July 21, 2014

Priorities: As World Tensions Escalate, Schumer Pushes For Pet Meds Legislation

Let’s see. A rebel group pushing for separation from Ukaine has shot down a passenger plane, killing almost 300 aboard. Israel has invaded Gaza. Illegal immigrants are flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, in at least one instance following a hail of protective gunfire directed at Border Patrol agents.

Meanwhile, in news concerning truly important matters, New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer and fellow party member Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are focusing on what’s really important — prescription pet medication prices:

Schumer: Let pharmacies fill pet prescriptions

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A New Britain, Connecticut Herald editorial indicates that “Connecticut’s 1.9 million pet owners could save approximately $123 million each year” under the legislation. Even if that contention is true, that would be whopping $65 per pet owner. When can we hold the ticker-tape parade for Schumer and Blumenthal?

A search on Schumer’s last name indcates that the wire service has kept its de facto press release out of its national news site, helping to ensure that Schumer gets his desired local and regional PR plug without much national embarrassment — though Twitchy.com has partially corrected that situation.

Earlier this month, in reaction to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, Schumer asserted, in essence, that business owners who choose to incorporate — a necessary component of conducting or growing virtually any business beyond the mom-and-pop stage — should have to give up their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993:

At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the Obamacare contraception mandate should be given a choice between living by their faith or being allowed to form a corporation to do business.

“You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra – you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said.

In the Hobby Lobby case, decided last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a closely-held family-owned corporation could not be forced by the government to violate their Christian beliefs by providing insurance coverage for drugs and devices that can cause abortions. Schumer argues that the court “misapplied” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Of course, the Associated Press and the rest of the establishment press didn’t believe that Schumer’s intensely faith-hostile comments, which would affect thousands upon thousands of closely-held incorporated Christian businesses if he were to ever fully get his way, were worthy of coverage.

Far-left politicians like Schumer succeed in attaining and holding political office largely because establishment press outlets like the Associated Press run interference for them when they articulate their radical beliefs and otherwise frame them as heroes in matters which are clearly unimportant.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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