Kevin Williamson “goes off” on the real scandal of EpiPen pricing
"From Kevin Williamson’s National Review article “The real scandal of EpiPen pricing”:
Public Enemy No. 1 in Democratic circles today is Heather Bresch, CEO of the company that makes the EpiPen, a super-convenient epinephrine auto-injection device used to treat anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can be caused by anything from a bee sting to a bag of peanuts.
Bernie Sanders doesn’t have the first clue how an EpiPen works or what went into developing it, but he’s sure he knows what one should cost, and he’s sure who should decide — him. You know what Bernie Sanders is? He’s a bum. He was damn near 40 years old before he ever found his way into a full-time job, and that was in elected office; before that, he collected benefits, sold his creepy rape fantasies for left-wing newspapers at $50 a pop, and never lifted a finger toward any genuinely productive enterprise. He’s been suckling greedily at the public teat since way back when he could remember where his car keys are. Funny thing, though: Now he’s a bum with a third home on the waterfront of a Vermont island worth the better part of a million dollars. Every good apparatchik eventually gets his dacha.
Mrs. Clinton is a bum and a crook who used the State Department as a funnel to guide the money of favor-seeking business interests at home and abroad into the Clinton Foundation, a sham charity that exists to pay six-figure salaries to Clintons (Chelsea is full-time executive there) and their courtiers.
These people are parasites. They make: nothing. They create: nothing. They produce: nothing. But they feel perfectly justified — they positively glow with moral frisson — standing between the people who create and build and the people who benefit from those creations. And they don’t just stand there: They stand there with their hands out. I don’t know how much Heather Bresch has in the bank, but without checking, I’ll bet you five dollars it is a good deal less than the Clintons have piled up in “public service.” Thought experiment: Your child is dying. Who do you go to for help? Sanders? Clinton? Or one of the research scientists who made the EpiPen possible?"
This is simply a modern update to the Complementary Monopoly tolling performed on the Rhine River between 800 and 1800. It was corrupt robber barony then, it is corrupt robber barony now. Fortunately for the Clintons they hold sufficient power to derail any potential government investigation into these corrupt, and illegal practices. They have become worth hundreds of millions of dollars acting this way, the government will not act to slow or stop them, there is no reason they would ever shut off the corruption spigot.
TOLLING THE RHINE in 1254: COMPLEMENTARY MONOPOLY REVISITED*
We are close to the American nadir. Let us hope that whether that come with a Clinton, or Trump Presidency, we quickly learn our lesson, and change our ways. We have already fallen far, but it will not take long for the Clintons with their hand on federal power to completely corrupt the nation.
We navigate dire straits.