The House and the Senate just passed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. Congressman Burgess (R TX 16th District) declares, “This is about patients and they will be better served by the passage of this bill.” The bill is expected to be signed by Obama by Thursday.
I think this kind of legislation represents the problem with American Politics. I am of the mindset Government is inefficient at best and downright terrible at worst at “fixing” anything. I honestly believe that most of the time, if they’d just do nothing, we the people would come out in a better position in the long run.
The FDA has proven itself to be terribly overbearing. Just last year they shut down an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania who sold raw milk to willing purchasers just because some of them lived across the state line. The FDA went undercover then sent Federal Agents in to raid this small town farmer’s business. He’s since had to shut down his farm. Is that the kind of FDA you want? Not me! The FDA says unpasteurized milk can contain a variety of harmful bacteria, including listeria, E.coli, salmonella and campylobacter.” so you cannot “choose” to buy your own raw mild from whomever, wherever you want. I think it’s rediculous. When government gets in the business of protecting me from me, it’s gone to far. Not only has it gone to far, it’s taken on a task that it cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, hope to enforce in the real world with any success. Remember prohibition? I bet you anything the ones who lobbied the government to label raw milk as dangerous and pass laws restricting it’s sale, get a healthy injection of capital from big milk producers.
Burgess also stated, “It is important that we spur innovation for antibiotic, rare disease, and pediatric oncology drug development and enhance other provisions such as drug shortages. I still believe that we should strengthen and improve the oversight of laboratory-developed tests instead of even contemplating duplicative regulation.”
Since when does the government “spur” innovation? What a joke! As I said before I believe we’d all be a lot better of if our Government did a lot less spurring and a lot more protecting our individual liberty, protecting private property rights.
Burgess sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest legislative standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and considered to be one of the most powerful committees as well. This committee has a wide-range of jurisdiction, presiding over all matters relating to telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health, air quality and environmental health, the supply and delivery of energy, and interstate and foreign commerce in general.
It was no surprise when I looked Congressman Burgess up on OpenSecrets.org and found that over the span of his 10 year career he’s received over 1.5 million dollars from the Health professionals and Pharmaceuticals/Health Products Industries. To be fair he was a a doctor for years before getting into politics, but I really hate the idea that, these guys get into politics, start taking big money from big industry, and then champion legislation that directly benefits those same industries. Even if it’s on the up and up, it reeks of beltway politics as usual to me. The same old staus quo politicians are not going to fix this broken nation. I know we can do better.