Saturday, June 30, 2018

Will President Trump Divest the FDA?

Breaking Up the US FDA…
Will President Trump Divest the FDA?

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A current rumor on the Internet has it that President Trump wants to abolish or combine various US Federal Agencies to create a leaner, more efficient Federal Bureaucracy. [1]

Suggestions are bantering about Facebook, Minds and Twitter.

We no doubt each have our favorite agency to see “disappeared.”    Certainly, at least the second-most-hated agency is the FDA — the Food and Drug Administration, known to some of its detractors as the Fraud and Death Administration.  It is one of the most convoluted and omnipresent agencies in the bloated organization chart of the Federal Establishment. [2]

It’s been just over a decade since an official government study of the FDA proclaimed:

1) The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak... . 2) The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific workforce does not have sufficient capacity and capability... . 3) The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its information technology (IT) infrastructure is inadequate... . 4) FDA does not have the capacity to ensure the safety of food for the nation... . 5) The development of medical products based on “new science” cannot be adequately regulated by the FDA... . 6) There is insufficient capacity in modeling risk assessment and analysis... . 7) The FDA science agenda lacks a coherent structure and vision, as well as effective coordination and prioritization... . 8) The FDA has substantial recruitment and retention challenges... . 9) The FDA has an inadequate and ineffective program for scientist performance... . 10) The FDA has not taken sufficient advantage of external and internal collaborations... . 11) The FDA lacks the information science capability and information infrastructure to fulfill is regulatory mandate... . 12) The FDA cannot provide the information infrastructure support to regulate products based on new science. [3]

The FDA is a failed agency…

…that, in Dr. Ron Paul’s memorable words, “engages in abuse of power.” He said, in effect, ‘Giving the FDA more power is giving it more power to abuse.’

Even the FDA’s own scientists are complaining about the corruption that pervades the agency — and this is not the first time conscientious scientists have raised these issues. [4]

Then we have the strange case of William W. Thompson, PhD., the whistle-blower in the CDC (an agency that acts in conjunction with the FDA) who exposed the shocking fact that the CDC knew the MMR vaccine was associated with elevated autism rates among especially black boys. [5] 

I believe that due to the (1)  FDA’s focus on the drug industry (80% of its funding comes from Big Pharma “user fees”) and (2)  its failure to protect the safety of the food supply, (3)  while engaging in international “harmonization” that degrades organic standards and allows ever-increasing levels of toxins (including antibiotic residues) in the food supply, the FDA is incapable of administering food regulations. 

The FDA’s prejudice against nutrient supplementation and traditional homeopathic and natural remedies means these advanced healthcare alternative competitors to pharmaceuticals are denigrated, marginalized and regulated against.

What is the answer?

What would, say, a businessman who became President do? 

I suspect it would be to tell FDA to, in the immortal words of John Galt, “Get out of the way.”

We need to engage market forces to stimulate advanced alternatives to a medical system that is now the major source of death in our society, according to a landmark peer-reviewed article by Dr. Gary Null. [6]

We need to divest the FDA of any authority over foods. Maybe then it can focus on the dangers of pharmaceuticals, including the un-insurable risks of mandatory “unavoidably unsafe” vaccination, as it was mandated by law in 1986 to do. Historically both the DEA and EPA were “spun-off” the FDA.

We need to free Foods (including nutrients, and natural and homeopathic remedies) from the deadly hands of the FDA.

Health Freedom Advocates have proposed the Natural Remedies Access Act
 which would protect foods, vitamins, homeopathics and other natural remedies from FDA’s fake science “risk/benefit” analysis which always leads to restricting access. [7] 

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That’s a first step toward deregulating and divesting.

The details? I suppose we’ll have to leave that up to the CEO-in-Chief.

By Ralph Fucetola JD

This article was originally published at the Bolen Report:

[1] “Merge the food-safety functions of the USDA, HHS, and FDA into a single agency within the Department of Agriculture.”
[2] When I first called for divesting FDA of food authority:
[3] November 2007 Report of the Subcommittee on Science and Technology, “FDA Science and Mission at Risk.”
[5] [6]
[7] Read the bill here:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Voting Third Party - Only Vote Not Wasted!

Voting Third Party this November
Is the Only Vote Not Wasted!
Voting Third Party Furthers The Disruptive Agenda
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Ben Shapiro, writing in the Daily Wire June 14, 2018, said he was shocked that FBI agents would interfere with American elections, and particularly in the 2016 presidential election.
"Buried in the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report – a report that found no political bias in the actions of the FBI during the Hillary investigation – is one massive bombshell: a text from FBI agent Peter Strzok to his lover, FBI agent Lisa Page. Here’s the insane exchange, circa August 2016: 
Page: "[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!"
Strzok: "No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it." 
How in the world could an FBI agent – and not just an FBI agent, but a key, high-ranking FBI agent involved in both the Hillary Clinton investigation and the Russian election interference investigation – text this? And more importantly, how could the IG then find that no political bias was present in the actions of the FBI?" [1]
My comment posted at the Shapiro article was:
"While I doubt that Mr. Shapiro is really shocked, he does right by pointing to the FBI's interference in the election.  If you want a deep state "strong enough" to "guarantee security" you will get a deep state strong enough to "guide" the electoral process. We are not just witnessing deep state corruption in the FBI, we are seeing how all power corrupts. If you want a return to a free republic, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress must reassert "our representatives" control over the government. Or, failing that (and fail Congress will!) we the people must vote for third party candidates this November to send a clear message of rejection of the deep state takeover!"
That is the theme I take up here:  voting for the (G)OP or the Demoncrats is a vote for the Deep State. 

Such a vote is worse than wasted. It allows the "two" tax-eater party leaders to pretend to have public support.  The only vote that is not wasted is a vote for any third party candidate.  Only someone   willing to stand for Congress on a ticket other than the duopoly parties is someone we might be able to trust in Congress!

Continuing Donald Trump's disruptive impact on American politics requires a real shake-up of voting habits.

What impact will third party votes have on the way the ruling parties govern?

Historically, American third parties have often "set the agenda" for the governing coalitions, even though the "two party system" has been maintained as a structure in which the elites are able to contain their rivalries. There are numerous examples of significant policy changes, from the end of slavery through alcohol prohibition of the effect of third party movements throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries.  Independent campaigns, such as those of former governor George Wallace (the last independent candidate to win electoral votes in multiple states - 1968), connected businessman Ross Perot and politician John Anderson determined the scope of presidential politics throughout the second half of the 20th Century.

What impact will future third party votes have on election outcomes?

Let's look at Libertarian Party votes over the past three presidential elections. I addressed that in more detail [2] where I wrote,

"The recent trend in Libertarian Party [] Presidential Vote Results is clearly upward: [3]

          2008 - 523,715 - 0.40%
          2012 - 1,275,971 - 0.99%
          2016 - 4,488,914 - 3.28%

[Note that the 2016 total, when two former two term (G)OP governors carried the LP banner, was substantially larger than the 2.9 million vote difference between the two tax-eater parties.]"

Third party votes most likely prevented Hillary Clinton from becoming president.

During the 2017 off-year election LP candidates garnered anywhere from 1% to 45% of the votes cast in particular local elections [4]. As far back as the presidential election of 1972 the LP presidential candidate did receive an electoral vote in Virginia [5].

Voter participation (as a percent of VAP -- Voting Age Population ) peaked, interestingly in 1860, at 81% and has slowly declined to 2016's 55.5% (the lowest was 50.3% in 2000). [6] As the voting percentage has declined, in recent years, however, the percentage of people who regularly vote for third parties has grown. [7] This is confirmed by the above noted LP presidential votes over the past three cycles.

So the question becomes: what is a patriotic American to do when faced with the choices on the ballot this coming November?

Voting for either Democrats or Republicans just encourages the continuation of the current situation -- a Congress unable to reform the broken "progressive" entitlement programs that are leading us to ruin; unable to protect the peace, our security and especially our liberties.

The Federal Government still chooses to borrow about 40% of its bloated budget, policing the world to make it safe for Chinese commerce, while failing to provide safe roads, bridges and schools here in America.

While the deregulation "Trump Boom " may paper-over the fundamentals, for a while, we are still faced with extraordinary increases in the Federal Debt, which are themselves papered-over by the Federal Reserve buying nearly all new Treasury Bonds and inflating the money supply as a result. This Keynsian debt time bomb will blow up the boom, sooner or later. Especially since the President, in years past, had famously stated, "I love debt."

The two tax-eater parties need to fear a taxpayer revolt, again. Taxed Enough Already. That revolt is always expressed by refusing to vote for the duopoly parties. They do, indeed, watch the numbers carefully.

If even ten percent of voters started regularly voting third party, the duopoly would shudder.

If a third did so, it would collapse and the deadlock in DC would be replaced by new alliances and new approaches.

The power of disruptive politics has been proven by the Trump Presidency. Now it needs to move beyond Trump.

Your vote counts. But only if you don't vote Democan or Republicat.

It's TEA time again!