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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]

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April 07, 2020 • 11:04 am

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91 Venezuela, Iran & Russia: A VIRUS to American Foreign Policy

What do you call an axis of authoritarian regimes united by a rejection of the United States and free market capitalism?  A ‘VIRUS’ for 21st century freedom.  The acronym comes from an oft-repeated grouping of Venezuela, Iran and Russia; countries led by three governments that share a statist’s preference for top-down micro…

92 Obama Should Address the Nation on Iran, Not Iraq

Given the public’s distemper at the sight of the President, it’s not surprising that the Commander-in-Chief is developing a taste for delivering major addresses to a solitary camera in the Oval Office. Yet even that doesn’t quite explain President Obama’s decision to deliver a nationally televised speech from the White House…

93 David Petraeus: An Indispensable Man for an Impossible Mission?

There are no indispensable men in American life.  That is one of the many lessons surrounding the downfall of General Stanley McChrystal, who up until earlier this week was serving as the commander of American forces in Afghanistan. Another lesson?  If you have designs on being an indispensable man, make sure that there’s not someone…

94 Sailing Under a White Flag: The High Seas Expose the Weakness of Obama’s Foreign Policy

In a desperate bid to inject his boss with some much-needed gravitas, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs recently revealed to the press corps that President Obama’s nightstand reading included a biography of Theodore Roosevelt, the man who sat in Obama’s chair almost exactly a century prior.  Let’s hope the president is…

95 Nukes Have Kept America Safe; Obama Hasn’t

“Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;  And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.” – Rudyard Kipling This is an age of contradictions in Washington, when the capitol city’s always tenuous relationship between words and actions has devolved…

96 Israel: An Ally Forsaken

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God." That legendary line from scripture could just as easily be applied to the prospects for peace in the region where Jesus delivered it. Yet that fact hasn’t kept virtually every White House in recent history from thinking that…

97 Obama’s 10 Biggest Foreign Policy Blunders

When Barack Obama took office in January of 2009, it was amidst an atmosphere of generalized transcendence.  New eras would dawn, we were told.  Oceans would fall.  Planets would heal.  In general, it sounded a lot like the Bible, except this time we were supposed to worship the guy peddling hope on what looked like a Che Guevara…

98 Two Faces of Obama in Oslo

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) -- Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself" Halley’s Comet made impact in the middle of K Street last Thursday.  Only a few months after President Obama’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize brought howls of derision from the conservative…

99 In the Shadow of the Minaret

In the six and half decades since the conclusion of World War Two, Europe – the fountainhead of western liberalism – has been slowly but systematically divesting itself of everything that made it the world’s powerhouse continent for most of the second millennium A.D.    The system of nation-states solidified by the Treaty…

100 The Obama Doctrine: Bend at the Waist

For all the volumes that are filled about the foreign policy predilections of American presidents, a commander-in-chief’s attitude towards foreign affairs can often be captured in a single iconic moment.  There’s John F. Kennedy staring into a camera while explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis to the American people; Jimmy Carter scolding…

101 The Obama Way: First Throw Down, Then Throw Up

Former Republican Congressman and Love Boat television star Fred Grandy likes to remind listeners of his Washington, D.C. morning radio program that in politics, “once you throw down, you can’t throw up.”  In other words, once you attempt to take a stand or assert a position of strength, you cannot subsequently back down when…

102 Last Chance in Afghanistan

"If we aren't willing to pay a price for our values, if we aren't willing to make some sacrifices in order to realize them, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all." – Barack Obama, "The Audacity of Hope" "… I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused…

103 Iran, Infelicitously

If the notion of a providential plan for the United States suffers from a touch of romanticism, it’s not difficult to see where the nation’s poets got grist for their mill.    How does the American Revolution succeed and then produce a stable Republic without the singular leadership of George Washington? What other Commander…

104 A Change is Gonna Come

Eight months into the Obama presidency – as cap and trade languishes in the Congress, health care reform suffers the slings and arrows of a “racist,” “astroturf” opposition and Americans continue to stubbornly cling to their guns and religion – it’s hard to give much credence to the President’s election…

105 Standing Athwart Freedom in Honduras

The Obama administration is a fitful regime. When Iranian protesters took to the streets of Tehran in June to decry a rigged election, the President justified his inaction masquerading as Zen by saying “it’s not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling.”

106 Obama Gets it Right in Ghana … Wrong in America

In the spirit of American meritocracy, even those of us who usually line up in opposition to President Obama owe it to the man to point out when he’s done something right. The President’s speech in Accra, Ghana, last week was just such a success. What’s most notable about Obama’s July 11 remarks before the Ghanaian Parliament…

107 Iran: Letting a Crisis Go to Waste

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” White House Chief of Staff-to be Rahm Emanuel told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council last November, “… [it’s] an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” In the nearly eight months that have passed since Emanuel made that statement…

 
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