July 19, 2014

American Fascism [Darleen Click]

Process as punishment.

The Food and Drug Administration is putting the squeeze on J.C. Newman Cigar Co. — a 119-year-old family owned company — with the rules and regulations in Florida, which could lead the company to close down.

“Founded in 1895 by Julius Caesar Newman, a Hungarian immigrant, the Tampa-based family business is the last of what was once 150 ‘Cigar City’ factories,” Watchdog.org reports.

Food for thought: the business has survived through two world wars, the Great Depression and 19 different U.S. presidents.

The FDA has deemed that J.C. Newman’s cigars do not qualify as “premium cigars” because they sell for less than $10. The cheap price is a testament to good business practices — supported by the longevity of the company — not necessarily the quality of the cigars.

In other words, the FDA is imposing a “one size fits all” regulation that literally penalizes J.C. Newman for being good at business.

What’s more, it’s a way of artificially raising prices simply to kill a business type the government doesn’t support. [...]

Despite the quality of their tobacco and their traditional hand-rolling methods, J.C. Newman’s cigars do not qualify as “premium” because they cost less than the arbitrary price threshold of $10.

In fact, the hand-rolling technique might not even be FDA approved, as per new requirements laid out in a 67-page legal proposal. The proposal will require the company “Obtain federal approval before offering any new cigar product,” “Submit every type of cigar sold to rigorous scientific review,” and “Comply with new manufacturing practices.”

Those manufacturing practices include paying a “fee in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, effectively paying the FDA to regulate it,” Watchdog.org reports, and “thousands of hours, according to an FDA analysis, to test new products before submitting an application to sell a single new brand or size of cigar.”

Just another unaccountable Federal agency joining in on the precedent set by J. Edgar Holder’s Operation Choke Point

Operation Choke Point functions as a partnership between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and various other federal agencies which deal with bank regulations, specifically the Treasury and the SEC. The objective of the project is to choke-off fraudulent businesses from accessing financial services, in an effort to protect consumers.

The controversy, however, is over allegations that the DOJ is pressuring financial institutions to decline doing business with so-called “high risk” industries which line up squarely against the political leanings of the current administration. These businesses include ammunition sales, payday loans, pornography, fireworks companies, and others—24 industries in total, as listed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

“Operation Choke Point is one of the most dangerous programs I have experienced in my 45 years of service as a bank regulator, bank attorney and consultant, and bank board member. Operating without legal authority and guided by a political agenda, unelected officials at the DOJ are discouraging banks from providing basic banking services…to lawful businesses simply because they don’t like them,” said William M. Isaac, former chairman of the FDIC. [...]

Virginia Republican Rep. Robert Goodlatte revealed that one of the more egregious examples sent in to the committee was a meeting between the DOJ and a bank regarding the continued provision of financial services to a payday loan company.

The DOJ official reportedly told the banker, “I don’t like this product, and I don’t believe it should have a place in our financial system. And if you don’t agree, there will be an immediate, unplanned audit of your entire bank.”

The Justice Department has now served over 50 subpoenas on banks, and Alabama Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus expressed considerable concern that dragging banks into a long and expensive process is just an underhanded way of encouraging banks to drop clients as an easy-out.

“Subpoenas are expensive to comply with and can bring unwanted scrutiny. The natural reaction from a financial institution might be to sever relations with the merchant and be done with it,” Bachus said Thursday in a hearing at the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.

Posted by Darleen @ 10:53am
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  1. - That will teach us to question the IRS, Justice dept., and FEDs et al.: ………”The Empire strikes back”

  2. “One question, Mr. DOJ official: are we servicing any of your loans? Have you ever been even so much as a minute late with a payment? Did you know we could call in the full amount that you still owe? Did you know we can probably buy any of your debts from whoever has them now, and do the same to those? Are you sure you want to fuck with us? Oops, did I say that out loud? Of course I didn’t — but as soon as this meeting ends I’m going to be fitting your balls into the tightest vise I can find.”

  3. That would require, McGehee, that said banks not be willing partners in Fascism.

  4. The world would be a lot politer if everyone just acclaimed me Absolute Tyrant.

    Politer to me, that part goes without saying.

  5. so Team R is butt-hurt that the fascists are treating disfavored businesses the same way they treat women’s clinics?

    America lol

  6. Not so fast, McGehee. My youngest son has dibs on that job.

    Do you need henchmen? If so, dibs!

  7. griefer

    You got something in mind – because I’m not seeing it.

  8. America lol

    Might I suggest you take advantage of the several new openings for children to go live in one of several well known Central American countries ?

  9. Of course fats doesn’t have anything in mind, but when your side is caught not only digging in the cookie jar, but also demolishing the chocolate factory and firebombing the wheat fields, you want to point to anything you can to change the subject.

    If banks were even so much as less than fawningly slavish towards the baby murder factories, there would be an outcry that would echo from the exact circle of hell where their mission statement was written, with #HashtagWars and #BindersFullOfRapists claiming time on MSNBC (in between the blasts of wind from Howard Stern’s ass, that is)…

  10. - I wouldn’t suggest deporting the Yellow menace. You want him close where you can keep an eye on him at all times.

  11. BBH, I see your point, but it needs to go see how the other half really lives.

  12. He could go visit his relatives in Texas. That would be a wake up call.

  13. Leigh, what do have against Texas ?

  14. Heh.

  15. I guess HF didn’t get ass-pounded this weekend, so it’s upset.

  16. Every thread with a griefer in it is about nothing but the griefer.

    It couldn’t be happier.

  17. I think that every thread with the griefer should also contain the word “ass-pounded”.

    “griefer” and “ass-pounding” go together like macaroni and cheese.

  18. I’ll never be able to mac and cheese again.

  19. jalapeno mac and cheese is my favorite

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