RANT: I say “eliminate” the FDA and he talks about “reform”. Regulatory capture!

Dear Mr. Reinke,

Thank you for contacting me about U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform. In order to best represent you as your United States Senator, it is vital that I hear your views on this and other important matters.

I share your concerns about the need to reform the FDA. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ investigative arm, reported that the FDA’s inability to oversee medical product and food safety would be added to its list of “high risk” government programs and practices. Reports like these are troubling and require us to take action. As we discuss FDA reform, we need to be honest about what works and what does not. This means establishing better, more robust results-oriented performance measures, aligning activities and resources to meet strategic goals, and enhancing the use of performance information. We must implement policies that adequately prepare the FDA to keep pace with changing demands.

Thank you again for contacting me. I will keep you thoughts in mind. Please continue to be in touch with your opinions and concerns as we move forward in the 113th Congress. For further information or to sign up for my newsletter please visit my website at http://warner.senate.gov.

United States Senator

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RANT: Were murder charges appropriate?


Baltimore: Why Marilyn Mosby may not be able to convict police on murder charges in Freddie Gray’s death
By Alex Ferrer
Published May 01, 2015

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Further complicating her case is the fact that every day people who are arrested often claim to be injured, in pain or having difficulty breathing. It is a common tactic used to get an officer to loosen the handcuffs or release their grip on the defendant so he can continue to fight. As a result, officers faced with such claims sometimes transport the defendant to the hospital wing of their local jail for checkup, but they don’t usually stop on the road and wait for Fire Rescue to arrive. Under those circumstances is a jury going to feel that officers who don’t take immediate action on those frequent claims of injury not only deserve to be sued but deserve to go to prison? Clearly, if they had known Freddie Gray would die, the officers would have transported him quickly and directly to an emergency room. But as they say, hindsight is 20/20.

In the end, a jury will decide what criminal charges, if any, are appropriate in this case. Based on the facts laid out today, however, the prosecutor failed to lay out a basis for murder and even manslaughter may be a difficult sale.

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Apparently, this is another rush to judgment by “over charging” the police.

Then, there will be more riots when they are eventually acquitted.

The politicians and bureaucrats make political points pandering to the mob.

And the Nation suffers all the damages.


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