Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Postpone the debate

Both presidential candidates should be in Washington doing their "current" job.

I've been wondering all week when they were going to step up to the plate. McCain is finally stepping up.

I can't fault Obama though. Obviously he has no pull or clout in the Senate, so why waste his time just being in attendance?

McCain, on the other hand, is and has been vital to getting things done and bringing important issues to the table. His input is crucial during this critical time.

IMO, it shows a severe lack of logic and common sense to say that McCain is avoiding the debate by "running away" to Washington. He works there and there is a crisis.

The debate is just being postponed.

How is that avoiding the debate?

McCain has never been one to run from anything.

CNN and other networks insinuating otherwise are just being outrageously ridiculous.

What happened to true journalism? You know, the kind of journalism where they just give the facts without adding their political slant to the picture. I miss it.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Leaning towards McCain

The Independent voter (me) is leaning towards the McCain Palin ticket for many reasons, TRUST, CHARACTER and INTEGRITY being among the top criteria.

As for experience, who, really tell me who, is ever experienced enough to be President?

Experience is not on my list of criteria. Was George Washington experienced? Yes, I know he was a General, but that is not experience in leading a country. There is literally no job on earth that can qualify as proper "experience" for being the President of the US.

McCain, however, has the experience by most standards. More importantly, to me at least, is that he has a history of public service that cannot be equalled by anyone who has thrown their hat into the ring of campaigning for President.

While I am still torn and saddened by the lack of concern by many Republicans for the "least" of our citizenry, and indeed, the rhetoric of some who would like to see an end to welfare programs, I am still inclined to vote for McCain / Palin.

I have supported McCain in the past, but until he chose Palin, I thought he would not be able to usher in the changes that he has fought for these many years.

Above all, I would like to see honesty and concern for ALL citizens become the governing factor that directs our folks in Washington.

McCain and Palin are our best chance for restoring honesty and integrity in Washington (IMHO).

Saturday, September 06, 2008

FDA Publishes Problem Drugs on Web

As of yesterday, September 5th, the FDA has finally posted a page at their website listing the top 20 potentially harmful drugs in compliance with a bill passed by Congress last year forcing them to report potentially unsafe drugs to consumers.

Problem is, the percentages of people affected are not listed. So you don't know how many people have reported a problem compared to how many people have taken the medicine without incident. The most the list can do for you is alert you to ask your doctor (or pharmacist) for further information if you see your medication on the list.

The list covers reports gathered during January, February, and March of 2008. I find it disturbing that it took a full 4 months after the end of the quarter for this report to get published.

Hmmm, let's see, the government requires quarterly payroll reports to be compiled and submitted by the end of the following month. Our state requires monthly sales tax reports to be filed and submitted by the 20th of the following month.

I guess the government can take their time reporting to us because we have no method of holding them accountable, or do we? YES. It's called ELECTION DAY.

Anyway, I digress - back to this list....

The list includes the name of the drug and the problems that have been reported.

"My message to patients is this: Don't stop taking your medicine," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, who heads the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "If your doctor has prescribed a drug that appears on this list, you should continue taking it unless your doctor advises you differently."


Seems like the FDA is doing the least it can get away with to comply with the new rules.

References:
* Explanation of website
* FDA Drug List


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