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April 02, 2005

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Academics run on reputation. It is the single most valuable asset a scientist has. There is already effective self-policing among the academic community. I'd like to just put out a couple thoughts:

1. Bush wants to shut down the NIH. (My feeling.) He can't attack it overtly because the nation is pro-medical-advancements. But the nation also believes in 'evil scientists'. Bush uses moot ethical issues like human cloning or pharmaceutical kickbacks as a noose to slowly throttle the NIH.

2. The hypocrisy is rank. Tell me again how many free trips, gifts, cash and favors are given by lobbyists to the Congressmen who want to write these laws? Not to mention Bush has just spent four months touring the country saying "it's your money and you should be able to invest it how you want" in his effort to destroy Social Security; now he says "if you work at the NIH you can't invest in a fund that has holdings in any biotechnology concerns"??

The date on this post says April 2 but I'm praying it's still April 1.

Tell me again how many free trips, gifts, cash and favors are given by lobbyists to the Congressmen who want to write these laws?

Yep. I'm shocked... shocked to find influence peddling going on at NIH, says Bush. Why? What's the agenda?

I don't know if he wants to close it down or replace it with the National Institutes of Intelligent Design.

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