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    Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda - Washington Times

    Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, said part of the reason that he left the Republican Party last week was disillusionment with its health-care priorities, and suggested that had the Republicans taken a more moderate track, Jack Kemp may have won his battle with cancer.
    Such is the caliber of the man the Democrats wooed to champion their causes. Says a lot about the caliber of those who did the wooing--and none of it very good.

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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    A lot of your kook leftists can't contain themselves from saying some pretty stupid things.

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    Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, said part of the reason that he left the Republican Party last week was disillusionment with its health-care priorities, and suggested that had the Republicans taken a more moderate track, Jack Kemp may have won his battle with cancer.

    Mr. Specter, responding to a question from CBS' Bob Schieffer over whether he had let down Pennsylvanians who wanted a Republican to represent them, said he thought his priorities were more in line with those of the Democrats.

    "Well, I was sorry to disappoint many people. Frankly, I was disappointed that the Republican Party didn't want me as their candidate," Mr. Specter said on "Face the Nation." "But as a matter of principle, I'm becoming much more comfortable with the Democrats' approach. And one of the items that I'm working on, Bob, is funding for medical research."

    Mr. Specter continued: "If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine."
    Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda - Washington Times

    For all you folks saying the GOP needs more people like Specter... yeah, I think not.
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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Doesnt Specter know that Cancer is very hard to beat and people like him should know that he is one of the lucky few that do.
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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    I don't believe the kind of speculation in which Senator Specter engaged is very helpful to a substantive policy debate. Had the cancer research suggested by the Nixon Administration been more aggressively pursued, more progress would very likely have been achieved given the historical experience in the field of medicine. However, that is a very different argument from one's speculating that progress with respect to a specific case, namely Jack Kemp's case, would have been sufficient to preclude his untimely death. I suspect that Senator Specter was responding out of emotion in making his remark, but his remark risks politicizing an issue for which politicization can only undermine the development of a bipartisan consensus needed to pursue more aggressive funding of cancer research.

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    How effective is government funded research vs. privately funded research for cures? Anyone got any links on comparing the two?

    Answering my own question!

    Government funding for medical research amounts to approximately 36% in the U.S. The government funding proportion in certain industries is higher, and it dominates research in social science and humanities. Similarly, with some exceptions (e.g. biotechnology) government provides the bulk of the funds for basic scientific research. In commercial research and development, all but the most research-oriented corporations focus more heavily on near-term commercialisation possibilities than "blue-sky" ideas or technologies (such as nuclear fusion). One of the most famous exceptions is the innovation-favouring environment of the 1970s at Xerox Parc, where various ideas including the computer mouse were developed. Similarly, IBM's research into quantum computing has been going on for some years, and it will likely be some years more before it yields commercially available technology.
    [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_funding[/ame]

    And the answer is... not that much.

    Government funded research is less then 40% of all research out there. Another instance of the myth Government and it's money solves all ills while the private sector holds things back.
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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Specter's comment was over the top. The GOP agenda did not kill Kemp. The GOP agenda killed the elephant, which the Republican party then replaced with this:

    The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016

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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    I don't believe the kind of speculation in which Senator Specter engaged is very helpful to a substantive policy debate. Had the cancer research suggested by the Nixon Administration been more aggressively pursued, more progress would very likely have been achieved given the historical experience in the field of medicine. However, that is a very different argument from one's speculating that progress with respect to a specific case, namely Jack Kemp's case, would have been sufficient to preclude his untimely death. I suspect that Senator Specter was responding out of emotion in making his remark, but his remark risks politicizing an issue for which politicization can only undermine the development of a bipartisan consensus needed to pursue more aggressive funding of cancer research.
    What you're really saying is that Arlen Specter with his years of experience in politics played the fool, and should have known better. Furthermore he used Jack Kemp as an excuse for himself. The truth is Arlen Specter is a liberal, and belongs in the Democratic Party.
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    I find it so funny that so many Republicans who defended Joe Lieberman for going 'Independent' on Democrats for what was basically ONE issue(National Security) are now attacking Specter. When Lieberman did it he was standing up for what he believed in! When Specter does it. He's a rhino! a librul! I need a smoke.
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