Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Rule of law? Due process?

Nah, let's just have the feds start blacklisting people they don't like.

The Department of Health and Human Services this month notified Howard Solomon of Forest Laboratories Inc. that it intends to exclude him from doing business with the federal government. This, in turn, could prevent Forest from selling its drugs to Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration. If the government implements its ban, Forest would have to dump Mr. Solomon, now 83 years old, in order to protect its corporate revenue. No drug company, large or small, can afford to lose out on sales to the federal government, a major customer.

Also note that the .gov has gotten so powerful that a medical company cannot stay in buisness without it's custom. Charming.
Ed Morrissey explains what it means:

In other words, the government has decided to arbitrarily decide on punishment without any due process in regard to the individuals involved. The Obama administration wants the power to dictate to the private sector who can and cannot run firms that do business with Washington. I’m not sure even Ayn Rand predicted that in Atlas Shrugged.

It’s not difficult to see where this will lead. Firms of insufficient political correctness — or insufficiently supportive of the President and his political cronies — can expect to get the Solomon treatment. Those that pay homage to the agenda of the ruling class, or pay cash to its campaigns, will almost certainly get a pass.

Oh punitive liberalism. Well, it's for the greater good after all.

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