Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Choices - There Ought to be a Law?

A look at what's behind outlawing certain victimless acts

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Monday, May 14, 2007


(originally posted on April 29, 2007)

Normally I stick to the issues themselves and don’t comment on specific legislation, but the following is too important that I’ll make an exception. This isn’t about politics, except that a few members of the U.S. Senate are playing politics with our lives and the lives of people we care about. This proposal is called the Safe Drug Compounding Act but it is no such thing. It should be called the Limit Medication and Increase Suffering Act. Compounded medication is medication that is customized by a doctor for a particular patient and then put together by the pharmacy where the patient picks it up. If you do not rely on compounded medication, it is likely a family member of yours does, a friend of yours does, and/or a family member of a friend of yours does. Just as our fingerprints are unique, so are our reactions to medications. You should have every right to purchase medication that is suited to YOUR needs. A few members of the U.S. Senate want to restrict our access to these medications. Whether you can take medication tailored to your reactions should be up to you and your doctor, NOT the government. So what can you do? Call the offices of these senators and tell them to LAY OFF! (of course a little nicer) Here are the phone numbers:

Senator Ted Kennedy: 202-224-4543
Senator Pat Roberts: 202-224-4774
Senator Richard Burr: 202-224-3154

You will probably get one of their staff members. Here is the sample script: “Hi [person’s name]. I am calling about Senator [Kennedy’s, Roberts’s, or Burr’s] authoring of the Safe Drug Compounding Act. Our doctors and ourselves should be the ones determining whether we receive compounded medication, not the government. Therefore, I ask that Senator [Kennedy, Roberts, or Burr] withdraw his name as a co-author and vote against this bill if it ever comes to the floor” They may ask you for your name and e-mail address, give it to them


Choices - Health Care

(originally posted on April 29, 2007)

I have released a new podcast about what we should do about the health care crisis

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Choices - Housing

(originally posted on April 7, 2007)

It has been a month and I'm back! We are kicking off a series of podcasts titled Choices. This one is about choices in housing. Rent controls (against) vs. public housing (less against) vs. housing vouchers (means-tested). If you don't even know what some of those things are, no worries, I give simple explanations of words people might not understand and this is no exception

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Quick Correction

(originally posted on March 13, 2007)

I misspoke on the two property rights podcasts. John Locke was not a founding father, but was a philosopher who had a huge impact on our founding fathers<

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Property Rights - 2 for 1 special

(originally posted on March 7, 2007)

I have released two podcasts today, both dealing with property rights. One of them is about the government's ability to take private property (proper use vs. abuse), and the other is about taxation (punishment for tax evaders; and implementing tax reform)

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Property Rights

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Fairness #2 - Death Penalty

(originally written on February 21, 2007)

This next podcast gives a fair look at the death penalty and responds to rhetoric from both sides

Fairness #2 - Death Penalty

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(originally written on February 5, 2007)
Today's topic is Fairness, encompassing whether Affirmative Action should be used and whether 'equal time' should be allocated in public school science classes for Creationism and/or Intelligent Design along with Evolution

Your comments are welcome


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Official Topic

(originally written on January 23, 2007)

The official topic of my first podcast is The Silent Consensus on the issues presented by the State of the Union speech given later today

State of the Union analysis

New Website

We have moved to this website for now on