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ellie_kay
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh great, yet another thing our federal dollars will go to that they're not supposed to go to...
thisgirliknow
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
not supposed to go to research that will save lives?

ellie_kay
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
no. that should come from a private organization.
thisgirliknow
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
disagreed.

what about cancer or AIDS research?
ellie_kay
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
grants and donations from private organizations and profits from the sale of medicine. actually, wait, i forgot, everyone wants $20 prescriptions and free doctor's visits.........so yeah, maybe we do need the government to steal taxpayer money and give it to this type of funding.

it was never the place of the federal government to fund this stuff. and it still shouldn't be. yeah, it sounds nice with the "saving lives" talk, but believe me, if the government didn't fund these things, they'd get the money elsewhere.
thisgirliknow
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
We see eye-to-eye on a few things now. This isn't one of them.
ellie_kay
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
So I can understand where you're coming from...why do you believe the federal government is the only answer here....is obligated and should be allowed to fund things like this?
thisgirliknow
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
I don't think the government is the *only* answer, but I think it plays a big part. What should a government do, if it doesn't play a part in the health and welfare of our people?
ellie_kay
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
"a" government, or the "United States" government?

I think the best way for the government to ensure good health and welfare is to step back and let the private sector flourish.

The government is incompetent on *so* many levels. Everyone knows it. They complain about government employees, government programs, taxes, budget deficit, etc. on a regular basis. Yet for some reason they continue to want the government to take care of every aspect of our lives and the country. I just don't get it.
thisgirliknow
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
I think government is better than lack thereof.

For example, read "Lord of the Flies" -- lack of government, not so pretty.
ellie_kay
Mar. 9th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
yeah, but a capitalist government is also better than a socialist one. that was the point i was trying to make...not lack of a govt.
tevarin
Mar. 9th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
I think there are some advantages to government funding for some medical (and other scientific) research.

If a private company were doing the research, they'd keep it secret until they could produce a profitable medicine, in order to keep others from copying them. The government can do it out in the open, publish preliminary results, etc. It helps the science go faster, reduces duplication of failed efforts, etc.

Certainly private research should be allowed and encouraged too; especially for speculative and out-of-the-box ideas. I think both have a role.
ellie_kay
Mar. 9th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
It helps the science go faster

"Government" and "Fast" should never be used in the same place at the same time...hah.
brittdreams
Mar. 9th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with this. Also, private companies wouldn't do research on cures for certain diseases because there might not be enough profits in the outcome. This probably doesn't matter if you're a Caucasian male or female because it means that diseases that predominantly affect minorities of a certain gender will likely be less studied for economic, rather than scientific, reasons.
brittdreams
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
So the CDC and NIH should be dissolved?
negativeneve
Mar. 10th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
It seems logical he would do that given his current economic policy that places the economy's failure or success in the hands of scientific research.
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