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Image of the Day: Private Pharma Investment Dwarfs Federal NIH Funding

There's a destructive campaign underway to encourage government confiscation of patents from pharmaceutical innovators and dictate the price for Remdesivir and other drugs.  That's a terrible and counterproductive policy under any circumstance, but particularly now that private drug innovators are already hacking away at the coronavirus.  In that vein, this helpful image illustrates the vast disparity between private investment and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding that some seem to think justifies patent confiscation, price controls or other big-government schemes:

 

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June 01, 2020 • 10:24 AM

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61 Schoolhouse Rocked: Bobby Jindal Brings Real Education Reform to Louisiana

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has always been a man in a hurry. By the age of 20, he was an honors graduate of Brown University with double majors in public policy and biology. By 23, he had completed a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford (having politely declined admission to Yale Law and Harvard Medical School) and taken a position with the prestigious…

62 Obama Team Hijacks Schools’ Core Standards

The constitutional, statutory and philosophical abuses by the Obama administration continue piling up. Last week, two of the top former lawyers for the federal Department of Education released a peer-reviewed report showing the administration violating or evading three separate federal laws by pressuring states to adopt a national core curriculum.…

63 Sticking it to the Littlest Guys: Obama Chooses Teacher Unions Over Inner-City Kids

The election of Barack Obama was supposed to be a penitential act. His ascension to office, we were told, was interpretable as an offer of atonement for a nation whose founding promise of equality and liberty was soiled by the original sin of slavery.  As a controlling argument for his candidacy, it was thin gruel. It’s an act of electoral…

64 Obama’s Undeclared War on College Students

Within the last month, President Barack Obama has earned plaudits from many college students for taking aim at the cost of higher education, albeit without bothering to explain why the price keeps rising.  But while Obama’s supporters are cheering his rhetoric, they would do well to consider how much they will lose if he wins.  When…

65 School Testing Scandals Require New Era of Accountability

The newest wave of cheating scandals is threatening to sweep away the reputation of one of the most famous education reformers from the last decade.  With pressure mounting for investigations into several academic miracles-turned-frauds, it is time for the public to demand a new era of accountability.    It’s been a bad summer…

66 Real Affirmative Action Starts with School Choice, Not Quotas

The United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to prohibit Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions highlights liberalism’s latest failure to achieve racial equality through education.  Instead of promoting policies that match students to schools where they will succeed, liberals prefer to rig…

67 Government-Sponsored Food Fights Are Liberalism’s Version of School Reform

Never let it be said that liberals refuse to reform the public school system.  Or even, for that matter, that they oppose school choice.  While conservatives often push for changes that affect the classroom, liberals are setting their sights on a different battleground: the cafeteria.  In what could be spun as alternative definitions…

68 Texas Governor Rick Perry Says No to Obama Education Department’s “Race to the Top” Initiative

When it comes to the creeping socialism stretching from President Barack Obama’s Washington, D.C., Texas Governor Rick Perry has a three word response, “No, thank you.”  On January 13, Perry announced that Texas would not participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” competition. …

69 Education Reform Awakens the Silent Majority

In 1965, a young economist named Mancur Olson published a book that revolutionized the study of interest group politics. In “The Logic of Collective Action,” Olson turned the conventional wisdom about the economics of political power on its head.    Up until that point, the foremost anxiety of good government devotees had been…

 
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