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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 President Trump's Showing in New Hampshire:

"Voter enthusiasm. It's a term we often hear, but what exactly does it mean and how exactly can we quantify it? Hidden in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary results is a bit of data that helps us to answer both questions. While the Democrats were deepening their primary quandary and embarrassing poor Joe Biden, 118,774 voters cast ballots for President Trump in a race where he was essentially running unopposed.

"To put this in perspective, in 2012 incumbent Barack Obama received 49,080 votes in the New Hampshire primary. The all-time record for an incumbent was achieved by Bill Clinton with 76,797. ...

"From Trump's raucous arena rally in New Hampshire on Monday, it was clear that his core supporters are fired up for 2020 and ready to win. But a rally is one thing. It's an event, there's music, speeches, chicken fingers for sale, and of course, The Donald himself. For 118,000 people to take the time on a cold rainy New Hampshire day to vote in a race that is already decided is something else entirely."

— David Marcus, The Federalist
— David Marcus, The Federalist
Posted February 13, 2020 • 07:30 am
On Elizabeth Warren's Showing in New Hampshire:

"So Warren is still in. She has the organization and money to keep going at least for a few more states. But to what end?

"For a while three months ago, Warren, senator from neighboring Massachusetts, led the polls in New Hampshire. Since then, her trajectory has been down, down, down. What has been remarkable about the last week is how seldom she was mentioned when politicos discussed the latest in primary news. The story was the durability of Sanders' lead, or Buttigieg's surge, or the nearly-as-big surge from Klobuchar. Perhaps biggest of all was the implosion of Joe Biden, who led the RealClearPolitics average of New Hampshire polls as recently as January 15. ...

"Warren's supporters still cannot figure out quite how it happened. But they sense that she is now in a very difficult position, with no indication that things will get better anytime soon."

— Byron York, Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Byron York, Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
Posted February 12, 2020 • 07:37 am
On Draining the NSA of Obama-Era Holdovers:

"President Trump is making good on his promises to 'drain the swamp' and cut Obama-era holdovers from his staffs, especially the critical and recently controversial National Security Council.

"Officials confirmed that Trump and national security adviser Robert O'Brien have cut 70 positions inherited from former President Barack Obama, who had fattened the staff to 200.

"Many were loaners from other agencies and have been sent back. Others left government work."

— Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
— Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
Posted February 11, 2020 • 07:27 am
On Pearl-Clutching Democrats Going Into the 2020 General:

"Blinded by their personal contempt for the president and his supporters and captive to the wacko wing of the party, Pelosi's team still acts as if there is a magic button that will persuade even the deplorables to turn on the president.

"Meanwhile, Dems obviously intend to fritter away their two years of power without producing a coherent agenda that would give swing voters a reason to reelect them. A November platform of resistance, rage and failed impeachment is a narrow base appeal, not an effort to win the middle.

"The party's presidential candidates are also lost in space and aren't even generating the expected enthusiasm among primary voters. The counting debacle in Iowa obscured a larger problem: the caucus turnout was about 25 percent below estimates."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted February 10, 2020 • 07:45 am
On Democratic House Members' Legislation to Protect Criminal Illegal Aliens:

"'Tucker Carlson Tonight' tackled some alarming Democratic legislation Thursday that would protect criminals from being deported and handcuff law enforcement.

"Host Tucker Carlson began his program by addressing the story of Wilmer Rodriguez, who was murdered while waiting to testify in court against MS-13 gang members who assaulted him for protecting two young boys from them.

"'Until recently, Rodriguez would have been protected by New York law, which led prosecutors to conceal the names of witnesses until shortly before trial. For their safety,' Carlson explained. 'But a new law, this one passed to help criminal defendants, required prosecutors to turn over Rodriguez's name to the gang members' lawyers. Almost immediately, gang members started harassing Rodriguez. This week, they killed him.'

"'That's what New York is like now. Do the right thing and you could be murdered by predators,' Carlson added. 'The government is determined to protect lunacy.' ...

"Carlson used these examples among others to lead his viewers into a segment about the controversial legislation.

"'At this moment there is a bill pending in Congress called the New Way Forward Act. It's received almost no publicity, which is unfortunate, as well as revealing. The legislation is sponsored by 44 House Democrats, including Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. At roughly 4,400 words, it's almost exactly as long as the U.S. Constitution,' Carlson said. 'Like the Constitution, it's designed to create a whole new country. The bill would entirely remake our immigration system, with the explicit purpose of ensuring that criminals are able to move here, and settle here permanently, with impunity.'"

Read entire article here.

— Victor Garcia, FOX News
— Victor Garcia, FOX News
Posted February 07, 2020 • 08:22 am
On Speaker Pelosi's Conduct at SOTU:

"The House has its share of infamies, great and small, real and symbolic, and has been the scene of personal infamies from brawls to canings. But the conduct of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at the State of the Union address this week will go down as a day of infamy for the chamber as an institution. It has long been a tradition for House Speakers to remain stoic and neutral in listening to the address. However, Pelosi seemed to be intent on mocking President Trump from behind his back with sophomoric facial grimaces and head shaking, culminating in her ripping up a copy of his address.

"Her drop the mic moment will have a lasting impact on the House. While many will celebrate her trolling of the president, she tore up something far more important than a speech. Pelosi has shredded decades of tradition, decorum and civility that the nation could use now more than ever. The House Speaker is more than a political partisan, particularly when carrying out functions such as the State of the Union address. A president appears in the House as a guest of both chambers of Congress. The House Speaker represents not her party or herself but the entirety of the chamber. At that moment, she must transcend her own political ambitions and loyalties. ...

"Pelosi, like her predecessors, is supposed to remain stone-faced during the address even if the president leaves her personally enraged. Indeed, House Speakers have been the authority who kept other members in silent deference and respect, if not to the president, then to the office. However, Pelosi appeared to goad the mob, like a high schooler making mad little faces behind the school principal at an assembly. It worked, as members protested and interrupted Trump. Pelosi became another Democratic leader, little more than a twitching embodiment of this age of rage. ...

"That act was more important to Pelosi than preserving the tradition of her office. In doing so, she forfeited the right to occupy that office. If Pelosi cannot maintain the dignity and neutrality of her office at the State of the Union, she should resign as the Speaker of the House of Representatives."

Read entire article here.

— Jonathan Turley, The George Washington University Law School Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, Legal Commentator, Legal Scholar, Writer, and Legal Analyst
— Jonathan Turley, The George Washington University Law School Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, Legal Commentator, Legal Scholar, Writer, and Legal Analyst
Posted February 06, 2020 • 07:29 am
On the State of the Union Address:

"Wow, that was one hell of a State of the Union Address. President Trump seized the center with a powerful, patriotic and utterly centrist speech.

"And then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reinforced his message with her oh-so-symbolic ripping up of the text. What, other than channeling the alienation of the Democratic base from the great American center, was she thinking?

"This was the very best of Trump -- generous, bipartisan (with a few barbs) and good-spirited. He not only got congressional Democrats to stand and cheer, but he also credited the legislators in the room for working together across party lines to do right by America.

"Not once did he crow about his opposition's failings: No mention of the debacle of House Democrats' impeachment drive, or of the historic mess of the Iowa caucuses. ...

"This president doesn't have to stretch the slightest to term the State of the Union 'strong.' Too bad that Pelosi, and the Democratic base she answers to, feel obliged to grimace at that self-evident truth."

— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted February 05, 2020 • 07:33 am
In Reaction to Iowa Democratic Caucus Catastrophe:

"After years of obsession with the Russians, the Democrats somehow managed to hack their own election"

— Tweet by Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Tweet by Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted February 04, 2020 • 07:39 am
On John Kerry's (Expletive Deleted) Concern Over Bernie Sanders:

"Former Secretary of State John Kerry was reportedly overheard in a hotel restaurant Sunday warning of the very real 'possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party -- down whole,' according to an NBC News report that sent shockwaves through an already-fractured liberal constituency bracing for a potentially historic Sanders win in Monday's pivotal Iowa caucuses.

"Kerry, in the Renaissance Savery Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, on the eve of the caucus vote, also reportedly remarked that 'maybe I'm f---ing deluding myself here,' but that he could conceivably launch a run for president now that donors 'have the reality of Bernie' surging in the polls. ...

"Immediately after the report broke, Kerry fired off a tweet with an uncharacteristic expletive, as he didn't outright deny that he had been overheard by the reporter saying Sanders posed an existential threat to the Democratic Party.

"He did deny saying he could run or was running for president."

— Gregg Re, FOX News
— Gregg Re, FOX News
Posted February 03, 2020 • 08:02 am
On Fears of the Coronavirus:

"This just in: A deadly virus spreading around the globe will result in the death of tens of thousands of Americans. We are certain about this because it always does. Its name is influenza.

"As recently as the 2017-18 season, it resulted in 61,000 American fatalities. The death toll from the flu is worth noting in light of the coronavirus spreading through, and outside of, China. In the United States, the public health threat from the flu is far greater than that from the exotic new virus, and likely will remain that way.

"The best advice for dealing with the coronavirus is to remain calm and act in ways that minimize the chances of contracting a variety of diseases. Don't travel to China, for the time being. Wash your hands frequently. Get a flu shot if you haven't already.

"At this point the coronavirus looks a bit like sharks, snakes, terrorist attacks and other things that provoke disproportionate amounts of fear. While uncertainty about how the virus spreads is concerning, the rate at which it spreads does not look out of the ordinary. Maimuna Majumder, of Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital, says it is somewhere in the range of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and well below that of measles.

"As of Wednesday afternoon, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases was about 6,000, with 132 fatalities."

Read entire article here.

— The Editors, USA TODAY
— The Editors, USA TODAY
Posted January 31, 2020 • 08:13 am
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— David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United
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