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Friday, September 23, 2016

Manchin's perfect scam

Don't blame me. I voted for Raese. Twice. In 2010, and in 2012. I knew Democrat Joe Manchin could not be trusted and the EpiPen scandal proves me correct. He and his family just showed that when it comes to maximizing public power for personal use, they are at Level Clinton.

Manchin is the poster child for the corruption that goes hand-in-glove with the expansion of government.

As governor of West Virginia, Democrat Manchin maneuvered to have Michael Garrison, a family friend, appointed as president of West Virginia University, and also his wife appointed as president of the state school board, where she fired the state school superintendent, who was the wife of the Democratic state attorney general.

That was during the eight decades-plus control of the Statehouse by Democrats, which ended in 2014. Under Democrats, state government became 45,000 employees with twelve last names.

Both moves helped Manchin's daughter, Heather Manchin Bresch, rise to CEO of Mylan Laboratories. As CEO, Manchin's daughter did two things. She raised the price of EpiPens and she raised her salary sixfold to $19 million a year.

Garrison arranged for her to get a fake MBA from WVU. After the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette exposed this, Garrison resigned -- taking a bullet for the team.

This week, USA Today revealed that when Mama Manchin became president of the National Association of State Boards of Education in 2011, she used her position to push sales of EpiPens to schools. The argument was kids have allergies and every school should have an EpiPen just in case.

In December 2012, the association announced an "epinephrine policy initiative" designed to "help state boards of education as they develop student health policies regarding anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto-injector access and use," according to a press release that month. The resulting policy “discussion guide” listed key components that school policies and state legislation should have, including protection from legal liability for the school.
It was the first time the group had addressed food allergies as policy despite its own admission that it had been a growing issue since about 2000.
Previously, the association carefully avoided corporate influence, especially when its policy guidance was involved, says Brenda Welburn, the former longtime executive director. Companies would sponsor conference meals at the most, she said.
Manchin became president-elect of the education association in late 2010 and Welburn retired at the end of 2011. Welburn recalls Manchin stopping by her office saying her "daughter's company" could donate to the group. The following year, it did.  "It just looked so bad to me," Welburn said. "She (Manchin) becomes president and all of a sudden NASBE is saying EpiPens are a good thing for schools."
Banks? Willie Sutton would not go to a bank these days. He'd go to the government because that is where the real money is today. And he would not rob. He would sell EpiPens. Higher profit margin, zero risk of prison. War profiteering was never this lucrative.

Can there be a better scam? Who is going to be against saving lives -- of schoolchildren. So what if the schools must pony up hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase them? If it saves one life, right? That could be your child or grandchild.

And the money comes from the school budget. Look how supportive Democrats are of education. They increased spending on the schools. Never mind how many hundreds of millions of school spending went to buy EpiPens that will remain in the storeroom forever unused, by golly, school spending is up, up, up, and away! That's how we measure education: How much we spend in its name, not the actual results.

The House had a field day ripping Manchin's daughter. Manchin boo-hooed to CNN: "We can criticize and beat the living crap out of anyone we want to, and that was proven yesterday. But does that solve the problem? Do they really want to solve the problem?"

Does that apply to the Wells Fargo CEO as well?

Manchin wants it both ways. He wants the government to buy hundreds of thousands of what his daughter peddles, but does not want the government having any say on the price.

Anyway, the scam cannot be stopped. Softened. Maybe cut a few competitors in on the deal. 

But shouldn't a child with allergies this severe already be carrying an EpiPen?

I apologize for making sense.

Manchin is up in 2018. Hope Republicans rally behind a strong candidate. Congressman Evan Jenkins, perhaps.


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  1. I had a hard time believing Manchin had been re-elected.

    You deserve better.

  2. Privilege is power granted by government fiat. Like monopoly, privilege cannot be maintained without being buttressed by the force of government. There has been a successful right to work movement in the USA, but the original right to work movement was by the Jacobin Clubs in revolutionary France. They abolished the feudal guilds because they were being used to keep competition out of various occupations and professions thus depressing employment levels while enriching some at the expense of the community at large. They had become corrupt as well. A man had to pay fees to be admitted as a journeyman and then produce a masterwork and pay another hefty fee in order to be recognized as a master in his field. It should come as no surprise that certain families began to dominate certain professions as those outside certain clans were never recognized as masters. The way the Jacobins looked at this it was just as bad as the King selling offices and sinecures and making new nobles of the robe, only at a lower level. The fact is, if you want corruption to be at a minimum, and if you want to protect the public from predation by large powerful interests, you need to have a government that creates as little opportunity for this as possible.
    The reason Manchin's daughter has the opportunity to engage in this corruption in the first place is because of the exercise of government power in regulating the health care industry, and in it's undue influence over all levels of education. There needs to be a comprehensive program to end this, and a good start would be abolition of all forms of government licensing and accreditation.
    Edward Coke came up against this in England two hundred years before the French Revolution and managed to weaken the power of these kinds of corporations while maintaining the abilities of businesses and communities to band together for salutary purposes. We are on the same track that France was on in its path to absolutism. We could use a pause that refreshes (heh).

  3. In the old days it was called the spoils system. Once you're in office and get some power the doors open and the money flows in. - Elric

  4. Crony capitalism, government as a family job. Clintons, on a smaller scale.

  5. Y'know, you could take the first word of "Level Clinton" as a noun, a verb, or an adjective, but should you choose the adjective, it turns the term into an oxymoron.

  6. Ol' Status Quo Joe. I keep getting into fights with my mom in law because she loves the guy. I walked past him at a WVU b ball game and he reeked of corruption. Tried to pass himself off as a "free thinking" Demmie but nah, he sold the state out. Actually, I haven't been all that happy with Capito's performance thus far either. But, take it from a guy who lived there: Power corrupts, and DC power corrupts absolutely...

  7. It isn't only just the blatant corruption. It is also the astounding voraciousness of it. You'd think that at some point they'd think "We've stolen enough from the taxpayers; enough for us, our families and our friends and then some." But that point never comes.