Saving Lives: Why the FDA Should Be Whittled Down To Size

In President Trump’s first address to Congress, he shared the story of Megan Crowley, a girl whose father was forced to create his own pharmaceutical company to save the life of his child. Because of “slow and burdensome” FDA regulations, lifesaving drugs can be held up for years, and thousands of young children die each year as a result. If Democrats really care about affordable, high-quality healthcare, then they will join Republicans in working to reduce the size and scope of the FDA.

The Food and Drug Administration, with its annual budget of nearly $5,000,000,000, aims to protect “the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices.” While few doubt that some degree of pharmaceutical regulation is necessary, it is unfathomable that some would claim the FDA’s painfully slow approval process is necessary for the health and safety of Americans.

The average new drug takes 12 years and over $350,000,000 to get to market. Pharmaceutical companies spend $12,600,000,000 per year developing new drugs, a figure that doubles every five years.

Once a company develops a new drug, they have to do around 3 ½ years of laboratory testing, before they even submit an application to the FDA. If the FDA decides to allow testing to proceed after the company has already spent millions of dollars, then clinical trials may begin. The FDA then requires companies to conduct three separate phases of clinical trials involving thousands of volunteers. This process takes over six years, and can cost companies tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.

If the drug passes clinical trials, the company must then submit an application for approval, which can take 2-3 years and total an average of 100,000 pages. Only then may the company take the drug to market.

This onerous process prevents life-saving drugs for rare diseases from getting to market, because it is simply not profitable to do so under current regulations. It’s time that we streamline this process as much as possible, to ensure that there are more children like Megan who are able to experience the gift of life.

If Democrats really care for the little guy, then they’ll join Republicans in draining this swamp.

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Beach Vacations for the poor? California is going off the deep end

This week, California lawmakers introduced a new bill that will use taxpayer dollars to help low-income residents go on beach vacations. This is not simply an abuse of tax money — it is a perfect representation of how far California has drifted away politically from the rest of America.

The legislation, introduced by Democrat Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, would direct state agencies to develop new, low-cost beach rentals and to improve existing ones at taxpayer expense.

While so many across America voted for lower taxes and less regulation, Californians chose a different path of higher taxes and more regulation. The politicians they elected have continued to fight for this agenda, which is part of legislative Democrats’ demands of radical solutions for societal ills.

After over two decades of Democratic control, California now faces an unfunded pension liability of no less than several hundred billion dollars, largely in part to the embrace of public sector unions and high minimum wage laws by the California Democratic Party.

The state is also experiencing unprecedented middle class flight, skyrocketing housing costs that are 250 percent more than the national average, and the highest poverty rate in the nation, which can be largely attributed to the highly taxed and regulated environment in the state.

With such grim statistics, can California truly still be considered “The Golden State”?

Despite holding over two-thirds of the seats in both the Assembly and State Senate, and all eight statewide elected offices, Democrats continue to blame everyone but themselves for the state’s growing problems. For them, the only solution is to move further and further left, while snubbing any attempts to consider an alternative viewpoint.

“Californians should be wary of the national calls for unity and healing… Californians do not need healing, we need to fight,” Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon proclaimed in his first speech of the Assembly session.

Democrats in California continue down this path because their worldview is entirely different from the rest of America’s. To them, a commitment to liberal ideology trumps national unity, pun intended.

As California moves further and further to the left, the time will come where Californians need to stand up and put an end to Democrats’ radical agenda. If we want to keep calling our home “The Golden State,” we had better act quickly before it is too late.

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Campus Protesters’ Hateful Tactics Show Left Doesn’t Really Think ‘Love Trumps Hate’

Protesters around the country are claiming that “Love Trumps Hate,” while at the same time using incredibly hateful tactics to fight against President Trump. If actions truly speak louder than words, then it’s clear that the Left is just fighting “hate” with more hate.

I recently livestreamed a protest at UC Irvine in response to President Trump’s new executive order on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. During my time on campus, I did not engage a single person in debate, nor reveal that I was a conservative. I simply walked around and filmed in a peaceful manner. For that action, I was called a “Nazi” and was told to “fix my eyebrows” and my clothing style.

The hate went deeper than ineffective ad hominem attacks. Their rhetoric was incredibly hateful toward the majority of this country, and to the American experiment at large.

What started out as a relatively benign protest quickly morphed into an orgy of speakers who professed their hatred of Jews, Israel, Conservatives, America, White People, and the nearly 63 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump.

I caught students on camera saying that “America is the real terrorist.” Other students called for “anti-Zionism,” and told their peers to be “anti-Israel,” while proclaiming that America was “never liberty and justice for all” because it “was built through slavery and the genocide of indigenous peoples.”

One student even stood at the mic and told the audience that the Constitution needed to go.

The scary part was not so much that several students made these public statements. It was that hundreds of other students and faculty enthusiastically cheered every single time. This is the new normal on America’s college campuses.

Very few students I interviewed attempted to understand a point of view other than their own. Their response was simply to call those they disagreed with “racists,” “bigots,” and other inflammatory names. For these protestors, voting for Donald Trump was akin to voting for Adolf Hitler for President.

If the Left really cared about ending hate, they would not use such hateful tactics to achieve their political goals. I did not vote for Donald Trump, and I have been publicly critical of many of his policies that I feel are not conservative enough. I have never seen a fellow Never-Trumper desecrate America and its ideas because they didn’t like the outcome of a democratic election. We see those on the Left do it every single day.

If love really Trumps hate, then fight Trump with love for all Americans, not just those with whom you agree.

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Trump’s executive order kills regulations: Massive win for millennials

Government regulation cost the American economy over $2,000,000,000,000 dollars in 2015, according to The Heritage Foundation. Despite President Obama’s rhetoric of fighting for America’s youth, his regulation state has caused immense harm to my generation. It’s about time that we had a President who took this issue seriously, and who backs up his views with more than just rhetoric.

President Trump’s executive order on regulation will require federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one that they propose. It also requires “that the total incremental cost of all new regulations, including repealed regulations…shall be no greater than zero.” This is a massive win not only for America, but for my generation.

Excessive government regulation makes it much more expensive, time consuming, and burdensome for employers to hire new workers. With so many recent graduates struggling to find good, well-paying jobs to pay off their student loans, the last thing we need to do is to make it harder for employers to hire and expand their business.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, nearly 20% of the Class of 2016 is either unemployed or underemployed. These rates are even higher for minority and low-income graduates, who often leave school with crushing debt that haunts them for decades. Although excessive regulation is not entirely to blame for this situation, it certainly is a contributing factor that rarely yields a tangible economic or sociological benefit to the American worker.

Regulation also makes it much harder for young entrepreneurs to start their own small business. According to the Small Business Administration, nearly half of all businesses with employees fail within their first five years. This statistic does not include those businesses who were unable to even hire their first employee, which would certainly drive that number much higher.

As someone who has started several small businesses, I know the challenges that an overly regulating government poses. I’ve had to cancel several promising business ideas because the cost of government compliance would have made it impossible to survive. Young entrepreneurs creating the next wave of American ingenuity should not face this.

Many Democrats argue that some regulation is good for the country, and that it actually helps the economy overall. I don’t necessarily disagree with the notion that a very basic level of regulation is healthy for the American economy, and for society at large. But you’re deluding yourself if you believe that forcing a 10-year-old girl to spend $3,500 for a lemonade stand permit is going to help a young entrepreneur start a business.

In the past several decades, the federal government has become so bloated and regulated that we must take drastic steps to reduce this undue burden on the American consumer. Trump’s new executive order is a huge step in the right direction for millennials, and will provide my generation with the ability to achieve our own version of the American Dream.

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Trump-Protesting Professors Reveal They’re More Concerned with Pushing Politics than Teaching Students

On Inauguration Day, college professors across America cancelled class and unabashedly encouraged their students to publicly claim that Donald Trump is an illegitimate President. These actions are not simply wrong; they are entirely antithetical to the mission of higher education.

College and universities across the United States were designed to be places where students are challenged with differing viewpoints, and where professors help their students to formulate their own unique worldview. The rise of the politically correct culture on campus has all but eradicated that notion, and can largely be blamed on professors who act as if their viewpoint is morally superior to all others.

At the University of California, Irvine, Professor Rebecca Sacks forced all of her students to miss class to accommodate the small minority who protested the inauguration of Donald Trump. To Professor Sacks, the pricey education that her students pay for is second to “solidarity and resistance” for all of the special snowflakes in her class.

Another professor persuaded her students to skip their Chemistry lab to rally against Trump, and told them, “If you see me at a protest Friday or Saturday, feel free to say hi.” Evidently for this professor, her right to protest supersedes the right of her students to get the education they deserve.

Yet another professor at Columbia University “broke down in tears at the end of class and told students ‘to stay strong [and] that it’s our duty to protest.’” In doing so, this professor has waived any claims of impartiality and intellectual diversity in their classroom.

The actions of so many professors across America shows their true devotion. It is not to education; it is to indoctrination. These professors have made it clear that they are open to all points of view – as long as they agree with them, of course.

As a former Never-Trumper, I understand many of the Left’s concerns about Donald Trump, even if I vehemently disagree with them myself. It is one thing to protest Trump and his policies. It is another thing to directly challenge the peaceful transfer of power in American society. To do this is not liberal; it is fascist, and it is egregious to use our public university system for this aim.

I recognize the individual rights of professors to express their political viewpoints, no matter how reprehensible their actions may be. However, that right ends when they use taxpayer dollars to coerce their students to join a protest that threatens one of the most fundamental tenets of our republic.

While colleges across the country still claim to stand for intellectual diversity, their actions show anything but that. Administrators continue to turn a blind eye to the inappropriate actions of faculty, and have done almost nothing to combat the rampant bias in college classrooms. In this case, their silence is a form of consent.

Barack Obama may no longer be around to “fundamentally transform America,” but there are myriad faculty on our college campuses that are committed to using our education system to achieve just that. As conservatives, it’s our job to push back.

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Millennials should celebrate Trump’s executive order on ObamaCare

Hours after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order “to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” In doing so, he instructed federal agencies “to delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden,” as well as several other directives to reduce the law’s burden on states and individuals.

This is not simply a win for our country; this is a win for everyone in my generation who values affordable healthcare and the freedom to make their own healthcare decisions.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Obamacare premiums are set to increase by 25 percent in 2017, with states like Arizona expecting to premiums rise by a whopping 50 percent. Much of this increased cost burden falls on my generation, and if we can’t afford to buy healthcare, we’re penalized no less than $695 every year, with absolutely no added healthcare benefit.

When so many recent college graduates are barely scraping by, raising the cost of healthcare and then punishing those who don’t want to pay for it is not just illogical — it is unethical. Although it will not have an immediate impact on the cost of healthcare for millennials, President Trump’s executive action to ease the burden of Obamacare is a critical first step toward dismantling this law.

The employer mandate of Obamacare requires all businesses with 50 or more employees to cover the health care of their employees and their dependents, or face a stiff penalty that could potentially put them into bankruptcy. Many of these small business owners have no other choice but to drastically cut back their new hires, as well as reduce the hours of their existing employees. As so many in my generation are struggling to find a decent paying job after graduation, the last thing we need is another obstacle in the way.

Trump’s immediate action directed all federal agencies to reduce the “regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, [and] patients,” and has paved the way for a broader repeal of the Affordable Care Act in the months to come. As a millennial who is graduating college in only a few months, I’m grateful that President Trump took immediate action to dismantle this law.

Since the ACA was signed into law in 2010, it has put the federal government in charge of the most personal and private aspect of our lives: our health care and well-being. The government has no right to dictate whether or not someone buys healthcare, and they have no right to force millennials to stretch our budgets to pay a penalty for not complying. As a generation who claims to value individual freedom and the right to choose our own destiny, we should be appalled at this unnecessary intrusion into our personal lives.

Forget the fact that the “Affordable Care Act” has made healthcare less affordable for millennials. Forget the fact that it has also made it harder for college graduates to find gainful employment. Just the simple fact alone that it takes away our right to make our own healthcare decisions should be enough for us to want to repeal it.

President Trump’s executive action will provide immediate relief to those who Obamacare has hurt the most, and is much more than a symbolic act, as so many in the media claim. This is an incredibly impactful way to begin the process of dismantling this horrible law, and will no doubt pressure Congress to work to repeal this law. As a generation who values choice in all that we do, we deserve better.

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Tales from K-12: How high schools indoctrinate students before they even get to college

We frequently hear about the liberal bias of college professors, but what of the liberal bias of high school teachers? Do they push the same biases? My experience tells me they often do.

At my high school, I cannot recall hearing a conservative opinion expressed by a teacher, despite the fact that I lived in a conservative swath of north San Diego county. My teachers were almost entirely Democrats, and were vocal about their beliefs.

I was told by my Chemistry teacher that a single-payer healthcare was the only “fair” system. I had a World History teacher tell us that the natural and best way for society to progress was to turn to communism. Not Cuban Communism, or Soviet Communism, but “true Communism,” because the Soviets just didn’t implement it correctly, we were taught. I even had an English teacher who forced us to spend three months analyzing writing through a Marxist lens, because apparently we “have spent our whole lives hearing about capitalism.”

But I am not alone. In emails to The College Fix, many of my peers were easily able to recall stories of how high school teachers taught from the Left.

Craig Norton, a former student at Laguna Hills High School, told The College Fix that students were often pressured to wear red shirts to school in support of tax increases and teacher pay raises. He said students who did so would often receive preferential treatment from teachers, and that his teachers would use class time to promote the views of their teachers union.

Another student, Dylan Steinecke, recalls a high school History teacher openly advocating for a “borderless world where everyone loves and supports each other.” Ironically, this same teacher was fired a few months later for punching a student in the face.

Anthony Dawson of Temecula, Calif., spent a good chunk of time in his U.S. history class learning about “American imperialism.”

Education at all levels is filled with left-wing “teachers” who are determined to force their worldview onto America’s young people.

It’s no surprise that a system that is state-funded and state-run advocates for a bigger government.

The public school system is a microcosm of the socialist system, one that is bureaucratic, wasteful, and does not serve its original and intended purpose. Education is the cornerstone of Western society, a place where our youth are taught to think broadly and develop their own unique worldview. Instead, we are often taught what to believe instead of how to think.

This is not education, this is indoctrination, and it must stop.

Original Link via The College Fix

UC Irvine College Republicans vow fight over banishment: ‘We will not be silenced’

At UC Irvine, being conservative is akin to a hate crime, according to campus leaders. How do I know? Because I’m on the receiving end of it. My beliefs are not only not tolerated on campus, but actively stifled and censored.

As Vice-President of the UC Irvine College Republicans, I’ve had my fair share of difficulties dealing with the bureaucracy of the UC Irvine administration. UC Irvine has a horrendous record of protecting conservative students, from denying equal funding to actively working to prevent conservative speakers from having their voices heard.

But it was only after we brought in Milo Yiannopolous, a gay conservative speaker, that they revealed just how far they are willing to go to shut us up.

We were immediately slandered by Douglas Haynes, vice provost for academic equity, diversity and inclusion, as “homophobic” and “hateful” in an email to over 30,000 UC Irvine students and faculty. We had posters ripped down and thrown away, while administration stood by and did nothing. We requested $1,250 to provide security for the event, and received a paltry $181, all while radical leftist groups like the Muslim Student Union receive more than $10,000 per year of your tax dollars.

Despite the failed attempts by administration to hinder our June 2 event, we had more than 1,000 people show up to finally hear a conservative perspective on campus.

MiloPeterI had the pleasure of introducing Milo, and took the time to personally call out the bullying and anti-free speech efforts perpetuated by this administration. This was the biggest conservative event on campus in years, and administrators finally had to accept it. Their attempt to fine us $1,000 earlier that day was rescinded after we complained. We enjoyed Milo’s talk as a victory for free speech and a blow to the political correctness that imprisons this campus. (Pictured: Milo Yiannopolous and Peter Van Voorhis)

Little did we know that though we might have won the battle, the war raged on.

Three weeks after the event, we informed administrators of our plans to bring Milo back this fall to an even bigger audience. Within hours, we received an email informing us that we had essentially been banned from campus for an entire year.

Campus officials say we are not suspended, only barred from renting rooms, but we are banned from renting everything from the biggest hall to the smallest classroom. For a group whose sole purpose is to hold meetings and events, this is tantamount to a suspension, despite the administration’s rhetoric.

Officials claim we did not provide proof of insurance for the private security firm protecting Milo. But that’s smoke and mirrors. We were never informed of this requirement prior to our event. What’s more, it is a rule not enforced at our previous events.

Prior to Milo’s visit, the UCI College Republicans and our attorneys met with UCI’s attorney, the police lieutenant in charge, and two administrators. We made it very clear several times that we were going to bring in additional security and we got the all clear from the police with no objection from the administrators or the campus lawyer. Only now they say we broke the rules.

But consider this: UCI College Republicans hosted Jewish-conservative pundit David Horowitz earlier in the spring quarter, and Horowitz required private security, but our club was never asked to provide an insurance certificate, nor was the club penalized for not having provided one.

Here’s the bottom line: It doesn’t matter if you’re conservative, liberal, or somewhere in between. Any person who believes in freedom of speech should be irate that a publicly funded university would work day and night to censor a point of view that they consider unworthy. This is an academic witch hunt against conservative students, and we will not back down.

Chancellor Howard Gillman, stop sending your crony administrators to slander, defund and shut down conservatives. If you truly believe in an inclusive environment for all students, then take the time to promote an atmosphere of intellectual diversity. Only then can you truly claim that you represent a diverse group of students.

We have several attorneys on stand by ready to take necessary legal action, and if campus leaders choose not to reverse their decision we will take legal action. Regardless of what you do, Milo is going to come back this fall. We will not be silenced. Reverse this decision, or you’ll be hearing from our lawyers.

Meanwhile, please email Chancellor Gillman and let him know your beliefs on free speech: chancellor@uci.edu.

Peter Van Voorhis is Vice-President of UC Irvine College Republicans and a California Republican Party Delegate.

Original Link via The College Fix

Today’s Lecture: America a ‘Slave Democracy’

It used to be that liberal bias was largely hidden in the shadows of the philosophy building among the Che Guevara and Karl Marx posters.

But in 2015, it’s practically a hate crime to be a straight white male, and liberal bias is in your face.

I attend The University of California, Irvine, also known as the school whose student government voted to ban the American flag in its office because it “has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism.” My story begins shortly afterward, during the first day of my African-American studies class.

As I took a seat with my fellow students, the professor called a girl to the front of the class. She immediately hugged her, and thanked her dearly for “standing up to the forces of imperialism and colonial oppression.” It turned out that one of the overzealous social justice warriors from student government was in my class, and was now being publicly praised for voting to ban our nation’s flag.

This all took place on the first day of class, and as the semester progressed, I lost count of the number of terrible things my professor said about America and its people.

My professor vehemently criticized capitalism while expressing her love of communism. We were told that America is a “slave democracy” and that white people are “inherently biased.” We had moments of silence for “victims of police brutality” and read novels depicting Ivy League institutions as proponents of slavery.

I was told that anybody who is a Rand Paul fan has a “life problem.” She even publicly protested Chancellor Howard Gillman’s convocation because “he is transphobic and anti-black.” The list goes on and on.

While I have no problem with my professors expressing their personal points of view, I believe students should be given the ability to do the same. After all, open and free debate has been one of the greatest attributes of the university system for centuries. Unfortunately, our publicly funded campuses have degraded to no more than vehicles of overpriced indoctrination on behalf of the Democratic machine. In this class, as well as many others, conservative opinions were not only discouraged, they were actively stifled and silenced.

Despite liberal cries to the contrary, left-wing bias is rampant and abundant at public and private institutions across this great nation. Professors know it, students know it, and the American people know it. Yet, school administrations have done nothing to prevent the wave of intellectual inequality from washing over our nation’s universities. As conservative students, we must continue to fight for freedom of thought and expression, because if we don’t, who will?

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