Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant that is a major employer in Kalamazoo County, announced plans for major job cuts worldwide. That includes 250 research jobs in the City of Kalamazoo. As they still employ 4000 people in this county, it could have been worse. Ann Arbor will lose 2000 Pfizer jobs.
This seems to be a tradition in this area. Every few years, the pharmaceutical company that was Upjohn, Pharmacia and Upjohn, Pharmacia, and now Pfizer cuts more jobs in this county.
Pharmaceutical companies have been frequent targets of attack by Democrats in recent years. Whatever their faults, these companies make drugs that save many thousands of lives. Yet Democrats are pushing legislation that would impare their ability to save more lives.
In Michigan, one of the major items on the Democrats' agenda is legislation that will make it easier to sue drug companies.
Nationally, Democrats are pushing legislation for government to "negotiate" lower drug prices. Depending on how it is implemented, this could impose price controls. Another de facto imposition of price controls is the reimportation of prescription drugs from Canada.
Price controls would reduce the amount of money that drug companies have to conduct the very expensive research needed to save lives. Thousands of people could die needlessly so that Democrats can win a few more votes.