Saturday, April 23, 2011
  Reset you, don't reset me

Newt has absolutely lost it. He still sounds smart, but he's no longer capable of checking his own logic.

Gingrich said that he would like for the entire health system to be reconsidered. He emphasized that scientific breakthroughs and technological advances held promise to bring down costs. “If you think about post-Obamacare solutions, what’s clear from the Ryan budget, which I think is a historic and courageous effort to at least get to the right scale of thinking, is that you cannot solve the cost of healthcare for an aging population within the current paradigm,” Gingrich said.

“I want to be quite clear: this is a deliberate, fundamental argument against the entire current delivery system – whether it’s the right-wing version of the current delivery system or the left-wing,” the former Speaker continued.

Gingrich singled out Alzheimer’s disease throughout his speech as an example of where medical breakthroughs could dramatically reduce future federal spending. If the onset of the disease could be postponed for five years, which Gingrich asserted was possible within a short period of time, then older Americans would either be less likely to develop it, or would not have it for very long, bringing down health costs.

Establishing a new brain science agency was one of Gingrich’s recommendations. Funds could be raised through the issuance of “Alzheimer’s bonds.”


Brand new thinking = Create an agency.
Brand new thinking = Create an agency.
Brand new thinking = Create an agency.

Does the dissonance strike you? It obviously doesn't strike Newt. I'm afraid he's already bought an Alzheimer's bond.

Dammit, dammit, dammit! We need LESS federal funding for science, not MORE. Federal funding is THE PROBLEM, repeat THE FUCKING PROBLEM, with science in this country. Federal grants guarantee adherence to bizarre anti-science religious orthodoxies like "Global Warming" or "the Big Bang" or "Biodiversity".

The way to 'reset' thinking in science is to work independently, or to work within academia for convenience while relying mainly on outside contributions. Art Robinson is a prime example of pure independence, and the Canadian Cancer Cure is a perfect example of the mixed approach. [Later: here's another great example of the mixed.]

If Newt really wanted to speed up Alzheimers research, he'd find ways to open up more independently funded small-scale research, find ways to get around peer review and FDA clinical trials.

The age of infinite bigness, the age of creating a new agency to work around the existing agencies, has collapsed. It's all gone, and good goddamn riddance.

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Please, Newt, follow the Sol Saks principle. You're a genuine intellectual. You've made a vast contribution to American politics with your 1996 welfare reform, which was the only good thing done by Congress in my lifetime. Now you're quickly turning into a bad joke. Time to be satisfied. Sit back and enjoy life, before the joke gets even worse.
 


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