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Quote of the Day: WSJ on H.R. 3, Biden & Pelosi's Dangerous Healthcare Bill

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 Eviction Moratorium and Blatant Disregard for the Constitution:
 
 

"I was astonished by the remarks of President Joe Biden on his support for extending the eviction moratorium, which was found to be unconstitutional by lower courts. It was later preserved by a divided Supreme Court despite the view of a majority that it was unconstitutional. It was saved from being struck down merely by the fact that it was expiring. President Biden acknowledged that his legal experts overwhelmingly told him that any extension would violate the Constitution. However, he then said it was worth extending the moratorium because it would take time for a court to intervene and, in the interim, they could rush out money to renters despite the lack of constitutional authority to do so. ...

"Yet, imagine if a Republican president announced that he was told that an order on drilling or subsidizing a religious organization was unconstitutional but would use litigation to get the money out before a court could intervene. The hue and cry in the media and from law schools would be deafening.

"Biden came to office declaring a return to the 'rule of law' but has actually racked up an impressive array of court losses. Now he is treating a presumptively unconstitutional act as a purely tactical consideration to allow the spending of federal funds. That is not exactly what he pledged before he declared 'so help me God' on January 20th."

 
 
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Chair of Public Interest Law at George Washington University and Legal Analyst
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Chair of Public Interest Law at George Washington University and Legal Analyst
Posted August 06, 2021 • 02:05 PM
 
 
On President Joe Biden's Judgement:
 
 

"The bad judgment calls continue to pile up just seven months into the Biden administration. President Joe Biden's tenure is increasingly characterized by poor personnel choices, ethical lapses, and disastrous policy decisions. Simply put, judgement is Biden's biggest flaw.

"Foreshadowing what would become a pattern, Biden began his presidency by selecting the unpopular former presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice president. ...

"Perhaps Biden's biggest mistake to date -- even bigger than his personnel choices -- has been his disastrous border policies. He quickly reversed innovative solutions embraced by the Trump administration that were working to keep communities and immigrants safe.

"By reversing the Remain in Mexico policy, ending construction of the border wall, dramatically expanding the number of 'kids in cages.' and shipping COVID-positive migrants to every corner of America, Biden signaled to criminal enterprises around the world that America was open for their kind of business. He signaled to Americans that he is unapologetic about embracing unpopular policies that simply don't work. ...

"This is not a one-time problem, but a chronic condition. Biden simply doesn't have the judgment to empower America or improve our future."

Read the entire piece here.

 
 
— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor, Distinguished Fellow for the Government Accountability Institute and Former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor, Distinguished Fellow for the Government Accountability Institute and Former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Posted August 05, 2021 • 01:20 PM
 
 
On the CDC's New Evictions Moratorium:
 
 

"The Centers for Disease Control's repeatedly extended nationwide moratorium on evictions expired on July 31. The Biden administration initially chose not to try to extend it again, because of a series of defeats in court, as well as indications that a majority of Supreme Court justices believe the the moratorium was illegal and would so rule if the issue came before them.

"Earlier today, however, the CDC issued a modified new version of the moratorium that applies 'only' to areas where there are 'substantial [or] high levels of community transmission' of the coronavirus. As the Washington Post notes, that currently includes some 90% of the United States. The new moratorium is scheduled to expire October 3. But, like the old one (which was repeatedly extended by the Biden administration, after first being adopted under Trump in September 2020), it could potentially be extended again.

"The new moratorium is an only slightly scaled down version of the old. As such, it has virtually all the same flaws and legal vulnerabilities. Pretty much every argument legal argument raised against the original moratorium -- and accepted in numerous judicial rulings against it -- also applies to the new one. Meet the new moratorium, same as the old moratorium!"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University
— Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University
Posted August 04, 2021 • 01:51 PM
 
 
On the Biden Administration's Border Policy and COVID:
 
 

"We don't know how many illegal immigrants are infected or have been tested, but what is clear is that regardless of proven infections, those who are caught by the Border Patrol are quickly shuffled off to other U.S. towns and cities across the nation.

"Contrast that with other Biden administration policies. For example, every U.S. citizen who visits another country is required to prove that they tested negative for the virus within 72 hours before their return flight. If they can't present a negative test, they aren't allowed to fly back.

"The Biden administration maintains visa blockades against travelers from about three dozen countries, including most of Europe. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said no Cuban refugees will be admitted even if they come on small boats to Florida. ...

"But our border with Mexico is open to anyone from anywhere (except Cuba) whether or not they are infected with COVID. That is a greater danger to public health than anyone could imagine, far more significant than those who refuse to wear masks or get the vaccine.

"Biden's unenforced border policy is the worst and biggest 'super-spreader' policy in the history of COVID. It is contrary to science, public safety, and common sense."

 
 
— Jed Babbin, American Spectator Contributing Editor
— Jed Babbin, American Spectator Contributing Editor
Posted August 03, 2021 • 01:37 PM
 
 
On Democrats' Policy Agenda and Inflation:
 
 

"An economy growing at 6.4% would be great news for most White Houses. But with inflation surging to 5.4%, many are not feeling the economic good times, and they know exactly whom to blame.

"'Everything just costs more, and no one's really making more other than if you get government money, which I did get some,' 52-year-old school maintenance worker John Novak told the Associated Press this week. 'I'd rather have prices lower.'

"Novak is not alone. According to an AP poll conducted last week, 54% of voters say the economy is in poor shape. In a separate Morning Consult poll, 59% of voters said Biden's policies were to blame for the 13-year high in inflation, and 54% expect inflation to get worse.

"The Democrats' reaction to these numbers has been, 'Damn the inflation, full spending ahead!'"

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted August 02, 2021 • 01:40 PM
 
 
On Democrats' 'Infrastructure' Proposals and Their Plans to Use the Budget Process to Pass Their Policy Wish List Without Any Republican Support:
 
 

"Democrats in Washington have a new definition of infrastructure. It could be described as anything that Democrats want to do. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer have outlined a massive social welfare scheme they term 'soft' or 'human' infrastructure. Yet it's the same old liberal agenda of cradle-to-grave dependence on government.

"To Democrats, infrastructure includes everything from government-run healthcare to government-funded college. It includes amnesty for illegal immigrants, a far-left climate agenda, and forced unionization for workers regardless of their own views. Democrats include multiple refundable tax credits and advance payments -- in other words, checks in the mail to anyone with an address who meets criteria such as having a child or holding down a job.

"This new definition comes with the enormous price tag likely to exceed $5 trillion.

"Democrats know they can't get enough votes for their agenda if they describe it accurately. That's why they call it infrastructure. That's also why they're moving ahead with the budget process, needing just 51 votes to pass the Senate. ...

"There are real problems facing the public. A government takeover is not the answer. People understand this. They know that nothing in life is free.

"The Democrats' new definition of infrastructure isn't just incredibly expensive; it will do permanent damage."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Republican Conference
— Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Republican Conference
Posted July 30, 2021 • 01:46 PM
 
 
On the 'Next Victims of Rising Violent Crime:
 
 

"Violent crime is on the rise in America -- and Democrats, with good cause, are worried that they may be among the casualties.

"And it's not only a surge in shoot-outs or drive-bys in our nation's capital and in Chicago, Baltimore, and other big cities. NPR reports that 'Many small cities that typically have relatively few murders are seeing significant increases over last year. Killings in Albuquerque, N.M., Austin, Texas, and Pittsburgh, for example, have about doubled so far in 2021, while Portland, Ore., has had five times as many murders compared to last year, according to data compiled by Jeff Asher, a crime data analyst and co-founder of AH Datalytics.'

"All of those places are run by Democratic mayors; so are the bigger cities where crime has surged. Add to that, that it's the left wing of the Democratic Party that wants to 'defund' the police, that it's progressive Democrats who came up with the idea to 'reimagine policing,' and none of this bodes well for Democrats next year. Voters don't like politicians who are soft on crime -- and hard on cops."

 
 
— Bernard Goldberg, Journalist and Writer
— Bernard Goldberg, Journalist and Writer
Posted July 29, 2021 • 01:11 PM
 
 
On H.R. 4, 'The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act':
 
 

"Why are Democrats in Congress staging a series of show hearings to generate support for H.R. 4, 'The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act?' Because, they claim, there is a wave of 'voter suppression' going on across the country.

"That is nothing more than a political fabrication. Requiring voters to show ID to authenticate their identity, or trying to ensure voter registration rolls are accurate and up-to-date, are not 'voter suppression' and don't prevent any eligible individual from registering and voting.

"H.R. 4 isn't just unnecessary and unjustified. It's a dangerous bill that would give the partisan bureaucrats of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department administrative veto powers over states' changes to election procedures. ...

"These left-wing ideologues are hostile to the equal, non-partisan enforcement of federal voting rights laws. They are a threat to each state's constitutional power to control its own election procedures and have repeatedly exhibited their biased attitudes over the course of decades."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation
— Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation
Posted July 28, 2021 • 05:27 PM
 
 
On Concerns About the Fed Continuing Its Vast Purchases of Government Debt and Mortgage-Backed Securities:
 
 

"Shortly after the pandemic struck last year, the Federal Reserve began buying billions of dollars in government debt every month to drive down borrowing costs and keep the economy from collapsing.

"Today, house prices are surging, stocks have continued their stratospheric rise, and banks have more cash than they know what to do with. Yet the Fed is still pumping billions into the economy. Why?

"That's what a growing number of lawmakers, investors and even some Fed officials themselves are demanding to know. They are warning that the central bank's vast purchases of government bonds and mortgage-backed securities are feeding financial bubbles in the housing, stock and even cryptocurrency markets, and stoking higher consumer prices, with little apparent benefit to ordinary Americans.

"'There's no justification for the Fed to maintain [its purchases] at current levels, and doing so seriously risks contributing to heightened inflation, Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.), the top Republican on the Banking Committee, told POLITICO."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Victoria Guida, Economics Reporter at Politico
— Victoria Guida, Economics Reporter at Politico
Posted July 27, 2021 • 05:17 PM
 
 
Challenging AWOL Texas Democrats to Offer Specifics About What's Wrong With the Election Reform Legislation They Are Protesting:
 
 

"The self-proclaimed heroes and martyrs of the Texas Democratic House members who fled to Washington, D.C., aboard a chartered plane (without masks but with a case of Miller Lite and stronger liquids carried discretely in plain brown paper bags) have achieved little except to break quorum and thereby stop the special legislative session back home and prove themselves a super-spreader event in the nation's capital.

The reason for their rash action was to keep an election reform bill -- H.B. 3, sponsored by Republican State Rep. Andrew Murr -- from passing. But listen to their many public utterances -- from news conferences to cable news appearances to tweets and Facebook postings -- and you'll notice an utter lack of specifics. They condemn the bill as 'voter suppression' and 'Jim Crow 2.0' but without mentioning exactly what's wrong with the bill.

That's because the bill actually expands opportunities for voting, especially during the very popular 13-day early voting period in Texas, during which most of the state's voters cast their ballots. So maybe a reporter might ask what actual provisions of the bill they oppose?

To help that process along, here are a few suggestions for an enterprising reporter -- or even an interested constituent -- to ask the wandering Texans as they lounge in their downtown D.C. hotel rooms, awaiting their next COVID test, Zoom cable hit, fundraising pitch or release from quarantine."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Karl Rove, Political Advisor and Fox News Contributor
— Karl Rove, Political Advisor and Fox News Contributor
Posted July 26, 2021 • 01:49 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
 
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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?