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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 Cyber Terrorists and the Colonial Pipeline Attack:
 
 

"We've heard calls in recent years for an ever-widening category of 'terrorists' to encompass groups from the Jan. 6 rioters to antifa to the the Ku Klux Klan. So it is surprising that the White House and the media have referred to the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attackers simply as 'hackers.' 'DarkSide' is not just a collection of hackers -- it's a group of terrorists. And the only thing more concerning than the failure to label them correctly is the possible reason for not doing so. ...

"It may be true that the Biden administration concluded we are defenseless to cyber terrorism despite years of ransomware attacks and hundreds of billions of dollars in cybersecurity programs. If that is the case, the public should be informed. The failure of Congress and our government to defend against such terror attacks is a national security failure of breathtaking proportions. The Colonial Pipeline attack was the cyber equivalent of Pearl Harbor. In both cases, we were caught unprepared and unable to deal with a threat we knew was coming. Yet President Roosevelt did not issue a 'no comment' on the critical facts after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. Back then, we believed FDR when he stated in his first inauguration that 'the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'

"What the Biden administration seems to fear most is public recognition that it is afraid -- afraid of the vulnerability of our infrastructure, afraid that the public will learn what cyber terrorists already know."

 
 
— Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law and Practicing Criminal Defense Attorney
— Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law and Practicing Criminal Defense Attorney
Posted May 17, 2021 • 07:25 AM
 
 
On Democrats Rejecting Common Sense in the U.S. Economy:
 
 

"My colleague Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago and I predicted in the Wall Street Journal three months ago that the $300 per week extra unemployment benefits would mean 5 to 6 million people not going back to work because the government was paying them more not to work. The Left laughed at this prediction. Now, we see record jobs going unfilled, 8.1 million, even when there are 9 million unemployed.

"'Help wanted' signs at construction sites, factories, stores, and restaurant windows are omnipresent from Maine to California. All the Biden folks needed to do was stop gazing into their cracked crystal ball and go outside and ask business owners if they can find workers. They would have heard an earful. Instead, the liberals paid attention to some cockamamie econometric model saying you can pay people more not to work, and it won't change their behavior. Brilliant."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Stephen Moore, Co-Founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity and Former Member of President Trump’s Economic Recovery Task Force
— Stephen Moore, Co-Founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity and Former Member of President Trump’s Economic Recovery Task Force
Posted May 14, 2021 • 07:48 AM
 
 
On Government Spending and Rapid Inflation:
 
 

"As the U.S. climbs out of a once-in-a-century pandemic, rising prices have led to increasing worry that rapid inflation could be just over the horizon.

"Americans have already witnessed higher prices in the past few months, with everything from gasoline to lumber to basic home items jumping in cost. The increases, partially fueled by non-existent interest rates and record government spending, could lead to inflation that the U.S. has not seen in decades, experts say.

"'In the short term, consumers can expect to see rising prices across the board,' Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a columnist at The Washington Post, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. 'I expect in the next few months people will be getting sticker shocked in virtually all aspects of their life.'"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Andrew Trunsky, Daily Caller
— Andrew Trunsky, Daily Caller
Posted May 13, 2021 • 08:49 AM
 
 
On Rising Gas Prices and Fuel Shortages:
 
 

"President Joe Biden does not plan on changing his position on the Keystone XL Pipeline or other anti-oil and gas policies despite concerns about fuel shortages, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday.

"While drivers along the East Coast struggle with shortages and rising gas prices due to the cyberattack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, Psaki brushed off concerns that the Biden administration's opposition to new gas projects could also cause shortages and price hikes. ...

"While thousands of people struggle to come to terms with the Colonial Pipeline shutdown, gas prices are at their highest national average since late 2014 and may continue to rise. The current national average price for just one gallon of gas is $2.99 which is nearly a 9 cent jump since last week when fuel prices averaged around $2.91.

"During his first few days in office, Biden rescinded the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which was planned to stretch from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska. He also supported the Interior Department's 60-day pause on new drilling permits and leasing on federal land."

 
 
— Jordan Davidson, The Federalist
— Jordan Davidson, The Federalist
Posted May 12, 2021 • 07:39 AM
 
 
On Infrastructure and Energy:
 
 

"Every now and then, the world pauses briefly to say, 'Hey, dummy -- pay attention.'

"Seventeen states and -- oh, glorious irony! -- the District of Columbia have declared states of emergency after the closure of the Colonial pipeline, which brings fuel from Gulf Coast refineries to eastern cities. Gasoline prices already are rising and are expected to rise sharply in the immediate future. ... The population centers of the East Coast are at risk of significant disruption to everything from deliveries to travel -- because almost half the fuel used in the most densely populated part of the country travels through a single pipeline that runs from Houston to Linden, N.J., currently out of service after an apparent act of extortion through cyberterrorism.

"'Hey, dummy -- pay attention.'

"President Joe Biden is no friend of pipelines. Practically his first act in office was unilaterally stopping a multi-billion-dollar pipeline project that already was under way. Biden proposes to be President Infrastructure, so long as expanded welfare benefits and subsidized childcare for two-income professionals in Washington qualify as 'infrastructure,' while his administration micturates from a great height upon actual infrastructure -- e.g., the pipelines, refineries, and transportation networks that connect our workers and factories and trucks with the actual fuel our economy runs on, as opposed to the imaginary unicorn-juice economy that exists in the fantasy world of President Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, et al."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review Institute Fellow and National Review Roving Correspondent
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review Institute Fellow and National Review Roving Correspondent
Posted May 11, 2021 • 08:14 AM
 
 
On Not Encouraging One's Children to Be Cops:
 
 

"A line in Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson's 'Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,' warns: 'Them that don't know him won't like him.' As a retired law-enforcement professional, it deeply saddens me to witness how my former profession suddenly finds itself in similar straits -- reviled, the object of scorn and derision.

"Dangerous tropes abound. False narratives proliferate. Bigotry and intolerance are suddenly acceptable, so long as the target wears a blue uniform.

"I am also a father. I will not encourage my children to grow up to be cops. ...

"Encourage my children -- or anyone else's, for that matter -- to take up a dangerous and thankless profession amid today's anti-cop environment?

"No, thanks. I'll pass."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— James A. Gagliano, Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent
— James A. Gagliano, Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent
Posted May 10, 2021 • 07:49 AM
 
 
On Massive Wrongdoing by Prosecutor in Case Against Ex-Missouri Governor:
 
 

"Missouri's chief legal disciplinary officer accused St. Louis' top prosecutor of sweeping misconduct in the failed prosecution of former Gov. Eric Greitens, saying she lied to judges in court filings and testimony, withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense, misled her own prosecution team and violated the constitutional right to a fair trial.

"St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, one of the early local prosecutors bankrolled by liberal megadonor George Soros since 2016, engaged in 62 acts of misconduct that resulted in 79 false representations during Greitens' now-dismissed criminal prosecution, according to Chief Disciplinary Counsel Alan Pratzel's memo obtained Wednesday by Just the News.

"'Probable cause exists to believe that the respondent is guilty of professional misconduct,' Pratzel declared in a 73-page memo that repeatedly accused Gardner of withholding evidence of innocence and providing a false portrait to the courts, the defense and even her own prosecution team.

"Pratzel also accused Gardner of lying during the disciplinary proceedings, long after the case was dismissed against Greitens, a former Navy SEAL and rising Republican star who was forced to resign as governor in 2018 less than two years after he was sworn in."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted May 07, 2021 • 07:34 AM
 
 
On President Biden’s Tax Hikes and Economic Prosperity:
 
 

"Economic research -- since forever, it seems -- has consistently verified the old truism that the more government taxes something, the less of it the economy gets. Biden proposes to tax production, growth and investment -- and, by implication, job creation. He will get less of it.

"His programs consequently will miss the extensions and enlargements that a motivated business community would otherwise offer. And as the economy misses these benefits, so, too, Washington will see less of the revenue that the White House has estimated these tax plans will generate."

 
 
— Milton Ezrati, Economist, Investment Manager, Author and The National Interest Contributing Editor
— Milton Ezrati, Economist, Investment Manager, Author and The National Interest Contributing Editor
Posted May 06, 2021 • 07:35 AM
 
 
On President Biden's Political Hardball:
 
 

"When Republicans ran Washington, they enacted tax cuts, appointed conservative judges, and repealed regulations, but they were unable to achieve bigger changes such as repealing Obamacare, lowering drug prices, or reducing the size of government. Biden intends to do much more than that. Biden's understated demeanor is nothing like Trump's aggressive personality, but he is playing political hardball. He sees himself as empowered to make radical changes. Voters who elected Biden hoping he would deemphasize the importance of politics in their lives and reduce society's polarization are in for a rude awakening."

 
 
— Bobby Jindal, Former Governor of Louisiana
— Bobby Jindal, Former Governor of Louisiana
Posted May 05, 2021 • 07:22 AM
 
 
On the CDC Deferring to Teacher's Unions While Abandoning Students:
 
 

"As if our public health authorities needed another black eye, they got it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deferred to the nation's largest teachers union, over the CDC's own science, and changed guidance in February that would have encouraged all schools to reopen for in-person learning.

"Emails show the American Federation of Teachers began lobbying the CDC shortly after President Joe Biden took office, pressuring the agency to delay its guidance encouraging school reopenings and instead issue a statement that was friendlier toward remote learning. ...

"This should be a scandal. The CDC ignored its own scientific research that proved schools are not coronavirus superspreader sites and that in-person learning can be conducted safely in order to please one of the Biden administration's political allies. CDC officials knew that students were not at risk and that the AFT's demands were not based on scientific data. But they caved to the union's wishes anyway.

"They did so at the expense of America's children. For more than a year, students across the country have been kept from the classroom because of a virus that has hardly affected any children seriously, and the results of the closures have been devastating. Students in low-income neighborhoods have lost years of academic achievement, once-high-achieving students have been earning F's at an alarming rate, and younger children who are still developing socially are facing severe mental setbacks."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted May 04, 2021 • 07:39 AM
 
Quiz Question   
What is the single deadliest disease epidemic to the U.S. population in history?
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"US presidents rarely look to make waves with speeches to the annual United Nations General Assembly, but President Joe Biden's nearly 40-minute talk Tuesday actually challenged global leaders ... to stay awake.The world, Biden lectured, needs to 'act together.' This is a 'decisive decade.' We must work to prevent pandemics and fight climate change. 'We stand at an inflection point in history,' have…[more]
 
 
—New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
 
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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?