John Ransom

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Lilly wrote: Ransom, if your child or grandchild develops a rare form of cancer that your local doctor doesn't know how to treat, he will very probably consult MEDLINE. You chose a zookeeper to mock: now make the same jokes about a doctor doing advanced research in childhood leukemia, because both are federal employees. -in response to Obama Saves/Creates Us!


Dear Lilly-

Want a joke about doctors? OK.

A doctor and a duck walk into a psychiatrist’s office….

I’m not mocking the zookeeper. But being a zoo employee is hardly a “vital service” as our president claims.

The Smithsonian saw a $1.8 million cut out the nearly a billion-dollars-a-year the federal government gives them. They choose that $500,000 then be cut out of the budget of the National Zoo. In the meantime they are spending $125 million on improvements to the Smithsonian buildings including turning a parking garage into storage at the cost of $18 million.

It cost $400,000 to take care of the pandas at the National Zoo. Would you rather see them starve, Lilly, in cages?

I can’t tell them how to make budget decisions, but when Democrats are scaring the elderly with stories about eating cat food if the GOP passes a budget, it’ only fair to show the hypocrisy from the other side.   

I’d prefer that we ask all departments and welfare programs to make immediate cuts of ten percent, to have truly shared sacrifice.

That’s the problem with liberals: You guys seem to believe that everything begins and ends with a government check. Most medical research is performed not by federa. researchers, but by private industry

There’s a place for academic research, but it shouldn’t be funded by the federal government.

It belongs in our university system. You suppose that if the federal government decided not to fund science research, that it wouldn’t be funded. But that’s just not true.

And if my child were sick I’d take them to the Children’s Hospital Research Center.

John Ransom

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