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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-07-07 01:24 PM
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9. Neither Political Party Immune to Big Pharma Dollars
When short on facts, or losing an argument - call people names like luddite.

I am used to it, I've been called a Luddite for opposing paperless electronic voting machines too.

IT is wise IMHO to excercize caution about a new vaccine which may harm far more people than it may ever help.

Merck and its front groups have funded an enormous lobbying heavy with appeals to fear and guilt.

Neither political party is immune to big pharma dollars:

Big Pharma has few rivals along the Potomac when it comes to raw influence. Much of that power comes from the drug industry's vital role as a source of campaign contributions and lobbying money. Between 1998 and 2006, drug companies spent more than any other industry cajoling and wining and dining politicians and their staffers. All told, they shelled out over $1 billion during the eight-year period, more than any other U.S. industry, according to Washington watchdog group, the Center for Responsive Politics. And in the most recent election, Big Pharma was among the top industries, contributing $17.8 million to political candidates and political action committees. Some 68 percent of contributions went to Republicans; 31 percent to Democrats.

I question the rush to push this vaccine onto little girls so quickly.

I question the process to examine it for safety.

I question the effectiveness of this vaccine.

I question its value compared to the millions that could definitely be used to
save 10 - 100 times more lives.

This vaccine, if it never harmed anyone (Merck admits to unexplained deaths) would save
about 200 lives in my state.

That same amount of money spent could save thousands of lives in my state.

I would rather see schools provide sex education and provide free health clinic services to girls and boys than rush into this thing with our eyes and ears closed.

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