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One last thing, Steve J. INRE the graph and “flat” prices you mentioned.

Notice that the flat prices are the inflation adjusted prices. Inflation of the housing prices is held in check by the rates.

In the same period, you will see the housing prices were rising in that period as the subprime was ramping up, but the loan rates held the inflation stable.

The rates going down when Clinton was striving for more home ownership in his final years helped drive the prices up (which you can see by the inflation index as well). Then 911, when the rates really went down, and the prices went thru the roof. By then, free flowing easy money, tons of buyers and less supply… equals housing bubble.

These housing values need to come down. They are still too high.

Like others before me in this thread, I reject the premise that 2008 was a free election. The help Obama got from the MSM, the fraudulent internet donations, ACORN. It all adds up to the first SHAM election. They tried twice before in 2000 and 2004. Third time was the charm.

I just read where Sarah Palin is the choice of 64% of GOP voters in a Rasmussen survey on who is the preferred GOP standard bearer for 2012.

I’m curious; what should the GOP do at this point to improve its prospects for 2012?

1. Spend 4 years attacking and opposing Obama, but otherwise make no changes?

2. Move to the center, e.g. path to citizenship for illegal immigrants (to stem the Hispanic vote hemorrhage), de-emphasize social stridency, more modest position regarding foreign military interventions, allowing Medicare to negotiate with Big Pharma on prescription drug prices, etc.?

3. Move to consolidate base/emphasize social values planks (e.g go with Palin)?


– Larry Weisenthal/Huntington Beach, CA

Ya know, Larry… if this were late 2010, I might be willing to engage in such speculation with you. But it’s three days after a two year 2008 election. And frankly, there’s much water to flow under the bridge in the next four years.

Not to mention… I am just sick to death of “campaigns” at the moment.

But I do have a question that has been gnawing at me about Obama’s proposed way to save money in Medicare. That that is importing more drugs from Mexico, Canda, etal.

To my mind, that is nothing more than another form of outsourcing. But I’m willing to keep an open mind. Just what do you think the feds, contracting most of the Medicare pharmas from foreign nations, will do to the local US pharma research and suppliers?

Think there will be any job cuts? Think they’ll move to Mexico or Canada to compete?

Renegotiations is one thing, But the US companies have a higher bottom line. I cannot see a way for them to meet the foreign market prices, and remain in busines… nor keep up R&D.

This is something I suspect you know quite a bit about. So will Obama’s foreign drug imports create loss of jobs and loss of business here?


INRE to your comment #33: All they have to do is to be more centered on Republican’s values. Sarah Palin is just fine for that, she really represents all those values.

Moving to the Center would be disastrous. The Center has no values, no ideas, no goals and no soul. They believe in nothing. They are just selfishly CENTERED on themselves. Governing from the center is not governing at all. It is the free for all… anything goes: 50 millions abortions, gay marriages, illegal immigration… name it!

BTW Larry, did you watch the video on Milton Friedman that I suggested to you in my comment #33?

Craig, haven’t watched the Friedman video yet, but I’m a fan, and I’ll try to do so over the weekend.

Mata, thank you for the question of drug costs; it’s near and dear to my heart. A huge component of the runaway health care costs are prescription drug costs. And it’s getting worse. The average new cancer drug costs between $5,000 and $11,000 PER MONTH!

The greatest special interest buy off in history was when Big Pharma got inserted into the Medicare Prescription Drug law a PROHIBITION against Medicare negotiating with the drug companies regarding drug costs. In one fell swoop, government (1) gave Big Pharma a pricing monopoly and (2) guaranteed payment from the government. This was a sweetheart deal worth hundreds of billions of dollars. No other sell out to non-military special interests in history ever came close.

The problem is how do you build in some form of competition? The only way to do this is by allowing importation of drugs from overseas (or across the Canadian border). It’s already legal to import drugs for private use. Members of my own family have done this, and it’s worked brilliantly. Just Google “Canadian Internet Pharmacy” and you’ll find lots of licensed, reputable choices. All you’ll need is to fax a prescription and give them a credit card number and you’ll get your drugs — usually at a huge savings (we saved 75% on an expensive drug for one of my family members).

Now, what about pharmaceutical R&D if drug prices go down? This is the big scare tactic bogeyman. That’s all it is. Pharma spends a tiny fraction of its budget on R&D, relative to marketing. It’s like those Apple commercials about Microsoft and VISTA. Big amount of money for advertising. Tiny amount for “fixing VISTA.”

The USA single handedly supports the global pharmaceutical industry (much of which is headquartered in Europe, by the way, e.g. Roche, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, Bayer, etc.). With true competition, Americans will pay less and Europeans will pay more. And probably, we’ll see a little less advertising. But pharma has to do R&D, or it will die.

– Larry Weisenthal/Huntington Beach, CA


I agree with you on the subject of global pharmaceutical industry. Competition and importation are the only ways to deal with the price of drugs. This is the Milton Friedman and Republicans way to deal with things. But leftists are protectionists and they do not understand economics. This is why I am surprised that you voted for THE ONE.

When there is a price competition, the R&D has no other choice than to perform better. That’s the way to go, the only way.

Larry and Mata,

This video should interest you. It is on the abusive regulation of drugs. This is why the drugs in USA are so expensive. The title is in French, but the video is in English.


And I also found this:


– Time to develop a new drug: 10-15 years.
– Average cost to develop a new drug: 1,318 billion of dollars.
– Investment in R&D: 58, 8 billions of dollars.
– Numbers of drugs approved in 2007: 23.
– Average wear of a “patent” to protect a drug: 11 years.
– Percentage of commercial drugs revenues that equals or exceeds the cost of R&D: 20%.
– Percentage of generic drugs: 67%.

For each commercialized drug, the pharmaceutical industry has to do research on 5,000 to10, 000 compounds. But only 0, 01% to 0, 02% of those compound are commercialized.

In the interest of not “hijacking” Mike’s thread, I’ve done a post about prescription drugs.

Appreciate either duplicating, or posting further comments there, please! Thanks.

Mata… temporary assistant “thread nanny”

Now Now Nanny Mata… We’re not going to start censoring are we?

But yes, we are getting off topic here but today I feel generous in that regard. That might change if “cut and paste Jan” shows up to do another dump on here.

@Mike’s America:

Jan’s been busy leaving crumbs on the carpet over here this evening.

Beat me to it, Aye…. “Cut’n’paste” amoeba Jan is busy following my threads around. Might be a personal vendetta because I slapped her down for trying to make a scandal over Palin and the wardrobe…. still… LOL

Now she’s busy trying to convince us that the SOFA is only going forward because Obama was elected. Ya know, I get better comprehension from my six year old granddaughter than some of these obama keyboard warriors.

INRE the thread hijack. Glad you’re benevolent, but it’s been on my mind for quite a while to do a post on the pharma/drug/Obama plan bit. Pulling together the background of how we got from here to today first, so we can start from a common ground. Patience…. I keep getting interrupted!

I won’t “remove” the above comments, but will duplicate them. (you guys need to do that on your own to maintain your identity..) Maybe we joe blow citizenry can straighten out Congress with our debates.

Then again, as the bailout proved… they don’t listen to us anyway.

I’d like to comment on Craig’s “pharma” post. It’s an interesting (and not entirely partisan) topic, of relevance to most of us, and certainly relevant to government health care policy.

Also, don’t know how much you guys have discussed health care, per se, but that will come up during Obama’s tenure, and it’s interesting that Craig lives in Canada; I’d like to hear his boots on the ground experience with Canadian health care. Waiting to see where Mata’s migrated thread ends up.

– Larry W/HB

O boy, Larry! You will fall off your chair when you will hear my boots on our ground experience of Health care. Disastrous. But let’s wait for Mata’s thread.

Larry, don’t know if you checked the new posts, but the prescription drugs post is up. Craig’s already discovered it.