Parma, OH (PressExposure) May 06, 2009 -- American Conservative Values (http://american-conservativevalues.com/) is not at all surprised that, Senator Arlen Specter is diving down deep into his new role as a turncoat Liberal Democrat. Only a day or two after accusing the Republicans of moving to the "extreme right" (which translates as: I've been too Liberal with my votes and now Pennsylvania won't re-elect me as a Republican so to save the political career that I can't live without, I'll just become a Democrat), he got right on with the never-ending Liberal hate speech agenda.
Speaking this past weekend on Face the Nation, Senator Specter said, "[A]s a matter of principle, I'm becoming much more comfortable with the Democrats' approach. And one of the items that I'm working on...is funding for medical research. If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine."
So, he admits that the mostly non-governmental research that has gone into cancer in the last 40-plus years has saved many lives including his own---but that's not good enough for him? Well the fact of the matter is that this politicizing of the death of a fine man like Jack Kemp, who was a Conservative Republican, is absolutely disgusting.
Republicans realize what the Liberal Democrats seem incapable of realizing (or is it, they cover up their knowing for the sake of their own power?). Republicans realize that only private enterprise can hope to make the cancer breakthroughs that will save even more lives--hopefully, one day, leading to a cure for cancer.
Who is this "we" that Senator Specter talks of? Clearly he means the Socialist government of the Democrats--not We the People. He certainly has mastered the Democrat arts of the last 40 years--twisting words to make tyranny sound like compassion and benevolent wisdom.
So, Senator Specter, the government's direct involvement in cancer treatment R&D can trump that of private industry? It's funny that you should say that, since at the very same time none other than one of President Obama's own economic advisors, Austan Goolsbee says that you're sadly wrong.
In a very recent paper titled 'Does Government R&D Policy Mainly Benefit Scientists and Engineers?', Goolsbee writes, "In the U.S., the government has directly funded a large fraction of total R&D spending...there is a serious problem with such government efforts to increase inventive activity. The majority of R&D spending is actually just salary payments for R&D workers. Their labor supply, however, is quite inelastic so when the government funds R&D, a significant fraction of the increased spending goes directly into higher wages...Because of the higher wages, conventional estimates of the effectiveness of R&D policy may be 30 to 50% too high. The results also imply that by altering the wages of scientists and engineers even for firms not receiving federal support, government funding directly crowds out private inventive activity."
So the true brief history of cancer research in the United States goes like this: the United States has the greatest cancer treatment system of all nations on the Earth. This greatness has been achieved by the private sector in spite of very significant interference by the government. Which means...if private industry could not save Jack Kemp, the government very likely prevented it from doing so.
Does that sound as conspiratorial as Senator Specter's hate speech? Consider these other moments from the history of cancer research in the United States.
In 1953, the U.S. Senate found that the government was involved in a conspiracy to cover up cancer treatment discoveries. The Senator who was leading the investigation suddenly died...and the investigation was ceased.
In 1964, the FDA spent what would equate to hundreds of millions of dollars today to stop the mass production of an alternative cure for cancer which had already been clinically documented to have saved thousands of lives. The court found the defendants innocent of the government's charges and said that the FDA should objectively evaluate the treatment. Instead, the FDA banned it.
In 1975, Dr. James Watson, who served for two years on the National Cancer Advisory Board, was asked about the National Cancer Program. His reply was: "It's a bundle of shit." Dr. Linus Pauling, who in 1970 declared that Vitamin C could fight both colds and cancer (and for which he was largely ridiculed at the time) once said, "Everyone should know that the 'war on cancer' is largely a fraud."
So, just like Senator Specter's declared reasons for changing of his political allegiances, the "war on cancer" that he wants the government to wage is a fraud. Senator Specter, do us all a favor and retire quietly into your good-night.