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2019-04-26 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Chris Christie: Felony Apologist
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There are things that literally make my blood boil.

Politicians cheering on schemes declared felonious more than 100 years ago, not prosecuted, and then given some sort of government scheme in support -- but without repealing the felony provisions -- is one of them.  This sort of crap should be indictable, not worthy of publication.

Republicans in the state most important to President Trump’s reelection are on the verge of handing Bernie Sanders’s socialist ideas a win they could never have achieved on their own. Florida Republicans are getting ready to approve the same drug importation scheme that Bernie Sanders has been pushing in the U.S. Senate since 2017.

Vermont has already passed Sanders’ scheme, and now Florida Republicans are trying to do the same. The idea sounds simple: Import drugs from Canada, a country where the government sets the price, so people can supposedly get cheaper drugs. But like any socialist policy, the consequences will be devastating because of the health and economic risks it brings with it.

smiley

From the actual law:

Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal. Every person who shall make any contract or engage in any combination or conspiracy hereby declared to be illegal shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.

So therefore while the Federal Government indeed passed laws that prohibited "reimportation" the practice of fixing prices so as to charge more in one place than another or to one customer than another, for the purpose of restraining trade or commerce remains a criminal felony.

DeSantis and the State of Florida, as with Vermont, need no new law.  Nor does the federal government.

They can simply point out to the pharmaceutical companies that if they don't stop price-fixing -- such that Americans pay 2, 3, 5, 10 or 100 times as much the firms and their executives will be indicted, tried, sentenced and go to prison.

They'll get fined $100 million dollars per incident as well, which is more than enough to put all of them out of business.

The alternative is to cut that crap out.

Instead we have Chris Christie telling us that felony price-fixing must be permitted and that any attempt to short-circuit it is "socialism" and will bring both "health and economic harm."

If Donald Trump loses Florida, he’ll be a one-term president. That will only happen if we do not stand up and call these ideas exactly what they are -- moving America towards socialism. America deserves better from Florida. President Trump deserves better from Florida. Floridians do not want socialism. Neither do mainstream Americans. Let’s not open the door to it in Florida.

Floridians do not want felony price-fixing and other felony violations of 15 USC Chapter 1 either.

But we get them as do the residents of every other state on a literal daily basis and it costs us over 3 trillion a year among Americans in the medical system.  A very substantial part of that is in prescription drugs and all of it needs to end right now.

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Vernonb
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Thus sayeth Chris Christie the mob, racketeering, and extortion apologist. This guy needs to have a stroke and die.

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For all of Trump's shortcomings, at least he showed Fat Bastard the door very early on.

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We all must pay list prices so that the gods of wall street keep winning. We are at a junction where increasing prices are putting a real damper on companies being profitable. A lot of US companies are jacking prices up for their existing customers because they can't find new customers.
I had a call from my Fedex rep yesterday and he asked why my business was down. I told him that I moved to UPS because they cut my rates in several areas including residential delivery, empty box weight,slashed my express costs and guaranteed no increase in rates for 2 years. He couldn't believe they went that far and I told him that UPS simply realized that if they want to keep their customers, then they have to be sensitive to costs. Fedex chose to jack their stock price at a large cost to their customers and will now pay the bill.
This is no different then the drug companies riding on a system that allows them monopoly status to fix pricing and if this goes away, then we have real competition. That will bring pricing down for everyone and the corporate pigs will have to be more innovative in relearning how to grow there companies. They have been wall street welfare pigs sucking at the trough long enough.
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Tdurden wrote..
For all of Trump's shortcomings, at least he showed Fat Bastard the door very early on.


Yeah, but that was a pretty big nut for even a blind squirrel to miss smiley

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Mark Levin is saying the same **** as Christie. Sounds like they are reading the same pharmaceutical companies press release.
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Mark Levin can suck my dick.

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I must have missed the part in the constitution about US tax slaves being obligated to serve as the profit center for all of these drug companies. "Oh made a ****ty deal with Canada and Denmark, but that's ok....we'll just pass that along that cost to the rubes in this country."
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Anyone want to take any bets on what Bernie-Care or AOC-Care has in store for medical tourism? "So sorry...your passport has been suspended in anticipation of your trying to leave the country, threatening the integrity of the peoples' glorious free healthcare. Now get back in line and wait your turn, kulak!"

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I bring up the drug reimportation act all the time and most people are unfamiliar with it. Its funny how freedom and liberty always takes a back seat to society's major problems and headaches.
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just curious if their reasoning for not applying the law is that such would cause a catastrophic spiral of prosecution for events up to the statute of limitations. in addition there would be tens of thousands of potential civil lawsuits from individuals damaged and often bankrupted by their behavior subject to treble damages.

perhaps the problem was let go so long that a resolution trust must be established to unwind the whole thing since we do not let companies and markets fail spectacularly when they ought to.

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@Whitehat -- they simply lie when pressed, especially in public.

Matt Gaetz did exactly that at a town hall I was at when pressed -- the place was full of Seasoned Citizens. He said FLAT OUT that Anti-Trust does not apply to medical firms. I cited the two Supreme Court cases, which flustered the **** out of him; he again repeated the same LIE (despite having it tossed in his face) and demanded I provide cites and that he would get back to me after the Town Hall.

He never did.

That ********** has a FATHER who was in this **** up to his ****ing NECK. He knows ******n well he was lying.

NONE of the Seasoned Citizens stood up and demanded he cut the ****. ZERO. There were probably 100-150 people in the room. NOT ONE backed it up and came after him. NOT ONE. The VAST majority were overweight or obese, and I bet more than half are drug and doctor-dependent.

**** 'em all -- I hope they all ****ing DIE when this turd gets flushed as they signed their own death certificates in front of me. I will help exactly ZERO of them if and when the **** hits the fan -- instead of CPR I'll make a toast over their writhing body in the parking lot.

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One of the best things Trump did is to give Christie no position in his administration. Even among politicians Christie is a stand out sociopath.
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