FDAOnce upon a time, so the story goes, the American pharmaceutical industry was a “wild West” in which greedy, unscrupulous snake-oil salesmen preyed on unsuspecting citizens. Average Americans, in the same tale, were incapable of sifting through the claims of drug purveyors and of determining which drugs were both safe and effective, and thus were suffering and dying in droves at the hands of these conniving profiteers. The happy ending to the story is that the federal government, in response to public outcries for salvation, stepped in and forced all drug manufacturers to prove their products were safe and effective before they could sell them; henceforth, Americans could be certain that no drugs would ever harm them again.

An unwelcomed visitor has made its way into the United States from India: the “superbug.” Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) has the potential to spread worldwide, warn scientists.

First Lady Michelle Obama has been touted as a “champion” in her efforts against childhood obesity. However, her labors have been criticized for their infringement upon individual rights, particularly those of parents. Now, by turning her attention to American restaurants nationwide, Michelle Obama has indicated her willingness to tread upon the individual liberties of adults.

On March 9, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), referring to the then-pending ObamaCare legislation, said that Congress “[has] to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it, away from the fog of controversy.” Congress passed the bill shortly thereafter, and Americans have been finding out what’s in it ever since — to the dismay of both average Americans and Democratic politicians, whose poll numbers have fallen steadily since the bill became law.

Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama said that his healthcare reform plan “would bring down premiums by $2500 for the typical family.” In February of this year he urged Congress to pass healthcare reform or else Americans would “see exploding premiums and out-of-pocket costs burn through more and more family budgets.”

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