 'Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside.' ...

"The Democratic New York senator told a crowd of pro-abortion demonstrators Wednesday, 'They're taking away fundamental rights. I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind!'

"Schumer added, 'And you will pay the price! You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.'

"Roberts was not amused.

"'Senator Schumer referred to two Members of the Court by name,' the Chief Justice's statement reads, 'Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous. All members of the court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.'

"It is unusual to see a Chief Justice issue a statement of this sort, especially one that is so unambiguously critical of one of the most powerful members of the United States Congress. Then again, there is nothing usual about what Schumer said Wednesday morning.

"Threatening Supreme Court Justice is apparently still frowned upon in the nation's capital."

Read entire article here.

— Becket Adams, Washington Examiner
— Becket Adams, Washington Examiner
Posted March 05, 2020 • 07:30 am
On Joe Biden's Super Tuesday Performance:

"It wasn't pretty and there wasn't a moment to spare, but the 'Saving Joe Biden' campaign did something remarkable. It brought a dead man back to life.

"For weeks, the former veep looked to be one gaffe away from elimination but, Lazarus-like, he rose from the grave to turn in a startling Super Tuesday performance. He won all the states he was expected to win, pulled an upset in Minnesota, put up a good fight across the board and won a nail-biter in Texas.

"He'll do very well in delegates and now has Big Mo on his side at exactly the right time. With the field of candidates shrinking and most of his former rivals backing him, Biden has leapfrogged Bernie Sanders and reclaimed the front-runner spot he held almost until the voting started last month. ...

"To be sure, there are still big doubts about Biden's ability to win the nomination. The scrutiny of his past, and that of son Hunter Biden, will resume now that he's a serious contender again and a relapse into somnolence could be fatal.

"It should also be noted that almost all of the states he has won in the South will go for Donald Trump in the fall, meaning their significance comes with a discount in the overall scheme of things. For example, the last time South Carolina voted for a Democrat in the general election was 1976, when it backed Jimmy Carter from Georgia. ...

"While it's true Biden is more moderate than Sanders, that's not saying much. If he should become the nominee, Biden's platform would be the party's most radical since George McGovern's in 1972.

"We know how that election ended."

Read entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted March 04, 2020 • 07:44 am
On Bernie Sanders and Wall Street:

"The coronavirus plunged a knife in the heart of our raging bull market last week. So did Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

"That's what some top investors are saying, suggesting the stock sell-off reflected anxieties about the spreading disease, to be sure, but also real alarm that the socialist ideologue could actually become our next president. That possible outcome to the chaotic Democratic primary season was viewed as a 'black swan' event; few took the Vermont senator's candidacy seriously.

"That has changed.

"Investors worry that the coronavirus could slow growth in the U.S and trash earnings for a quarter or two; of course, everyone is alarmed at the possible loss of life. But some market-makers are much more anxious that a President Bernie Sanders could impose massive taxes and new regulations which would undermine our long-term prospects and even our free enterprise system."

— Liz Peek, Former Wertheim & Company Partner and Former Fiscal Times Columnist
— Liz Peek, Former Wertheim & Company Partner and Former Fiscal Times Columnist
Posted March 03, 2020 • 07:32 am
On Bernie Sanders' Run-Up to 2020 Nomination:

"Joe Biden captured 61 percent of the African-American vote in South Carolina on Saturday, allowing him to beat Bernie Sanders easily statewide. Biden now has a chance to do well on Super Tuesday and could soon consolidate the anti-Sanders vote. But make no mistake, Bernie Sanders remains the clear front-runner. ...

"The radical Vermont senator would be viewed as a millstone around the neck of every moderate Democrat running in a swing state or district this fall. With Sanders at the top of the ticket, the party could fail to take back the Senate. Even more alarming to Democrats, it could lose the House and a slew of state legislatures in key states that, next year, will begin the once-in-a-decade process of redrawing most of the nation's political maps.

"Democrats are paying a high price for their successful kneecapping of Sanders when he ran against Hillary Clinton in 2016. They stopped him from getting the nomination, but Hillary's surprising loss allowed Sanders to create the myth that he would have won because his left-wing populism would have proved more popular than Trump's right-wing brand of populism.

"Now Sanders is back, with an even higher name ID than he had in 2016, an army of loyal small-dollar donors, and the enthusiastic support of the increasingly vocal radical wing of the Democratic Party. For now, he is the front-runner for the nomination. But what party leaders fear is that he is also a doomed underdog if he is their candidate in the fall."

— John Fund, National Review
— John Fund, National Review
Posted March 02, 2020 • 07:37 am
On the Democrats' 2020 Sanders Problem:

"With the revelation that superdelegates and party officials may stop Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic convention this July should he only have a plurality of delegates, candidates trailing in the primary race are more incentivized to continue their campaigns, which helps Bernie even more as he plows ahead to cement an insurmountable delegate lead over a divided field.

"Everyone is afraid of Sanders and unwilling to try to block him, despite the fact that he isn't a Democrat, a socialist can't win a general election, and he is fraudulently selling his voters an agenda he knows will not, and cannot, become reality. ...

"The impotence of the Democratic Party has reached near fatal levels -- it's indefensible that party operatives couldn't see this coming, couldn't imagine the possibility that Sanders, having come close in 2016 and successful in getting the party to change the superdelegate rules, wouldn't master the system, out-organize everyone, clean up in caucuses, and nail down the nomination in a nightmare scenario.

"The DNC's denial is pitiful. Though Democrats knew nearly three years ago they would face a well-moneyed incumbent president, they somehow have arrived at 2020 without adequate funds to fight back against the power and finances of the Trump campaign, the Trump-aligned super PACs and the Republican National Committee's permanent, data-driven ground game. The latter is working its magic in all the right battlegrounds in numbers the Democrats cannot dream of catching up to post-convention."

— A.B. Stoddard, RealClearPolitics Associate Editor
— A.B. Stoddard, RealClearPolitics Associate Editor
Posted February 28, 2020 • 07:29 am
On Sanders' Support Among Congressional Leadership:

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she would be comfortable with Senator Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee for president despite hesitation among some lawmakers in her party.

"'Yes,' Pelosi responded as she left a closed-door meeting in the House when asked whether she would be comfortable with the self-described democratic socialist leading the ticket.

"'I think whoever our nominee is, we will enthusiastically embrace and we will win the White House, the Senate and the House,' the California congresswoman added.

"A day earlier, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer indicated he too would be comfortable with Sanders as the party's nominee. ...

"Sanders this week sought to fend off bipartisan flack over comments he made praising aspects of the regime of late Cuban Communist leader Fidel Castro."

— Mairead McCardle, National Review Online
— Mairead McCardle, National Review Online
Posted February 27, 2020 • 07:22 am
On House Republicans Considering Criminal Referrals Against Mueller Prosecutors:

"House Republicans have found evidence that Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team may have misled the courts and Congress and are considering making criminal referrals asking the Justice Department to investigate those prosecutors, a key lawmaker says.

"Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Just the News that his team has been scouring recent documents released by the FBI, including witness reports known as 302s, and found glaring evidence that contradicts claims the Mueller team made to courts and Congress.

"'We're now going through these 302s, and we're going to be making criminal referrals on the Mueller dossier team, the people that put this Mueller report together,' Nunes said during an interview ...

"Nunes remains the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee and is widely credited for exposing evidence that the FBI submitted false and misleading surveillance warrant applications targeting the Trump campaign in the Russia case."

Read entire article here.

— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted February 26, 2020 • 07:39 am
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following pandemics caused the largest number of deaths in the 20th Century alone?
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Quote of the Day   
"In the end we were unprepared for what has happened, just as we were unprepared for 9/11. Administration after administration, over decades, gave lip-service to the possibility of a pandemic but made no real plans for all of the equipment necessary to be available -- we had no effective early-warning pandemic system, no stockpile of masks, no effective testing, no technology alliance for safety monitoring…[more]
—Mark Penn, Managing Partner of the Stagwell Group, Chairman of the Harris Poll, and Former Pollster and Adviser to President Clinton
— Mark Penn, Managing Partner of the Stagwell Group, Chairman of the Harris Poll, and Former Pollster and Adviser to President Clinton
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