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Investigation found Mexico pharmacies selling medication laced with Fentanyl, Methamphetamine



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Lawmakers in the United States and Mexico are calling for further investigation by the federal government about reports of several pharmacies in Mexico selling counterfeit medications. The initial investigation was conducted by the Los Angeles Times, which revealed that the medications are being laced with “powerful narcotics, including fentanyl and methamphetamine” writes Foreign Desk News.

The investigation by the LA Times was conducted by reporters who traveled to three cities in northwestern Mexico and tested 17 pills purchased over the counter from pharmacies. Reporters discovered 12 tested positive for fentanyl or methamphetamine.

Federal prosecutor in Mexico Gilda Alejandra Llera Muñoz said that in response to requests, her office plans to investigate the findings, describing it as a new “modus operandi” that brings to light questions like whether pharmacies are deliberately breaking the law.

Speaking to the LA Times, Llera said authorities in Mexico “need to find where in the process they are faking the pills” and determine “if pharmacies are involved in criminal activity, or they do not know if they are selling medications with fentanyl.”

Veteran FBI Special Agent Robert Chacon told The Foreign Desk “This is a very interesting and disturbing new modus operandi by the cartels. But we have always known the cartels are well organized and well financed and usually at least one step ahead of the government when it comes to new technologies used to enhance their operations.”

“The U.S. should make every effort to address the new front in the fentanyl crisis. This would include everything that can be done within the U.S. as well as assisting the Mexican government in its battles with the cartels. The FBI and the DEA already maintain robust presence within Mexico and have for decades. This presence of FBI and DEA agents stationed all over Mexico should be employed in the effort to stop fentanyl from being distributed via Mexican pharmacies,” Chacon added.

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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency



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In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.

Key points of the situation include:

Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.

Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.

Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.

Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.

Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”

Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.

Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.

In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.

Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.

Information in this article was retrieved from Fox News.

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