Pharma Lobbying Clout

Capital has just issued a report on big pharma and health industry financial contributions that supports the general conclusion that if the pharmaceutical industry wants a bill passed, it will be passed, and if it does not want it passed, it will not be passed. evaluated the pharma backed FDA user fee bill (H.R. [...]

Obama Prepares New Health Reform Law for Second Term

White house

Although the Administration contends that the Supreme Court will uphold the health care reform bill, virtually no serious watcher of the Supreme Court agrees.  Apparently belying the public face of the Administration on this issue, in private meetings with donors, Obama is said by Bloomberg News, to have confided to several high-dollar contributors that if [...]

America’s Clandestine Cyber War


The New York Times broke the story on the front page of it June 1, 2012 edition.  Since shortly after assuming office, President Obama has repeatedly ordered in secret cyberattacks on Iran, resulting in limited successes and also in the spread of a U.S.-Israeli made virus, the Stuxnet worm, which has damaged systems in allied [...]

Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren’s Missing Proof of Indian Heritage


The controversy surrounding Elizabeth Warren’s claim to Native American heritage continues to dog her campaign for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.  Republic Scot Brown appears poised to win re-election in no small measure because Warren continues to fumble in her attempts to distance herself from the charge, first made by the Boston Globe, that she [...]

May Uptick in Unemployment and in Aggressive Politics

Job seekers attend a job fair

Unemployment rose by one-tenth of one percent in May to 8.2 percent as the economy generated only 69,000 new positions, half the amount needed to support economic growth.  An estimated 5.4 million Americans have been unemployed for six months or longer.  There are only five more monthly job reports that will be issued between now [...]


OTC Drugs

Feeling the pressure mounting against the mushrooming costs of Medicare, the Obama Administration has decided to propose a change that would cut out doctors, cut out insurance coverage, and reduce Medicare expense for an impressive array of drugs now only available by prescription.  See Using Innovative Technologies and Other Conditions of Safe Use To Expand [...]

White House Blocks “Fast and Furious” Witness


The White House and Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. continue to resist congressional attempts to investigate the botched Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “Fast and Furious” operation.  Between 2006 and 2011, BATFE, operating under the jurisdiction of Attorney General Holder, passed approximately 2,000 firearms to suspected gun smugglers in the hopes of [...]

EPA Official “Crucified” by His Own Comments

In a May 2010 speech, reported upon by the Associated Press and by The Blaze, Al Armendariz, EPA’s Administrator of the South and Southwest region, including the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, described his enforcement philosophy.  He viewed EPA enforcers as akin to Romans who would enter a village and crucify [...]

Buffet Rule Lingers On

The so-called Buffet rule is legislation that would create a new alternative minimum income tax of 30 percent for the 210,000 Americans who earn $2 million annually or more, phasing in the higher tax over time for those earning $1 million or more.  The legislation was defeated in Congress but remains a key plank in [...]

IRS Given $500 Million to Enforce Individual Mandate


Although the Supreme Court is likely to hold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate unconstitutional on or before the last day of June, the Obama Administration is not withholding tax dollars in anticipation of the decision.  Instead, the Administration is rapidly expending in excess of $1 billion to implement the new law.  [...]


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