First up – the Cap n’ Trade Bill that passed the house in the shadow of Michael Jackson-news-all-the-time-all-the-networks. If one reads the sneaky fine print, I don’t think this is a good idea. I tried to find the bill online to actually read it, but could only find sites to read about it. As you can see on the link above the Energy Czar hasn’t bothered to read the entire thing. What?
A couple of opposing view points:
Mr. Beck (whom I really dislike as he is fast and loose at times, but not always, with his “facts” and unlike Fox’s Mr. O’Reilly is NOT charming). I’m a CNN girl, but you can’t argue with the opposition unless you know what they are saying; and sometimes they are correct.
The International Herald Tribune (which in the interest of disclosure has been purchased by the New York Times)
From The Economist ( the one that put the scare in me and had me up this morning writing letters to U.S. senators)
Then I hear about this – the FDA (the same people who passed Viagra in six months but took six years to pass a sunscreen that protects against both kinds of harmful rays from the sun) has decided that (and yes this is a personal issue for me) those who suffer from chronic pain should just suck it up. They are proposing to eliminate Vicodin, Percocet, and to lower the dosages of acetaminophen in the over the counter drugs that people use for arthritis, acute injuries, muscle pain, etc. This site is apparently (I’m still reading) a place one can go to protest this proposal- unfortunately I see by 30 June 2009. I’m looking to see who else can be contacted. Pain medication makes the lives of many chronic pain sufferers bearable, for those like me it increases significantly the quality of life on a day-to-day basis. Doctors (trust me) are skittish enough about prescribing pain medication even when clearly indicated.
What do you think?