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PFIZER AND UNCLE SAM, A HISTORY OF FRAUD, RECALLS, AND DEATH

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“FDA Grants Full Approval To Pfizer Covid Vaccine” read the media headlines on Monday morning. The mainstream media celebrated, President Joe Biden demanded that all employers in the United States mandate the vaccine, and the Pentagon required it for all of our brave men and women serving in the US Armed Forces. In less than a week, the vax happy are anxiously awaiting when some type of vaccine passport will be required for all. You can just feel the authoritarian energy building to a crescendo.

In the flurry of it all, few have taken the time to look at Pfizer’s track record and our government’s history of simply getting it wrong when it comes to the safety of drugs and medication they said were safe for public consumption. Here is a brief history:

In 2009, Pfizer agreed to pay the US Government $2.3 Billion for fraudulent marketing in the largest health care fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice, to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the illegal promotion of certain pharmaceutical products.

In 2005, Pfizer recalled the drug Bextra due to increased risk of heart attack and stroke in some patients, but it was also found to cause a fatal skin condition.

Pfizer’s vaccine plant has a history of mold issues.

In 2014, Pfizer recalled two lots of its antidepressant drugs Effexor XR. Tikosyn was discovered in an Effexor XR bottle. Tikosyn is one of the company’s heart pills. Pfizer warned that the combination of the two different drugs could be deadly.

In 2013, Pfizer recalled Prempro, a hormone drug. Nearly 10,000 women filed Prempro breast cancer lawsuits against Pfizer.Pfizer settled most of the claims for more than $1 billion.

About 3,000 people filed Chantix lawsuits against Pfizer. They claimed Chantix caused suicidal thoughts and severe psychological disorders. In 2013, the company set aside about $288 million to resolve these cases.

Over 7,800 testosterone therapy lawsuits were filed against manufacturers as of November 2020. Pfizer had reached an agreement with the consumers suing the company in February 2018, ending its role in the massive litigation. The lawsuits say testosterone products caused strokes, blood clots and heart attacks.

Trovan. In 1996, Pfizer conducted an unapproved clinical trial. It involved children with meningitis in Nigeria, CBS News reported. The trials led to the deaths of 11 children. Dozens more were left disabled.
In 2011, Pfizer paid $700,000 to four families who lost children during the Trovan trials.

Certainly, Pfizer has done some good in this world, they invented Advil after all. They discovered citric acid and have mass produced Vitamin C and Penicillin. One might safely assume that, on the whole, the company’s innovations have done more good than harm to humanity. However, Pfizer and the FDA aren’t exactly batting 1,000 when it comes to ensuring that a mass-produced product will be safe, in the long term, for mass public consumption.

What if Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine turns out to be another Trovan, Chantix, Prempro, or any of the other products that turned out to be the farthest thing from “safe and effective?” The FDA approved all of those drugs just as they have approved the Covid Vaccine, but what if they are wrong again? What if Pfizer didn’t learn their lesson when they settled their fraud case? What if their claims regarding the vaccine are fraudulent, just like their fraudulent claims about some of their past products?

A decade ago, our government charged Pfizer with civil and criminal healthcare fraud. Now that same government has essentially become Pfizer’s chief of marketing and advertising. This is the same US Government that once encouraged people to smoke tobacco only to later prosecute tobacco companies and impose high taxes on the users of those products in the name of “public health.” The US government poisoned alcohol during prohibition, killing at least 10,000 people. Our US government tested AIDS drugs on foster children and conducted human radiation experiments at government labs, universities and public and private hospitals between 1945 and the mid-1970s. Yet we are now told to blindly trust the government when they say the vaccine is safe. The vaccine manufactured in a moldy 1970’s era factory by a company that the government accused of healthcare fraud a decade ago.

The United States was founded on a deep distrust and suspicion of government. This suspicion was so strong, that for the first 13 years of our existence, our nation operated under an extremely weak centralized government via the Articles of Confederation. It was with great and spirited debate that we ceded more power to a central government with the formation of our US Constitution. We fought a Civil War in part over questions of government power and since those early times in our history, there has always been a healthy suspicion and questioning of the government. Where have those questions of government edicts and, more importantly, the questioners gone?

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Can the Party of “No” Beat the Party of “Free?”

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Have you noticed the rhetoric, “At least we have the House to stop some of Biden’s crazy plans!” The GOP’s keyword is “STOP.” Have you noticed that the Democrats have positioned themselves as the party of more “FREE” gifts from the government?

The GOP wants to cut budgets, cut government jobs, stop abortions, stop illegal aliens crossing the border, stop election cheating, stop student loan giveaways….and the list goes on. The Democrats have effectively positioned the GOP as the party of “NO!”

With a small margin in the House, Biden’s veto, and a likely Democrat Senate virtual majority, the Republicans face a difficult challenge. How do you shape a narrative that can win in 2024 and minimize the damage that the Democrats can do until then?

It starts by capitalizing on an issue that Republicans have been reticent to exploit-school choice. Have you noticed that the youngest voters went Democrat in every state? We have let the Democrats control public schools. Teacher unions have used their money and influence to ensure adequate funding. The result is clear-the youth under their influence have rejected the responsible values of their parents. The young lack confidence in their ability to make free-enterprise work, and they like government entitlements, rent relief, and promises of student loan forgiveness. In short, they have settled for the party of “FREE”-the Democrats!

School choice wasn’t even part of the Republican’s Commitment to America. Our leaders missed its role in Youngkin’s win in Virginia. It’s time to start becoming the party of “YES” to school choice. Many minority parents feel trapped in underperforming schools, and they want better schools for their children. Conservatives want an end to the indoctrination of liberal values that public schools provide. In short, it’s time to embrace school choice as a central focus in the GOP’s 2024 campaign.

There is no question that the issue of abortion also played a key role in impacting the Republican gains in the November election. The Democrats were able to turn fears over the Supreme Court reversal of Roe vs Wade into voter turnout in key races. It’s time to be the party of “YES” to reasonable limits on abortion and responsible support for adoption for unwanted children. Most Americans are supportive of reasonable limits on abortion. House Republicans could introduce federal legislation to make abortion after the first trimester illegal. Let the states take the role of considering even more restrictive measures. Make Democrats the party of “NO” to sane abortion limits.

Be the party of “YES” to government support for organizations that provide vulnerable women with support and material resources to help them consider both parenting and adoption. Democrats would have women believe that abortion is their only option. There are parents ready to adopt, and it can be a beautiful experience for all involved. It’s time to convince women to support life for their unborn child by providing loving options instead of trying to force the total elimination of abortion. Abortion disproportionately impacts minorities. To meet the needs of the future, America needs all the births our citizens can bring into this world.

Say “YES” to responsible citizenship-every citizen working to find a satisfying career in pursuit of their true American Dreams instead of settling for government dependence. The Republican message must be strong and clear-we belief in all Americans’ ability to gain their mojo and take back their future. There is no future in dependence-Getting “Free” entitlements are not “Freedom!” Let people know that America is still where the “pursuit of happiness” is not just something to justify a revolution. It is what has made America great and the envy of the world. It is by improving your skills and earning advancements or starting one’s own business that true dreams are achieved. No citizen should settle when she can soar.

Say “YES” to a secure border and legal immigration. America remains the land of opportunity, and we need immigrants. We don’t need millions of illegal immigrants unvetted and unprepared to add value to our country. Stand for completing the building of our Southern border wall and increasing our focus on expanding legal immigration. Republicans must not be against immigrants; we are only against welcoming illegal immigrants who do not honor our immigration process. Americans want a secure border, and they want to be known as a country that welcomes immigrants. Have the strength and wisdom to stand for both.

Say “YES” to law and order. Stand in support of law enforcement and accountability for criminals. Yes, we want fair treatment of all Americans, but citizens are tired of criminals having the upper hand. They want to feel safe in their homes and their businesses. We need DAs who will prosecute criminals instead of letting them go. There is a simple formula for the GOP to reflect most Americans-“Do the crime and do the time!”

Say “YES” to energy independence and an all of the above approach to energy policy. Instead of saying “No” to climate change paranoia, affirm the importance of developing all of our energy resources to be independent of foreign dependence. Capitalizing on all available energy options will also strike a blow at inflation, since the cost of energy impacts all facets of our economy.

If you want to beat the “Party of FREE,” we need to become the “Party of YES” to the things that Americans truly value. It’s time to begin preparing a narrative that can win in 2024. May it be so.

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Three Things Republicans MUST Do Now

The Republicans have a very important job to do!

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Now that the Republicans have taken the House, they have a few VERY important jobs to do. In this short five minute video, Chris Widener, Founder of PolitiCrossing, makes the case that there are three things the Republicans must do to be successful through 2024 and take back the Senate and the White House as well.

1. Investigate
2. Defund
3. Cast a Positive Vision for America

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