[Market-farming] NAIS or making an omlette with rotten eggs
lhh at hughes.net
Thu Nov 2 21:55:38 EST 2006
Anyone that thinks NAIS will have anything much to do with public
health has pretty much been living in an alternative universe for the
past several decades (at least) and especially for the past several
This last congress was the laziest congress on record, taking a month
more vacation time than the previous record setter (I think the
congress of 1948). Of the 11 funding bills that need to be passed
this year for the government to work only something like 2 or maybe 3
were completed. The rest we can expect during the lame duck session
when no one can do anything about it.
As to what does into the legislation, several studies this year have
shown a direct quid pro quo between 'donations' (read bribes) and
line items on bills. As it, I want a line in a bill, let's say NAIS
and I'm a chip manufacturer, there is probably a rising scale for how
much of the business I get related to how much I give. This is the
Unlike ever before, bills are all being done behind closed doors
(don't think that stuff you see on C-Span has much relationship to
anything) mostly by the senior majority party members.
Almost always now, bills are written by specific industry lobbyist.
Again, the more donated, the more of the bill a particular industry
gets to write. What do you think the Abramoff affair, or the K
Street project is all about?
So, back to NAIS, people that watch DC do not think a NAIS bill is
going to pass this year. Reason why? Not enough money has been
raised out of the specific industry lobbiest yet. In other words, a
bill like NAIS should make a number of important congresspeople a lot
of money. So far, it hasn't. Once the bribes, I mean donations, get
high enough then you will see legislation. Again, this will be
legislation written in private, written no doubt by the highest
So, again, anyone that thinks this legislation is going to be written
in the public interest, in the interest of fighting whatever disease,
wake up and read the papers.
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