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The FDA appeared to be forced off of its normal politics position. This banal evil institution sought to act on behalf of big corporations and the global elite uniparty in Washington DC by crippling small businesses, driving them out of competition with the big corporations. The pretense was a fee to be assessed for “over-the-counter (OTC) monograph drug” alcohol production. The alcohol was not turned into profitable booze by small distilleries. It was turned into supposedly life-saving hand sanitizer, which has almost no profit margin, if any. The fee was published and then suspended, for 2020, a day or two later. This was no mistake. Rather, it was the administrative state reasserting itself and then temporarily feigning magnanimity.
The salaried bureaucratic denizens on the surface of the Swamp, highly paid by American taxpayers at the point of federal government guns, at best did not consider the enormous human cost. After all, these forgotten Americans, from entry-level worker hauling sacks of grain, to entrepreneur owners operating with the thinnest net of credit and personal assets, are the deplorable creatures who must be broken to make a new omelet in the Great (Socialist) Reset. Crushing small businesses and their employees is entirely beneficial to normal Capital Hill politics and the RepubliCan’t Party’s paymasters.
This is why the globalist left’s Democratic Party fought for and got what it wanted in the latest federal appropriations monstrosities, while the con men and women of the RepubliCan’t party ensured that repeal of Section 230 was kept out of the must-pass bills. The rogues’ gallery, from the “Freedom Caucus” to Ted Cruz, all are on board with allowing Mitch and the California loser party leader to remain in their “leadership” positions while the enemies of our constitutional republic, Alphabet (Google/YouTube), Facebook, and Twitter, are kept in power to ensure the wrong kind of Republican is never again able to win the presidency or the Senate majority.
This latest attack on deplorables was enabled by the Republican’ts allowing language in the falsely named “CARES Act.”
The federal CARES Act included a change to how nonprescription, over-the-counter drugs are regulated by the FDA and allowed for the agency to collect fees from businesses registered to make those products, such as hand sanitizer.
On December 29, 2020, Alex Azar‘s subordinates at the Federal Drug Administration officially announced they would punish small distilleries for producing hand sanitizer, assessing these barely surviving small businesses and their employees a $14,000 annual fee. The excuse was that Congress (thanks to the RepubliCan’t Party) had defined the change to hand sanitizer production as OTC medicine. The professional staff and their lobbyist patrons knew exactly what this would allow the FDA to do. Alex Azar, who colluded with Fraudster* Fauci in crushing the deplorables and reasserting the dominance of normal political elites, is personally responsible for the conduct of his agency, including the FDA.
Struggling Distillers Hit With Surprise $14,000 FDA Fee for Producing Hand Sanitizer During Pandemic
WASHINGTON, DC — In a shocking turn of events, the FDA announced Dec. 29 without any advance notice that it is imposing fees on distilleries and other facilities that produced hand sanitizer during the pandemic.
“This incredibly frustrating news comes as a complete shock to the more than 800 distilleries across the country that came to the aid of their local communities and first responders. This unexpected fee serves to punish already struggling distilleries who jumped in at a time of need to do the right thing,” said Distilled Spirits Council President and CEO Chris Swonger. “While this fee may be a rounding error to a large pharmaceutical company, this will be disastrous to small distilleries who stepped up to help produce this critical product – it will quite literally bankrupt some struggling businesses. We are urging FDA to immediately waive the fees for distillers who are producing hand sanitizer on a temporary basis to help combat the pandemic, pursuant to the FDA’s temporary policy.”
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These fees are being levied under a newly established “OTC monograph drug user fee program,” which has established fees on OTC monograph drug facilities, as well as OTC Monograph Order Requests (OMORs) for FY 2021. The FDA has stated that these fees also apply to facilities, including distilleries, that produced hand sanitizer under the temporary policy during Covid-19.
The FDA has acted consistently against America on behalf of the medical-industrial complex, only partially limited by direct orders from President Trump. The New Year’s Eve publication in the Federal Register came with the full knowledge of Azar, who has full responsibility for his entire agency’s regulatory decisions. This was not a low-level employee operating in a cave, isolated from the past year’s news. This was consistent conduct. The reversal is not creditable to a morally upright HHS Secretary correcting a misguided or rogue subordinate. It is, at best, a directly ordered correction by President Trump, and more likely a bit of kabuki theater, showing the Deep State’s muscle while providing a media story of Azar being the good guy.
Azar fired nobody. Azar had the regulation published and did not force withdrawal of the regulation, instead only “forgiving” the fine/”fee” for 2020. Here is how the hand sanitizer fee works in the real world, here is what normal politics looks like for deplorable flyover country Americans being shoved back down the memory hole and told by “conservative” corporatist mouthpieces to “get a U-Haul” trailer and “learn to code:”
[Peg] Hays, the owner of Casey Jones Distillery in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was among the many distilleries around the country that began producing hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic as many communities dealt with shortages.
“March 15, we had actually planning to close the distillery to get through COVID,” she said. “And then in less than two weeks, we’re out producing sanitizer.”
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Hays said Casey Jones Distillery is a small operation expected to produce 12,000 gallons of alcohol this year and only employs a handful of employees.
“We are not just a small craft distillery. We are a nano-small craft distillery,” she said. “We’d probably have sat down and had a big talk and said, ‘Look, how are we going to cut hours here?'”
The Department of Health and Human Services reversed course Thursday and withdrew the fee for producing hand sanitizer in 2020.
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Hays said she is grateful and relieved she will not have to pay the fee, but she is also seeking clarity about whether she can continue selling the hand sanitizer that is in her inventory without incurring another fee next year.
“We’ll lose the money we have invested in our inventory, plus if we ship a bottle, we’ve got that 14,060 bucks ahead of us.”
This is largely the fault of the passive aggressive RepubliCan’t Party’s subversion of our constitutional republic for the past four years, from enabling Putin’s “Russian collusion” disinformation campaign, to enabling the crippling of policy control through letting Schumer blockade hundreds of administration appointments from being made, to using the blue slip excuse to keep much of the federal judiciary solidly leftist, to ensuring there would be no real election security reform in 2017 (ensuring that each vote is cast by just one actual eligible American citizen).
* Fauci knew the initial model he used to scare President Trump and the nation into submission was a fraud, created by a serial hype artist in Britain whose projections over the decades show a need for very steep discounting. His supposed medical expert recommendation was not based on any peer reviewed study or experiment. His supposed “public health” prescriptions deliberately excluded the vast majority of real medical expertise, keeping out all the equally qualified experts that any real doctor would be obligated to consult for medical side effects (heart, cancer, circulatory, diabetes, mental health, child brain development . . .).Published in