Friday, June 14, 2024

Killing Business One Stab at a Time -Chair Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Lina “Genghis” Khan

June 14, 2024

Rumor has it the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Lina “Genghis” Khan, has set her wrath on a major US liquor distributor for the egregious crime of selling in bulk.

The company in the path Khan’s fury is called Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits; they distribute alcohol to bars and restaurants across the country... and like any rational business, they offer discounts for large, bulk purchases.

Some guy who stops off at a gas station to buy a Corona beer is obviously going to pay a higher price (per beer) than a huge restaurant chain that buys tens of thousands of Corona bottles at a time.

But to Genghis Khan, all prices should be the same.

A mom-and-pop shop that buys a few dozen at a time versus a major retailer that buys thousands of cases, should pay the exact same price per unit.

Not only does Genghis Khan not understand this very basic business principle... but she’s apparently never been to Costco either.

Costco has 100+ million members, and Sam’s Club has 50+ million members, all of whom understand that when you buy in bulk, you should pay a lower unit price... and hence save a lot of money.

What rock has she been living under that she can’t understand why bulk purchases result in substantial cost savings?

It’s the rock known as academia— in which Genghis Khan spent her entire adult career writing strongly-worded papers about the dangers of competition and capitalism, before being hired by Joe Biden to run the FTC.

It’s clear that if she gets her way, Genghis Khan will only succeed in driving up prices even further.

In fact the obscure law that Genghis Khan is using to justify her raid on Southern Glazer’s is called Robinson-Patman Act, which dates back to 1936.

Congress passed it over nine decades ago to help protect small grocery stores who were suffering from rising food prices due to the Dust Bowl. It states that suppliers cannot “discriminate in price” among their customers... and from Day 1 it was a terrible idea.

The government’s own analysis showed that the Robinson-Patman Act actually caused prices to increase, rather than keep them stable or fall. Perhaps this is why no one has bothered to enforce the Robinson-Patman Act in decades.

But Genghis Khan is resurrecting this old law to drive prices higher in America. And it’s not even her first effort to do so.

A few months ago I wrote about her lawsuit to block a proposed merger between two grocery store chains: Albertsons and Kroger.

The crux of Khan’s argument— which she offered zero evidence to substantiate— was that the merger “may lead to higher prices and reduced services for consumers.”

Sure, why not. It might also lead to alien invasions or the Dallas Cowboys actually winning the Superbowl.

But if Khan had any business sense whatsoever, she’d recognize that a merger between two grocery store chains would create substantial cost savings— savings which would be passed on to consumers in the form of lower prices.

A merger also allows the combined chain to remain competitive against the vast amount of competition in the grocery industry— from Amazon and Walmart, to farmers’ markets and co-ops.

Competition is one of the key forces of capitalism that helps keep costs down. Competition forces companies to cut costs, innovate, and provide more value to customers.

But Khan is always trying to disrupt that competition. It’s the opposite of what she should be doing.

That she fails to understand such basic principles is pretty scary given her substantial level of authority. Seriously, how out of touch do you have to be to not understand bulk discounts?

New parents don’t go to 7/11 to buy a few diapers at $1.50 each. They buy the 192-pack at Costco for 23 cents each.

Genghis Khan was never elected. She has never run a business or even worked in the private sector. She is as unqualified to run the FTC as she would be to run NASA or the US military.

And yet Joe Biden thought it a good idea to give her an enormous amount of power to destroy competition and make things more expensive.

I also have to point out whenever I talk about Genghis Khan that she’s widely disliked within her own agency and appears to be a terrible boss.

An internal government investigation showed that Khan consistently mismanaged government resources and abused her authority. Career professionals within the FTC said that she is “making decisions for headlines” as opposed to following the law.

The investigation also found that the FTC is “beset by dysfunction and chaos stemming from poor leadership and ideological bullying of its Chair and her leadership staff. These findings reinforce the results of repeated government-wide surveys that found the FTC to have a toxic work environment under Chair Khan.”

That’s the energy that Genghis Khan and her inflationary horde are bringing to the US economy in their efforts to stifle competition and keep inflation high.

Frankly it is beyond comprehension how this person has not been impeached by Congress. And that’s another good reason to have a Plan B.

To your freedom,
James Hickman

Co-Founder, Schiff Sovereign LLC

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On October 27th, 2023, a “90-day pause” to examine firearm export policy was announced by the Biden Administration. (If my calendar is correct, the 90 days pause has lasted over 180 days.)

Exporting firearms from the U.S. involves two major entities: the U.S. Department of State controls exports of guns that are “inherently for military end use;” and the U.S. Commerce Department controls exports of guns that do not fit this category.

Under a just announced “Interim Final Rule” published by Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the “pause” is going to become permanent policy. The export freezes sought by the Biden administration will be permanent. 

Hiding under the cover story of U.S. national security, this rule is intended to hobble the firearms industry’s ability to compete in the international market by eliminating export sales of firearms (by Americans) and, the Biden Administration hopes, make the firearms’ business less financially viable.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) estimates that the total economic impact of the Interim Final Rule easily exceeds $250 million to U.S. manufacturers and exporters, which is well above the low estimates BIS has been telling Congress.

The public can comment on the Interim Final Rule until July 1st.

The Interim Final Rule is scheduled to take effect May 30, 2024.

To intimidate exporters, under the Interim Final Rule, firearm export licenses will be reduced from four years to just one year.  (This has been a favorite tactic of Democrats since Franklin Roosevelt and his FCC tried to intimidate radio stations that dared to criticize FDR by dramatically shortening their licensing period.)

And there are foreign policy concerns (because the Biden Administration has been so successful in its foreign policy initiatives.)

License applications will consider foreign policy, national security risk factors, government corruption (ours or theirs?), diversion of firearms and human rights abuses, among other criteria.  (Sounds like something Letitia James would have thought up.)

There will be a presumption of denial for firearm export licenses to those countries identified by the State Department as “at risk,” which include 36 countries – mostly in Latin America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asian countries.

All previously approved firearm export licenses to “high risk” countries will be revoked 60 days after with the Interim Final Rule takes effect, in 2024

Will it make the world safer?  Nah!  Other countries are more than happy to fill the void and enjoy the sales revenue.  (Kinda like Biden’s policies on oil and natural gas.)

Constitutional protections are relatively weaker in firearm exports than in sales of firearms to U.S. citizens.  Executive authority is relatively greater in foreign affairs so the Biden administration takes advantage of this to weaken firearms manufacturers and drive them out of business.

Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President & General Counsel said this:.

“The enmity of the Biden administration against the firearm industry and Second Amendment rights is without parallel. This is deeply troubling the lengths to which this administration will go to turn the levers of government against a Constitutionally-protected industry in order to cozy up to special-interest gun control donors.”

Is he saying Biden is catering to one branch of the Democrat Party in an election year by attacking firearms?  Is there any evidence that he does this sort of electioneering with other groups?  Say, forgiving student loans or reparations to blacks?  (Sarcasm intended.)

Keane also said: These “policies that would strike at the heart of the ability of this industry to stay in business. This has been the end goal since President Biden said from the Democratic debate stage that ‘firearm manufacturers are the enemy.’ This is a wholesale attack on the industry that provides the means for Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights.”

Remember when Biden came to office as a self-proclaimed uniter?  An American industry is his “enemy.”  That’s uniting?

Export licensing may seem distant from the usual 2nd Amendment issues but the Biden administration will use every power, constitutional or not, to achieve its far-left goals, which includes destroying 2nd Amendment rights.


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