In this episode of RealClear Radio Hour, we discuss the fiascos of government overreach and overregulation—on American Indian reservations, in the EpiPen saga, and with political intimidation campaigns.
Naomi Schaefer Riley, New York Post columnist and author of The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians joins me at the top of the hour. Naomi details how federal policies have consigned Native Americans to poverty and contributed to their high rates of suicide, domestic abuse, gang violence, unemployment, and drug and alcohol epidemics. She argues for repealing both stifling tribal regulations and the loophole economy regulatory exemptions, instead allowing for true property rights and access to capital.
My second guest is Scott Gottlieb, M.D., former Deputy Commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Scott describes today’s EpiPen pricing debacle and how the FDA’s overly complex generic drug approval process creates expensive barriers to market entry that end up gouging the public.
We close this week with Victor Bernson, Vice President and General Counsel of Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the country’s largest center-right grassroots advocacy organization. Vic discusses how AFP and groups throughout California became a political target of Attorney General Kamala Harris. He shares how AFP was vindicated in their First Amendment suit, in which AG Harris’ blanket collection and potential public distribution of confidential private donor names was ruled unconstitutional.
You can hear the discussion by listening to the full show as-aired on iTunes, or you can check out the podcasts hosted on YouTube and SoundCloud. Make sure to check back next week for another episode of RealClear Radio Hour.