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In this week's Liberty Update we highlight the potentially catastrophic threat of H.R. 3, the healthcare and drug price control bill that Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are attempting to rush through Congress.  The Wall Street Journal helpfully offers further insight this morning on how H.R. 3 would threaten lifesaving U.S. pharmaceutical innovation and leadership, including on things like the Covid vaccines:

 

Companies that refuse the government’s price must pay a 95% excise tax on all revenue they generate from that drug in the U.S.  They’d also have to offer the government price to private insurers.  There’s no “negotiation” when a gun is pointed at your head.  A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that drug spending in the U.S…[more]

September 17, 2021 • 12:55 PM

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On President Biden's Handling of Afghanistan:
 
 

"With tens of thousands of Americans and allied Afghans still stranded in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden is facing a ferocious foreign-policy crisis. Or is he?

"'Facing' doesn't seem the right word. Biden's barely been seen since the Taliban began its march to Kabul, taking city after city before seizing the capital. Following four days of silence, the prez finally interrupted his Camp David vacation to address the nation Monday -- and promptly returned to Maryland.

"White House records show he's talked to just two foreign leaders in the last 10 days, Britain's Boris Johnson (it took him 36 hours to return the call!) and Germany's Angela Merkel. There's next to nothing on his schedule, yet he hasn't taken questions from the press all week, with the exception of a sit-down with a former Democratic operative. Even then, Biden bristled when ABC News' George Stephanopoulos stated the obvious: The Afghan withdrawal has been a debacle. ...

"Biden promised to bring America back. Instead, he's in hiding, fibbing or making little sense -- and at a time when he's needed most."

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted August 20, 2021 • 08:43 AM
 
 
On the 'Lesson of Afghanistan':
 
 

"After 20 years of effort, trillions of U.S. taxpayer dollars spent and thousands of American servicemembers killed and wounded, it is important to do a post-mortem on our role in a country that deserves the moniker 'Graveyard of Empires.' One lesson that emerges is that the United States military has forgotten its mission to fight and win our nation's wars.

"'Who lost Afghanistan?' will be an interesting academic debate, but there are other questions that require immediate answers. How did we fight a 20-year war defending a country and end up with that country collapsing during our withdrawal? It defies logic. ...

"In war, momentum on the battlefield has a quality all its own. The Taliban have it. What we need to ask is, how did this end state happen and what lesson should we learn? In the end, it was a question of will. We wanted our efforts to succeed more than the Ghani government did. Prior administrations and their military advisers wanted Afghans to begin acting like Jeffersonian democrats. That seldom works and comes at a high cost. Each nation is unique, be it Iraq or Afghanistan. Our senior leaders, especially our generals, forgot this.

"The final lesson: in a war, any war, fight to win or don't sacrifice our treasure, whether our wealth or our most precious asset -- our sons and daughters. Many of our leaders, military and civilian, forgot that lesson, and that is why we are where we are today."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Keith Kellogg, Retired Army Lieutenant General, Former National Security Advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, and Current Co-Chairman of the Center for American Security at the America First Policy Institute
— Keith Kellogg, Retired Army Lieutenant General, Former National Security Advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, and Current Co-Chairman of the Center for American Security at the America First Policy Institute
Posted August 19, 2021 • 07:39 AM
 
 
On the Fallout From and the Media's Response to President Biden's Handling of Afghanistan:
 
 

"For Joe Biden, bad is quickly turning to worse.

"A day after the president tried to defend his decision to wave the white flag in Afghanistan and assure a jittery America his government could manage the fallout, the scope of the disaster came into sharper focus.

"An outbreak of the blame game is erupting among federal agencies trying to duck responsibility. Intelligence and defense officials are leaking that they warned the White House that withdrawing all American forces could lead to the sudden collapse of the Afghan military, but were ignored.

"Perhaps most worrisome for a Democrat in the White House is that the usual media handmaidens are aggressively poking holes in Biden's preposterous assurances instead of defending him."

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post Columnist
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post Columnist
Posted August 18, 2021 • 07:46 AM
 
 
On the Crisis at the Border and Defeat in Afghanistan:
 
 

"President Biden arrived in office with the southern border secure and Afghanistan in a state of fragile equilibrium.

"Eight months later, the border continues to be deluged with migrants overwhelming our capacity to properly house and process them, and we are evacuating our personnel from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, overrun by desperate Afghans fleeing the Taliban.

"The crisis at the border and the stunningly swift defeat in Afghanistan are entirely on Biden. He took sustainable situations and overturned them out of ideological fixity and fantastical wishful thinking.

"The outcomes were utterly predictable. Indeed, anyone who knew anything about the border or Afghanistan warned what would happen.

"The debacles haven't been the product of forces beyond Biden's control; events didn't take a hand, he did. These are man-made disasters."

 
 
— Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review
— Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review
Posted August 17, 2021 • 07:31 AM
 
 
On Afghanistan:
 
 

"There's plenty of blame to go around for the 2-year debacle in Afghanistan -- enough to fill a library of books. Perhaps the effort to rebuild the country was doomed from the start. But our abandonment of the Afghans who helped us, counted on us, staked their lives on us, is a final, gratuitous shame that we could have avoided. The Biden administration failed to heed the warnings on Afghanistan, failed to act with urgency -- and and its failure has left tens of thousands of Afghans to a terrible fate. This betrayal will live in infamy. The burden of shame falls on President Joe Biden."

 
 
— George Packer, The Atlantic
— George Packer, The Atlantic
Posted August 16, 2021 • 07:51 AM
 
 
On the High Rate of Migrants Arriving at the Southern Border Testing Positive for Coronavirus:
 
 

"AUSTIN, Texas -- The city of Laredo, Texas, has refused to take in migrants who have been bused in from elsewhere on the border after discovering 40% of them tested positive for the coronavirus, according to two local government officials.

"'That was very high,' Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz said in an interview, referring to the infection rate among migrants dropped off by the Border Patrol last week. Laredo health authority, Dr. Victor Trevino, confirmed the numbers.

"The 40% infection rate is the highest known positivity rate along the U.S.-Mexico border. Last week, McAllen, Texas, reported a 15% positivity rate among migrants released from custody."

 
 
— Anna Giaritelli, Homeland Security Reporter for the Washington Examiner
— Anna Giaritelli, Homeland Security Reporter for the Washington Examiner
Posted August 13, 2021 • 09:06 AM
 
 
On the Potential for Voter Fraud and Other Election Integrity Concerns Surrounding the Recall Election of California Governor Gavin Newsom:
 
 

"The California Secretary of State's Office has made downloading mail ballots from home possible for the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom. The state legislature also passed a measure to send out mail ballots to every registered voter regardless if they asked for one or not.

"The methods being employed by the state add to concerns already raised by a group that brought up potential voter fraud issues during the 2020 general election.

"The Election Integrity Project California (EIPCa), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization advocating for the right of every eligible citizen to vote in California, purchased VoteCal voter registration and voting history files and after auditing them raised concerns about California's election system. The group published a list of questionable mail ballots sent out during the 2020 general election to deceased Californians and those no longer living in California. It also learned that 13 California counties have more registered voters than eligible citizens."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— The Center Square Staff
— The Center Square Staff
Posted August 12, 2021 • 08:33 AM
 
 
On State Legislatures Limiting Governors' Emergency Powers:
 
 

"State legislatures in six states limited their governors' emergency powers wielded during the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing executives have overextended their authority.

"As of June 2021, lawmakers in 46 states have introduced legislation stripping governors of certain emergency powers, according to USA Today. Legislatures justified their actions as necessary to restore a balance between the branches of state government, pointing to examples of executive overreach and the centralization of power in the hands of governors.

"While in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Michigan Republican lawmakers have curtailed the emergency powers of Democrat governors, the cases of legislatures limiting executive authority in New York, Ohio, and Idaho demonstrate that power struggles between lawmakers and governors are not necessarily partisan."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Ailan Evans, Daily Caller
— Ailan Evans, Daily Caller
Posted August 11, 2021 • 07:10 AM
 
 
On Senate Republicans' Stance On the Debt Ceiling and Paying for Democrats' 'Socialist Shopping List':
 
 

"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday doubled down on his pledge that Republicans won't vote to raise the debt ceiling after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called on Congress to pass an increase to the limit via regular order, meaning at least 10 Senate Republicans would have to vote for it to break a filibuster.

"'I thought my colleagues were thrilled to present another reckless taxing and spending spree to the American people,' McConnell, R-Ky., said. 'Shouldn't Democrats be proud to own all the debt it requires?'

"McConnell has framed his call for all Republicans to vote against raising the debt ceiling as a protest of the $3.5 trillion spending plan Democrats plan to advance under budget reconciliation. Using that procedural gambit, Democrats can get around the Senate filibuster and cut out Republicans.

"The GOP leader said Democrats should ' have total ownership' of their 'socialist shopping list' and therefore raise the debt ceiling on their own using the budget reconciliation process that empowers them to do so without GOP votes."

 
 
— Tyler Olson, FoxNews.com
— Tyler Olson, FoxNews.com
Posted August 10, 2021 • 08:34 AM
 
 
On President Biden and Speaker Pelosi Catering to Progressives:
 
 

"Like the grandma still posting on Facebook while the crowd has moved onto TikTok, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is clearly out of step. Even as she and President Joe Biden and other Democratic Party leaders cater ever more obsequiously to the Bernie Sanders Left, the progressive movement is losing steam.

"That's good news for our country. ...

"Rising inflation, out-of-control crime, the chaos of one million people illegally crossing our southern border since the beginning of the year and worrisome deficits are causing Americans to question whether they want to put Bernie Sanders leftists in charge of our country.

"That's why in numerous elections recently, the establishment candidates have prevailed."

 
 
— Liz Peek, Writer, Columnist and Fox News contributor
— Liz Peek, Writer, Columnist and Fox News contributor
Posted August 09, 2021 • 12:45 PM
 
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"A generation ago, labor unions actually tried to represent the financial interests of workers. For all their other faults, they at least focused on higher wages, better working conditions, and tight labor markets for their members.That era is long gone. Now, labor unions' top issues include 'racial justice,' 'climate change,' and 'immigration reform.' This is one reason why the percentage of workers…[more]
 
 
—The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
 
Liberty Poll   

Of the presidents who have presided over the Afghanistan war, which one deserves the worst grade as the U.S. observes the 20th anniversary of 9-11?