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(Washington Post)   Republicans hijacked the DEA's investigations into opioids because it would have cast a dim light on one of their pharmaceutical allies and we can't have that happen   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2017-12-18 07:52:05 AM  
Corruption and collusion in the pharmaceutical industry?  That's unpossible!
 
2017-12-18 07:53:28 AM  
Hmm. Isn't that very swamp like behavior?
 
2017-12-18 08:03:57 AM  
Republican Eugenics Program Phase 4
 
2017-12-18 08:11:26 AM  
They weren't elected into office to solve problems or protect Americans, clearly.
 
2017-12-18 08:29:48 AM  
Their "bro", as it were?
 
2017-12-18 08:30:07 AM  
Isn't this the premise of The Fugitive?
 
2017-12-18 08:37:18 AM  
I don't know guys, if Republicans were willing to hijack opioid investigations then how did Limbaugh get busted?
 
2017-12-18 08:40:16 AM  

Naido: I don't know guys, if Republicans were willing to hijack opioid investigations then how did Limbaugh get busted?


He was making his maid procure his goofballs for him and she got sick of it and dimed him out.
 
2017-12-18 08:47:37 AM  
https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/too-bi​g​-to-prosecute-an-american-terrorist-ai​rlift/

actually a fair episode but perhaps too much of "how could this be, how could this be, how could this be???"
 
2017-12-18 08:54:00 AM  
They can't be criminals; they're wealthy! Laws are only for poor people, everyone knows that.
 
2017-12-18 08:59:26 AM  
Donors über alles
 
2017-12-18 08:59:53 AM  
Well, it's mostly a poor people problem and they can blame Obama for expanding healthcare and, you know.  Poor people have poor impulse control or they wouldn't be poor.

And if Reginald Snodblower III gets hooked, there are nice places in Barbados where he can recover.

Oh and if we restrict the pills, they turn to heroin.  Pretty much freezing gorillas right there.
 
2017-12-18 09:01:48 AM  

IAmRight: They can't be criminals; they're wealthy! Laws are only for poor people, everyone knows that.


And when it comes to drug law, specifically brown poor people.
 
2017-12-18 09:02:01 AM  
I know I should be outraged, but I'm at a point now where I just don't care. I've got to go to work, and pay my bills. I cannot put anymore time and energy into this administration.

/you win aholes
 
2017-12-18 09:02:39 AM  

Naido: I don't know guys, if Republicans were willing to hijack opioid investigations then how did Limbaugh get busted?


Limbaugh got busted?  I'm pretty sure Limbaugh had a disease.  Your friends, families, and associates are the dangerous criminals the GOP is about to start cramming into 8 x 10s three deep in earnest just as soon as they destroy America's financial footing forever by passing their tax scam.
 
2017-12-18 09:02:41 AM  
Wow, Subby, you've taken it to a new level now. A drug company that was under investigation starting in 2008, sanctioned in 2012, charged in 2015, and settled in January 2017 by attorneys working in the Obama administration is the Republican's fault. Troll headline is trolling.

Also, I don't take much of this story to really provide any kind of interesting point of view. Just another "Cops dismayed that people they busted got a plea deal. Why can't we just lock every criminal up forever?" story. Perhaps the story here is that the DEA didn't start shooting people when they burst into McKesson's offices. If this were drug dealers on the street there would have definitely have been some police killings. Maybe the author is making a point about lack of diversity in pharmaceutical manufacture?
 
2017-12-18 09:03:52 AM  

Archidude: IAmRight: They can't be criminals; they're wealthy! Laws are only for poor people, everyone knows that.

And when it comes to drug law, specifically brown poor people.


I'm warning you right now, in areas where there are no brown people they're doing it to lower middle class whites.
 
2017-12-18 09:04:47 AM  
The peons can't unionize if they are high, right?
 
2017-12-18 09:05:41 AM  
...of the corporation, by the corporation, and for the corporation.
 
2017-12-18 09:12:36 AM  

Shaggy_C: Wow, Subby, you've taken it to a new level now. A drug company that was under investigation starting in 2008, sanctioned in 2012, charged in 2015, and settled in January 2017 by attorneys working in the Obama administration is the Republican's fault. Troll headline is trolling.

Also, I don't take much of this story to really provide any kind of interesting point of view. Just another "Cops dismayed that people they busted got a plea deal. Why can't we just lock every criminal up forever?" story. Perhaps the story here is that the DEA didn't start shooting people when they burst into McKesson's offices. If this were drug dealers on the street there would have definitely have been some police killings. Maybe the author is making a point about lack of diversity in pharmaceutical manufacture?


Yeah if by settled you mean took all the hard work of the Obama era DEA, that they felt was their strongest case against a distributor ever, and shat on it before handing McKesson the equivalent of a beating with a silk scarf, sure.
 
2017-12-18 09:12:53 AM  
All the addicts at least have a place to call. If they have insurance. And want to talk to a referral broker. And believe that a stethoscope can cure opioid addiction.

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2017-12-18 09:16:56 AM  
I'm starting to think Republicans aren't nice people
 
2017-12-18 09:17:21 AM  
Way things are looking, Charles Darwin may be the only hero this country can rely on.

Give the Trumpsters ALL the opioids. Let them pill themselves, and we can finally rebuild society on a foundation of Bob Seger CDs and Mountain Dew bottles.
 
2017-12-18 09:18:20 AM  
I was initially starting to believe that Republicans were finally effected by drug culture, so now they were going to give the treatment to opiod abusers that they never gave to crackheads (for obvious reasons). But now, i realize that its what I always suspected. Hey white people, they care more about their money than you, too. The poor and middle class in this country should be on the same side of so many issues, but we allow petty divisions to distract us. Is anybody still worried about the Confederate flag? A woman lost her life protesting it and we all moved on to something else. Meanwhile. they were bus writing the tax bill.
 
2017-12-18 09:18:25 AM  

RJReves: Republican Eugenics Program Phase 4


Except that a large percentage of the opioid addicts can be accurately described as "the GOP's base."
 
2017-12-18 09:24:15 AM  
How is this not economic traitorous behaviour?

Fark it.  If our elected officials can rip off the country's coffers on a whim, then so can I.

Matthew, I'm comin' for a copy of your book!
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2017-12-18 09:26:36 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Limbaugh got busted?  I'm pretty sure Limbaugh had a disease.


Wanting to bang Dominican child sex workers is a disease now?
 
2017-12-18 09:28:06 AM  
A senior agency official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the fine was a significant penalty, the company agreed to an independent monitor, and the case prompted McKesson and other distributors to be more diligent about reporting suspicious orders.

Sounds like you would have said that exact same thing when they were slapped on the hand eight years ago for doing ... the exact same thing.

"We could have fined them out of existence, or indicted the company and put them out of business," the official said. "I'd rather have one of the largest drug distributors be the poster child for detection and reporting of suspicious orders."

You want them to be an example?  Tossing a couple of executive in the drunk tank to wait on bail and then into prison with the rest of the drug dealers is an example.  This?  A fine that the CEO could pay with loose change from his couch?  They just proved that isn't an example even to themselves.

This is a poster of a band that is so shiatty that not even the members of the band want to buy a copy.
 
2017-12-18 09:30:29 AM  

give me doughnuts: RJReves: Republican Eugenics Program Phase 4

Except that a large percentage of the opioid addicts can be accurately described as "the GOP's base."


Ah, but they are the poor ones.
It is a long range plan.
Their problem with Hitler's eugenics program was that it moved too fast, it was too obvious.
 
2017-12-18 09:30:44 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Archidude: IAmRight: They can't be criminals; they're wealthy! Laws are only for poor people, everyone knows that.

And when it comes to drug law, specifically brown poor people.

I'm warning you right now, in areas where there are no brown people they're doing it to lower middle class whites.


Of course.  There is no point in thinking you are better than everyone, unless you have someone to look down on.  The point of the self help industry is not to help you become successful or fit, it is to tell people who are already successful and fit because they put more effort into it.  That is an entire industry built around feeling better than others, so of course in the absence of brown people, poor whites will have to be substituted.
 
2017-12-18 09:31:09 AM  
republicons are a pretty unimpressive lot of traitorous scum lately, as far as their duty to the American people are concerned
 
2017-12-18 09:31:23 AM  
Adding to the list of stuff that the GOP thinks is personal moral failing that needs to be punished:
Race
Teen Pregnancy
What TV News Channel You Watch
Cancer
Immigration Status
Clean Energy
Poverty
Wishing People Happy Holidays
Not Teaching Cursive Writing
Wanting Clean Air and Water
Addiction
 
2017-12-18 09:32:46 AM  
Republicans... being... Republicans...

You have to be a complete moron not to see what the Republican party is really all about.

/no offense, trumpers.
 
2017-12-18 09:33:42 AM  
The GOP thinks opioid addiction is just for Libruls who won't vote anyway.
I wager 2/3 of them would vote GOP given what pain pussies they are.
 
2017-12-18 09:33:43 AM  

Jake Havechek: Corruption and collusion in the pharmaceutical industry?  That's unpossible!


If there is one thing I've learned in 12 months, collusion is not illegal.
 
2017-12-18 09:34:27 AM  

Xanlexian: How is this not economic traitorous behaviour?

Fark it.  If our elected officials can rip off the country's coffers on a whim, then so can I.

Matthew, I'm comin' for a copy of your book!
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I always thought that book was actually viral marketing for the GOP.  Especially since you only saw it advertised on shows popular with middle class whites, and Mathew was so stereotypically overly Jewish.
 
2017-12-18 09:38:31 AM  
The "bad hombres" that sit in drug company boardrooms are now responsible for more drug deaths than their bretheren south of the Mexican border. And the same thing happened with the meth scourge, where the DEA efforts to crack down on global pseudo-ephedrine production were shot down by Big Pharma lobbyists.
 
2017-12-18 09:38:38 AM  

Gubbo: Hmm. Isn't that very swamp like behavior?


This administration has prohibited the use of the word "swamp" in favor of "wetlands," cause people favor wetlands to swamps even though they're the same thing. FILL THE WETLANDS!
 
2017-12-18 09:41:49 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: ...of the corporation, by the corporation, and for the corporation.


Milo Minderbinder,  the scheming money grubbing character in Heller's novel, Catch-22, contracts with the Nazis to bomb US held positions to save one of MIlo's business deals that had gone bad.   The bombing kills a lot of US soldiers and Minderbinder is brought up for a court martial.  When a congressional committee learns of the enormous profits Milo's wartime side business had earned, they are so impressed, Milo is absolved of any wrongdoing.  As the committee points out, "...the business of government is 'business.' "

In 1961 the above was satire and black comedy, today we live in country where Minderbinder is prez.
 
2017-12-18 09:42:19 AM  
McKesson makes $200 billion a year, that is on par with Exxon.
 
2017-12-18 09:48:29 AM  

PawisBetlog: Yeah if by settled you mean took all the hard work of the Obama era DEA, that they felt was their strongest case against a distributor ever, and shat on it before handing McKesson the equivalent of a beating with a silk scarf, sure.


Perhaps these Obama-era prosecutors decided to settle with the company because they didn't think that they could get a better deal for the taxpayer by going through a lengthy trial? Dragging executives out in handcuffs sounds lovely but it's damn hard to get a court to assign personal criminal liability for a company's actions. $150 million in fines is a record-high fine for a licensed DEA distributor and a tenfold increase versus what they paid in 2008 for similar charges. Forgive me for giving the benefit of the doubt to the Obama administration when it comes to justice. If these same charges were brought up today in the Trump admin they would probably be dismissed entirely.
 
2017-12-18 09:50:44 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Archidude: IAmRight: They can't be criminals; they're wealthy! Laws are only for poor people, everyone knows that.

And when it comes to drug law, specifically brown poor people.

I'm warning you right now, in areas where there are no brown people they're doing it to lower middle class whites.


Ultimately it's about class. If you have the money, you don't do the time AND you can pay off those who pass the laws to help enrich yourself in the process.
 
2017-12-18 09:54:52 AM  

monoski: McKesson makes $200 billion a year, that is on par with Exxon.


And their fine was effectively what they made, in profit, for a week and a half of operations.

...not operating expenses......actual pure profit above and beyond.

Ya know.....I think were really sending a message with this.  What message is totally contrary to what should be sent....
 
2017-12-18 09:57:59 AM  
I'm surprised that no one has yet blamed the opioid crisis on healthcare reform.  If not for the push for lower drug prices and prescription drug plans, Big Pharma would not have been able to flood the market with prescription painkillers. Thanks, Obama.
 
2017-12-18 09:59:21 AM  
Meanwhile, we have those same people claiming weed will kill us all.
 
2017-12-18 10:04:11 AM  

Skarekrough: monoski: McKesson makes $200 billion a year, that is on par with Exxon.

And their fine was effectively what they made, in profit, for a week and a half of operations.

...not operating expenses......actual pure profit above and beyond.

Ya know.....I think were really sending a message with this.  What message is totally contrary to what should be sent....


The message is "If the fine for your criminal behavior isn't at least a fraction of the profits that behavior brought in, why stop?"

Crime doesn't pay.  Well, it pays a bit.
 
2017-12-18 10:08:11 AM  

runwiz: I'm surprised that no one has yet blamed the opioid crisis on healthcare reform.  If not for the push for lower drug prices and prescription drug plans, Big Pharma would not have been able to flood the market with prescription painkillers. Thanks, Obama.


Wait for a couple hundred pillbilly funerals. Combine their slowness to catch onto things with their refusal to accept personal responsibility for their actions, especially consequences, and there'll be a booming new market in wreaths that blame Obama.
 
2017-12-18 10:08:38 AM  
So it turns out the Republicans are NOT the law and order party, they are actually SOFT ON CRIME.

see also: Fiscal conservatism myth
 
2017-12-18 10:10:37 AM  

Gubbo: Hmm. Isn't that very swamp like behavior?


They have a pill for that now.
 
2017-12-18 10:13:41 AM  

Karac: Skarekrough: monoski: McKesson makes $200 billion a year, that is on par with Exxon.

And their fine was effectively what they made, in profit, for a week and a half of operations.

...not operating expenses......actual pure profit above and beyond.

Ya know.....I think were really sending a message with this.  What message is totally contrary to what should be sent....

The message is "If the fine for your criminal behavior isn't at least a fraction of the profits that behavior brought in, why stop?"

Crime doesn't pay.  Well, it pays a bit.


Cost of doing business. They paid 10 x more in lobbying dollars.
 
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