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Inexcusable and Dangerous: Biden Administration Surrenders U.S. Patent Rights to World Trade Organization (WTO)

For a man who constantly claims to support "Buy American," Joe Biden demonstrates an inexplicable and almost fetish-like tendency to undercut American industries.

Since day one, the Biden Administration has ceaselessly besieged a domestic energy sector that finally achieved U.S. energy independence after decades of effort.  And now, it is following through on its inexcusably foolish assault against the U.S. pharmaceutical sector.

Each year, American pharmaceutical innovators account for an astounding two-thirds of all new lifesaving drugs introduced worldwide.  That's the direct result of our system of intellectual property (IP) protections, including patents, which consistently leads the world.

Instead of protecting that legacy of American Exceptionalism, however, the Biden Administration…[more]

June 17, 2022 • 12:30 PM

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On the SEC’s Climate Proposal:

"Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission released a new rule for public comment that would require public companies to report the climate-related impact of their businesses. Since it has been well established in multiple IPCC reports that the human impact on climate has never been observed, only modeled, this seems unnecessary.

"The climate models used by the IPCC and NOAA to 'compute' the human impact on climate have already been invalidated by Drs. Ross McKitrick and John Christy in their well-known Earth and Space Science peer-reviewed paper. In fact, McKitrick and Christy's paper is cited numerous times in the latest IPCC report, called AR6, which acknowledges the point. It also admits that one likely reason is that the models are overestimating the sensitivity of the climate to carbon dioxide, and that the models are overestimating warming relative to observations in both the atmosphere and the oceans. ...

"The SEC document claims that: the impact of climate-related risks on both individual businesses and the financial system as a whole are well documented.' This does not seem to be the case. Recent research by Professor Roger Pielke Jr., Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, and data from the EM-DAT disaster database all show the impact of climate change, both of natural and human origin, is declining."

Read the entire article here.

— Andy May, Geologist, Author and Member and Contributing Writer for the CO2 Coalition
— Andy May, Geologist, Author and Member and Contributing Writer for the CO2 Coalition
Posted April 11, 2022 • 08:37 AM
On California's Sky-High Electricity Bills and the Impact on Electric Vehicle Costs:

"California electricity bills are among the highest in the nation and are set to continue skyrocketing, putting state and national green ambitions in the spotlight.

"The state's largest energy providers reported average monthly bills dwarfing those of other states in 2021, E&E News reported. If prices keep rising, as current projections say they will, electric vehicles will continue to be more expensive than traditional gas-powered cars. ...

'"It's a huge problem,' Severin Borenstein, the director of the Energy Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, told E&E News."

Read the entire article here.

— Thomas Catenacci, Energy & Environment Reporter at The Daily Caller
— Thomas Catenacci, Energy & Environment Reporter at The Daily Caller
Posted April 08, 2022 • 07:45 AM
On President Biden and Inflation:

"President Joe Biden is the opposite of Harry Truman. 'Give 'Em Hell, Harry' had a famous sign on his desk in the Oval Office: 'The Buck Stops Here.' That meant that when things went wrong, he shouldered the blame -- as any good chief executive of a company or a country should do.

"What Biden is best at when things go wrong is pointing his finger at someone else. He passes the buck. The Afghanistan debacle? The Pentagon brass told me to do it. The disaster at the border? Blame Congress for not authorizing enough money.

"High gas prices? Blame Russian President Vladimir Putin. Runaway inflation? Price gouging by American companies.

"The obvious solution to $5-a-gallon gas, surging prices at the grocery store and higher drug and hospital costs is to stop the multitrillions of dollars of debt-spending in Washington that is dumping cheap money into the economy."

Read the entire article here.

— Stephen Moore, Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and Economist with Freedom Works
— Stephen Moore, Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and Economist with Freedom Works
Posted April 07, 2022 • 08:23 AM
On 'Cold War II':

"The Russian invasion of Ukraine has made it clear that what Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s called 'the cold peace' has given way to Cold War II. The first Cold War was a struggle not only of nations and alliances but also of systems -- capitalism versus communism. The second Cold War is already a struggle among systems as well, pitting countries that focus on manufacturing (China) and resources (Russia) in the physical world against an alliance led by the United States, which for the last generation has sacrificed much of its own manufacturing and mining to specialize in global leadership in finance, services, and entertainment. To put it another way, the contest of models in Cold War II is not about ownership of the means of production; it is about material production versus immaterial service provision.

"The other side in the new Cold War is very good at making things, mining minerals, and growing food. In contrast, the U.S. economy, although it still manufactures many products and is highly productive in energy and agriculture, rewards and celebrates those who make apps and loans -- after a generation in which American business and financial elites made fortunes by offshoring industrial jobs and facilities to China and Taiwan. ...

"Even the beneficiaries of U.S. dependence on China -- Silicon Valley, universities, Wall Street, 'green' technologies that need Chinese imports -- are being forced to acknowledge that we still live in a material world in which countries can be great powers even if they do not dominate global banking and insurance markets, on the basis of mining energy and minerals, growing crops, and making physical things. Russia and Ukraine together are responsible for more than a quarter of global wheat exports. Russia and Belarus together produce nearly half of the global exports of potash, a critical nutrient used in fertilizers, while Russia produces more than a fifth of the ammonia exports used in global agriculture.

"For its part, China dominates global production of many essential minerals, both directly -- producing 63% of rare earths and 45% of molybdenum -- and indirectly, by investing in lithium mines in Australia, platinum mines in South Africa, and cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo."

Read the entire article here.

— Michael Lind, Professor of Practice at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a Columnist for Tablet
— Michael Lind, Professor of Practice at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a Columnist for Tablet
Posted April 06, 2022 • 07:46 AM
On President Biden and Ukraine:

"President Joe Biden has offered a lackluster response to new evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Contrary to the conspiracy theories offered by some, the evidence for these atrocities is abundant and clear.

"Yet, when asked by a journalist on Monday what sanctions he would propose in reaction to Russian atrocities, Biden could do no better than 'I'll let you know.'

"This callous contrast with U.S. allies is notable. Facing credible evidence of the Russian rape, torture, and murder of hundreds of civilians in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, President Emmanuel Macron of France has called for an end to European imports of Russian oil and coal. Supported by his Green Party coalition partner, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has hinted he will support such a step. Also on Monday, France and Germany expelled dozens of intelligence officers from the respective Russian embassies in their nations. At the same time, Britain is leading calls for the delivery of longer-range artillery and anti-ship weapons to Kyiv. These would enable Ukrainian forces to destroy Russian logistics convoys more effectively.

"So if even the normally hesitant French and Germans are ready for far tougher action against Moscow, why is Joe Biden so afraid to do the right thing? ...

"Biden doesn't appear to recognize the historic stakes at play. Throughout the Ukraine crisis, Biden has shown a willingness to let Russia force his hand rather than vice versa. He has repeatedly slow-rolled the delivery of more advanced weapons to Ukraine, then limited the quantity of weapons supplied. As an example, the United States recently delivered a small but highly capable aerial combat drone to Ukraine. But it only delivered 100 of these 'Switchblade' weapons. That limited number reflects the White House's obsessive focus on not overly aggravating Russia. At what point will Biden realize that is now a moot point?"

Read the entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted April 05, 2022 • 07:21 AM
On the Defeat of Biden Nominee David Weil for a Top Labor Department Post:

"President Joe Biden's first nominee to fail on the Senate floor is the result of Democratic leadership's disorganization and inability to manage the legislative calendar, according to multiple interviews with senior Senate staffers.

"The Senate voted down David Weil's nomination for a top Department of Labor post on Wednesday evening, a significant blow to labor interests and Biden's domestic agenda. Moreover, it was an embarrassment for Democratic Party leadership, who tend not to bring nominations to the Senate floor unless they know the party can win the vote. Weil's nomination was brought to the floor and voted down by all 50 Republicans and three Democrats -- Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), and Mark Kelly (Ariz.).

"The stunning defeat was due to a combination of Democratic work-from-home-policies and incompetent whipping by party leadership, according to numerous Senate sources involved in the vote. The vote was described in Politico as a 'fiasco' and a 'kind of thing [that] just doesn't happen.' Typically, the outlet wrote, party leadership pulls nominees in order to save face before a doomed vote. ...

"Biden nominated Weil in June to serve as administrator of the Wage and Hour Division in the Labor Department, a position he previously held during the Obama administration. Weil faced opposition from business groups over concerns that he would implement harsh regulations on independent contractors and franchises."

Read the entire article here.

— Joseph Simonson and Patrick Hauf, The Washington Free Beacon
— Joseph Simonson and Patrick Hauf, The Washington Free Beacon
Posted April 04, 2022 • 08:35 AM
On the FEC Fining the Clinton Campaign and DNC for Conduct Related to the Steele Dossier:

"We have previously discussed allegations that Marc Elias, the former general counsel for the Clinton Campaign and partner at the firm Perkins Coie, lied to conceal the campaign's funding of the infamous Steele Dossier. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has now fined the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign for violating election rules in hiding that funding. Elias has previously been sanctioned for his conduct in litigation and recently lost an effort to gerrymander the Maryland voting districts.  The alleged Elias' lies would ordinarily seem a professional liability for any attorney but they seem an actual professional attraction for Elias.

"On March 29, the FEC imposed a relatively small fine of $8,000 for Clinton and $105,000 for the DNC. However, it is the basis rather than the size of the fine that is so notable.

"The FEC found that Clinton campaign and DNC payments to Fusion GPS were funneled through Perkins Coie and Elias. As the campaign denied funding the dossier, these payments were concealed as 'legal advice and services.' The FEC said the law firm, Perkins Coie, paid Fusion $1,024,407.97 for the dossier in 2016."

Read the entire article here.

— Jonathan Turley, Legal Scholar, Commentator and Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law at George Washington University Law School
— Jonathan Turley, Legal Scholar, Commentator and Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law at George Washington University Law School
Posted April 01, 2022 • 01:29 PM
On President Biden’s Gaffes:

"Rarely have nine words caused such global consternation as President Joe Biden's impromptu reference to Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Poland Saturday. Mr. Biden's declaration that 'For God's ake, this man cannot remain in power!' unsettled allies, fed Mr. Putin's paranoia, buried the president's intended message, and complicated an already grave situation.

"Mr. Biden's blooper is only the latest in a long string of jarring misstatements. He makes them worse with his unwavering denial in the aftermath. For example, his Putin regime-change announcement was preceded on his trip by a presidential threat that if Russia used chemical weapons, America 'would trigger a response in kind' (the U.S. doesn't have such weapons and signed a treaty pledging not to use them) and a suggestion to troops from the 82nd Airborne that they were going to Ukraine (they aren't). Asked by Fox News's Peter Doocy about this triple gaffe Monday at a White House rollout of his 2023 budget, the president replied, 'None of the three occured.'

"Really? Asking Americans to believe Mr. Biden instead of their own eyes isn't a winning tactic in the era of instant replay. He would've been better off if he'd simply repeated ad nauseam the words on his pocket card that photographers captured with an over-the-shoulder close-up: 'I was expressing the moral outrage I felt.'

"All the gaffes, cleanups and disavowals have undercut Mr. Biden's standing with American voters. The president's misstatements that must be 'clarified' by White House staff have undermined confidence in his competence."

Read the entire article here.

— Karl Rove, Author and Political Commentator
— Karl Rove, Author and Political Commentator
Posted March 31, 2022 • 08:05 AM
On President Biden's Regulatory Agenda:

"Public attention is understandably focused these days on the inflationary effects of massive government spending, which has increased the national debt by $7 trillion in the past two years. No less dire are the repercussions of the Biden administration's radical regulatory agenda.

The president's 2022 regulatory to-do list includes 2,678 'active' actions, which exceeds by 35% the number of rule-makings in the Trump administration's second-year agenda.

Some 200 of the regulations are designated as 'economically significant' -- i.e., regulations that are each expected to have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more. These include more stringent standards on the 'housing environment' of chickens, rear seat belt reminder systems, and the use of 'healthy' on food labels, as well as new restrictions on medical insurance options. ...

While a burden for all, regulatory overreach harms low-income families and fixed-income seniors the most. The billions of dollars in compliance costs translate to higher consumer prices that exhaust a relatively larger share of their household budgets.

Biden's expansive regulatory agenda represents a massive tax. It is the worst course possible at any time -- but particularly now, when regulatory escalation will exacerbate runaway inflation and inhibit recovery from the COVID-19 lockdown."

Read the entire article here.

— Diane Katz, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy at The Heritage Foundation
— Diane Katz, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy at The Heritage Foundation
Posted March 30, 2022 • 07:49 AM
On President Biden's Proposed $5.8 Trillion Budget:

"Conservatives in Congress are blasting President Biden's proposed $5.8 trillion budget for failing to deal with record inflation that is already stretching paychecks and family budgets.

"The inflation rate in February was 7.9%, representing a 40-year high. However, Biden's budget assumes an inflation rate of 4.7% for calendar year 2022 and just 2.3% for calendar year 2023.

"According to Kiplinger's economic forecast, March's inflation rate will be close to 10%. ...

"Despite the estimated deficit reduction from Biden's proposed tax hikes, the White House projected that the nation's gross debt would jump from $31.3 trillion to $44.8 trillion by fiscal 2032 under the president's budget path. ...

"South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Senate Budget Committee's top Republican, suggested Biden's budget is filled with gimmicks and shell games."

Read the entire article here.

— Nicholas Ballasy, Just the News
— Nicholas Ballasy, Just the News
Posted March 29, 2022 • 09:52 AM
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—Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Contributing Editor of City Journal, and New York Times Bestselling Author
— Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Contributing Editor of City Journal, and New York Times Bestselling Author
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