RANT: United States creates new drugs; no thanks to the gooferment

Monday, September 10, 2007

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2007/09/04/no_health_care?page=2

No “Health Care”?
By Thomas Sowell
Tuesday, September 4, 2007

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People who are urging us to follow other countries that control the prices of medications seem uninterested in the fact that those countries depend on the United States to create new drugs, after they destroyed incentives to do so in their own countries.

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HillaryCare, EdwardsCare, Medicare … … it’s all the same trash.

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GUNS: Sure throw another gun law on the pile

Monday, September 10, 2007

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070910/D8RINT7O1.html

Cleveland Mayor: Ban Guns for Under 21
Sep 10, 1:26 PM (ET)

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland’s mayor called on the state Monday to create a new law that would prohibit anyone under age 21 from possessing a firearm.

Mayor Frank Jackson’s proposal followed the shooting death last week of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet as she walked to a corner store. He noted that police statistics from 2004 to 2006 show 70 percent of those arrested for crimes involving firearms were under 28.

Under Ohio law, no one under 18 is permitted to purchase a firearm. A person must be at least 21 to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

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And like a giant non sequiteur, how this helps the situation is unclear to me? Am I missing something?

End the pseudo drug war, and just like Prohibition, the collateral damage will end. We don’t see Bud and Miller shooting it out over who will sell their wares on what corner.

We have had a the “War on Drugs” for several decades now. It’s don a lot of good. We have more people in jail, more drug addiction, more shoot outs, and less treatment.

Let’s have the gooferment leave it to the marketplace to solve the problem. The gooferment should just walk away from the problem. Wonder what all the drug dealers will do when you can buy your drugs at the corner store for pennies. Best estimates that I have seen, say that MaryJane will be akin to tobacco. Other drugs will be akin to aspirin. That’s the way it was in the early 1900s. It would be a real laff to see the Columbian Drug cartel lined up against WalMart.

And, we won’t have young adults, who should know better, dead from drugs adulterated with poisons or of unknown strength.

Drug addiction is a medical problem.

Gun violence is due to the “drug prohibition” we have stupidly allowed the gooferment to enforce.

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STATE: NC gets on a legally binding organ donation plan

Monday, September 10, 2007

http://lifesharers.blogspot.com/2007/09/legally-binding-organ-donation.html

Saturday, September 08, 2007
“Legally binding” organ donation?

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North Carolina will soon become the 45th state to make signing up to be an organ donor legally binding, according to a story in the Charlotte Observer. http://www.charlotte.com/local/story/268591.html

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Seems like a “sin” to deny another of God’s children a chance to live by being “stupid” or vain or superstitious. Imagine arriving at the Pearly gates, where there’s a big queue, and being greeted by a big Purple EZPASS like sign that says “Express Lane for Organ Donors”? :-) As if there is such a thing as a Pearly Gate. More likely Minnie Pearle saying “Howdeee”. And, I have to laff at my older relatives who believed that they’d need all their parts in the after life. To steal Marv Alpert’s line, “if there is a next time”.

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MONEY: Money conveys information if not crowded out by gooferment noise

Monday, September 10, 2007

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2007/tle433-20070902-06.html

Thoughts About Money and Other Things
by L. Neil Smith

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Here’s why: the information that money conveys is called “price”—a word, in the study of economics, with a technical definition. Each of us contributes to the pool of that information whenever he buys something—or refrains from buying it—in the marketplace, as long as the marketplace, and the choices we all make, remain free and uncoerced.

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I think this is an important attribute of money that is often overlooked. (I know when I took economics I don’t think I heard this concept.)

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