Mylan pushed for law to make EpiPens mandatory in US schools — then fled overseas to avoid taxes

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch (Fortune Live Media/Flickr)

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch (Fortune Live Media/Flickr)

EpiPen is the brand name of an device that makes it easy to inject a pre-measured dose of epinephrine (adrenaline), most often for the treatment of anaphylaxis.

  1. Mylan, the manufacturer of the EpiPen, spent $4 million lobbying Congress to pass the 2013 School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act
  2. The Act offers incentives to schools to stock the potentially life-saving EpiPen
  3. After the law was passed, 11 states mandated that their schools stock EpiPens
  4. Your tax dollars help pay for many of the EpiPens — through incentives (see #2, above), mandates (see #3, above), purchases by the Veterans Administration, reimbursements by Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as reimbursements by the health plans of state and local governments
  5. Having established a healthy demand for their product, Mylan did a “corporate inversion” in 2015, that converted them from a US company into a Dutch company, so they no longer pay any US taxes
  6. Not content with screwing us on taxes, Mylan jacked up the price of the EpiPen from $104 (2009) to $609 (2016)

But it’s not all bad news, Heather Bresch, the Mylan CEO has at least been compensated for her hard work on behalf of the company’s customers: her salary has gone from $4.9 million (2009) to $13.1 million (2015 — most recent year for which figures are available).

Source: Mylan pushed for law to make EpiPens mandatory in US schools — then fled overseas to avoid taxes

NYC Parks & Rec pulls down naked Donald Trump statue

Some jokers put up a statue of a naked Donald Trump in Union Square. The statue portrays a lumpy overweight man with surprisingly normal-sized hands but undersized genitals.

After the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation removed the statue, department spokesperson Sam Biederman explained the reason:

NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small.

Source: NYC Parks & Rec pulls down naked Donald Trump statue — then brilliantly mocks him in a statement

Trump’s path to victory

Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, is the new CEO of the Trump campaign.

Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, is the new CEO of the Trump campaign.

Everyone (i.e., the left-leaning pundits that the Bitemaster follows) says that Bannon will just “let Trump be Trump,” which will lead to further plummeting poll numbers.

Not quite so fast. I hereby predict that Bannon will not try to rein in Trump, but while Trump continues saying stupid stuff on the campaign trail, Bannon, a master of negative research, will be in the background, quietly feeding the mainstream media a continuing stream of of negative stories about Hillary Clinton. Topics will include the Clinton Foundation, Hillary’s email troubles, Benghazi, Hillary’s health, and aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin.

Just remember: you heard it here first, folks!

Director of the Missouri State Public Defender System Appoints the State’s Governor As Defense Counsel

Governor Jay Nixon (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Governor Jay Nixon (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Missouri  Governor Jay Nixon has consistently and repeatedly vetoed and cut funding for the state’s public defender system, forcing it into such a state of financial disrepair that it currently ranks second to last in the entire country.

So Michael Barrett, the director of the Missouri State Public Defender System, invoked Section 600.042.5 of the Missouri Revised Statutes and appointed Governor Jay Nixon as defense counsel:

[T]o ensure that poor people who face incarceration are afforded competent counsel in their defense, I hereby appoint you, Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon, Bar No. 29603, to enter your appearance as counsel of record in the attached case.

Source: After Repeated Budget Cuts, Pissed-Off Public Defender Appoints State Governor As Defense Counsel

Hat tip: MrMild

Ari Fleischer on the Trump maelstrom

Ari Fleischer, Bush press secretary

Ari Fleischer, Bush press secretary

Ari Fleischer, a press secretary in the George W. Bush White House, said Trump’s repeated calamities have “made it harder for people like me to be for him.” But he still intends to support the New York businessman over Clinton.

“Donald Trump says horribly offensive things that rattle me and bother me deeply. Hillary Clinton has done horribly bad things in terms of her personal ethics, in terms of her governmental ethics,” he said. “Trump has done it with his words. She’s done it with her deeds.”

Fleischer handled it like a pro.

Source: Trump tries to stop the bleeding

Three Baton Rouge cops shot and killed by Christian terrorist

A Christian terrorist wearing all black and toting a rifle shot and killed three cops in Baton Rouge and wounded three more Sunday. The man, identified as Gavin Eugene Long of Missouri, is suspected of being a member of either New Freedom Group or the Sovereign Citizens.

Conservative blogs are already blaming President Obama, who is suspected of being a closet Christian, for the killings.

Source: Three Baton Rouge cops shot and killed by lone gunman